Saturday, April 23, 2016

Day 2382 - Family Things to do in Singapore - Universal Studios

Spend a day in the movies.

It's been 20 years since I've been to a Universal Studios.  I'm lucky enough to have been to the LA version so Singapore had big shoes to fill.

The reality is that according to my twenty year old memory Singapore Universal Studios isn't as spectacular as LA however that doesn't take away from the fact it's still a great day out.

The park is divided up into a number of sections: Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, Lost World, Far Far Away and Madagascar.  These compartments make it easy to navigate your way around and pinpoint which rides and shows you're interested in seeing.

As usual our day at Universal was HOT.  There was welcome relief as many of the attractions are in air conditioning, however lining up for rides such as the two Battlestar Galactica roller coasters is an oven roasting experience.

There is a good variety of rides for all confidence and thrill levels with the highlights for me being Transformers, Revenge of the Mummy and Battlestar Galactica Cyclon (the blue roller coaster).

There are also a few shows to see which include live singing performances, a stunt show and everybody's favourite Shrek in 4D.  In a cinema where the chairs move you have honestly not seen 4D until you've experienced this.

There is an option to pay extra money to get the Universal Express Pass. This is quite expensive but when you're dealing with the heat and long queues it can be worth it. For $50 per person you can get an Express Pass that allows the Express Lane once for each ride, or for $70 you get unlimited Express Lane access.  We actually chose to do this given the heat and the fact we only had a few hours at the park so didn't want to miss out on seeing all the attractions.

Unfortunately for us the rain hit hard and we had torrential downpours for two of our five hours at the park.  Which meant that the outdoor rides shut down.  Luckily we'd been on most of them at least once, so we spent the rest of our time running through the Express Lanes of our fave indoor rides to do them over and over and over again.

The cost of entry to Universal Studios is $74 for an adult and $54 for a child with the Express Pass option extra.

No food or drink is allowed into the park (bags are checked at entry) however there are good food options available.

You can hire lockers for $12 for four hours or $15 for a day (they are found at the "rentals" section to the right as you enter the park).

Some rides don't allow anything in your pockets eg mobile phones (they scan you as you enter the gate) but there are lockers next to those rides for short term 45 minute hire.  Even though they stopped you at the gate I did note there was still the option to leave sunglasses and hats in little cubbies once you got to the ride.  I guess they don't want portable and attractive items like phones left there in case of theft.  

I guess the part that disappointed me about Universal Studios Singapore is the lack of a back-lot tour and the fact that there were no big movie tricks experiences that I recall experiencing in LA.  However, for a small nation, Singapore has done a fantastic job at creating a great movie escape to suit all ages.

Situated in the Sentosa Resort district it's definitely another good activity if ever you decide to bring your family to Singapore.

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