Of Dinosaurs, Mummies & Ogres: Universal Studios Singapore Review

There is enough pop culture elements to satisfy everyone in Universal Studios.

When I first visited Sentosa a few years back, the old amusement park were a little too generic for my liking, but its revamp as Universal Studios hit the jackpot right on mark. Divided into seven different zones, each section offers a unique immersive experience into your favorite movie classics.

Read on for my Universal Studios Singapore experience back on June 2012.

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Hollywood & New York

If you’re all for thrills and spills, these two zones do not offer much beyond shows and street performances. However, it does boast a collection of stylish buildings worthy of a few Instagram shots.

Hollywood & New York in Universal Studios Singapore of Resorts World Sentosa

Attractions I liked:

  • Lights, Camera, Action! Hosted by Steven Spielberg. It’s a live showcase of how the greats create special effects. We stand in a boathouse setting and watch a Category 5 hurricane hits New York and eventually our own boathouse. Debris flies, ceiling drops, flames everywhere.
  • Monster Rock at Pantages Hollywood Theatre. It’s a Broadway-styled musical with Frankenstein, dracula, mummy, werewolf, etc. singing along to classic rock tunes. There’s a novelty ring to it, and though I don’t usually like musicals, a good light entertainment is always welcomed.

Sci-Fi City

I hate action movies. And Transformers might be my least favorite movie… ever! By default, you’d think that I pay Sci-Fi City dust. But in the magical world of Universal Studios Singapore, this is by far the highlight of my experience.

Sci-Fi City in Universal Studios Singapore of Resorts World Sentosa

Attractions I liked:

  • Transformers the Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle. Best. 3D. Ride. Ever. It’s not one of those cheesy mess associated with anything 3D; the whole ride is so jaw-dropping realistic that we ended up taking it a few times.
  • Battlestar Galactica: Human vs Cyclon. If you’re feeling brave, get yourself inverted in the air several times on the Cyclon’s blue track. Otherwise, stick to classic roller-coaster on Human’s red track. This attraction seems to have undergone maintenance a few times, hence if you don’t want to be disappointed better check the website before visiting.

Ancient Egypt

Here’s another zone designed just to keep your Instagram happy and well-fed.

Ancient Egypt in Universal Studios Singapore of Resorts World Sentosa

Attractions I liked:

  • Revenge of the Mummy. Indoor roller-coaster ride based on the story of Imhotep. The visuals are a little on the cheesy side, but the dark atmosphere and overall experience was definitely fun.

The Lost World

Some of the attractions were not working when we visited, which is a shame because I really love Jurassic Park. Other than that, this is a little on the kiddie side. But there’s enough T-Rex, Pteranodon, Spinosaurus, Dilophosaurus statues to keep the dinosaur geek inside me jumping with joys.

The Lost World in Universal Studios Singapore of Resorts World Sentosa

Attractions I liked:

  • WaterWorld. Another light entertainment with performers acting a scenario in the future in which global warming has become so severe that humans are fighting to claim valuable lands.

Far Far Away

Based on the ever-so-adorable Shrek franchise, this one will make your little ones screaming with glee.

Far Far Away in Universal Studios Singapore of Resorts World Sentosa

Attractions I liked:

  • Shrek 4-D Adventure. This is just like watching a 3D movie with some gimmicks here and there, but hey, a Shrek movie is always fun to watch!

Madagascar

Similar to Shrek, this one is more for the kids but get a pass because they use characters that are adorable enough for adults.

Madagascar in Universal Studios Singapore of Resorts World Sentosa

Attractions I liked:

  • Madagascar: A Crate Adventure. Cute character statues dancing and singing funny music throughout the ride, in the most adorable way possible.

A Few Tips:

  • Arrive early and rush for the Transformers and Battlestar Galactica in Sci-Fi City right away. These are star attractions and the queue will get crazy long once the crowd has arrived.
  • Bags are not allowed on rides and lockers are charged at high price, so try not to carry too many things.
  • Bring your handphone along though, ’cause if I haven’t emphasized it enough, I’ll tell you again that the Universal Studios Singapore crew did a fantastic job in creating an immersive Instagram-worthy ambiance.
  • Yes. You might get wet.

How to Get to Universal Studios Singapore

Alight at Harbourfront MRT station. Go to third level of VivoCity to buy Sentosa Express ticket. Drop off at Waterfront Station.

Universal Studios Singapore Entrance Fee

One day pass costs SGD 74 for adults, SGD 54 for children aged 4-12. SGD 36 for seniors aged 60 and above. SGD 4 charge may apply if you take Sentosa Express.

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What are your favorite attractions in Universal Studios Singapore?

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