Universal Studios Singapore: Trip ReportTo go, or not to go. That is the question. The answer... Yes, but wait a few months.
From Daniel SmithARRIVAL
Posted December 12, 2010 at 4:58 PM
The first thing I loved about Universal Studios Singapore was that it is easy to get to from wherever you are staying in Singapore. There are a huge number of shuttle buses and also the MRT rail system. If you prefer, you can take a taxi or drive a car. I took a shuttle directly from my hotel reception to the park. It cost SGD$4.00 (USD$3.06, AUD$3.10, EUR€2,31) and that was the expensive option! Many hotels have free direct shuttles to the park. However, the MRT rail system (at only SGD$1.00 (USD$0.76, AUD$0.78, EUR€0.58) is a bargain! The good thing about the shuttle bus is that you can buy your park ticket on-board. Just as well, the park was sold out for the day when I arrived.
Entry is a breeze. There are no security bag checks or great entry lines. Before I knew it, I was in the park, walking in Hollywood. This park is so highly themed; you don’t feel at all like you are anywhere but on a movie set. The shops in the main street are great, however, they don’t have collector spoons (something I collect!). A great thing about Hollywood Boulevard is that it is completely undercover, should it rain. Later in the day, I went to the Celebrity Café & Bakery (which isn’t listed on the themeparkinsider.com restaurants page) for a Gingy (from Shrek) gingerbread man and strawberry shake… delicious and highly recommended.
I know you are all dying to know when Madagascar and Battlestar Galactica will open. I asked everywhere! The official response is that the rides are not yet complete and no date has been set but keep your eye on the website. The unofficial response, which I managed to get from half a dozen people, was that they should both open sometime around June to August 2011, possibly at the same time as Transformers. The park is therefore still in soft open mode and the official opening will probably be mid-2011.
REVENGE OF THE MUMMY
PANTAGES HOLLYWOOD THEATRE
JURASSIC PARK RAPIDS ADVENTURE
LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! HOSTED BY STEVEN SPIELBERG
CASA DEL WILD
A brilliant park in the making. For international visitors, I don’t think it is worth the trip, yet. Wait until Madagascar, Battlestar and Transformers are open and you’ll have a park for the day. As it stands now, I finished the park in around half a day (with two meals, shopping and photo times included). The great thing about the area is that there is now quite a lot to do in Singapore. I recommend the Night Safari and having a suit tailor-made while you’re at it. Don’t forget the food! Try the night noodle markets and great Asian cuisine. Any questions… just ask!
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From Anthony MurphyVery good!
Posted December 12, 2010 at 11:15 PM
How does the storyline of Jurrasic Park compare with its American Cousin. I wonder how they can tell a story on Jurassic Park without everybody bascially seeing the same thing.
From Daniel SmithDear Anthony,
Posted December 17, 2010 at 11:51 AM
There was a storyboard floating around before the attraction was opened. You can find it here: http://tiny.cc/uss-jurassic
However, it couldn't be further from the truth :P
Once loaded, you enter Jurassic Park in a similar fashion to the Hollywood version (although the Hollywood version seems more regal as in Singapore, you don't see the large gate if you are facing backwards on the raft). I'm quite sure you only see two dinosaurs before things "go wrong". I would like one of them to at least spit! You see a car overturned and then the rapids start. You enter a tunnel (I'm not sure what it is for) and float along in complete silence in darkness for a bit before being lifted up a couple of metres. The raft stops, you see Mr T-Rex and you see the shoot where you will go. Splash-down and back to the dock.
I felt the Hollywood version had a real storyline but I just don't feel the same on the Singapore version. Perhaps I was spoilt with the USA version hehe.
Overall, I think the rapids are a great "concept". I hope they will do some more research before building the Dubai version! It has the chance to be one of the best rides out there if they put a little more effort into it.
Go Universal Studios, you can do it! :)
From Donna McKayMy parents visited in October and from what they've said, they agree with your view that its a half day park at present. They did, however, remark that the park was absolutely lovely- very clean and a nice place to wander around even as it currently stands
Posted December 20, 2010 at 6:28 AM
From Anthony MurphyMaybe I missed it in the report, but how much money was it to enter the park? I just noticed that its a pretty affordable park!
Posted December 20, 2010 at 9:48 AM
From Daniel SmithDear Donna,
Posted December 20, 2010 at 11:49 AM
Yes, the park is by far one of the most intensely themed parks I have seen. My cleanliness score would be 99%. I actually, just walked around around the whole park before I started on anything. It was fabulous :)
Sorry and thanks for picking it up! The park cost me SGD$66.00 (USD$50, AUD$51, EUR€38). Whilst it is in soft-open mode, you also get a SGD$5 gift voucher for food and a SGD$5 gift voucher to use on any merchandise. A nice touch indeed!
The park is open from 10am to 7pm every day. There is a fireworks show around 9.30pm (I think) but I didn't want to wait around for over 2 hours after the park closed to see it :P
From steve leeThe fireworks are two hours after the park closes? I think they might have missed the point on that one.
Posted December 20, 2010 at 3:47 PM
From Daniel SmithDear Steve,
Posted December 21, 2010 at 4:54 AM
Yep! Here is the description.
At 9:30pm you’ll get to watch the Lake Hollywood Spectacular… an incredible new pyrotechnics show set to a brilliant musical score that will burst across the night sky right in front of you!
Whilst the park closes at 7pm, you can stay in the entrance plaza (equivalent to Disney's Main Street) until 10pm. What you can do in those 2.5 hours since closing beats me :P
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