For those who are coming to Singapore in the coming months or even years, I will begin this series called Explore Singapore! highlighting several must-visit places that you could consider to include in your itinerary. It's true. Singapore is a small country but being small doesn't mean there's not much to see. Living here for a year, I've come to realized that there are a lot of places that I have yet to visit. As Paul and I would dedicate our weekends in exploring the city, our love for the Little Red Dot grows more and more.
Since it opened about 4-5 years ago, Universal Studios Singapore or USS as we would call it, has been one of the most visited spot here in Singapore. It really just shows that theme parks are not just for kids. For example, my parents who visited us last year told me to prepare their itinerary but they just have one request -- to visit USS. I almost fell of my seat laughing when Pan told me about this but being the obedient daughter that I was, I made sure that we visited USS on their 2nd day in Singapore!
I've written about visiting Universal Studios Singapore 4 years ago and since a lot of changes have took place, it's high time for an update.
There are several ways to go to Sentosa Island today. First is through the Sentosa Monorail which you can access from the top level of Vivo City Mall. This will cost you S$4 for a round trip ride but the whole amount will be deducted at the Vivo City station. Those who prefers a cheaper alternative is to head to the entrance of the mall and take bus RWS8 which will only cost you S$2 per way.
A lot of rides have been added since our 2010 visit to USS. In fact, they also added in a new zone since our last visit too! Today, USS has a total of 7 zones -- Hollywood, Far Far Away, New York, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, Lost World and Madagascar.
We've been going back in time, so the next zone really took us back to where everything began -- The Lost World. This section is divided into two areas -- Jurassic Park and Waterworld.
The last zone was Madagascar. This was the newest addition so we made sure to try both rides found in this area -- the King Julien's Beach Party-Go-Round as well as the Madagascar: A Crate Adventure. Both very kiddie friendly but adults will enjoy clapping and dancing to the fun beat as you go round and round the merry go round!
It's Chow Time!
There are also a number of food outlets in USS as well such as KT's Grill, Loui's NY Pizza Parlor and Mel's Drive-In. Normally, Paul and I would just have lunch prior to heading to the theme park as we're really not too impressed with the food inside.
Ending your day with a BANG.
After going through all the rides and watching the show, be sure to stay around for the fireworks display. In my opinion, it still comes second to Disney Land as it lacks that emotional tug that Disney has succeeded in. However, it was nice to just rest our legs while ooh-ing and ahh-ing as the Singapore sky is filled with beautiful colors.
The best time to go to USS is definitely during weekdays and do make sure that it doesn't coincide with a school holiday or school break. We really enjoyed strolling around the theme park without having to elbow our way through the crowd. For first-time Singapore visitors, I highly recommend for you to dedicate at least half a day at USS.
Ticket rates: (as of March 2014)
Senior Citizen: S$36 (yes, even tourists can avail of this just present your passport/valid ID)
There are a number of promotions that USS would have periodically, be sure to visit their website before booking your theme park tickets.
Universal Studios Singapore is located at Sentosa Island, Singapore. Visit their website for more information.