Posted by Vicky on | October 9, 2011 | No Comments
We love Universal Studios; our credit card does not. We have had a regular stream of visitors this year, and Universal Studios has become one of the places in Singapore that “you have to go to”. From the iconic film-music pumping out, to the rides and the characters walking around – this is a place designed to bring a smile to your face whoever you are. Everyone can embrace his/her inner and outer child. We are a family that consists of a two year old CJ, a four year old Boo, a 40 year old V, and a 24 (well close enough) year old, me. We all loved it!
Far Far Away Land
I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to rollercoasters, and I was mistaken in thinking that the rollercoaster ride at Far Far Away Land, Enchanted Airways was a child’s one i.e. slow and not at all scary. Although suitable for someone of Boo’s small height, it was fast. Boo and I screamed the whole way round – the lady behind us, yelled “horrendous” continuously! That said, once the ride was over and we were walking on solid ground, Boo and I chatted about it and we loved it. While we are in Far Away Land the Shrek 4-D Adventure is, in a word, fantastic! A welcome escape from the heat outside, and a complete adventure whilst sitting in your seat, 4-D in every sense! If you suffer from back issues or are pregnant, there are special seats for you. The only let down in this section was The Donkey Live show, there are lot more interesting attractions and rides.
Boo’s absolute hero (or should that be heroine) is Princess Fiona, and her best part of any time we have visited Universal Studios has been meeting her idol. Boo comes armed with a painting for Princess Fiona, and even works out what questions to ask her. We have been lucky, every time we have been the same lady has been portraying Princess Fiona, and much to Boo’s immense happiness Princess Fiona even remembers her name, and has waved to her out of a crowd. Boo is beyond impressed! Touches like this make Universal Studios such a magical experience.
A Crate Adventure is definitely the piece-de-resistance in the Madagascar section. It’s a boat ride that is loud, interactive, animated and great great fun! The scenery for this ride is breath-taking, and makes the rider feel as though they been literally plonked into the set of Madagascar. A brilliant reminder that Universal Studios is indeed a film studio!
King Julien’s Beach Party-Go-Round is a massive carousal, and the only downside is that I wish the ride could last a little longer! The characters also perform a dance to We Like To Move It, great entertainment!
The Lost World
Singapore probably has the best natural setting for Jurassic park in the whole of the world. Its natural tropical foliage would not look out of place in the Jurassic era, and this section of Universal Studios is spectacular! Dino-Soarin is the only ride in this area that we could all go to. This one ride though, is brilliant! Fly your own dinosaur whilst listening to the amazing theme tune of Jurassic Park, by John Williams. A wonderful experience and the ride that the children could do all day. V and I are looking forward to when the children are a little taller, and we can go on all of the rides that this section offers.
Unfortunately we have missed the Waterworld show every time we have been, I hear it is awesome! For next time it is on the list! Timings have either coincided with lunch or home time.
Well worth a visit for the Indiana Jones theme tune alone. The Treasure Hunters ride is great for smaller children, but there are better things to see if visiting WOLC (without little children), although it could do with being a little longer. The queue for this ride is always long, and the ride is short. The other rides we were a tad too short for – the children, not V and I!
Sci Fi City
This is our least visited area at Universal Studios. The one section where it is definitely more for the grown ups. Visitors WOLC, and with a love of fast and furious rollercoasters will LOVE this area. The children need to grow a few inches first, and I need to develop nerves of steel. Think Boo and CJ will be riding this long before I do.
All of the rides are now open, including the long-awaited Madagascar ride, which is excellent! Boo’s favourite part was the Monkey Poo, you will have to go to see what I mean though … I can’t ruin the surprise! The majority of the rides are suitable for young people like Boo and CJ. However there are height restrictions on some of the rides, but not so many that you feel like you don’t get the whole Universal experience. You do.
This is a great day out, well worth staying for the whole day!
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PS I’ve always wanted an Oscar, and now I have one! They sell those there too – Woo Hoo!