Officially opening in May 2011 as the 4th Universal Studios theme park in the world, it’s the smallest but still has 24 attractions across seven themed zones built around a central lagoon. There are 30 restaurants and food carts across the park. A big plus is that over 70% of the park is covered, to protect you from the Singapore heat and rain storms.
Watch my Universal Studios Singapore Walkthrough Video Tour
You can watch the video using the player above or at https://youtu.be/wCWzXoGOR20
By the way, in the video I do not spoil the rides by showing too much of them.
You enter the park in Hollywood and walk along the Walk of Fame. There are frequent character appearances including the always-popular Minions. Sesame Street is also represented here too.
A big tip is to head left on arrival into Madagascar, as most guests turn right and so rides will be quieter and have fewer lines going this way. This area is themed around the DreamWorks films there is the fun Madagascar Create Adventure.
Next it’s on to Far Far Away, themed around the Shrek films. This large area has a number of great attractions including Enchanted Airways, a more child-friendly rollercoaster. The Puss In Boots Giant Journey is one of the newer rides in the park, and also child friendly. Though height restrictions apply to both these rides. I really enjoyed the Shrek 4-D adventure, held in a theatre with rows of seats that have some movement. The Donkey Live show is great fun too.
From here you head into the Lost World. The first area here is Jurassic Park. Inside is the fantastic Canopy Flyer, which whisks you over the treetops. For Kid’s the Dino-Soarin lets them ride in their own Pteranodon. The braver can ride the Jurassic park rapids Adventure, a thrilling river raft ride. You will get wet.
The second part of The Lost World is WaterWorld, a thrilling live show based on the film of the same name. Set in a world covered by water the show includes remarkable jet skiing and boat action with plenty of thrills and explosions. Make sure you check the times the show is on and see it.
You leave the Lost World to enter Ancient Egypt. This is an impressive part of the park. It includes the Treasure Hunters where kids can drive their own jeeps around a track. There are frequent appearances by Egyptian Royalty. Adrenalin junkies can then enjoy the Revenge of the Mummy roller coaster, its in the dark and has lots of twists and turns. Carter’s Curiosities sells Ancient Egyptian themed souvenirs and gifts.
Complete change then as you leave Ancient Egypt for the future and Sci-Fi City. The main feature is the world’s tallest dueling roller coasters based on Battlestar Galactica. Chose the Human or Cylon rides and ride over 14-storeys high.
If that looks too much, then there is the Accelerator, whirling twirling pods. My favourite though is the 3-D Transformers Ride. You travel in small pods with 3-D screens and lots of twists and turns. My all time favourite Universal Ride.
After Sci-Fi it’s on to the last zone. New York. Replicas of famous sights like the library and Rockefeller centre dominate. Attractions here include Lights, Camera, Action hosted by Steven Spielberg where a set is destroyed by a hurricane before you eyes. There is also the Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase, a fun space adventure with Elmo and Super Grover.
You are then back where you started in Hollywood and the exit. I recommend stopping at Hollywood China Bistro for some great dim sum, noodles or rice or perhaps a Starbucks coffee from the Celebrity cafe. Then stock up with souvenirs from the huge Universal Studios Store.
It may be the smallest Universal Studios in the world but, as you can see, with 24 attractions and 30 places to eat, there’s a lot to see and do. It’s really easy to navigate and get around as the park is in a circle around the central lagoon. I loved every minute of my time here.
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