Yes its been while since we were in Singapore but we felt that we needed a review for the theme park and what better way of doing than a shared post.
Justin: I have been to Universal studios 3 times and this recent visit wasn’t the most exciting, as the rides and food are still the same but the experience is always enjoyable. Having fun hanging with the family and going on fast-paced rides where your heart almost leaps out of your throat. It’s always fun.
It’s my dream to have the park to my self for a day… no lines, no waiting, everything is clear but this is not the case when going during the school holidays.
Shaun: I second that! School Holidays suck for everyone who doesn’t go to school. It’s loads of kids running around, making noise and generally slowing your queue time to a dead stop. Ever waited 2 hours to get onto a ride before? Well that’s because you live somewhere other than Singapore.
OK, so I am ranting but that’s only natural because I am no longer on holiday and would really like to be again.
Universal Studios is an experience, it suspends your disbelief for a while and you remember your childhood. Jurassic park for me has one of the more complete visual escapes with the docking bay looking all docking bay like, you’re ready for adventure. Jump on the Battlestar Galactica Cylon ride for the thrills for sure; you’ll love the forces it puts on your body (make sure you look bored for the cameras).
Transformers the ride is in every way better than the movies, there is actual use for explosions and the 3D effect. The idea is you’re in a short roller coaster ride that imtermittently parks itself in front of ginormous screens at various points. The screens are ginormous so you don’t really see the edges and they blend seamlessly with the physical sets. The whole shebang makes you feel like you’re part of a massive city wide chase with Decepticons and Autobots, it’s amazing. Downside? 2 hour wait time in the peak of school holidays so go when it’s school time for both Singapore and Malaysia.
I go everytime I am in Singapore, maybe it’s because I am such a child. Love the rides, love the atmosphere, love the heat… wait no don’t love being outside in Singapore for an extended period of time.
Steph: Ok, so I’d been to Universal Studios previously but as it was still not finished, I just paid $5 to get in, walk around and check out the place, and then had dinner with some family at a restaurant there. So this time was lots of fun for me, despite the long queues as my brothers have mentioned.
I also really enjoyed the’ Transformers’ and ‘Battlestar Galactica’ rides as they were the most thrilling and well-designed in my opinion. ‘Revenge of the Mummy’ was also not bad. I don’t usually enjoy going on scary rides, but this one was not too scary and it had some thrilling parts. Also ‘Lights, Camera. Action!’ was pretty interesting. A bit of movie magic is always enjoyable!
Yes, we went to the park during the school holidays but unfortunately this was the only real way that we could go along with our cousins. One thing I will say that is really worth it is to try the Single Riders line even if you’re in a group. We walked by the Transformers ride about 4 times, and each time the wait was well over 90 minutes, so eventually we decided that we’d try the 90 minutes and hope for a quicker wait. We split up and took the single riders line and how long did we ‘wait’ in the end? 5 minutes and we were all seated! We also got to go at around the same time, just in different carriages or rows. Totally worth it.
Also, and this is common knowledge, but try to avoid buying food there if possible. We had the worst fish and chips ever and to top it off, it costed an arm and a leg.
The long queues and of course, the heat. Though they were selling nifty spray bottles attached to fans which looked like a good idea.
Next time hopefully we can go to the one in the US!