The prominent globe of Universal Studios
A trip to Singapore will not be complete without visiting Universal Studios theme park, located inside Resorts World Singapore. That’s why during our Singapore trip, the first day of our tour was spent enjoying the hi-tech attractions in Universal Studios.
Ticket booths at Universal Studios Singapore
We arrived at Universal Studios at around 9:30 AM. Good thing it was a summer weekday (Tuesday) so the queue at the ticket booth was relatively short. We purchased our tickets onsite using our credit card (MasterCard) so we were able to avail of a promo (check the ResortsWorld website for promos). You can also buy your tickets online to save time. The standard ticket price for one day pass is $74 for adult and $54 for a child.
The attractions, rides and shows in Universal Studios are all based on hugely popular movies such as Transformers, Shrek, Jurassic Park, etc. There are seven zones in Universal Studios: Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, Lost World, Far Far Away and Madagascar.
As soon as the park opened, we proceeded to Sci-Fi City and we lined up first for Transformers the Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle as we heard that the queue here could take so long! But we were pleasantly surprised that the queue only took a few minutes, maybe because it was a weekday and it was still early morning.
Whew, what a ride it was! Thanks to cutting-edge technology, it felt like I was right there in the mini-movie, battling the evil forces of the Decepticons. The moves of our ride were in perfect sync with the fast-paced and adrenalin rush-inducing scenes in the movie. This ride should not be missed, especially by Transformers fans. Take note that this ride has height requirements: guests must be at least 102cm in height to ride. Children 102cm to 122cm must be accompanied by a supervising companion.
Transformes the Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle
Transformers Supply Vault; Bumblebee
After that adrenalin rush, our next stop was at Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN VS. CYLON ride. This roller coaster was built in epic proportions, said to be the world’s tallest duelling roller coasters. You may choose between Human or Cylon, or you may ride both but one at a time, if one did not provide enough thrills.
Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN VS. CYLON
Human is a seated roller coaster that zooms at a speed of 82.8km/hr and propels its riders 14 storeys into the air. Cylon is a suspended roller coaster (riders’ feet dangling in the air!) that turns its riders upside down as it follows its tracks through an intense corkscrew and cobra roll.
Battlestar Galactica: Cylon
Naturally a daredevil, my husband chose the Cylon. As for me, I did not attempt to ride the Battlestar. My husband said that the Cylon ride was really intense; so much so that Enchanted Kingdom’s Space Shuttle was just for kids (sorry EK!).
Revenge of the Mummy
Adjacent to Sci-Fi City is the Ancient Egypt Zone. We mostly took photos here and did not ride the Revenge of the Mummy, a high-speed, indoor roller coaster (guests under 122cm may not ride this). Also in Ancient Egypt is the Treasure Hunters, an outdoor motor car ride for kids.
The Madagascar zone was especially designed and crafted for kids. But we were feeling like kids that day so we did not miss the Madagascar: A Crate Adventure. This was an indoor boat ride that told the story of the movie’s four heroes (Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria) and their funny antics. Take note that guests/kids under 80cm are not allowed to ride this.
Madagascar: A Crate Adventure
Also in the Madagascar zone was King Julien's Beach Party-Go-Round which was basically a carousel. Well, we did skip this one because we wanted to see the other park zones.
Far Far Away
Shrek's home; Shrek's and Fiona's carriage
Just like Madagascar, the Far Far Away zone was created for kids and kids-at-heart. We really enjoyed staying at this zone because we watched all of the Shrek movies (Shrek, Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, and Shrek Forever After). Like the plot of the Shrek movies, this zone was very entertaining.
Shrek 4D Adventure
Not to be missed was the Shrek 4-D Adventure. This was an indoor film experience. While strapped to our seats, we were entertained by Donkey and Shrek in their quest to save Princess Fiona. We actually heard, saw and even felt the actions in the movie! The special effects were complete with seat movements during bumpy treks, air blasts and water sprays. How I wish though that the movie lasted a little longer.
Enchanted Airways; Shrek and Fiona on parade
Aptly called Enchanted Airways, we also rode in this outdoor roller coaster. It was a fun ride that let us see the world of Shrek and most parts of the Far Far Away zone. Note that there is a height restriction for this ride: guests under 92 cm are not allowed. There was a ferris wheel for children called the Magic Potion Spin. We did not ride here anymore to let the “real” children have this for themselves.
We visited Fairy Godmother’s Potion Shop that sold merchandise based from the characters in Shrek movies. I wanted to buy everything! But of course I had to restrain myself. I just settled for ref magnets to add to our collection.
It was lunch time already when we ended our stay in Far Far Away. We had our lunch in Discovery Food Court, located in the Lost World Zone.