Day 2 of our Singapore 2017 getaway was intended for Universal Studios Singapore. Universal Studios Singapore is located at Resorts World, Sentosa Island. To go there you just need to take a train going to HarbourFront Station, take Exit E going to Vivo City and proceed to Level 3. From there, purchase your Sentosa Express tickets for SGD5 each, board the express, and alight at Waterfront Station (first stop from Vivo City). You can actually walk via the Sentosa Board Walk, however it would take you around 20-30 minutes to get to Waterfront Station. Since we want to save our time, we just rode the Sentosa Express.
From Waterfront Station just follow the signs going to Resorts World then to Universal Studios Singapore. Just keep on walking and you’ll just see the world’s famous globe, the Universal Studios signature globe. Lol.
For the tickets, we actually bought our e-tickets for PHP2,500 each a week before our visit via Klook.com, an online ticketing website which offers attraction tickets at lower costs. With our e-tickets, we were able to skip the long lines and immediately went to the turnstiles, have our e-tickets scanned by the staffs, and entered the park in just a few minutes without any hassle.
When you get into the park, never forget to get your maps and show schedules for your guide throughout your visit.
What Not To Miss
There are a lot of rides and attractions to choose from in Universal Studios, that’s why it’s best to research in advance on how to maximize your tour in the park because you can’t expect to ride all of them in just one day, given the fact that each attraction would take you around 15 minutes to an hour or 2 to fall in line. As for my case, we’ve researched for the top attractions that we should try out. So out of the 8 attractions that we’ve tried out, here are the 4 that you shouldn’t miss!
1. Revenge of the Mummy
Since the Transformers: The Ride had technical issues that time, we decided to try out the Revenge of the Mummy attraction first. We were not really sure on what’s in for it cause it’s located inside the pyramid of Ancient Egypt area. But after seeing the warning video it gave us a hint that it will be somewhat similar to HK Disneyland’s Space Shuttle, an indoor roller coaster ride in total darkness. My parents were supposed to join us in riding this attraction, however in the middle of falling in line, my mom started to panic and backed out because she got scared that she might experience a heart attack. Lol.
I won’t spoil what’s inside cause it’s really best for you to find it out. But for me, I really did not expect it to be like that. Scary, yet very fun and it did help hype our energy out. For us, it’s the best ride to warm up yourself.
2. Transformers: The Ride
After Revenge of the Mummy, we went back to check if Transformers: The Ride is already back on its operations. Good thing it’s already okay, so we hurriedly went inside to line up at around 11:00 AM. The queue is very long that it took us around an hour and half. Good thing public WiFi is covered inside and me and my brother got the chance to play Mobile Legends while waiting to get rid of boredom.
So we thought that this will just be similar to watching a 3D movie in iMAX. However, it turned out to be more than that. We never expected it to be so thrilling and amazing! Even my parents enjoyed it. I salute to those who designed this ride. For us, this was indeed the best ride we’ve tried out and you guys never ever should miss it! Definitely worth the long queue!
3. WaterWorld Show
After having our lunch at Mel’s Drive-in, around 1:00 PM, we already proceeded to the Lost World area to catch the WaterWorld show at 1:30 PM. It’s really best to be there at least 15 minutes before the actual show in order for you to get the best seats because there’s a lot of people looking forward to this show as well.
This ‘live’ water show is based on the movie WaterWorld. I actually haven’t watched the movie (or should I have, I already forgotten it), however I still managed to enjoy the show. This spectacular show is full of action and thrilling scenes which includes stunts and explosions. It really feels like watching a Hollywood movie on set.
There are only 2 schedules for this show, 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM, so you better not miss it!
4. Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYLON
Who would miss riding a roller coaster in a themed park? Of course me and my siblings are fond of trying out thrilling rides, that’s why for our last shot we tried out Battlestar Galactica: Human vs. Cylon – a dueling roller coasters. As you could see in the picture there are two roller coaster lines. The red line (Battlestar Galactica: Human) is a traditional roller coaster, while the grey line (Battlestar Galactica: Cylon) is inverted wherein legs can be freely moved in the air.
After riding the Human track, we immediately queued for the Cylon track. That’s why after riding the Cylon track, I already felt like vomiting. The Cylon track was more intense and thrilling compared to the Human track. I thought both were just the same, however I did not expect the track to have inverted loops and have higher speed and turbulence. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed it and would recommend you to not miss this attraction. Just be sure you’re in good condition and never ride this when you’ve just have eaten.
Batterstar Galactica was the last attraction we’ve been. At around 5:30 PM we had a little shopping at their souvenir shop to wrap up our day. At around 6:00 PM we already went back to the Waterfront Station to head back to Vivo City and had dinner at the Food Republic. I do recommend you to dine at the Food Republic, Vivo City’s food court, which offers various delicious (plus legit, as in!) Asian dishes at a reasonable price. I swear you shouldn’t miss eating out here.
After our dinner, we had a quick visit at Suntec City’s Fountain of Wealth, hailed as one of the largest water fountains around the world. We were quite disappointed when visited Fountain of Wealth because based on our research there will be a water and laser light show at 8:30 PM, however we waited for nothing. One of the cashiers told us that the show will be at 10:00 PM, but we don’t want to stay up that late already because we might miss the last train trip going back to our hotel. Well at least, we were able to visit the place though. Lol.
Tips Before Going and When in USS
Based on our experience here are some tips before going and when in Universal Studios Singapore.
- Plan on how to maximize your day in USS. Do some research in travel websites such as blogs and TripAdvisor, or ask your friends who already been to USS.
- Purchase your ticket in advance at Klook.com. With this online booking website, you could save money plus time. You’ll be able to skip the long lines and enter the park hassle-free. Surprisingly, I’ve seen others using e-Tickets from Klook when we were queuing to enter the park.
- Bring an umbrella with you! I want to highlight this one because based on experience, SG’s weather is very bipolar. It may rain anytime then becomes hot again then rain again and so on. That’s what exactly happened on our visit.
- Wear comfortable shoes, most preferably rubber shoes. It’s going to be a day full of walking and standing, so better wear the shoes that will comfort your feet.
- Purchase bottled water before going. You can bring bottled water inside the park. With that, you could save money through refilling the bottle on their drinking water fountains located everywhere in the park.
- Bring extra shirt with you. Just bring an extra shirt with you just in case because there are some attractions that may get you wet.
- Enjoy the attractions first, selfies/groufies can wait. Don’t waste your time in taking selfies/groufies. I know the place is very instagram-worthy, but I suggest you to take selfies/groufies later and enjoy the attractions first. I’m not saying to not take selfies/groufies, just don’t kill much of your time on it.
I guess that wraps up our Day 2 of our Singapore trip. Day 3 (Cable Car Experience + Sentosa Getaway) coming up next! Hope you enjoyed!
Have you ever been to USS? Which ride was your favorite?