Universal Studios Singapore: A Journey Through Movies


“Let’s do it again,” exclaimed one guest right after alighting her seat. “Come on, guys! Let’s do it again!!!”


“I just need a moment,” one of them said to her. They were coming out of the Cylon Ride, one of the two Battlestar Galactica roller coasters at Universal Studios Singapore.


By the end of that minute aboard that frakkin’ Human ride, everything was already spinning around the friend. “You go ahead,” the friend told her.


“So much for being a Battlestar Galactica fan,” teased her.


Well, all of the uest became big Battlestar Galactica fans and they loved every second of that adrenaline-pumping ride. Just that one of the members could not, apparently, do it over and over again. Balance friends fell in line again for their second Cylon ride, and she watched them get enveloped yet again in a different kind of thrill.


ABOUT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS SINGAPORE


Universal Studios Singapore is Asia’s second and Southeast Asia’s first movie theme park. Located within Resorts World Sentosa, the place covers 49 acres (20 hectares) of land, harboring a total of 24 exciting attractions! The park is divided into seven zones, each with its own theme that is based on a popular TV show or a blockbuster film. Each zone also has its own characters, restaurants, shops and rides.

HOLLYWOOD!
Located just after the entrance to the park, Hollywood is the first zone that you will see. Surrounded by palm trees and amazing structures, the park’s look is based on the real Hollywood Boulevard. Popcorns, Marilyn, Hollywood Walk of Fame — many elements here remind visitors of the old Hollywood.

MADAGASCAR!


“My nephew would kill me!”


This was what one of the group members said when she found herself surrounded by the hilarious characters of Madagascar. Her nephew is a big fan, and he’d be upset had he known that she will be meeting the crazy penguins without him.


The main attraction at the Madagascar Zone is the Madagascar: A Crate Adventure ride. It is a fun ride but made primarily for children and fans of the show. We spent more than an hour falling in line, but it was worth it somehow.


FAR FAR AWAY


Based on the Dreamworks animated blockbuster, Far Far Away features Shrek and the other characters like Princess Fiona and Donkey. The main structure in this zone is the castle which houses a theater. Here, you can enjoy the Shrek’s 4-D Adventure movie.

THE LOST WORLD

The Lost World is divided into two areas — Waterworld and Jurassic Park. In Waterworld, visitors get to enjoy a live, action-packed water stunt show in an amphitheater. My mom and I enjoyed the show tremendously.


A warning, though: If you don’t want to get wet, don’t sit in the front rows.


If you want a wet-and-wild adrenaline-pumping adventure, then head to the Jurassic Park where dinosaurs abound. Enter the world of velociraptors and then escape from them in this ride.


ANCIENT EGYPT


Based on the Golden Age of Egyptian Exploration in the early 20th century, Ancient Egypt is home to the Revenge of the Mummy indoor rollercoaster ride where you get to be face-to-face with scarab beetles and, well, mummies!


SCI-FI CITY

And now, into the favorite zone! Sci-Fi city’s most popular attraction has to be Battlestar Galactica. These dueling rollercoasters set thrill-seekers on an out-of-this-world mission via a turbulent and high-speed chase which involves sudden drops, lifting and dramatic acceleration. You may choose between Cylon and Human. Cylon, the blue track is more challenging.


NEW YORK
New York is themed after, well, New York City and its most recognizable landmarks. When we were there, there was a group of men dancing in the streets entertaining the crowd. The main attraction here is Lights, Camera, Action: Hosted by Steven Spielberg.

How to get there:


Take the MRT North East Line going to Harbourfront and alight at the last stop — Harbourfront Station. Walk into the VivoCity Mall and climb to Level 3 of the Mall. Proceed to Lobby L. Board the monorail train and get off at Waterfront Station. Follow the signs and you’ll find yourself staring at the Universal Studios rotating globe soon after. You can also travel on foot on Sentosa Boardwalk.


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