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A Day At Universal Studios Singapore

Universal Studios Singapore, a lovely place where you initially want to stay for just a while, and ended up spending a whole day there playing, playing and keep playing non-stop like a kid!

A Day At Universal Studios Singapore

Map Of Universal Studios Singapore

Photo Credit: Universal Studios Singapore

Guide To Universal Studios Singapore

Performances and schedule

This is the most important information all visitors need to know in order not to miss any performances. Universal Studios Singapore is so huge that you really need to plan your time even before arrival. Let me share with you, a day is hardly enough! Do some calculations, if a ride takes 30 minutes to queue, any 5 must-do rides easily takes away 3 hours, not to mention meal time/ rest time and the other few theatres show and photography stops.

A Day At Universal Studios Singapore

A Day At Universal Studios Singapore

A Day At Universal Studios Singapore

Study the provided performance schedule closely, some shows are repetitive.

**The schedule is subjected to changes, do get an update from the counter when booking your tickets or anywhere from the friendly staff.

Universal Studios Singapore

The excitement of visiting Universal Studios Singapore begins even before you enter. The iconic globe is a centre of attraction. Do not fight for space to take your picture, the area behind the globe is just as good.

Ticketing counter and entrance feeBe terrified and very terrified when you see the big crowd there. Look, it’s not even 10am, still some minutes away before the gates is opened.Universal Studios Singapore

 

A Day At Universal Studios Singapore

The most time consuming activity is queuing for the ride, go at the wrong time and you could be spending 1-2 hour queuing for a mere 1 minute thrill. We found out that the best way to join the queue is when there is a major performance going on, the show would draw the crowd away and keep the queue short, only drawback is you would miss the show.

How to cut queue

The other way is avoid the peak period of 10am-12pm when all queues are especially long( above picture). Look at the following picture, taken at about 2-3pm, it’s almost all the way to the playground, the queue is almost non-existent.

A Day At Universal Studios SingaporeI came here thrice (from 2013-2016), the first was on a weekend, queue on all rides took an average of 40 minutes. On my second and third trip, I came on a weekday…… it’s not a school holiday, it’s also not a public holiday, I slotted onto all rides I wanted to take almost as soon as I get there. No Queues!A Day At Universal Studios Singapore

The best solution is to upgrade your ticket to the Universal Express, that allows visitors to go to a special queue, priority to play the ride is given to all Universal Express ticket holders. It’s important to get this ticket for all weekend/school holiday trip.A Day At Universal Studios Singapore

Do note that the locals love to visit USS during weekend and school holidays. So try to avoid these period. During weekdays, I could see that most visitors are tourists.

Best Performance

The show at Waterworld is a performance no one should missed, I ranked it as the best show among all in Universal Studios Singapore. I’ve seen it more than 7 times, still I find it just as thrilling as the first time I watched it.

The show at Waterworld

This live performance by many stuntmen is utterly exciting. See the speed boat racing, hear the thundering bomb explosions, and the many breath-taking jumps of the stuntmen. Oh I see, so that’s how they make a movie.

The show at Waterworld

The show at Waterworld

My advise is do not seat on the first few rows nearest to the stage. The speedboat would get you wet when it races pass.

The show at Waterworld

But beware that some of the show might be cancelled for whatsoever reasons. Check it out before arrival.

WaterworldUniversal Studios Singapore is categorized into many different themes, this is the Ancient Egypt theme.

A Day At Universal Studios Singapore

A Day At Universal Studios Singapore

A Day At Universal Studios Singapore

Sesame Street
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A Day At Universal Studios Singapore The show: When I grow up

Jurassic Park

Thought the Jurrasic Park is going to be as exciting as the movie, perhaps too affected by the on-screen movie, in the end it was just a boat ride.Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park

Jurrassic Park

It’s quite fun being pictured with the dinosaurs though.Jurassic Park

 

 

 The Most Thrilling Ride

The best ride we took was the Transformer. The visual and audio effects was extraordinary, it really got us screaming all the way. The many sudden ascends and descends in the ride gave one the illusion that you are one of the robots combating to save the earth. Exciting, right? This is the only ride we attempted 3 times and didn’t mind to queue an hour for it. For the next 2 trips I came again, I ride another 10 times!

The Transformers ride

 

A Day At Universal Studios Singapore

There are theatres too, the one we went twice in every visit we came is the 4D show, experiencing water shooting, wind breezing and rocking chair, feeling like you are in the show itself. A very unforgetable experience!

A Day At Universal Studios SingaporeOf course there are more thrilling one at Sci-Fi city, where the crowd is. Be adventurous, go hang yourself in mid-air and round and round with 360 degree turns.

A Day At Universal Studios Singapore

A Day At Universal Studios Singapore

The Must-See Parade

The highlight of the day is this parade, where all the major characters of USS took a long walk-cum-dancing along the street. If there is one show not to be missed, this is of top priority!

Universal Studios Singapore - The Must-see Parade

The Parade is only available on some weekend and Sunday, it is replaced by other performances on weekdays.A Day At Universal Studios Singapore

 

A Day At Universal Studios Singapore

The Rockafellas performance is just as entertaining! They invites audience participation too.

Characters Meet-And-Greets

Many of your childhood dream characters would just suddenly appears right in front of you to give you an experience you never will forget. That’s the beauty of street entertainment!A Day At Universal Studios Singapore

Characters Meet and Greets

It was already 7pm, and Elmo is still out there playing.Characters Meet and Greets Shrek is at a house you probably never seen before.A Day At Universal Studios Singapore

The Must-See fireworks

Capped the night with a spectacular fireworks show. It was so good that after that you probably reasoned out the high entrance price they charged. Now you would tell yourself, it’s worth coming!

The must-see Fireworks

But do check-it-out again, the show is only available on weekends.

Universal Studios Singapore

After the fireworks show, thousands of visitors would be rushing out for home. Waiting for the train to get out of Sentosa could easily take 1 hour, due to the ‘super’ long queue. My suggestion is you’d be better off heading towards Resort World to take a taxi or continue your sightseeing around the area till the waiting crowd disperse.

The Worst Ride Ever

Not all rides are worth the long period of queuing. Some rides looks to be exciting, but when on it, it’s a big let down, especially those boat rides, perhaps they are meant for the kids, but even my kids complaint that it is so boring, a total waste of time in queuing for it, shouldn’t even attempt one. Many who had attempted walkout in disgust.

Universal Studios Singapore - The worst ride

The Sudden Thrill

This boat ride at Jurassic Park looks ordinary and boring, you get to see some dinosaurs and uninteresting ruined buildings.

A Day At Universal Studios Singapore

But it’s excitement came when the boat suddenly plunges …20 meters( I guessed)… down onto a river, that’s the only time you’d screamed it out!

Jurassic Park

 

We are warned that the boat ride at Jurassic Park would get one wet and soaked, so like many others, we purchased raincoats. It’s true we got ourselves wet, but to be soaked is an exaggeration. The rain coat is available at the kiosk, there are even drying booth.A Day At Universal Studios Singapore

A Day At Universal Studios Singapore

 

A Day At Universal Studios Singapore

If you had gotten yourself wet, a $5 fo about 5 minutes of blowing time at the drying pod would probably get everything dry again.A Day At Universal Studios Singapore

The Food

Food here are rather expensive, a simple quick meal for 4 easily set us back by almost S$100.00, the restaurant is so small and so congested that getting a seat is extremely hard, it’s worst then waiting for the ride. Mind you, the food tasted so ordinary that we didn’t even bother to finish it.

Food and Restaurant at Universal Studios Singapore

 

There are few foodcourt around USS. This is the one just outside Jurrasic Park.Food and Restaurant at Universal Studios Singapore

That’s the chicken rice we took. If you are crazing for the famous chicken rice of Singapore, this is certainly not the one you want to try. It’s costly and distasteful ! It tasted so ordinary that we didn’t even bother to finish it. I suggest you take a temporarily exit from USS and try any food stalls just outside it’s entrance, it tastes better and has a great varieties of food.Food and Restaurant at Universal Studios SingaporeOtherwise the choices of food is almost unlimited. Visitors can find Chinese, Indians, Malays and Europeans food here. Food and Restaurant at Universal Studios Singapore

Food and Restaurant at Universal Studios Singapore

Food and Restaurant at Universal Studios Singapore

Food and Restaurant at Universal Studios Singapore

Food and Restaurant at Universal Studios Singapore

Food and Restaurant at Universal Studios Singapore

Food and Restaurant at Universal Studios Singapore

Food and dine at USS Water cooler is available free just outside the many restrooms around.

A Day At Universal Studios Singapore

Souvenirs

Plenty of souvenirs to buy, no visitors should leave here without a souvenir, it’s just that irresistible.Souvenirs

Other Services

Just right at the entrance of USS, there are many services provided by USS to make your day better.Guest Services at Universal Studios Singapore Go Into the Guest Services to convert your ticket into a Season Pass if you intend to come again soon.Guest Services  At Universal Studios Singapore

Go get yourself a map and know the many shows available to plan your itinerary better.Maps and brochures

 

For those with kids and babies, large room are there to help. It’s inside the Guest Services.Rentals of wheelchairs and strollers Wheelchairs and Strollers are there for rent. Everyone can join the fun at Universal Studios Singapore!Rentals of wheelchairs and strollers

Rentals of wheelchairs and strollers

Rentals of wheelchairs and strollers at USS

Rentals of wheelchairs and strollers

 

Wheelchairs and Strollers

Tired of carrying too many bags and belongings around? Just rent a locker and deposit them there.Lockers at Universal Studios Singapore Locker rental is $12 for 4 hours and $15 for a day for a small locker ( good for 2 bags). For a larger locker, the charges are $24 for 4 hours and $30 a day.

Where to get cheaper price ticket for USS?

Admission ticket to USS is officially priced at $74 for an adult and $54 for children.

  1. To get in at a cheaper rate, the fastest way is to use a Master Card if you had one, that would save you 10% for every ticket instantly.
  2. Or you could go buy the ticket online. There are many available, I would not named them here. Most are offering between SGD$55-$65.  However, I don’t feel good when what they offer are actually ‘E-ticket’, or print-out ticket, not the actual admission ticket. I’m sceptical of its reliability since I’ve yet to buy any from it.
  3. We got ours from a travel agency in Chinatown People’s Park basement 1. Available at SGD$60 for a physical admission ticket. You can find plenty of travel agencies retailing them in Chinatown. ( Do remember to ask for a print-out receipt). Upon admission to Universal Studios Singapore, we went to the Guest Services to get it upgraded to a Season Pass ( valid for 6 months) by topping-up $24.
Guide To Universal Studios Singapore

Getting to Universal Studios Singapore

Getting to Universal Studios Singapore is easy, the most convenience public transport is through the Mass Rapid Transport (MRT), alight at Harbour Front station. From there, go by Exit E into Vivo City and take the lift or escalator to Level 3 to board the Sentosa Express Train (payable). Alight at the next stop Waterfront station, and there you are, at the front of Universal Studios Singapore.

Universal Studios Singapore - getting there
Enjoy the scenic ride into Sentosa while on the train.

Other modes of transports includes drive in by car, taxi, cable car or simply take a 10-15 minutes walk from Harbour Front (Vivo City).

Universal Studios Singapore - getting there
The Harbour Front station is at bottom left.

Transportation to Universal Studios SingaporeThe MRT would bring you to Harbour Front, upon exit, you find yourself in one of Singapore most famous shopping mall– Vivo City.Transportation To Universal Studios Singapore

Proceed to level 3 to get your ticket to Resort World Sentosa ( RWS). As Universal Studios Singapore is located at RWS, you have the choice to proceed there through a $3 train ticket, or take a walk across the bridge to USS.Ticket to Resorts World SentosaBuy your train ticket at the counter. The train comes every 15 minutes.

Should you decide to walk into RWS, then proceed to level 1 and follow the signage which reads Sentosa Broadwalk.A Day At Universal Studios SingaporeThe walk is 545 meter into RWS, or 15 minutes long. But there are travelators to bring you there.DSC06258.jpg 50%I prefer to walk, and we always walk. Taking the train cost you $3 per person, plus waiting time, it cost you just about 10 minutes to be at USS. The train travel quite fast, in less than 2 minutes you are already in RWS, that’s why you would miss the beautiful harbour front view.A Day At Universal Studios SingaporeTaking a walk to USS is free, and you get to see the scenic view of Singapore harbour front.

Welcome to Resort World Sentosa!

Welcome to Universal Studios Singapore!

Enjoy yourself!

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