Universal Studios Singapore

I am way behind my blogs I know. It is already June but I am still stuck in Summer. After my last trip, everything just went crazy. Summer saw me, like I said, in one of my favorite city, Singapore. My second time in this Tiger City actually. For me, the 10 days I spent there were not enough for everything I wanted to see. I guess I’ll never get tired of going there. l was amazed by the many changes that happened since the last time I’ve been in that place which was just a little over a year ago. In the area of Mustafa for example, what was once been a busy Indian street full of restaurants and stores is now the Metro mall which is said to be the first eco mall in Asia. The vast area of contructions along harbor front, which we saw while we were riding the cable car going to Sentosa last year, now boast of Resorts World and Universal Studios. So many developments in a span of one year!

Metro Mall

Universal Studios ahead

Resorts World

The main objective of my Singapore trip really was (well, aside from visiting my sister) to experience Universal Studios, and experience it we did, my sister and I. We arrived at Universal Studios at exactly 10 am, just in time for the opening because we didn’t book ahead. They sell only limited tickets to walk ins so you have to be there early or else they will close out the booth on you. Normally, you have to reserve tickets via the internet. Universal Studios is fun, fun, fun! This particular blog is solely devoted to my Universal Studios experience. The rest of the places I went to in Singapore have to wait.=)

Universal Studios Singapore has six fun filled areas.

tickets!:)

the famous Universal Studios logo

We were welcomed by none other than Mr. Woody Woodpecker himself.

In the Lost World, there’s the Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure (a river raft ride), Canopy Flyer, Dino-Soarin’ and Amber Rock Climb. This is where you can watch also the Waterworld, a live water show of death defying stunts and explosions. You will be entertained at the start by some of the actors who would reenact a scene from the movie itself. If you don’t want to get really wet I suggest you stay on the top or at the rear side of the ampitheater.:)

In front of Jurassic Park

Waterworld

In Madagascar, you can try the Crate Adventure (another river raft ride) and King Juliene’s Beach Party Go Round (in short carousel). The cast of Madagascar usually go out every hour to do some meet and greet and to do some nasty moves on the dance floor which is quite amusing, so don’t miss out on that if yu’re there. Get ready with your cameras also because the lines can get really long.

Madagascar!

the penguins!

In Ancient Egypt, there’s the Revenge of the Mummy (a roller coaster ride) and Treasure Hunters for children. There are also tall towering Egyptian replicas scattered along this area which are great for picture taking.

Big Egyptian Replicas

Another Egyptian replicas

Far, Far Away which is my favorite place at Universal Studios, has Shrek 4D Adventure, a must see show for the kids and kids at heart. I totally loved it. It is better than The Pirates 4D Magix at Sentosa Themepark. Donkey Live, another hilarious live interactive show is also a must see. The rides here include Enchanted Airways, another roller coaster and Magic Potion Spin, a mini ferris wheel for kids. We ate at a restaurant in this area, Goldilocks, which serves the yummiest mashed potatoes and fried chicken. They also have other restos such as Friar’s and Fairy Godmother’s Juice Bar with relatively low prices as compared to the others inside Universal. Princess Fiona and Shrek also come out of their tree house to pose with tourists every hour, too bad we weren’t able to catch them.

Shrek's house

Kingdom Far Far Away

outside Goldilock's restaurant

Hollywood area is a nice place for taking pictures with its striking facade. Don’t forget to watch Monster Rock at Pantages Hollywood Theater if you happen to be there because it is an awesome show. They also stage the Kowabunga Kove singing sensation along Hollywood every hour.

Hollywood

Performance to the highest level

New York City has the Lights, Camera, Action by Steven Spielberg, a special effects and sound stage show. It is something worth seeing. It is like being right there on the set of the filming of a major hurricane about to hit New York, it left me dazed. This part also has many picturesque areas where you can take some nice shots. Celebrities like Manilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplain come out ready to pose with guests. The Rockafellas perform some street dancing live also in the streets of New York. A saxophonist can also be seen in the afternoon serenading visitors. It really has that distinct New Yorky feeling.

New York!

Steven Spielberg Studio behind me

Sci Fi City is not open yet when we went there, but there were already aliens going around, ready to greet guests.:)

Aliens at Sci Fi City

Of course, Universal Studios will not be complete without the shopping experience. I particularly liked the Universal Studios Store with its themed collectibles, toys and other apparel. The Brown Derby has some really fun products (think Betty Boop) that you’ll find hard to resist and Fairy God Mother’s Potion Shop has so much cute fantasy merchandise all from the world of Shrek. There is also the Penguins Mercantile that sells silly keepsakes inspired by the Madagascar characters. You can also load up some Hershey’s chocolates at the Hershey’s Store where they come in not just small but big packaging as well.

Universal Studios Store

Hershey's Chocolate Store

trying on hats at The Brown Derby

Penguins Mercantile

We went there for a day and we still missed out on a lot. Although the land area is small and can be toured in half a day, there’s just so much to see and explore. It really is a feast for the eyes. I truly enjoyed my whole Universal Studios experience and I am looking forward to going back there again next year with my little girl.

RATES: When we went there, the rates were 72 dollars for weekends and 62 dollars for weekdays. You will get a 10 dollar meal voucher (meals in restaurants ranges from 14-20 dollars) and 4 dollars shopping voucher. Not bad, not bad at all.
TIPS: Come early if you did not do internet reservations, they only have limited tickets for walk ins. Buy softdrinks instead of the water inside because they only sell Evian which is a bit expensive compared to the softdrinks, you will definitely get thirsty as you go around. Bring extra shirts with you because it can get really hot and humid in Singapore plus you will get wet when you go try the rides. Bring an extra battery for your camera because you will get crazy at the nice places there where you can pose and take pictures. Check out the schedule of shows first before you go around so you will know where and when they’ll be so you won’t miss out on them. Lastly, be nice to the other tourists and graciously accept their request for you to take their pictures. There are a lot of Pinoys working there, it wouldn’t help them at all if a fellow Pinoy becomes haughty in their dealings with other tourists.
Although Universal Studios is small compared to the ones in the States, every minute and every penny you will spend there are worth it because well, the rare chance of being a kid once again in this little place called Universal Studios is to me, just plain priceless.:)

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    March 14, 2017 at 3:23 am (9 months ago)

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  6. Lighting Fixture :
    October 31, 2010 at 12:50 am (7 years ago)

    Universal Studios is still one of the best film studios and you can also visit their offices *

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    • Blanca
      October 31, 2010 at 8:07 am (7 years ago)

      thanks for leaving a comment here. Godbless.:)

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  7. ramya
    August 21, 2010 at 3:25 pm (7 years ago)

    hai blanka. This is ramya from india. Thanks a lot for posting this valuble information. Great work my friend. Cheers.!

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    • Blanca
      August 22, 2010 at 11:34 am (7 years ago)

      Thank you Ramya. Godbless.:)

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  8. Staney
    August 17, 2010 at 3:04 am (7 years ago)

    My daughter . . has begun the countdown!! ..3 days to go for our holiday to start!!!

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    • Blanca
      August 17, 2010 at 4:47 am (7 years ago)

      I am excited for your daughter too Staney! Have fun and have a safe trip!=)

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  9. Staney
    July 26, 2010 at 2:59 am (7 years ago)

    Great review!! I am due to visit Singapore with my 5 year old daughter in August. Have alreay booked my tickets via the internet. Two questions

    1) Do you think we should but the express pass- the one which lets you to the front?
    2) Considering I have a lil girl on tow. What shows do you sugggest we cover first?

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    • Blanca
      July 26, 2010 at 3:19 am (7 years ago)

      Hi Staney! Thank you for leaving a comment here. Yes, I think you should get the express pass, since you have a little girl in tow. Check out Shrek 4D and Donkey Shows first, she should definitely not miss that, she’ll have fun there. Monster Rock is really nice but you have to choose a seat that is in the middle or a little way over the back bec. there are lots of fireworks, we wouldn’t want your little girl to be inhaling the smoke that would be coming out from their special effects inside the theatre. The Waterworld show, she might get scared of that because there are lots of explosions and smoke and all that, so better stay far off in the amptitheather just in case she might not like it, you can easily leave. You have to check out the Meet and Greet schedule also of the characters, she’ll love that, the Madagascar characters even perform a little dance before they have their pictures taken. Fiona and Shrek also do the photo op. You have to be fast because they are very strict with the lines there, when its time, they cut the picture taking even when there’s a long queue. I am excited for your little girl, she’ll love it there. Have fun!=)

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      • Staney
        August 17, 2010 at 3:02 am (7 years ago)

        Thanks Blanca!!

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        • Blanca
          August 17, 2010 at 4:47 am (7 years ago)

          You’re welcome.:)

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  10. kirara
    June 29, 2010 at 2:15 am (7 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait for my turn.:)

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    • Blanca
      June 29, 2010 at 2:22 am (7 years ago)

      You’r welcome. Enjoy your trip.:)

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