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Universal Studios Singapore: Photos and Tips!

21 May 201023 Comments

We went to check out Singapore’s Universal Studios last week!

It was warm and slightly cloudy that day, BUT it did NOT rain and it wasn’t scorching hot! *phew*

And, here’s how it all went!

[Anya, Vai and my parents who were here in Singapore for a few days!]

Now. I guess this is one of the ‘must-have’ shots, haha.

[Photo Tips: To take a shot with the ‘globe’, you can try standing a little further away from the globe to get a ‘wider’ shot, like how we did it in the photo above]

The Universal Studios here is ‘divided’ into seven different ‘sections’:
The Lost World (Jurassic Park), Far Far Away (Shrek!), Madagascar (you should know this one!), Ancient Egypt (The Mummy), Sci-Fi City (Battlestar Galactica), Hollywood and New York.

And, Anya and Vai totally LOVE Far Far Away!

We watched the Shrek 4D show, took photos with ‘Shrek and Fiona’, AND the four of us (yes, BOTH kids included) went on the rollercoaster ride, called ‘Enchanted Airways’ (the red one below)!

[Review: The 4D show was nice; Shrek and Fiona come out for photo sessions with the public at specific timings and you need to be at least 92cm to get on the rollercoaster ride! Vai loved the ride, Anya kept on screaming and holding onto my arm real tightly haha, and I thought it’d be nicer if the ride could last a little longer.

Tips: It’d be great if you’ve already watched any of the Shrek movies. Anya and Vai have watched ‘Shrek the Third’, and they LOVE it. Bigger kids who’ve seen the movie would be more excited about ‘Far Far Away’, naturally]

Be sure to not miss the ‘WaterWorld’ live show (at the ‘Lost World’ section). Lots of stunts and explosions. More for bigger kids though, if you ask me (As we have no intention of letting Anya and Vai watch WaterWorld the movie, I explained the actions and sequence to the kids throughout the show)

[Left: Jurassic Park Food Court; Right: Anya, Vai and Daddy on the Madagascar’s carousel]

We had lunch at the Jurassic Park Food Court.

And, … it was not a nice experience.

It was 1pm (on a Friday), and the queue was VERY long. We waited for more than an hour before we finally had our chicken rice and bak kut teh set meal, and … the food was disappointing.  The chicken was plain and tasteless, and the bak kut teh’s soup was very VERY diluted (read: almost tasted like plain water).

Glad that at least we had our $10 meal voucher to pay for our lunch.

[In the month of May, you get $10 meal voucher and $5 retail voucher for every ticket purchased]

While we’re at the Jurassic Park area, we went on all of the rides!

We went on the Dino-Soarin ride, and the Canopy Flyer! (photo above and below).

I sat next to Vai on the Canopy Flyer, and as I have this fear of heights, I squeezed his hands tightly when the aerial ride took off.

This 3.5yo little guy was totally cool about the ride though, and he was the one who said to me, ‘It’s okay, Mommy … Don’t be scared …’


And I thought the ‘comforting bit’ should be the other way around? Hehe.

We went on the Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure too.

It was fun, but again, I wished it lasted a while longer *smile*

We all need to be at least 107cm tall though, and since Vai was 106cm, he couldn’t join us on this one *Boo*

And so, Vai went on the Dino-Soarin ride with my Dad instead.

[Tips: Bring along your raincoat, because you could get drenched on this ride]

Here we’re at the Ancient Egypt section! Love the statues and the atmosphere.

Friends told us to not miss the ‘Revenge of the Mummy’ show, but we didn’t go for the show as we felt it’s not age-appropriate for Anya and Vai.

We didn’t try any of the rides here either as the estimated queuing time was 45 mins (!) and we thought it’d be much better to use our remaining time to watch shows that we can enjoy together with our parents AND both kids instead.

[We walked past the ‘Sci-Fi City section’ too as the huge rollercoaster was not in operation, and the spinning ride called ‘Accelerator’ would give us all a bad headache!]

We went towards New York and Hollywood area.

The ambience was nicely done, I thought, and we took heaps photos there, … with ‘Charlie Chaplin’ too, hehe.

[Tips: Find out the ‘timings’ of the ‘celebrity appearances’. Apparently there should be a leaflet or something that states ‘who’ comes out ‘when’ for photo sessions with the public]


We checked out ‘Lights, Camera, Action!’ (‘hosted’ by Steven Spielberg).

It was really NICE, I thought!

We were there till Universal Studios closed at 7pm (actually, by the time we left it was already 7.30pm!]

It was a really nice day out with our family.

[Photos: All photos in this post were taken using Canon S90]

Before I end the post, here are a few extra tips I’d like to share:

– Click HERE to find out about how to get there

– Bring along your hat / umbrella / raincoats, since the weather here in Singapore can get rather unpredictable. Raincoats especially will be ‘useful’ when you get on the Rapids Adventure (Jurassic Park)

– If you can, do avoid weekends or the school holidays. The queuing time will be much longer, which means you’ll have ‘less’ time going around and checking out other rides and shows.

– Go and buy your tickets online a few days in advance to avoid disappointment.

And if you have little ones:

– They have strollers available for rent (Single @ $10, Double @ $15).

– Children below 4yo need NO tickets (free of charge)

– Drinks and food are rather pricey there, so you might want to bring along your water bottle and some snacks for the little ones, especially.

– If your kids are below 92cm tall, you may want to consider going to the Universal Studios with other families and friends. This way, you can take turns and ‘babysit’ the kids while the adults enjoy the rides themselves too!

Have fun!


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