The Complete Guide to Make Universal Studios Singapore Your Best Trip Ever
Universal Studios Singapore (USS) is not just another cookie-cutter Hollywood movie theme park found within Resorts World Sentosa on Sentosa Island.
Here, you are going to find rides, 18 to be exact, that were designed solely for the Singapore location – meaning you only have the chance to experience the thrills in Singapore.
The quality of the rides, as well as the expansiveness of the park, can get visitors a little confused though. How to get USS tickets? What to do? Where to go?
Stop asking question, and start having fun. This guide is going to give you insight on how to get Universal Studios Singapore tickets and make this trip to Universal Studios Singapore the best it can be.
Before You Go
A good rule of thumb is to book your Universal Studios Singapore tickets about a month or two in advance. Sometimes, the big events attract more people than anticipated, and you don’t want to be without a ticket.
Before you book your USS ticket, look for promotions that can be happening on the official website. Though these may not always include money off your admission, the website is always updating the coupons, meal vouchers, souvenir vouchers, and express passes for specific rides.
You never know what you’re going to find! Booking online is also cheaper.
Universal Studios Singapore Ticket breakdown:
- One-day pass tickets – cost $76 on the day of but cheaper when reserved online.
- Express tickets – The Universal Express or Universal Express Unlimited. Note that these are not entrance tickets. They merely allow you to use a separate and short queue line for rides. Express USS tickets price are between $30-50, but again, reserving means you can pay less.
The difference between the Universal Express and Universal Express Unlimited is that you can only use the first ticket once per ride. The unlimited allows you to access all the rides multiple times.
When to Go
Go during off-peak days. Be sure to check out the USS calendar to see when events are happening. When there are blackout dates, the park is expecting a large amount of people.
The main thing to keep in mind is to avoid end year or public/school holidays. A lot of people from both Singapore and international locations flock to Sentosa Island during these times throughout the year. In other words, the busiest times are March, June, September, and December.
The standard opening hours for Universal Studios Singapore are as follows:
- 10:00 – 19:00 during non-peak seasons
- 10:00 – 21:00 during peak seasons
Where to Stay
While there are no designated hotels for Universal Studios Singapore, there are indeed a huge selection of them in the area.
Since Sentosa Island is a man-made resort island, you can expect a large number of people just like you making reservations at the top-tier hotels.
Singapore, however, also has a number of hostels and Airbnb-like locations to stay, so if you want something more budget friendly, try staying at one of the many hostels in either Lavender or Little India.
For those want to be as close to the action as possible, here are the 5 top-rated hotels near Universal Studios Singapore:
- Capella Singapore (located 0.5km from the theme park) — the most outrageously expensive, extravagant hotel on this list. If you want the hotel to be as exciting as USS, then this would be the place.
- Le Meridien Singapore (located 0.5km from the theme park) — although something of a splurge, you get a lot of value when staying at Le Meridien. Rooms are spacious, there are 24-hour amenities, and everything is bright, airy, and super close to USS.
- Resorts World Sentosa Hotel Michael (located 0.3km from the theme park) — this whimsical looking building is a feast for the eyes. European style basically breathes through the decor. Food is also Italian and French.
- Resorts World Sentosa Equarius Hotel (located 0.5km from the theme park) — so, let’s say you decide that USS is too packed or you’ve seen it all. Here is a hotel that gives you the best of both worlds: either a quick walk to the theme park or a 6 minute walk to the beach. You choose.
How to Get to Universal Studios Singapore
If your flight comes in early enough, you can take the MTR from Changi Airport right to Sentosa Island with a couple of transfers in between.
You can take the train Harbourfront MRT (NE1/CC29) to get in from outside of Sentosa.
Other options include:
- Sentosa Express Train – it takes about 4-5 minutes from Level 3, VivoCity (Exit E from Harbourfront Station). Costs SG$4.
- By foot – You can take the boardwalk from Level 1, VivoCity straight up to the entrance of the park. It is free to cross the bridge and takes about 10 minutes.
- Singapore Cable Car – Though it costs SG$22 to ride the Cable Car and about 15 minutes in total, it is quite the unique entrance, don’t you think?
What to Pack
Similar to Malaysia, Singapore is hot and humid throughout the year.
You are going to want to prioritize sunhats or caps and sunglasses. Don’t worry about bringing sunblock. You can get that for a reasonable price anywhere in Singapore.
Also, you may want to bring a change of clothing if you’re going to be sitting in the wet area of the Waterworld attraction or going on the Jurassic Park Rapid Adventures. This way, you don’t have to walk around in damp clothing all day long.
Lastly, don’t forget comfortable shoes. Try to wear slip-ons, as you have to take your shoes off for some rides.
USS Park Layout
There are seven movie-themed zones spread throughout the 20 hectares (49 acres) of park, each with its own unique design.
Though USS is not that wide, and you can literally walk the entire park within 15-20 minutes, it is highly navigable. You also don’t have to complete one area before moving onto the next.
24 attractions make up the breadth of Universal Studios Singapore. It may not seem like a lot, but there is definitely much more to do than that.
Here is a rundown of the seven zones:
- Hollywood – This is the main entrance of the park. The only attraction is the Broadway theatre that is surrounded by several restaurants and shopping. The entire area is an exact replica of the actual Hollywood in USA, complete with the palm trees and walk of fame. If you are looking for the Hollywood Walk of Fame meet and greets, this is where you go to shake hands with Marilyn Monroe and Woody Woodpecker.
- New York – Based on the original New York City during the post-modernization era. The zone replicates iconic community portrayals, such as the city skyline, neon lights, building facades, and the endless sidewalks. You will also see the famous Sesame Street characters sometimes make an appearance here.
- Sci-Fi City – One of the most popular areas in the park. Sci-Fi City is a futuristic metropolis. This is where the world’s tallest pair of dueling roller coasts awaits you.
- Ancient Egypt – Based on the 1930s, during the Golden Age of Egyptian Exploration. There are obelisks, pyramids, Pharaoh’s tombs, and more. Get ready to be transported into the realm of The Mummy.
- The Lost World – Because The Lost World is one of the bigger sections of the park and features more recognizable rides from other Universal Studios around the world, it had to be split into two seconds: Jurassic Park and Waterworld.
- Far Far Away – This super kid-friendly section is inspired by the amazingly popular DreamWorks film Shrek. The highlight of the zone is the beautiful Far Far Away castle that is 40-metres tall.
- Madagascar – Another zone brought to life by DreamWorks is Madagascar. There are tropical jungles, special character appearances, and two rides.
It is highly recommended that you download the Universal Studios Singapore online map to either your phone or print it out. This will help immensely with figuring out how to navigate the entire park.
Always make the focus of your trip getting to the rides first.
You can take photographs and shop for souvenirs after you’ve gotten your thrills. This will maximize the amount of time you have for getting in almost every single ride in the USS park.
Here are the most popular Universal Studios Singapore rides:
- Enchanted Airways (Far Far Away) – Get your rollercoaster feet wet with this junior coast that transports you to the world of Far Far Away. There are recognizable characters like Pinocchio and the Three Little Pigs who greet you, as well as Dragon, who swoops down towards the coaster as you move.
- Battlestar Galactica (Sci-Fi City) – This is the world’s tallest dueling coast, so you simply have to ride it. This is a war of human vs. CYCLON (or evil robots). You can choose between traditional sit-down or inverted seating that launches you into near crashes, hair-raising chases, and quick plunges. Children have to be at least 125 cm to ride. Not for those with a weak stomach.
- Jurassic Park Rapid Adventures (The Lost World) – Everyone loves a good water rapids ride. Either bring some swimwear or a poncho, because you will get completely drenched. There are also dry pods, a covered version of the 9 person raft to sit in, if you don’t want to get wet.
- WaterWorld (The Lost World) – Unless you want to get completely soaked, stay out of the “Soaked” zone. WaterWorld is a stunt show that has real fire and water explosions. Great for kids of any age. The standard showtimes are 12:15 PM, 2:30 PM, and 5:45 PM. Be sure to arrive slightly early, as seats fill up quick.
Other awesome USS rides include:
- TRANSFORMERS The Ride – for thrill seekers
- Revenge of the Mummy – for thrill seekers (loose items have to be put in a locker)
- Puss In Boots’ Giant Journey in Far Far Away – for children
- Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase in New York – ideal for youngsters
Aside from riding the rides, there are rather spectacular entertainment venues set up throughout the park:
- Lake Hollywood Spectacular – this happens only on select Saturdays throughout the year, but it is extremely magical. The sky lights up with dozens of fireworks timed to a beautiful musical score.
- Hollywood Dreams Parade – what happens when you have all the characters from Revenge of the Mummy, Jurassic Park, Shrek, Madagascar and more come to together? Floats, dancing, and fun-filled musical parade that delights kids and kids at heart. You can see this parade only on select weekends and holidays, so check out the park calendar for more information.
What to Eat
Universal Studios Singapore has over 30 restaurants and food carts, 20 unique retail stores designed for the park, and shopping carts to make life easier.
Suitable for Malaysia Muslims, you will find many food outlets and restaurants that are marked with a certified Halal sticker, too.
In order to skip the lunch time crowds (from 12:00-14:00), consider either having your lunch before or after these times. Otherwise, you are going to spend a lot of time waiting in line and losing time to experience the rest of the park.
Bring your own water bottles. Drinks are expensive. You can save a lot of money by using the purified water taps throughout the park.
The recommended eateries are:
- Marty’s Casa Del Wild in Madagascar – serves up authentic Southeast Asian food like nasi goreng and more.
- Discovery Food Court in The Lost World – authentic Singaporean food.
- Mel’s Drive-In in Hollywood – Westernized fare. The creamy milkshakes are a must if you love ice cream.
- Oasis Spice Café in Ancient Egypt– if you never tried authentic Middle Eastern fare, this is where you can try some out and become addicted.
Facilities for Muslim Guests
For those who need a prayer room when visiting Universal Studios Singapore, there is a prayer room next to Battlestar Galactica (Sci-Fi City).
Also, you can find halal food at Mel’s Drive In, Friar’s, Goldilocks, Oasis Spice Café, and Marty’s Casa Del Wild.
Universal Studios Singapore is a theme park that is ideal for everyone in your group, young or old.
There are a number of rides that cater to everyone’s thrill seeking appetite, and there is a bunch of shopping and food to be had.
Getting to Sentosa Resort in Singapore is also easy, so you have much more to do than just the amusement park if you find you get through everything faster than expected.
Trust us, you’re going to have the time of your life at Universal Studios Singapore.
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