Universal Studios Singapore is the second Universal Studios theme park to open in Asia – and the easiest to go to for us with third world country passports. It just opened last 2011 and already have 20+ rides to boot – including 2 water rides and 6 roller coasters! It’s currently divided into seven different zones: namely, Hollywood, New York, Sci-fi City, Ancient Egypt, Lost World, Far Far Away, and Madagascar. Each zone lives up to their name and have rides according to their theme. Universal Studios Singapore also has over 30 restaurants and food carts, together with 20 unique retail stores and carts located around the park.
Warning: This will be a photo-heavy post. You have been warned, lol.
It’s easy for me to say Universal Studios Singapore is one of my favorite places to visit when in Singapore. I’ve been to the place twice now and I’m definitely planning to come back – hopefully summer next year!
My favorite has got to be the Ancient Egypt. I might be a bit biased by the fact that I really want to go to Egypt.. But! They have my favorite ride, The Mummy! That ride has something that I have never experienced in an indoor roller coaster before. I’m talking aboutfire. Try it to know what I’m talking about.
Next is Sci-Fi City, my next favorite zone. It’ll be on the top of the list if I actually got to ride Battlestar Galactica. Oh well. Sci-fi includes the transformer ride which lets you be in a transformer! Or… something along that line. It’s great for kids and adults. Really fun and something different. Be sure to strike a pose with the Autobots!
Hollywood and New York are mostly there for photos. Lots and lots of different backgrounds to strike a pose in. Makes me feel a step closer in my NYC dream! There are also musicals and shows around this part so watch out for that.
Far Far Away is the most beautiful part of USS. They have this huge picturesque castle that’s just asking to be stared at.
The Lost World is a must to visit as well. They have a water-ride for the Jurassic Park fans and a show in Water World that shows great stunts. Both will get you wet – very wet if you want to! I strongly recommend watching the show in Water World.
The last one is Madagascar, obviously based on the Madagascar film. The rides in these section are mostly for kids or kids at heart. I loved watching them perform a dance number though. You can also take selfies with all of the cast!
I heard Battlestar Galactica already officially re-opened this year. I’m definitely coming back, USS! Third time is hopefully the charm!
- Google for USS promos. There are plenty! We usually get ours at the Cebu Pacific store-ish at Lucky Plaza. They offer cheaper price and is legit. Do some research. Everything in Singapore is expensive so every dollar counts.
- Get there at least 30 minutes before Universal Studios open. Believe me when I say there are plenty of people who take photos at the USS globe. Besides, you can tour Sentosa while waiting for the park to open. Win-win.
- Grab a map. You will need it. Not only will it show you your way around Universal Studios. It will also show you the show times. Be sure to plan ahead so you won’t miss a thing. I strongly recommend the show at Water World.
- Assuming you did get there early, go line up first at the Mummy and Transformer rides. Those are the ones that pile up fast. Also, Battlestar Galactica. Not so sure about the line on the last one since it was closed on both my two visits.
- Go off-season. Don’t go during holidays. My two previous visits were on weekdays and not holidays. My last visit we were able to ride The Mummy ride 3 times straight because there were no lines! The longest line we had was around 30-45 minutes only – and that’s when the transformer ride just opened to public. I’ve heard some lines go to around 3 hours during peak season.
- Take loooots of pictures! There are so many selfie moments at USS. Take photos with the penguins of Madagascar or with Marilyn Monroe. Take photos in Ancient Egypt or in Jurassic World. Make sure your camera/phone is fully loaded before going in the park.
- Have fun! Don’t compare. Universal Studios Singapore is small compared to other Universal Studios and/or Disneyland. Doesn’t mean it won’t be worth it. It is! Just. Have. Fun!