One of the top things to do in Singapore is to head to Universal Studios in Sentosa. Let me warn you it’s a an expensive way to spend one day of your holiday. The ticket costs SG$74 and it allows you to get on any and every ride inside Universal Studios. The studio is amazing with some great rides and performances. But if you have to make the most of the day pass, you are going to need to plan your day just a little.
Firstly, Universal Studios is not just an amusement park. It’s a ride through the movies… literally! There are live performances, short movie experiences and of course, crazy roller coasters and rides. It opens at 10am and shuts at 8pm. You will need the full day if it’s your first time and you intend to try everything… well, almost everything.
Visit their website -http://www.rwsentosa.com/Homepage/Attractions/UniversalStudiosSingapore – to get an idea of the shows and rides you definitely want to check out. Also, they put up notices online about rides that aren’t operational. So unlike us, you can save yourself the disappointment of reaching there only to be told the one ride you really are looking forward to is shut. We were also informed at the ticket counter that one of the main roller coasters was not functional. Two main rides were not up and running when we went… A bit of a loss for SG$74 ticket!
Also, the shows such as Sesame Street, Donkey Live and the performances such as The Cruisers on Hollywood Boulevard have specific timings. These are not mentioned on the website. So you might want to call them to check on those. We noticed they were mostly like movie shows around 11am, 1pm and 4pm. But if you have to catch all the shows you are better off knowing the timing in advance because different sections have different shows.
Compared to the Universal Studios in USA, this one I think is smaller. So why would you need the whole day? The waiting time to get on a ride could be anywhere from 15 to 90mins. Three hours? Yes, so be prepared to play rock, paper scissors to keep yourselves entertained.
You may think of returning to a ride later because the queue is just too long. We did too. Unfortunately when we returned the ride had been shut because of some technical difficulties. So there we were walking around with three less rides to experience. We think it just wasn’t one of the Studio’s best days.
Now coming to the rides and shows you must not miss. Lights, Camera, Action on Hollywood Boulevard is a fantastic way to start. This is where you can get up close and personal with the movie making experience. It starts off like a documentary, but ends up with you being part of the movie scene.
So the shows in this section are all about simulation. So the sensations are very real even though you know that the visuals are created. And tue to that form is the Transformers ride. If you love Bumblebee and Optimus Prime, step forward to be a part of their team and save planet Earth. A fun ride for teens, adults and even 60 year olds minus any chronic aches and pains.
We were lucky to catch The Cruisers performing Motown hits and a b-Boying troupe dancing in the streets. But like I said, we were lucky. Call and check for timings. And two of my favourite stores in this section were the Transformers one and the Minion Mart.
In the Ancient Egypt section aim for the Revenge Of The Mummy ride. We did not get to try it, but it comes highly recommended. Also, when you see a sign that says Treasure Hunters, simply look the other way and walk on by. Umm, unless you have members of the geriatric ward with you.
In the Lost World section, the Canopy Flyer was a fun ride. But again we did not get to try the Rapids Adventure – was shut because of technical faults. If you have toddlers or small kids, you could queue up for Dino-Soaring which is a merry go round with flying dinosaurs. And if this is your first time, there are many more rides and shows to get through than scaling Amber Rock.
Do not miss the Water World performance. It happens thrice between 1pm and 6pm. Please check the timings. It’s a fun reenactment of Kevin Costner’s Water World with stunts and explosions. You will get drenched during this performance thanks to the jet ski and it’s rider. So if you aren’t particularly fond of getting wet, sit in the first section as you enter, right on top.
Moving on to possibly the cutest section of Universal Studios – Far Far Away. You have to walk into Shrek’s 4-D Adventure and board the Enchanted Airways. Apart from these two rides there is a show called Donkey Live which by the time we got to Far Far Away was done for the day. Also keep your eyes open in this land for signs that tell you about the fireworks show. I’m not sure if it’s a regular feature but it happens at Lake Hollywood between 7:30pm and 8pm just before they shut shop.
Also, before you make your way to Lake Hollywood, do go for a boat ride through Madagascar and smile and wave at Alex, Gloria, Mort, Melman, King Julien, Maurice and the penguins. It is the cutest ride that will make you feel like a child again.
There’s a good chance one trip is not going to be enough to experience and Universal Studios completely. But then again, just one trip to such amusing worlds is never enough!
#TravelTip: Your EZ-Link card can be used to get from Vivo City to Sentosa via the Sentosa Express.
#TravelTip: If you are marking out a weekend for Sentosa, you are better off taking the two day pass which includes access to parts of Sentosa and all of Universal at SG$139.