Spending a day in the Universal Studios in Singapore with its amazing rides was the highlight of the month for me.
Preparing for the trip to singapore
My wife was preparing the itinerary for our trip. Marina Bay Sands, Gardens By the Bay, Little India, and Chinatown… Honestly, I wasn’t listening. Suddenly she hummed and said, “Did you know that there is a Fun Park in Singapore? What do you think about spending one day in the Universal Studios Singapore, do some rollercoasters and other rides?” It was my dream to visit the theme park for so many years! I don’t know how, but I never even visited Disneyland in Paris. Of course, the idea of spending a day at the park was very exciting for me.
I read several blogs and made a full day plan for us. I’m happy that I did it. The only attraction we had to wait for was the Transformers 4D ride. All other rides had no queues.
I decided to buy tickets in advance so as not to waste time in the morning. Usually, it is very easy to book tickets online. But Singapore has its own rules. On most of the blogs I read, the sites request a scan of passport, flight tickets, and accommodation. It was very weird. I wasn’t sure how fast they would proceed with our request. And I didn’t understand why I should provide personal information to the ticket sellers.
At the same time, Booking.com sent me an email with discounts for attractions. They offered a trip to Universal Studios with a shuttle bus to Sentosa Island from the city centre and back for 57 euros/person. I booked it in one click and had my tickets without providing any personal information to unfamiliar websites.
Day and Time
I was lucky to visit Singapore during the week. I went to Universal Studios on Thursday. It is much better than going there on the weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, it could be crowded with locals.
The park opens at 10 a.m. The bus brought us to Sentosa Island 20 minutes before opening and I was happy that I already had tickets. Instead of waiting in the queue, I had time to take some pictures with the famous globe and explore the surroundings.
Bringing outside food or drinks into the park is not allowed. At the entrance they check all bags, so don’t take any sandwiches or drinks, because you’ll have to throw them away. You don’t have to worry about how you will keep up your water drinking regime. There are drinking fountains all over the park. I had an empty bottle with me and refilled it several times during the day.
Universal Studios Singapore Rides and attractions
The entrance to the park is stunning: New York-style street, small shops, and cafes. It all looks so inviting. But I followed the advice of other bloggers and left this part until the end of the day. A lot of visitors stay there at the beginning. That’s why in the first half an hour after opening there are no queues for the main rides.
Universal Studios Singapore rides No.1 Battlestar of Galactica.
There are two Battlestar Galactica rides: Humans and Cylons. The Humans ride is easier. There is a platform under the feet and the ride is not so aggressive. The Cylons ride is more sophisticated. First of all, the chairs are hanging, so there is no support under the feet. Second, there are some awesome loops. Both rides are short but exciting.
What is not allowed
Before the ride, I left all my things in the Humans ride safety lockers. It is free for one hour, which was enough for both Battlestar Galactica rides while there were no queues in the morning. It is important to take all things out of your pockets and leave them in the lockers. Glasses are not allowed, either. Anything that can fall down is forbidden, and security guys control it very strictly at the entrance.
If you wear flip flops, you don’t have to leave it at the locker. There are shelves when you come upstairs. So don’t worry that you’ll have to walk all the way up and down barefoot.
The entrance to the ride is impressive by itself. It creates an atmosphere of a spaceship base. A woman’s voice welcomes visitors as if they are pilots going to the mission. Decorations, lighting, sounds – all details are so thoughtful and enhance the experience of the ride.
I liked the Cylons ride more, while Humans was a bit simple for me. But anyway it’s worth it to take both rides, since they are quite short. Next time I come to Singapore, I’ll do both rides twice. As I found out later, I could do that without any harm – the Jurassic Park ride opens at 11:30 a.m. And I finished both Battlestar Galactica and Mummy rides before 11.
Universal Studios Singapore rides No.2. Mummy ride.
Next to the Battlestar Galactica is the Mummy ride. I took my things from the locker at the Humans ride and put it in the locker at the Mummy ride. Here it is the same: no fee for 1 hour.
The Mummy ride had the same impressive entrance. I walked through the long labyrinth of corridors. It was decorated in the style of an Egyptian archaeological site. Like the one at Battlestar Galactica, the entrance created the right atmosphere for the ride.
The ride by itself was through a dark tunnel. It combined the ride, the house of horror with skeletons jumping out of coffins, and 3D effects with laser and smoke. The technology was a bit outdated, but I liked it anyway. The atmosphere was great; my wife grabbed my hand and screamed. What more could I want?
After the ride, I quickly checked out the Mummy souvenir shop. The assortment was mainly pharaoh’s statues, Egyptian-style jewellery, and classic merchandise stuff, such as pens and magnets.
Universal Studios Singapore rides No. 3. Jurassic park.
After the Mummy ride, I had to wait for about 30 minutes because the Jurassic Park ride opens at 11:30. I still had enough time to leave my things in the Mummy’s locker. If you want to have your bags dry, it is better not to take them for a ride.
While waiting I took some pictures with T-rex and explored the menu of the Jurassic Park restaurant. The gate was opened a couple of minutes earlier and people rushed inside. I hurried up too and was on the third boat.
The ride takes place on a river. You sit on a round inflatable boat with other people. In the beginning, everything is peaceful. You are on an excursion around Jurassic Park. But then things go really bad. Damaged buildings, shouting, alarms, aggressive dinosaurs roaming around. Now I’ll stop and won’t give any more spoilers!
The Jurassic Park ride was amazing. Everyone was totally wet and happy after it. Near the exit, you’ll find cabins with fans if you want to dry yourself. I don’t remember the cost, something around $1. It was so hot outside that to have wet clothes for a while was even pleasant.
I hurried up to the Mummy’s lockers to take my bag and came back to the Jurassic Park store. The assortment in the store was very nice. I found a lot of dinosaur figures on different scales.
Universal Studios Singapore attraction No. 4. Waterworld show.
I spent a bit more time at the Jurassic Park store and it was almost time for the Waterworld show. The show takes place two times a day and it is a must-see thing even if you haven’t seen the movie. It includes a lot of stunt tricks, fast boat drives, and explosions. The design of the stage was also impressive. I like the topic of the post-apocalyptic world and the whole surrounding created the right atmosphere.
The seats are set up like an amphitheatre. There are three zones: 1. close to the stage – pool. You’ll be 100% wet there. The cast will do their best to fulfill it. 2. In the middle. You’ll probably be wet 3. The dry zone. You don’t have to worry here at all.
The beginning of the show is very interactive and fun. I think the cast is really brilliant. They know how to warm up the audience and how to make a great show. In the middle of the day, we met them. Guys were inviting visitors to the second show. It was funny, and one guy remembered me. He said, “I saw you at the first show. I love your beard!”
Universal Studios Singapore Attraction No. 5. Knight club.
After Waterworld, we went to the Far Far Away part of the park. There was already a huge queue to the ride and we decided to skip it. We went to see the Donkey’s show at the Knight Club. It was a nice show for children, but for adults, it was a bit boring. And there was no way to leave before the end.
There are a lot of food courts inside Universal Studios. Each attraction has its own restaurant. Each place is themed with different interiors and kitchens. Most of all, I liked the Mummy’s restaurant with Indonesian cuisine and Fat Friar’s restaurant in the Far Far Away Kingdom, which served burgers. We decided to have burgers and stayed at the Far Far Away part.
Universal Studios Singapore rides No. 6. Shrek 4D movie.
After dinner time it became more crowded in the park. We had to wait in the queue for about 20 minutes to see the Shrek 4D movie. There were also a lot of people with priority passes. Fortunately, it is regulated and staff guys let several people with priority passes go and then several from the queue, so it was not so bad.
The movie was good both for children and adults. The chairs move. In the middle of the hall is the row with usual chairs for people with health issues or those who don’t want to be shaken. Of course, I chose the normal chair and it was really fun.
After the movie, I took some pictures in Shrek’s house and moved forward.
I skipped the Madagascar part. Rides there are for children and not so exciting for adults. The park makes a circle around the central lake. After Madagascar, I found myself at the beginning.
Universal Studios Singapore rides No. 7. Transformers 4D ride.
The last ride I had planned to take was the Transformers 4D ride. I read on blogs that it is better to come here in the second part of the day. This is the first ride on your way, and most of the people go there at the beginning. According to the blogs it had to be almost empty there. But it was not.
The sign at the entrance showed 30 minutes’ wait time. I thought that maybe I was there too early and went to take some photos at the New York part (I don’t know how, but I don’t have these pics to show you… I had to delete them when I was cleaning old photos of my phone…)
When I came back to the best of all Universal Studios Singapore rides – Transformers ride, it was the same 30-minute wait in the queue. I had nothing to do anyway, so I went inside. The interior of the corridor had the same level of excitement as the previous attractions.
recruits on the N.E.S.T. base
This time tourists are recruits on the N.E.S.T. base. The base was attacked by Decepticons and we are getting ready for evacuation. General and Optimus Prime were talking to us from the screens. Red alarms flashed everywhere. The atmosphere was really cool.
And the ride by itself was the best experience ever. We were flying in the small “car.” Decepticons were catching and throwing our vehicle. In the end, when it looked desperate Bumblebee saved us. If there was no queue, I would be happy to take this ride several times.
Also, the thematic souvenir shop was the best in the whole park. The choice was great. I liked the Transformers figures, but also they had really cool army bags and backpacks.
After the last ride, I had a milkshake in the retro bistro, made one more circle around the park, and hurried up to my bus. When I went out of the park I saw the Hard Rock Cafe on the other side of the square. It was only 15 minutes before the bus and I had no time to have dinner there. I hurried up there to buy at least a t-shirt for my collection and almost ran downstairs so I didn’t miss my bus.
The bus took me to the city centre. The streets were quite crowded in the city and I decided to use the underground instead of a taxi. It was super comfortable and fast. Originally I thought that in the evening I would take my wife to see the gardens. But we were both so tired and full of impressions, so we spent the evening at the swimming pool making plans about our next visits to other fun parks around the world.
As a person who has never visited other fun parks, I’m not able to compare Universal Studios Singapore rides with other places. I loved it a lot, and when I go to Singapore one more time I’ll be happy to spend a day there again.
Universal Studios Singapore rides and attractions are great, the entrance fee is reasonable, and the prices for souvenirs in the thematic stores are really good. I liked it there, and I hope to visit it again next year.
If you travel around Asia and want some more geek fun, here is my article about the toy museum in Ayutthaya.