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Universal Studios Singapore

Universal Studios Singapore; Richel Goes Places

Universal Studios Singapore is the second Universal Studios theme park to open in Asia – and the easiest to go to for us with third world country passports. It just opened last 2011 and already have 20+ rides to boot – including 2 water rides and 6 roller coasters! It’s currently divided into seven different zones: namely, Hollywood, New York, Sci-fi City, Ancient Egypt, Lost World, Far Far Away, and Madagascar. Each zone lives up to their name and have rides according to their theme. Universal Studios Singapore also has over 30 restaurants and food carts, together with 20 unique retail stores and carts located around the park.

Warning: This will be a photo-heavy post. You have been warned, lol. 🙂

What blog post about USS will be complete without the photo of the globe?

What blog post about USS will be complete without the photo of the globe?

It’s easy for me to say Universal Studios Singapore is one of my favorite places to visit when in Singapore. I’ve been to the place twice now and I’m definitely planning to come back – hopefully summer next year!

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Try to watch out for the “Egyptians” showing around this spot. Their costumes are spot-on!

My favorite has got to be the Ancient Egypt. I might be a bit biased by the fact that I really want to go to Egypt.. But! They have my favorite ride, The Mummy! That ride has something that I have never experienced in an indoor roller coaster before. I’m talking about fireTry it to know what I’m talking about.

Transformers!

Transformers!

In the line for Transformers! It's kinda long since it was newly open by this time.

In the line for Transformers! It’s kinda long since it was newly open by this time.

Next is Sci-Fi City, my next favorite zone. It’ll be on the top of the list if I actually got to ride Battlestar Galactica. Oh well. Sci-fi includes the transformer ride which lets you be in a transformer! Or… something along that line. It’s great for kids and adults. Really fun and something different. Be sure to strike a pose with the Autobots!

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Sneak peek of New York and Hollywood Streets in USS!

Hollywood and New York are mostly there for photos. Lots and lots of different backgrounds to strike a pose in. Makes me feel a step closer in my NYC dream! There are also musicals and shows around this part so watch out for that.

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Welcome to Far, Far Away!

Far Far Away is the most beautiful part of USS.  They have this huge picturesque castle that’s just asking to be stared at.

Lost World, USS.

Lost World, USS.

 

The stage at Water World - where you are sure to be wet.

The stage at Water World – where you are sure to be wet.

The Lost World is a must to visit as well. They have a water-ride for the Jurassic Park fans and a show in Water World that shows great stunts. Both will get you wet – very wet if you want to! I strongly recommend watching the show in Water World.

1,2,3.. Grr!

1,2,3.. Grr!

Watching the Penguin of Madagascar dance.

Watching the Penguin of Madagascar dance.

Be sure to strike a pose with them!

Be sure to strike a pose with them!

The last one is Madagascar, obviously based on the Madagascar film. The rides in these section are mostly for kids or kids at heart. I loved watching them perform a dance number though. You can also take selfies with all of the cast!

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This is the first one I’m riding when I visit again next year!

I heard Battlestar Galactica already officially re-opened this year. I’m definitely coming back, USS! Third time is hopefully the charm!

Tips:

  1. Google for USS promos. There are plenty! We usually get ours at the Cebu Pacific store-ish at Lucky Plaza. They offer cheaper price and is legit. Do some research. Everything in Singapore is expensive so every dollar counts.
  2. Get there at least 30 minutes before Universal Studios open. Believe me when I say there are plenty of people who take photos at the USS globe. Besides, you can tour Sentosa while waiting for the park to open. Win-win.
  3. Grab a map. You will need it. Not only will it show you your way around Universal Studios. It will also show you the show times. Be sure to plan ahead so you won’t miss a thing. I strongly recommend the show at Water World.
  4. Assuming you did get there early, go line up first at the Mummy and Transformer rides. Those are the ones that pile up fast. Also, Battlestar Galactica. Not so sure about the line on the last one since it was closed on both my two visits.
  5. Go off-season. Don’t go during holidays. My two previous visits were on weekdays and not holidays. My last visit we were able to ride The Mummy ride 3 times straight because there were no lines! The longest line we had was around 30-45 minutes only – and that’s when the transformer ride just opened to public. I’ve heard some lines go to around 3 hours during peak season.
  6. Take loooots of pictures! There are so many selfie moments at USS. Take photos with the penguins of Madagascar or with Marilyn Monroe. Take photos in Ancient Egypt or in Jurassic World. Make sure your camera/phone is fully loaded before going in the park.
  7. Have fun! Don’t compare. Universal Studios Singapore is small compared to other Universal Studios and/or Disneyland. Doesn’t mean it won’t be worth it. It is! Just. Have. Fun!

Are you planning to visit USS soon?

xoxo, Richel V.

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19 Comments

  • Reply
    acilegnamai
    January 9, 2017 at 2:45 PM

    I already booked a flight to SG this year and one of the places that I anticipate the most is USS! Your post made me all giddy to go there! Nice post! 😀

    • Reply
      Richel Vergara
      January 9, 2017 at 4:52 PM

      Make sure to line up early for Galactica if you’re into roller coasters! I’ll be making a new post about my visit to USS last year, but I’m not sure if it’ll be up before your trip. Hahaha.

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    Dianne
    December 23, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    Universal studious is one of the reasons why I like to go visit Singapore. And yes, it’s the nearest and the most feasible country we can go to. I love love the photos! I’m sure Singapore is a beautiful country that’s worth a visit., aside from USS per se. My mom kept telling me how well organized that country really is, when she went there just few months ago.

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      Richel V.
      December 24, 2015 at 7:10 AM

      There are so many places to visit in Singapore! Just that, not a lot of them are mainstream and the locals will be the one who’ll tell you what/where they are. I’m planning to make a few more blog posts about the place if I found good enough pics on my gallery. Hope you can give SG a visit. 🙂

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    Mimi Gonzales
    December 23, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    It’s really such a beauty there. Still saving up for a trip there someday. 🙂 Thanks for the tips!

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      December 24, 2015 at 7:21 AM

      You’re welcome, Mimi! 🙂

  • Reply
    Melanie
    December 22, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    I love your photos soooo much! Keep traveling. I want to read more of your travel stories 🙂

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      December 22, 2015 at 8:37 PM

      Thank you so much, Melanie! I have a lot of travel plans for 2016. Stay tuned! Hahaha. 🙂

  • Reply
    jhanzey
    December 21, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Pretty photos!!! 🙂 Now I wish I could go to SG and explore the place myself!

    http://www.jhanzey.net 🙂

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      December 22, 2015 at 11:15 AM

      Thanks, Jhanz! I think SG is a good place to explore both alone or with other people. 🙂

  • Reply
    Lou
    December 21, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    Whenever I hear the word “Singapore”, it’s always the cleanliness of the place that overpowers above everything. I must visit the place, soon. Nice photos, Ri 🙂

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      December 21, 2015 at 4:41 PM

      It used to be cleanliness + too orderly/quiet for me, lol. But I always hang out with my Filipino family members whenever I’m there so I’m always having fun and not the prim & proper image of Singaporeans. SG is a must-visit. Hope you can visit soon! 🙂

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    Mei
    December 21, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    Singapore is one of the most visited countries nowadays but I still don’t feel the urge to visit hehe maybe because I don’t see too much attractions there, or I’m just thinking it’s really expensive haha but Universal Studios is surely one of the reasons why I’m going, if ever! I don’t like scary rides, but the place itself is just magical so it’s not something to be missed. Well, maybe someday? Hehe

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      Richel V.
      December 21, 2015 at 1:21 PM

      There’s actually a lot of attractions in SG but not a lot of them are mainstream so maybe that’s why you haven’t heard of it yet. I’ve been there a few times now but every time I go back to visit, there’s something new waiting for me to explore. And yes, it is expensive in SG. Hahaha! Maybe someday you can visit! If not for the rides, then for the beauty itself. The entire Sentosa island – where USS is located – is amazing! 🙂

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    Vanessa D'Orazio
    December 21, 2015 at 6:21 AM

    That is definitely a must go place, I love theme parks!

    http://www.notesofglam95.blogspot.it/

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      December 21, 2015 at 8:43 AM

      Yes, it is! The place is amazing. 🙂

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