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Universal Studios Singapore

Theme Park Guy Rating: 3.53.53.53.5
Date Visited:
October 03, 2008 / March 02, 2009 / May 11, 2009
November 04, 2009 / March 18, 2010
Website: www.rwsentosa.com
Location: View on map

Transformers and Madagascar Update December 02, 2011

Two new major rides opened in 2011:

Transformers: this much-hyped addition is a worthy reinvention of Universal's legendary 1999 Spiderman Ride that can be found in Florida and Japan. I would call it Spiderman 1.5: it's not an innovation, it's not a new legend (since it doesn't add too much to what we have already experienced at Spiderman), but it's nevertheless one of the world's finest rides to date, if not the very best. Giant 3-D screens combined with brilliantly-timed ride vehicle movements just work, and provide an unmatched ride experience. This is the Must-Do ride at Universal Studios Singapore. And it gets better and better the more often you ride it.

Something went wrong with Madagascar, though. The removal of the initially planned splash drops in this indoor water ride leave riders with a monotonous 'It's a Small World'-like experience, somewhat stiff animatronics and, apart from a few innovative fume and video projection effects, not much to remember.

With the addition of these attractions Universal Studios Singapore, despite its small size, turned into one of the world's best theme parks.


Transformers: The Ride at Universal Studios Singapore Transformers: The Ride at Universal Studios Singapore

In the Transformers queue In the Transformers queue

More Transformers queue More Transformers queue

Storming the ride vehicle Storming the ride vehicle

Transformers ride vehicles Transformers ride vehicles

3-D glasses ready! 3-D glasses ready!

Vehicle launch Vehicle launch

Embarking on the Transformers Ride Embarking on the Transformers Ride

Queue-free Madagascar Ride Queue-free Madagascar Ride

Madagascar on-ride view Madagascar on-ride view

Animatronics inside the Madagascar Ride Animatronics inside the Madagascar Ride

Somewhat unresponsive Madagascar riders Somewhat unresponsive Madagascar riders

Park Review March 18, 2010

The newest addition to the Universal Studios theme park family in Singapore is definitely the little brother of the group, but despite its small size it is cleverly arranged with some excellent Universal attraction classics and a couple of novelties. The park opened in March 2010 with three major rides:

'Revenge of the Mummy' – an Egyptian-themed dark ride/indoor roller coaster very similar to the same-named ride in Universal Studios Florida that is packed with evil, ugly Mummies and great in terms of storytelling with plenty of surprising twists and turns.

'Battlestar Galactica' – a "dueling" twin roller coaster branded after the TV series which, though compact, mysteriously manages to last for ages. Definitely the wildest ride at the equator.

'Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure' puts a new spin – a couple of spins, in fact – on the Jurassic Park experience: here a river rapids ride in a 9-seater circular raft (as opposed to the huge log flume boats in other Universal Parks), it's a long and entertaining journey through Jurassic jungle with lots of dinosaurs, great fog effects and spiced with constant evidence of human failure. The climax, though, is inferior to the same-named rides in the US, with a mini-T-Rex and a similarly small and quick drop. Depending on where you sit in the raft, you might get extremely soaked at the ride's end. Extremely. Madly!

You can walk one time around the whole park in just 10 minutes, but it's packed with attractions: the 'WaterWorld' and 'Donkey Live' shows and the 'Shrek 4-D' cinema are all well done and worth the wait. 'Lights! Camera! Action! hosted by Steven Spielberg' is a new special effects show taking place in a stunning hurricane-over-New York setting: the water-, fire- and destruction-effects appear a bit orchestrated and slow-motion, but I was told that the ride is still getting tweaked. The remaining attractions cater to young kids.

The true highlights will open in summer 2010 and at the beginning of 2011: the world-premiere of the Madagascar indoor flume ride and the Transformers dark ride – an upgrade of the Spiderman rides found in Florida and Japan. These two will make the park experience complete. One thing's for sure: Universal Studios Singapore has made maximum use of its limited space and created the southern-most world class theme park on the planet.


New York in Singapore New York in Singapore

New York area New York area

Revenge of the Mummy entrance Revenge of the Mummy entrance

Revenge of the Mummy ride vehicle Revenge of the Mummy ride vehicle

Ship housing the Madagascar ride Ship housing the Madagascar ride

Madagascar entrance - scheduled to open in summer 2010 Madagascar entrance - scheduled to open in summer 2010

Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure map Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure map

Jurassic Park loading station Jurassic Park loading station

Jurassic Park gate Jurassic Park gate

Stegosaurus on the Jurassic Park ride Stegosaurus on the Jurassic Park ride

Jurassic Park Rapids Jurassic Park Rapids

Charming story twist Charming story twist

Rafting towards the dark Rafting towards the dark

The T-Rex showdown isn't very scary The T-Rex showdown isn't very scary

Super-wet Jurassic splash Super-wet Jurassic splash

New York-themed street New York-themed street

New York side street New York side street

Introduction room for Lights! Camera! Action! Introduction room for Lights! Camera! Action!

Steven Spielberg introduction Steven Spielberg introduction

Lights! Camera! Action! set Lights! Camera! Action! set

Lights! Camera! Action! in action Lights! Camera! Action! in action

Sci Fi City, home of the future Transformers ride Sci Fi City, home of the future Transformers ride

Battlestar Galactica dueling coaster seen from the lake Battlestar Galactica dueling coaster seen from the lake

Battlestar Galactica dueling coaster Battlestar Galactica dueling coaster

Battlestar Galactica: 'Human' coaster Battlestar Galactica: 'Human' coaster

Inverted Battlestar Galactica coaster Inverted Battlestar Galactica coaster

Shrek's castle hosting the 4-D movie Shrek's castle hosting the 4-D movie

Donkey Live show Donkey Live show

Donkey close Donkey close

Universal Studios Singapore gate Universal Studios Singapore gate

Construction Update November 04, 2009

Universal Studios Singapore is nearing the finishing line.

I haven't had the chance to go on any of the rides yet, but here are my favorites from what I could see on-the-ground: The 'Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure', which, instead of lifting you on a slow ride through prehistoric-jungle like in the other Universal Studios parks, tosses you around in circular rafting boats with inevitable dinosaur attack-surprises; The 'Madagascar Crate Adventure' ride's cruise ship looks awesome from the outside and my guess is that the anticipated dark flume ride will be a mixture of 'Splash Mountain', 'Pirates of the Caribbean' and something totally new.

These are the two major world-exclusive rides to Southeast Asia's only Universal Studios park, complemented by 'Battlestar Galactica', a dueling roller coaster that will certainly satisfy thrill seekers and 'Revenge of the Mummy', a brilliant dark ride and probably an upgrade from its existing versions in the American parks.


Universal globe and gate at the back Universal globe and gate at the back

Hollywood road Hollywood road

Baobab tree opposite Madagascar ride Baobab tree opposite Madagascar ride

Madagascar flume ride Madagascar flume ride

Enchanted Shrek castle Enchanted Shrek castle

Shrek 3-D castle Shrek 3-D castle

Jurassic Park gate Jurassic Park gate

Final touches Final touches

Jurassic Park area Jurassic Park area

Jurassic Park river rapids ride Jurassic Park river rapids ride

Rapids through the JP gate Rapids through the JP gate

Attacking dinosaurs on the Jurassic Park ride Attacking dinosaurs on the Jurassic Park ride

Jurassic Park loading station on the left Jurassic Park loading station on the left

Battlestar Galactica under construction Battlestar Galactica under construction

Battlestar Galactica dueling coasters Battlestar Galactica dueling coasters

Battlestar coaster close-up Battlestar coaster close-up

Mummy meets Battlestar Mummy meets Battlestar

Mummy statues under construction Mummy statues under construction

Entrance to the Mummy ride Entrance to the Mummy ride

More mummies More mummies

Universal Studios Singapore from above, November 2009 Universal Studios Singapore from above, November 2009

Universal Studios Singapore, November 2009 Universal Studios Singapore, November 2009

Universal Studios Singapore globe Universal Studios Singapore globe

Sentosa with Shrek castle Sentosa with Shrek castle

Construction Update May 11, 2009

It’s really thrilling to come back to my favorite theme park construction site. Universal Studios Singapore has made remarkable progress since my last visit just over two months ago. The ‘Revenge of the Mummy’ roller coaster building is pretty much covered up, its neighbor ‘Lost World (Jurassic Park)’ river rapids ride has expanded visibly, the ‘Waterworld‘ stunt show stadium looks almost complete, pylons of the ‘Battlestar Galactica’ dueling coaster are being erected, coaster tracks of all colors are lying around and new structures are popping up all over the site.

Given that construction of Universal Studios Korea hasn’t commenced yet and Universal Studios Dubailand is delayed until 2012, this is going to be the only Universal Studios offspring arriving in the near future and the most anticipated theme park opening for years.

The gates are due to open in about ten months. I can’t wait. Theme park fans, I guess this will be a good reason to travel all the way to Singapore from wherever you are! Thanks to Guangyi, Leona and Robin from Resorts World Sentosa for enabling me an on-site preview adventure.


Universal Studios Singapore, May 2009 Universal Studios Singapore, May 2009

Universal Studios Singapore construction details Universal Studios Singapore construction details

Universal Studios Singapore model Universal Studios Singapore model

Resorts World Sentosa, May 2009 Resorts World Sentosa, May 2009

Sentosa island entrance Sentosa island entrance

Waterworld stunt show stadium Waterworld stunt show stadium

Jurassic Park building Jurassic Park building

Jurassic Park: The Lost World river rapids ride Jurassic Park: The Lost World river rapids ride

Worker, Lost World, Waterworld Worker, Lost World, Waterworld

The Lost World river rapids ride The Lost World river rapids ride

Mummy coaster tracks stored on the site of the future lake Mummy coaster tracks stored on the site of the future lake

More Mummy coaster tracks More Mummy coaster tracks

Mummy coaster part transport Mummy coaster part transport

Revenge of the Mummy building Revenge of the Mummy building

Revenge of the Mummy building from inside Revenge of the Mummy building from inside

Coaster track inside the Revenge of the Mummy building Coaster track inside the Revenge of the Mummy building

Close-up Close-up

Wild twist in this Battlestar Galactica dueling coaster track Wild twist in this Battlestar Galactica dueling coaster track

Battlestar Galactica coaster tracks Battlestar Galactica coaster tracks

Columns erected for the Battlestar Galactica dueling coaster Columns erected for the Battlestar Galactica dueling coaster

Battlestar Galactica columns close-up Battlestar Galactica columns close-up

SFX theater building SFX theater building

SFX theater under construction SFX theater under construction

Fascinating structure Fascinating structure

Undisclosed dark ride building Undisclosed dark ride building

Construction goes full speed Construction goes full speed

Bangladeshi worker posing in front of undisclosed dark ride Bangladeshi worker posing in front of undisclosed dark ride

New structures everywhere New structures everywhere

Universal Studios Singapore Universal Studios Singapore

In the backyard of the Waterworld stadium In the backyard of the Waterworld stadium

Construction Update March 02, 2009

Universal Studios Singapore is the world's most anticipated theme park opening ahead. From spring 2010 Singapore visitors and residents will enjoy a brand-new 'Mummy' ride, the world premier of a 'Jurassic Park' river rapids ride, a 'Battlestar Galactica' dueling roller coaster, a 'Waterworld' show, a 'Transformers' ride and some yet unannounced surprises.

Everything Universal touches encompasses imagination with a keen eye for detail and I am sure that this park will be no exception. Many thanks to Leona and Robin from Resorts World Sentosa for meeting me at my favorite theme park construction site! Have a look at the newest photos taken on March 2nd, 2009:


Resorts World Sentosa under construction Resorts World Sentosa under construction

Merlion in the background Merlion in the background

The Mummy Ride building The Mummy Ride building

Mummy rising Mummy rising

Mummy Ride building up close Mummy Ride building up close

Closer... Closer...

...and closer! ...and closer!

Inside the Mummy building Inside the Mummy building

Mummy Ride from the other side Mummy Ride from the other side

Jurassic Park river rapids ride u/c Jurassic Park river rapids ride u/c

Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure in the making Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure in the making

Jurassic Park (foreground) and Waterworld (background) u/c Jurassic Park (foreground) and Waterworld (background) u/c

Waterworld stadium Waterworld stadium

Battlestar Galactica ride rising Battlestar Galactica ride rising

Battlestar Galactica column foundations Battlestar Galactica column foundations

Battlestar worker Battlestar worker

The Mummy Ride building rises at Universal Studios Singapore The Mummy Ride building rises at Universal Studios Singapore

Resorts World Sentosa construction board Resorts World Sentosa construction board

Construction Update October 03, 2008

Universal Studios Singapore is under construction at the moment and scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2010. Together with Resorts World Sentosa this is the most amazing theme park construction area for the time being.

I will keep you updated on the progress here.


Resorts World Sentosa model Resorts World Sentosa model

Resorts World Sentosa site, October 2008 Resorts World Sentosa site, October 2008

Universal Studios Singapore model Universal Studios Singapore model

Universal Studios Singapore construction site Universal Studios Singapore construction site

Universal Studios Singapore site Universal Studios Singapore site

Resorts World Sentosa billboard Resorts World Sentosa billboard

Jurassic billboard Jurassic billboard

Work on Universal Studios Singapore Work on Universal Studios Singapore

Workers on site Workers on site

Universal Studios Singapore u/c Universal Studios Singapore u/c

Parking garage in the making Parking garage in the making

Universal Studios Singapore parking garage piles Universal Studios Singapore parking garage piles

Monorail passing through the future Resorts World Monorail passing through the future Resorts World

Universal Studios Singapore site, 2008 Universal Studios Singapore site, 2008

Resorts World Sentosa model seen from the main island Resorts World Sentosa model seen from the main island

Universal Studios Singapore model at the RWS office Universal Studios Singapore model at the RWS office

Universal Studios Singapore entrance model Universal Studios Singapore entrance model

Model of The Mummy Ride Model of The Mummy Ride

Sentosa island Sentosa island

Jurassic Park river rapids ride model Jurassic Park river rapids ride model

Detailed Universal Studios Singapore model Detailed Universal Studios Singapore model

Sentosa island entrance Sentosa island entrance

Singapore's landmark, the Merlion, on Sentosa island Singapore's landmark, the Merlion, on Sentosa island

Model of the Waterworld show stadium and the adjacent Jurassic Park section Model of the Waterworld show stadium and the adjacent Jurassic Park section