Universal Studios Singapore is a theme park located within Resorts World Sentosa on Sentosa Island, Singapore. It features 28 rides, shows, and attractions in seven themed zones. It was a key component of Genting's bid for the right to build Singapore's second integrated resort. On 8 December 2006, the Singapore government announced that the consortium had won the bid. Construction of the theme park and the rest of the resort started on 19 April 2007. It is the second Universal Studios theme park to open in Asia (Japan being the first), and the first in Southeast Asia. The official plans for the park were unveiled to the public when Universal Studios Singapore released a park map to the public on 20 October 2009. Universal Studios Singapore has since attracted more than 2 million visitors in the 9 months from its opening.
The park has been marketed by Universal Parks & Resorts as a "one-of-its-kind theme park in Asia" and promised that the park would be the only one of its kind in Southeast Asia for the next 30 years.
|Universal Studios Singapore|
Universal Studios Singapore Logo
|Location||Resorts World, Sentosa, Singapore|
|Theme||Show business and Universal entertainment|
|Owner||Genting Group (under a license from NBCUniversal)|
|Operated by||Genting Group|
Universal Parks & Resorts
|Opened||18 March 2010 (soft opening)|
28 May 2011 (grand opening)
|Operating season||All year round|
|Area||20 ha (49 acres)|
The construction of Resorts World Sentosa and Universal Studios Singapore began on 19 April 2008. After almost two years of construction, the park opened on 18 March 2010.
Universal Studios Singapore was opened for "sneak peek week" in view of the Chinese New Year Celebrations, from 5 pm to 9 pm every night between 14 and 21 February 2010. Though visitors had to pay SGD$10 to enter the park even-though rides were not operating, tickets for the week were sold out in 2 days. On 5 March 2010, it was announced that the park will open its doors at 8:28 am (UTC+8) on 18 March 2010, for a soft-opening phase. From 13 March 2010, the team members of Resorts World Sentosa and their families had a chance to visit the park before the public has a chance to do so. The park had its soft opening period from 18 March 2010 to 26 October 2010.
The official grand opening of the park was held on 28 May 2011, along with the "grand opening gala" being held on 27 May 2011 evening. It had Asian personalities Jet Li, Maggie Cheung, Zhao Wei, and former "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul making an appearance at the gala event, along with some 1,600 guests.
Universal Studios Singapore is 20 hectares (49 acres) in size, occupying the easternmost part of the 49-hectare (120-acre) Resorts World Sentosa. There are a total of 24 attractions, of which 18 are original or specially adapted for the park. The park consists of seven themed zones surrounding a lagoon. Each zone is mostly based on movies and/or television, featuring their own attractions, meet and greet locations, over 30 restaurants and food carts, and 20 retail stores and carts located around the park.
|Hollywood||Themed after the real Hollywood Boulevard of the 1970s. Framed by "dynamic" architecture, palm trees and a replica of the Hollywood 'Walk of Fame'.|
|New York||Themed after post-modern New York City. Features replicas of New York landmarks. The area is enhanced by neon lights and flanked by street facades.|
|Sci-Fi City||Themed after what cities and metropolis "may look like in the future", according to popular science fiction franchises.|
|Ancient Egypt||Themed after the Egyptian architecture and artifacts found during the "Golden Age of Egyptian Exploration in the 1930s".|
|The Lost World||Themed after two franchises, Jurassic Park and Waterworld, which each have separate areas within the zone.|
|Far Far Away||Themed after The Kingdom of Far Far Away featured in DreamWorks Animations' Shrek.|
|Madagascar||Themed after DreamWorks Animations' Madagascar. The zone features a displaced cargo ship and river.|
Hollywood is the main entrance area of the park. Its only attraction, a broadway-style theatre, is accompanied by several restaurants and a variety of shopping locations. The zone is filled with Hollywood-inspired architecture and palm trees, including a replica of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Attractions & Entertainment
Meet & Greets
Restaurants & Refreshments
Gifts & Retail
New York City is based on the original New York City, during the era of post-modernisation. The zone features various landmarks commonly portrayed in movies including the city skyline, neon lights, facades, and sidewalks. This zone also has a replica of the New York Public Library. Special Sesame Street character appearances include: Elmo, Big Bird, Count von Count, Abby Cadabby, Bert, Ernie, Grover, Cookie Monster, and Oscar the Grouch.
|Lights! Camera! Action! Hosted by Steven Spielberg||Show||A show that features special effects that mimic a major hurricane||Operating|
|Loui's NY Pizza Parlor||F&B Outlet||A pizza parlor that sells modern and traditional Italian pizzas as well as other local dishes.||Open|
|KT's Grill||F&B Outlet||A full-service restaurant that specializes in New York grill cuisine and self-proclaimed "East meets West" dishes.||Open|
|Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase||Steel Suspended Dark Ride||A suspended dark ride themed to the Sesame Street franchise.||Open|
|Big Bird's Emporium||Retail Outlet||Store selling Sesame Street-themed merchandise.||Open|
|Accelerator||Teacups||A whirling twirling ride that spins guests around. A similar ride, Storm Force Accelatron, is found in Universal's Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando Resort.||Operating|
|Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN||Steel Dueling Seated Roller Coaster||A sit-down roller coaster that was designed for a tamer experience than its counterpart, with no inversions. The trains are modeled after the Colonial Mark II Viper used by the Human faction as seen in the Battlestar Galactica series.||Operating|
|Battlestar Galactica: CYLON||Steel Dueling Inverted Roller Coaster||An inverted roller coaster that was designed for a more thrilling experience than its counterpart, with inversions. The trains are modeled after the Cylon Heavy Raider used by the Cylon faction as seen in the Battlestar Galactica series.||Operating|
|Transformers: The Ride 3D||4-D Dark Ride Motion Simulator||A dark ride that uses the same ride-vehicle technology as The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man. It has giant wrap-around screens that sport photo-realistic 3D-HD video imagery, along with additional 4-D effects that further enhances the ride experience. This attraction first premiered in Singapore on December 2011, and later at Universal Studios Hollywood and Orlando.||Operating|
|Galactica PX||Retail Outlet||A retail store selling photos of the Battlestar Galactica ride. It formerly sold other sci-fi merchandise.||Open|
|Transformers Supply Vault||Retail Outlet||A retail outlet selling a variety of Transformers and Transformers: The Ride merchendise.||Open|
|Starbot Cafe: Human Refueling Center||F&B Outlet||A food and beverage outlet selling a variety of items, including ice cream.||Open|
Ancient Egypt is based on the historical adaptation of Ancient Egypt during the 1930s Golden Age of Egyptian Exploration. It features obelisks and pyramids which are typical of Ancient Egypt. Also featured are Pharaohs' tombs which were supposedly commonly discovered during that era. This zone relies on the depictions made in the popular film franchise, The Mummy, starring Brendan Fraser.
|Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride||Enclosed Steel Roller Coaster Dark Ride||A combination dark ride and roller coaster that is built within an indoor space. This ride was inspired and developed from The Mummy film from 1999.||Operating|
|Treasure Hunters||Mini-Car Ride||A leisure car ride that drives around an abandoned Egyptian excavation site. The ride vehicles are modeled after the look of vintage jeeps.||Operating|
|Carter’s Curiosities||Retail Outlet||A retail outlet selling souvenirs and replicas of Egyptian treasures.||Open|
|Oasis Spice Café||F&B Outlet||An Egyptian-themed cafeteria serving specialties from various north African and Middle-Eastern cultures.||Open|
The Lost World contains many traditional attractions present in most Universal Studios parks around the world and is divided into two sub areas: Jurassic Park and Waterworld. Jurassic Park, based on the popular film franchise by Steven Spielberg and novels by Michael Crichton, features the newly redesigned Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure which is based on the water rides in other Universal Studios parks. Waterworld, based on the film Waterworld starring Kevin Costner, features a live show performance at an amphitheater.
|Canopy Flyer||Mini Steel Suspended Roller Coaster||A suspended 4-seater family roller coaster.||Operating|
|Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure||River Rapids Raft System||A river rapids ride that features a white water raft system where riders on circular rafts are sent down a rapid with animatronic dinosaurs.||Operating|
|Waterworld: A Live Sea War Spectacular||Live Show/Performance||A live-action performance that involves stunts and pyrotechnics, surrounding by and using a large pool of water.||Showing|
|Amber Rock Climb||Rock Climb/Skill Challenge||A rock-climbing attraction that is themed after a dinosaur dig site. The attraction can only accommodate guests between 34 kg (75 lb) and 310 kg (680 lb).||Operating|
|Dino-Soarin'||Fly Around Ride||A children's ride that spins around, with riders being able to control the vertical height of their carriage during the ride duration.||Operating|
|Jurassic Outfitters||Retail Outlet||A retail store that sells official Jurassic Park merchendise.||Open|
|The Dino-Store||Retail Outlet||A retail store that sells Jurassic Park and other dinosaur-related merchandise.||Open|
|Fossil Fuels||F&B Outlet||A food stand that sells a light snacks and frozen beverages.||Open|
|Discovery Food Court||F&B Outlet||A food court that is themed after the Discovery Centre building featured in the original Jurassic Park movie.||Open|
Far Far Away is inspired by DreamWorks Animation's Shrek franchise. The zone consists of many locations from the film series, with a landmark in the form of "Far Far Away Castle". Character appearances include Shrek, Donkey, Puss in Boots, Princess Fiona, Pinocchio and Prince Charming.
|Shrek 4-D Adventure||3-D Show with Added Effects||Showing|
|Donkey Live||Live Show/Performance||An interactive live show using digital puppetry technology, which features Donkey entertaining and engaging guests.||Showing|
|Enchanted Airways||Steel Junior Roller Coaster||A junior roller coaster through the zone, with trains modeled after Dragon from the world of Shrek.||Operating|
|Puss in Boots' Giant Journey||Steel Suspended Family Roller Coaster||A roller coaster themed to the Puss in Boots spin-off film.||Operating|
|Magic Potion Spin||Kiddy Ferris Wheel||A miniature Ferris wheel for children themed to a part of a potion assembly line. The ride is located within the Fairy Godmother's Potion Shop.||Operating|
|Fairy Godmother's Potion Shop||Retail Outlet||A retail outlet with memorabilia, drinks and gifts from the Shrek franchise.||Open|
|Fairy Godmother's Juice Bar||F&B Outlet||A drink store that sells juices themed to look like magical concoctions.||Open|
|Goldilocks||F&B Outlet||A food outlet that sells fried chicken, fish and chips, chicken sandwiches, mash potatoes with gravy, coleslaw, and French fries.||Open|
|Friar's||F&B Outlet||A food stand that sells hot and cold sandwich wraps with potato chips.||Open|
Madagascar is inspired by the DreamWorks Animation franchise of the same name. The zone features a tropical jungle theming as well as two rides. Character appearances include: Alex, Gloria, King Julien, Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico.
|Madagascar: A Crate Adventure||Water Boat Ride||A river boat ride with animatronics, digital projection and surround sound, housed within the hull of a displaced cargo ship. This attraction features the voices of actors heard in the movies such as Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith throughout the ride.||Operating|
|King Julien's Beach Party-Go-Round||Carousel||A merry-go-round ride that is themed and decorated with all the characters of Madagascar.||Operating|
|Penguin Mercantile||Retail Outlet||A retail outlet located at the exit of 'Madagascar: A Crate Adventure' that sells plush hats, key fobs, T-shirts and other merchendise inspired by the Madagascar franchise, as well as on-ride photos for 'Madagascar: A Crate Adventure'.||Open|
|Marty's Casa Del Wild Food Court||F&B Outlet||A café based on the first movie. The restaurant is hosted by Marty the Zebra and serves a variety of South East Asian specialties such as Nasi Padang, Pad Thai, Chicken Rice, Thai Green Chicken Curry, Tom Yum Soup and Asian Rotisserie Chicken.||Open|
|Gloria's Snack Shack||F&B Outlet||A food store hosted by Gloria, which offers some Japanese-inspired quick bites such as yakitori, rice bowls and drinks.||Open|
|21 Oct 2008||Transformers: The Ride 3D was announced to be a part of the lineup of attractions at Universal Studios Singapore.|
|24 Sep 2009||Plans revealed for Shrek's Far Far Away and Madagascar theme zones.|
|20 Oct 2009||Resorts World at Sentosa unveiled the attractions, dining options and merchandise outlets at Universal Studios Singapore.|
|14 Feb 2010||Start of the eight-day sneak-peek period of Universal Studios Singapore.|
|18 Mar 2010||Soft-opening of Universal Studios Singapore, with 16 of its 24 attractions opened and fully functioning.|
|25 Mar 2010||Battlestar Galactica dueling coasters closed due to a technical glitch in the ride. Both rides would remain closed for many weeks thereafter.|
|02 Jul 2010||Premiering of the Lake Hollywood Spectacular show, which would be presented to park visitors every Friday and Saturday nights.|
|20 Aug 2010||X-ray findings reveal cracks in the welded joint of the seat-post supports within the Human roller coaster car of Battlestar Galactica, which caused the grounding of both roller coaster rides.|
|21 Dec 2010||Battlestar Galactica dueling coasters enters final testing stage with newly reinforced coaster cars for both the Human and Cylon coasters. Both rides would be slated to re-open in the first half of 2011.|
|21 Feb 2011||Official re-opening of the Battlestar Galactica dueling coasters.|
|16 May 2011||Scheduled opening of Madagascar: A Crate Adventure.|
|28 May 2011||Grand opening of Universal Studios Singapore.|
|21 Oct 2011||Halloween Horror Nights makes its debut in Universal Studios Singapore.|
|03 Dec 2011||Scheduled opening of Transformers: The Ride 3D in Universal Studios Singapore. The ride would have its world premiere at an exclusive evening event on 2 December 2011 with film director Michael Bay present at the event.|
|31 Dec 2011||Launch of the park's first parade, Hollywood Dreams.|
|29 May 2012||Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase announced to be the newest addition to the park, scheduled to be open by the end of the year. The ride would replace the Stage 28 attraction, which had been cancelled and will be housed within its premise. The park would go on to introduce one stage show, two street shows, as well as meet-and-greets sessions featuring the characters from Sesame Street.|
|29 Jul 2014||Puss in Boots' Giant Journey announced to be the newest addition to the park. The park would also introduce a new stage show at Far Far Away, with The Dance For The Magic Beans featuring Puss in Boots and Kitty Softpaws, as well as a meet-and-greet right after the show. The new ride would be scheduled to open by 1st quarter of 2015.|
|08 Apr 2015||Puss in Boots' Giant Journey would officially open to the public.|
|27 May 2015||Reopening of Battlestar Galactica again, after another two years of inactivity.|
|15 June 2018||Won the best theme attraction award by Tripzilla travel magazine.|