Universal Studios Singapore
Your Guide to USS!!!
When you travel to Singapore, Universal Studios is a place you should never ever miss at any cost. Whether you are traveling as a family or as an individual. And if you have not yet visited other Universal Studios located in Orlando, Japan, and Hollywood; Singapore is a place which lets you enjoy the thrill.
The spark timing is 10 AM to 6 PM on weekdays and 9 AM to 7 PM on weekends; this can vary depending upon the season. The vehicle drops you in the parking, and you need to take the escalator to come to the entrance of the USS. Right up before entrance; you will see ticket counters with the famous Universal Studios Brand Globe. You can get the map to the whole studio and the timetable of various shows and activities that happens in USS on that particular day. Guides are available in English, Japanese, Mandarin languages.
Zones of Universal Studios Singapore
The entrance part of the USS is the Hollywood. It includes the buildings structures from the period of 1940, gorgeous architectures along with a lot of shopping cafes, restaurants.
FOOD:- I love the Cheesy Fries served in Mel's Drive-in Restaurant, and if you are craving for Starbucks Coffee USS's Hollywood Zone takes care of the same.
2. New York Street
Starting from Hollywood; you would keep walking straight and turn right and all of a sudden you will be on a New York street. The architecture is made in such way that you feel you are walking in the buzzing city of New York. It houses some of the wonderful attractions:
A. Lights Camera Action
One of my most favorite activity to do in USS. It is 15 minutes stand up live show which takes you through the shooting practical of Steven Spielberg movies. The first part shows you an AV of 5 minutes shot by Steven Spielberg; in which the director is providing information about his movie sets and shooting procedures.
Next 10 minutes you are inside another room; which takes you in front of a cyclone; YES!!! you read it right. It is not a movie; it is actually shown how those cyclone movies are shot.
B. Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase
This is yet another attraction on New York street. It is a sweet little ride; where you sit in 2 by 2 4 seater car and the car takes you on a journey of various Sesame Street toys designed and kept in various structures. It is a 10 minutes ride; you can opt for it if there's no long queue; otherwise, you can decide to skip if you are not willing to stand in the queue.
FOOD:- Louis NY Pizza Parlour is my favorite eating place when in USS. Pizza along with Tiramisu dessert is the best combination.
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3. Sci-Fi City
This is one zone in the whole of USS; which you will find it to the most crowded and the rides will always have longer queues compared to other parts of the park. The Sci-Fi city is built on the theme of Transformers movie. As you enter this zone; you will 2 giant roller coasters standing along with a big statue of Bumblebee in front of your eyes.
A. Transformers Ride
One of the best 4D rides I have been to. This is one ride in USS; where all visitors will rush to once they enter the park. If you are not willing to get separated from your friends; be ready to stand in long queues to enjoy one of the best rides of USS.
It is nothing but the Transformers themed cup and soccer. It indeed is the fun for kids and for families alike.
C. Roller Coasters
This is the place where you will find biggest roller coasters in USS. Named as HUMAN (Red Track) and CYCLON (Blue Track) are the ones which will make you think before going for these rides. Both the rides start at the same time and go in different directions. The feeling you get on these rides is just out of this world.
FOOD:- Never felt like eating anything in this zone; since I was always busy with the rides. :)
4. Ancient Egypt
This is a zone which is completely designed in the form of ancient Egypt. All of a sudden you enter from a modern Sci-Fi city to the Egyptian era and you definitely are in for a wonderful ride here.
A. Revenge of the Mummy
After the Space Mountain in Disneyland; this is yet another fantastic indoor roller coaster ride. Behold your fears and let the ride take you on the journey to the Mummies...
B. Treasure Hunters
Traveling with family and not much interested in rides with too much going up and down. Treasure hunters are just a jeep drive along the routes which makes you feel you are riding through the ancient Egyptian roads.
FOOD:- If you want some tasty, quality and quantity Indian food; Oasis Cafe is the place. It is located right in front of the Mummy Ride.
5. The Lost World
From Egyptian Era; you directly move into the world of Dinosaurs and this is not just for the sake of the name; you actually get to see the giant statues of the Dinosaurs and their eggs. It also houses exciting rides and activities for kids as well as for adults.
A. Water World
It is a live show performance based on the Hollywood movie. The show is for half an hour, and you should ideally reach the place 30 minutes prior to the show timings. It is an open-air show, and if you are willing to drench yourself in hot and humid weather; remember to sit in first few rows. The show involves huge sets and some outstanding performances by the artists. Remember to check the timings once you enter the park.
B. Canopy Flyer
Another nice and sweet ride just like a slow swing up in the air. 2 seaters open car brings you along the ride and you are back to the same position within 30 to 45 seconds.
A ride just like merry go round with cars made up of Dinosaur shaped cars.
D. Amber Rock Climb
Want some fun and adventure too? Amber Rock Climb is the wall created to climb with dinosaur's skeleton on it. Kids and adults can have fun here at the same time. But I will suggest to rather utilize your USS time for other activities.
E. Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure
This is one of the fun rides. But beware; there are a lot of chances that you might get wet. It is around water car that takes you along the artificial river and pours water over you in the middle of the ride. Carry a raincoat if you do not wish to get drenched.
FOOD:- Nothing tried in this zone.
5. Far Far Away
This is the zone of the fairy tale; where everyone is a child and you will see kids roaming around in beautiful fairy gowns bought from the souvenir shop. The castle set at the entrance attracts you and you cannot really stop being clicked in front of the castle.
A. Enchanted Airways
A nice, sweet and short roller coaster ride. Takes you on a ride for 30 seconds and lets you enjoy the views of the park.
B. Shrek 4D Adventure
It is a wonderful 4D movie that happens inside the castle building. Once you go inside; take your goggles; A brief background story is shown on small screens and then you are inside the theater for your ride. They have seats which do not move; so you can choose accordingly. The show is approximately 10 minutes and has got some fantastic effects.
C. Puss in Boots Giant Journey
Yet another short and sweet car ride in the air. If you have done Canopy ride in The Lost World; do not go on wasting your time on this one.
The zone based on the movie Madagascar about the animals who were set loose from the zoo. Once you finish this zone you will come back to Hollywood zone which is the entrance of the USS; meaning you have completed the whole of USS.
A. Madagascar: A Crate Adventure
A fantastic boat ride of 15 minutes; takes you on the journey of the animals of Madagascar and their adventures with a lot of surprise elements during the ride. This is something never to be missed in USS.
B. King Julien's Beach Party Go Round
As the name says it is a Merry Go Round made up of the animal characters of the Madagascar movie series. If you are in the park with kids; they surely are going to be attracted towards this.
FOOD:- Did not eat at the restaurant in this zone; but I like the shops which sell Churros. these are the pipe strips of dough fried and coated with sugar and cinnamon; tastes best with Ice cream.
Points to Remember
1. If you are traveling in peak season; like summer vacation or during Diwali or during Christmas / New year time, you will need one whole day to cover the whole of USS.
2. Of course, if you are in hurry and you are ready to spend money you can buy the express pass which allows you to cut the queue at some of the rides and save the time. As the number of visitors goes on increasing; the price of the express pass goes on increasing.
3. You are not allowed to carry eatables and any sorts of drinks other than water inside the park.
4. At some of the rides; especially roller coaster rides you are not allowed to carry anything along with you. You either have to leave your bags with your friends otherwise you can leave it in the electronic lockers. These lockers are free of cost for first 45 minutes and it will start charging you after 45 minutes. You will not be able to open the locker until and unless you do not pay the charges. So before you go on for the ride; my suggestion is to keep some paper currency in your pocket just in case.
5. Few rides in the park allow you for the single rider option; which lets you save a lot of time, the only disadvantage is that you will not be enjoying the ride with your friends or partner.
6. The activities underlined in above information are the must-try rides and shows.
7. Every zone has a restaurant and souvenir shops depending upon the zone's theme. You can pay by SGD or by card.
8. Use of Drones is not permitted inside Universal Studios Singapore. Selfie sticks are not allowed on the rides.
9. USS also conducts the Parade of the characters; the timing for the same can vary from time to time and season to season.
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