Today, we’ll take you to an organised trip through Universal Studios in Sentosa Island, Singapore. Why organised you ask? Well, it is a huge amazing park and if you don’t purchase the express ticket with double the amount, then it will not be possible for you to cover the whole area (normal tickets 30 SGD, express tickets for a single ride 60 SGD, an express ticket for multiple rides 90 SGD). Besides, you would also need to know which rides you should compulsorily ride on and which can be skipped, though when you are here you wouldn’t want to skip even a single ride!
The best way to start would be to go anti-clockwise into the park. Since there are various themes inside the park on the various movies, you wouldn’t want to go hodge-podge and end up losing which way was what ride. In fact, it’s not just the rides which are the major attractions here, but some of the shows and the street shows are also a must watch.
You can enter the park with your own food, but try not to carry too much and keep your hands free to have most of the fun which you can. There are a lot of food joints spread throughout the park, just in case you do not want to carry anything at all.
You will find people with cameras all around who will gladly click your pictures. You can either buy them or they can help you click pictures using your own camera as well.
Owing to Singapore’s hot and humid weather, try dressing lightly to have an exciting but comfortable day. There are water fountains all around to help you stay hydrated as well.
In each place which has rides which are not likely for the elderly and small kids to take, you will find waiting rooms called “Family room” so that they can wait with you in the line and meet you at the exit when you board the ride. This way, there is no last moment confusion on where to go and what to do with those who cannot get on the ride.
Another thing to remember is to check the waiting time on each ride outside the ride. You do not want to be wasting time on a ride which you could have finished much quicker. The afternoons are a time when the waiting time gets reduced as most of the people are off to lunch. When it comes to lunch, eat light, you don’t want to end up feeling nauseous after you’ve been on a bumpy ride.
If you are going to avail some ride alone, always use the single rider’s entry. You will be more likely to finish your ride faster in spite of an enormous waiting time.
On entering, when you go right you’ll reach the first theme park named New York. You’ll land up in Sesame Street and there is a ride here (Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase) where you would want to help them find their missing pasta by getting on their train. This ride is completely child-friendly.
This part of the park is also themed to make it look like you are walking down the streets of New York with replicas of some of the important buildings and some iconic scenes from movies.
The “Lights, Camera, Action by Steven Spielberg” is a show which begins at 11 am, so if you want to visit this (considering you’ve entered the park at 10 am sharp and begun going anti-clockwise) you will have to come back later.
Sweep into this amazing place where you will find the star rides of the theme park. You will first come across “Transformers The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle”. It has the most amazing 3D effects I have ever encountered. The waiting area too will make you feel like you are a part of the team and are going ahead to help Optimus Prime defeat evil. The sudden action is not well suited for those who are easily frightened, pregnant women, those with heart problems – guidelines you will find in front of most of the thrill rides and should adhere.
The next ride here is the “Accelerator” – yellow tea cups which will spin you around. A ride suitable for all ages.
Then comes the “Battlestar Galactica HUMAN vs. CYLON”. It is undoubtedly the major attraction in this park. The red line is the ‘HUMAN’ where you are seated in a car and the line does not have you being turned upside down. The white/grey line (previously blue) is called the ‘CYLON’ which keep you seated in a chair with your legs suspended in the air. It’ll also turn you upside down. Both of these will have you screaming when they go down a length of 8-9 storeys (in ‘HUMAN’) but will give you the ultimate thrill. None of your personal belongings are allowed here and is to be kept in a locker outside, which is free of charge for the first 60 minutes.
The structure and the huge Egyptian guardians will make you want to click pictures!
The best attraction here is the “The Revenge of the Mummy”. It is an indoor roller coaster which follows the same guidelines as that of “Battlestar Galactica HUMAN vs. CYLON” to keep your belongings in a locker. It is not at all suitable for kids and senior citizens. At one point of the ride, there is a camera attached to click your picture, a picture which you can view outside and buy, though the way you’ll scream will look at the picture and be horrified at your own horrified expression.
A ride here which is suitable for all ages is the “Treasure Island” which will take you around a track in a jeep, to find treasures deep in the Egyptian lands.
The Lost World
You are not at Jurassic Park and all the dinosaurs are waiting for you. This whole region opens at 11 am.
“Dino Soarin’” is a ride for all ages. You would sit on the back of a dinosaur and go in rounds and soar up to your own discretion. The “Canopy Flyer” has two seats which look forward and two which face backwards, with your legs suspended in the air, you would go around a track at full speed to have some fun! Both these rides are suitable for all.
The “Amber Rock Climb” lets you go rock climbing and is another adventurous activity in the park. If you want to go boating, enter the “Rapids Adventure” where you’ll be seated wearing raincoats and set afloat on a stream, you will go back in time and see all the dinosaurs roaring at you. It will be advisable not to think of the raincoat as a waste unless you want to be drenched in the end. However, if you want to stay dry at all times, this ride will not be your go-to.
Far Far Away
With the castle and its grandeur, this part of the theme park is like stepping into a fairytale. On entering through the gates, go to your right and hop on “Puss in Boot’s Giant Journey”, a roller coaster where you’d be enclosed in a cabin and which is not deadly and so even the faint hearted who shrug at the sound of a roller coaster can join you.
Next stop would be “Shrek 4-D Adventure” where you’d first be told the story of what had happened in the past and then hold your seats when you’re brought to the present with an interesting 4D show.
The “Enchanted Airways” which you can also call a ‘junior roller coaster’ is your next stop. Like many other rides, this too has a height restriction. For those who wouldn’t dare to go to the “Battlestar Galactica” yet want to be a daredevil, this would be their perfect ride.
“Madagascar: A Crate Adventure” is another ride to set afloat on the water but this time you’ll be watching a story being told by the characters of this animated movie. There’ll also come a time when you’ll think you’re going to get soaked but that will just be to fool you!
The last ride here to bring out the child in you is “King Julien’s Beach Party-Go-Round” which is a carousel where you’d ride on the backs of Alec, Gloria, Marty and the others.
With this, you’d find yourself back to Hollywood which sports a lot of Minion shops and the walk of fame. You would realise how you’d come back again, in spite and because of how tired you are now, and relive this day to make a fresh set of memories. You’ll also be led into merchandise shops at the end of each ride to buy some souvenirs.
If you are on a time crunch, the rides you should not miss are “Transformers” (Sci-Fi City), “Battlestar Galactica HUMAN vs. CYLON” (Sci-Fi City) and “The Revenge of the Mummy” (Ancient Egypt), in this order exactly. These are for all the thrill seekers.
If you are here to make your kids have a great day or just want to play it safe (though the rides here are very safe and maintained), you would not want to miss the “Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase” (New York), “Accelerator” (Sci-Fi City), “Treasure Island” (Ancient Egypt), “Dino Soarin’” (Lost World), “Shrek 4D Adventure” (Far Far Away), “Enchanted Airways” (Far Far Away), “Puss in Boot’s Giant Journey” (Far Far Away) and “King Julien’s Beach Party-Go-Round” (Madagascar), in this order.
If at any point you wish to leave the park but want to re-enter later, all you have to do is get a re-entry stamp in your hand and keep your tickets on you. This way you can easily enter the park again at any time you wish.
Be sure to pick up the map of Universal Studios and the show and characters-greet-and-meet timings so that you can view those while you walk around and hop from ride to ride!
You can also get the map here: