world's best airport welcomes you to this island nation, nestled between Malaysia and Indonesia. A former British colony (I know, that doesn't exactly narrow things down on this planet), Singapore is the Epcot World Showcase of the Pacific Rim. And it's home to an actual world-class theme park, too.If you've not traveled much internationally, I can think of no better "first taste" of Asia than a visit to Singapore. The
But before we get to that, a few words about the rest of the country. About half the size of London, Singapore offers plenty for tourists, from its zoo and world-famous Night Safari to its hawker centres that serve tastes from the multiple cultures that met and blended within this commercial hub. You can get an overview of the city from the Singapore Flyer observation wheel on Marina Bay or explore it up close by visiting its many gardens.
For theme park fans, though, your top destination will be Resorts World Sentosa, on the island of the same name off the south coast of the main island. This integrated resort includes multiple hotels, museums, restaurants, a water park, and one of the top-10 highest grossing casinos in the world. And, oh yeah, our destination on this stop of our worldwide Virtual Theme Park Trip, Universal Studios Singapore.
At just 49 acres, this is Universal's smallest theme park, but it is packed. Take a walk around and look for yourself.
You'll find many familiar Universal attractions here, including the original installation of Transformers: The Ride, the best (and darkest) version of Revenge of the Mummy, a Jurassic Park ride with "river rapids"-style boats, and an installation of Shrek 4-D in the Far, Far Away fairy tale castle. So we will focus on some of the attractions you won't find in any other Universal Studios theme park, starting with Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase. (Yes, Universal has the Sesame Street theme park rights in Asia.)
The most recognizable icon on USS's central lagoon is likely the intertwined tracks of the two Battlestar Galactica coasters from Vekoma, the sit-down Human...
... and the inverted Cylon.
Across the lagoon in the Shrek-themed Far Far Away land, a Vekoma Junior, Enchanted Airways, offers some nice views of that land as well as the rest of the park.
Deeper in that land, you will find the Zamperla inverted "story coaster," Puss in Boots' Giant Journey.
But let's pour one out for Universal Studios Singapore's indoor water ride - being removed to make way for Minion Mayhem - Madagascar: A Crate Adventure.
I visited Universal Studios Singapore IRL back when Transformers opened and I've been longing to return. Out international ticketing partner has discounted tickets to Universal Studios and many other Singapore attractions, if you'd like to plan a visit, too.
Theme Park Insider's Virtual Roadtrip:
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