Universal Studios Singapore

Delayed this post a little bit. Was just settling down into my chair yesterday afternoon to start on this post when I had to rush to the hospital with mum to visit a relative. Thank goodness it was not a life-threatening situation. Hopefully she’ll get well soon and return home.

So anyways, on CNY eve, I made a spontaneous decision to visit Sentosa with the hubby and after we saw Po the Panda, Frankenstein & Woody, we got rather excited about Universal Studios! Seeing no queue for tickets, we went ahead to purchase tickets for Friday – 19 February 2010. These were preview tickets selling at S$10 each and the park would be open from 5 to 9pm. It was fully redeemable for F&B within the park. Preview meaning no rides are in operation though.

We only got there around 7pm, cos had to change after knocking off work and there was peak hour traffic & JAMS. Actually I could have just gone in my work clothes, but the hubby didn’t really want to go straight there. grrr. MEN!

Fortunately, no long queue to get in. But the sky was turning dark. No it wasn’t because it was evening, but those were clearly rain clouds.

Greeting us was Hollywood Boulevard…

Step into the Hollywood Boulevard, where you will be surrounded by dynamic architecture, palm trees and the famous Walk of Fame. Experience the center of the entertainment universe where you will find the Pantages Hollywood Theater™ plus an eye-catching collection of eateries and shops lining the streets. Visit Mel’s Drive-In™ from the hit movie American Graffiti, and get burgers and cokes the old-fashioned way.

… complete with the Hollywood Walk of Fame…

… and shops…

and restaurants too!

Walking into the open, you arrive at a lagoon where you can pretty much see the entire park. Yes, the ENTIRE park. This is Singapore after all, we can’t expect some US-sized theme park here.

We turned left and entered the world of Madagascar.

Based on the hit DreamWorks Animation film, Madagascar, this zone brings you to a dense tropical jungle, filled with strange and wonderful animals like lemurs and foosas. Bird calls and monkey screeches fill the air as you journey deeper into the equatorial rain forests of this African Island. Chill with some tasty bites and cool drinks at Marty’s Casa Del Wild™. Ride a crazy carousel spun around by King Julien and the Lemurs at King Julien’s Beach Party-Go-Round™ and coming mid-2010, you will experience Madagascar: A Crate Adventure™.

After seeing Alex, Marty, Gloria, Melman & the penguins, we pass by Shrek’s ‘shack’ and enter the realm of Far Far Away.

Visit the fantasy world of the Oscar-winning DreamWorks movie “Shrek”. Movie stars, talking donkeys…the land of Far Far Away showcases the lifestyles of the rich and fairy-taled. See how successful fantasy characters live within tall, graceful walls sweeping over a pavilion-covered courtyard. Experience the multi-dimensional and interactive attraction Shrek 4-D Adventure™ and sing with Donkey at Donkey LIVE™. Refresh with magical concoctions at the Fairy Godmother’s Potion Shop™ and enjoy the swooping, diving roller coaster flight of Enchanted Airways™.

Ok, one thing about theme parks, you can NEVER EVER get a picture of just you and you alone with some attraction in the background. Here’s a very good example:

This is Shrek 4D by the way.

It started raining so we went in for some food at Goldilocks eatery. It was really crowded and we had to wait quite a while for seats. We had to hover around a table and wait for a family to finish with their food! Its kinda like KFC, but the chicken is a little too salty for my taste. And that’s coming from someone who LOVES salty food. We took our time to eat, waiting for the rain to stop. Which it eventually did. *phew*

Out of the fantasy land and into prehistoric territory: The Lost World.

Universal fans will be delighted to visit two distinct but familiar themed areas: Jurassic Park™ and WaterWorld™. Jurassic Park, a theme park within a theme park, is based on Steven Spielberg’s classic epic adventure films. Visit the jungles of a Costa Rican rainforest where you will experience Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure™, a river ride that follows an escapade amidst the dense tropical forest where dinosaurs have been brought back to life. At WaterWorld™, watch death defying stunts that only Universal dares to execute, based on the hit film, “WaterWorld”. Explosions of fire and water will excite the audience with thrills and spills.

Seeing those gates reminded me of that stupid goat leg which dropped onto the glass-top car. I watched it when I was 9. That was 1993. And it scared the hell out of me. That’s real fire by the way.

I was hoping for some scary T-Rex to just suddenly pop its head out of the trees and go ‘ROARRRRRRRRRRRRRRR’.

Nope. It didn’t happen.

We headed on to one of my favourite movies. The Mummy.

Yep, we’ve been transported to Egypt.

Ancient pyramids and obelisks stand fast against the sands of time as you are transported to 1920’s Egypt, the Golden Age of Egyptian Exploration. Travel to an era when entire Pharaoh’s tombs were discovered—and their terrible curses unleashed. Take the path of a daring archeologist as you unravel the cryptic riddles of the Sphinx in this sand-swept land. Quench your thirst at the Oasis Spice Café™ or shop for Egyptian treasures at Carter’s Curiosities™. Ultimately, experience the Revenge of the Mummy™ attraction, an expedition where you will be sure to have the time of your life.

BIG FEET. :P

These were really grand! Its my fave location in the theme park.

Walking down, we entered Sci-Fi City, the home of Battlestar Galatica. Yes, that scary looking duo-rollercoaster. You can choose to be Human or Cylon. I can’t remember which is the seated and which is the suspended rollercoaster track.

The city of the future is here now. Walk through the impressive portals into Sci-Fi City, a futuristic metropolis filled with the most modern conveniences. The entire city is set atop an enormous energy-producing substructure that seems to draw its necessities from the wind, sun and water. Ride the Accelerator™ and see if you can keep your wits about you while madly spinning on this whirling attraction. Engage in the ultimate inter-galactic battle of Humans versus Cylons on the Battlestar Galactica™ dueling coasters, themed after the hit TV show.

Here’s a pic of the rollercoaster taken earlier.

Finally, the last area of the park – New York City.

Feel the spirit and energy of America’s biggest and grandest city as you stroll the sidewalks of the bold and romantic Big Apple that appears in all the great movies. Here all the classic landmarks of NYC prevail —the city skylines, neon lights, and facades that set the scenes for big city fun and real-time movie production. Go behind the scenes at Lights, Camera, Action!™, a special effects show hosted by Steven Spielberg. Sit down for a meal at the full service KT’s Grill™ or grab a slice of NY’s best pizza at Loui’s NY Pizza Parlor™.

The pizza really smelled very very very yummilicious. Seriously, if we had chosen to go right instead of left at the lagoon, this would definitely be the place we settled down for dinner. Bummer. But I’m sure there’ll be chances in future!

I really wanted to get this, but I wasn’t willing to pay the price tag of $49.90.

I did purchase some other stuff, as they were rather reasonably priced.

And herewith, concludes my preview of Universal Studios Singapore. It was a joy to visit despite no rides being in operation. The staff working there were full of smiles and always ready to strike a pose when they see your camera aiming their way.

Hubby and I dubbed the place – The Happiest Place in Singapore.

For those who are interested, Universal Studios Singapore officially opens at 8.28 am on 18 March 2010. Yes, it’s all about auspicious timing.

Ticket prices for adults start at $66. Just head over to this link for more information.

I think I’ll make a trip down again when the initial crowd dies down. Definitely not during the school holidays. For non-Singaporeans, that’s June & end Nov-Dec for ya. :D


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