Best of Singapore – Universal Studios Singapore
My long overdue post on Universal Studios Singapore (“USS”) is finally here! Last January my sis and I went to Singapore just for the themed park. We paid S$74 per person for the 1-day adult pass and another S$30 per person for the express pass since we were there on a Sunday and we expect a lot of people would be there too. I’m not so much a fan of queueing so the express pass would come in handy when the queue for some of the favourite rides were getting out of hands. We took the free shuttle bus for tourists (click here for details) at 9am which the pick-up point is just right across our hotel on Bencoolen Street and reached USS in less than half hour with plenty of time left for us to take pictures outside the entrance before the park was opened at 10am.
After lots of photos and selfies with the USS Glode outside the entrance, we made our way to the queue waiting to go into the themed park. Since we had the express pass we got to queue on a special lane for express pass holders only. There was a PRC family without the express passes tried cutting queue since our lane was the shortest among all but I guessed they didn’t know how to read the signage properly and eventually being escorted by the staff to the normal ticket holders line. Next time please read the signage properly before queuing else you will end up even further behind…
|The long queue waiting to get into the themed park
When the park was finally opened, we got in pretty swiftly thanks to our express passes and headed straight to Transformers: The Ride in the Sci Fi City. Of course on our way there, we still managed to take some pictures as we were the first few to get into the park, like at the Hollywood Boulevard right after the entrance to the park.
Finally, we made it to Transformers: The Ride and there was no queue at all! We got onto the ride without waiting and it was totally awesome. The special effects were mind blowing. Definitely my favourite ride in the entire USS!
|My favourite ride in USS, Transformers: The Ride
Next up was the Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride in the Ancient City. Again there was no queue for it so we go on the ride pretty quickly. The best park I like about USS that there were free lockers available at almost all rides. Well free for the 1st 30 minutes and subsequent minutes are chargeable. Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride was pretty extreme and the entire ride was mostly in the dark. There was a part we thought we would hit a wall and the ride unexpected reversed quickly and moved on, that was pretty cool. My sis was cursing me non stop after the ride as she is never an extreme ride person and I coaxed her into it. Hahaha…. that was the whole point of coming to USS, to get the adrenaline rush wasn’t it?
|The scary looking Battlestar Galactica
We then went to the Lost World, Jurassic Park and tried the Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure. It was river rapid ride on a circular raft which we got a little wet. Probably because we had the whole raft to the only the 2 of us hence the impact wasn’t as bad. The dinosaurs looked pretty fake though…
Since we had some time left before the Waterworld show, we went to Far Far Away which was just next to the Lost World. The Far Far Away Castle was very impressive and picture perfect. We did the Shrek 4-D Adventure, which was a short funny 3-D movie with added physical effects, the Enchanted Airways, which was a junior roller coaster and no where near the excitement of Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride, as well as the extremely kiddo Donkey Live show, which the Donkey in digital puppetry form “tried” entertaining and interacting with the audiences. Overall Far Far Away was very childish but we enjoyed taking pictures with the special characters like the Fairy God Mother, Shrek and Princess Fiona…
Around noon, we went back to Waterworld for the 20 minutes action packed stunt show in the arena. The show seemed very rehearsed and a little fake in my opinion, probably because the crew had been repeating the same stunt over and over again few times a day. The explosive stunts were alright but didn’t impress me much, just like the original movie. We avoided the soak zone and the splash zone, seated far away from the pool in order to stay dry. Some people didn’t mind the water so they got pretty wet at the end of show.
After a whole morning of running around the themed park, it was time for lunch and we settled for hot dogs at the Fossil Fuels F&B outlet at the Lost World right outside the Waterworld arena. The food was alright but for S$25.40 for 2 person, they were quite expensive hot dogs nonetheless…
More adventures in USS to be continued in Part 2 next (click here)….
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