After more than 2 years of the opening of the Universal Studio Singapore (USS), I manage to visit this place with my family during the Malaysia Day holiday recently. We went on an off-peak day so lines weren’t too crazy.
Having visited the Universal Studio Japan (USJ) in Osaka early this year, I had high expectation for the USS because I really enjoyed myself at USJ. Hmmmmm…., I’m wrong. I feel a little bit disappointed with the scale of the park is too small and the amount of good rides is very limited. In term of scaIe, half of the size of USJ, and I feel that they tried to crammed the attractions into such limited space. The mummy ride, one of the major attraction was just an average rides for me and to add to my disappointment, both Battlestar Galactica Rollercoaster rides was closed during my visit.
The Universal Studio Singapore parks should be maintained properly to lit up its standards, suitable of the branding of the theme park. At the Shrek 4D show, some seats that didn’t work well, including mine. I was very disappointed that I could not experienced the show to the fullest. And even for the transformer ride, the rides was interrupted for more than an hour due to some technical difficulties that resulted super duper long queue that lasted for few hours. I was in the lines for almost an hour when it suddenly stop and makes me give-up the rides.
Treasure Hunters, Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase, Dino-Soarin, Magic Potion Spin, King Julien’s Beach Party-Go-Round, Madagascar: A Crate Adventure are all clearly for small children. However, it was a fun place for families. Although not much activities for little kids, both my niece enjoyed taking photographs with some character especially the transformers. Nonetheless we had fun and enjoyed ourselves.
The good thing about this theme park is it is very muslim friendly. Yeah, because it received lots of muslim visitors from Malaysia, Indonesia and even their locals. Few halal certified restaurant is available inside the park. That’s mean, you don’t need to smuggle food inside the park like some other theme parks.. hehehe.. You can locate the halal restaurants from the parks map. Of course it quite pricey, but if possible, try to get an entrance ticket that comes together with a free meal voucher. I got my ticket during a promotion for only rm168 with free SGD20 meal vouchers and SGD5 shopping voucher. For more saving, you can get a kids meal for only SGD9.90 that come together with a free drink and a free USS transformer container as souvenir. That’s mean you didn’t need to spend anything for food and souvenirs with this free meal coupons… ;)… There is also a small surau just at the back of the mummy rides area, in between the Ancient Egypt park and the Sci-Fi park.
How to go there
The USS is easily accessible by public transportation. You can take the North-East purple line to the Harbourfront station at the VivoCity. Once exit the station, just follow the signboard to take the Sentosa Express at the 3rd floor of the VivoCity and stop at the first station (SGD4 per person, on the way out it is free). Alternatively, you could also walk, which is about 10-15 mins from VivoCity, and is a covered walkway.
You can also drive straight to USS and park right below the theme park for less hassle. It was a very spacious parking area and the parking rate was about SGD26 for a day. It was quite reasonable if you are traveling with little kids or in large group.