If you are looking for somewhere in Singapore to spend the day with the kids, head to Universal Studios! The park provides entertainment for both adults and children alike, so it will be a fun filled day for the whole family! Here are some tips for your visit to Universal Studios in Singapore.
How to Get Here from Singapore
Universal Studios is a part of Resort World Sentosa, which is located on the island of Sentosa, Singapore. If you are staying in Resort World you can easily walk to Universal Studios. However, if you are staying on mainland Singapore you will have to find a mode of transport to get there.
Taxi: You can get to Sentosa by a taxi from central Singapore in approximately 25 minutes. Ask the driver to take you to the taxi-drop off point in the underground carpark at Resort World Sentosa. From there, take the escalator up to level 1, turn left and walk until you see the Universal Studio globe.
Train: Take either the North-East line or the Circle line to HarbourFront Station. From there take Exit E and head to level 3 to board the Sentosa Express. Take the Sentosa Express to Resort World Station, from which you can walk to Universal Studios.
Tickets for Universal Studios, Singapore
Buy your Universal Studio tickets online to save time queuing for them when you get there. You can also save money by buying them in advance!
You can also buy an Express Pass (skip the line once on each ride) or an Express Unlimited pass (skip the line as many times as you like). If you are there on the weekend or during school holidays, buying an express pass may be well worth your money.
If you would like to leave the park and re-enter later, remember to get a stamp upon your exit!
What to Take
Water Bottle: Singapore is hot and very humid, so make sure you take a water bottle along for the day. There are water fountains around the park so you can refill your bottle.
Be Weather Ready: Singapore’s weather is often very unpredictable, in a single day you may have to face strong heat and unexpected rain. Be sure to take sunscreen and sunglasses along, as well as a poncho if you don’t like to get wet!
Comfortable Walking Shoes: There is a lot of walking around Universal Studio’s, so comfortable walking shoes are a must! There is NO requirement for closed in shoes, so sandals are fine to wear.
Money: You cannot bring food into Universal Studios so if you plan to eat, know that everything costs $5 and up. It is best to prepare cash in advance if you are traveling from overseas, but there are ATM’s near some of the food areas.
Try to pack light so it is easy to carry your things around for the day.
NOTE: There are storage lockers available for your bags if you don’t want to take them all day.
Arrive Early to Beat the Crowds
Arriving early allows you to beat the crowds, and helps make the most of your day. Universal Studio’s opens at 10am. If you want to take a photo with the Universal Globe, situated at the entrance to the park, arrive at least 30mins before the park opens.
Otherwise, I suggest arriving prior to opening time so you can still be one of the first to enter the park. This way you can make the most of the busiest rides before the crowds arrive. This is a great option if you can’t spend the extra money on an express pass.
Ride the Cyclon, Human, Transformers: The Ride and Jurassic Park Rapids first, as they get the busiest!
TIP: Rides are also less busy towards the end of the day!
Wander Around Universal Studios
Take in the amazing décor of Universal Studios as you wander through each world. There are plenty of photo opportunities and sights to see along the way.
Hollywood: This is the main street entrance, where you come into the park. Be sure to walk to the end and take in the views over the water.
New York: Take a walk down the backstreets of New York; they give the perfect opportunity for photos!
Sci-Fi City: You will find the most thrilling rides in Sci-Fi City, so start here to give you an adrenaline rush for your day! You can also do a meet and greet with a Transformer, a pretty neat experience.
Ancient Egypt: Ancient Egypt has been so well designed. With huge mummies and ancient temples, it really transports you back in time.
The Lost World: Otherwise known as Jurassic Park, The Lost World is just like in the movie. Be sure to check out the giant dinosaurs!
Far Far Away: Home of all things to do with princesses, magic, and ogres.
Madagascar: I actually felt like I was in the movie while in this world! It had everything from King Julien’s Tree House, to the huge Cargo Ship!
The Best Shows to See:
Universal Studios Singapore has many attractions and shows to see, that are perfect for the whole family to experience. Some of our favorites included Shrek 4D Adventure in Far Far Away, Lights, Camera, Action! In New York and Water World in The Lost World. Be sure to check the parks current schedule to see when the Fireworks Spectacular is running!
Top Rides for Thrill Seekers
If you’re a thrill seeker like me, make sure you take on:
- Revenge of the Mummy, in Ancient Egypt
- Human, in Sci-Fi City
- Cyclon, in Sci-Fi City
- Transformers: the Ride, in Sci-Fi City
- Jurassic Park Rapids, in The Lost World.
Not only are these the most thrilling rides, but they also get the busiest! So if you want to beat the crowds, then plan ahead, arrive early and ride them first.
Where to Eat
Western Food: Most of the western food options are located in the New York and Hollywood sections of the park. There you will find everything from KT’s Grill, an Irish-American pub styled restaurant to Loui’s NY Pizza Parlor, serving original NY style pizza. You can also stop for a classic burger at the gorgeous Mel’s Drive-In, or pop into Hollywood for a Starbucks coffee.
Asian Food: Discovery Food Court, in The Lost World, serves all of Singapore’s ‘must try’ local dishes. The StarBot Café in Sci-Fi City will have you feeling a little ‘out of this world’ with its unique sci-fi styling. If you are looking for some delicious Southeast Asian curries, then head on over to Marty’s Casa Del Wild Food Court.
Snack Options: There are plenty of stalls around the park offering churros, corndogs, popcorn, and ice cream.
If the food in the park isn’t too your taste, you can always eat at one of the many restaurants in Resort World, located just outside of the park.
If you are in Singapore, Universal Studios is well worth the trip over to Sentosa Island. It is a great day trip for the whole family; everyone will find something they love!
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