The roller coaster car turns into a separate room and then comes to a sudden halt, nearly crashing into the wall. Confused glances exchanged between the riders; is something wrong? All of a sudden, we’re pulled backwards, falling down deeper until we come to another stop. The car makes a slow 180-degree turn, allowing the riders to get a good look of our surrounding. And then, with a warning, we’re accelerated into the mouth of a large white skull with green smoke flowing out of it. But that isn’t the end. It’s only the beginning of the Revenge of the Mummy.
Universal Studios Singapore’s best-known indoor roller coaster ride sits in Ancient Egypt with one of the shortest wait times in the park. But the Lost World’s ‘live’ water show pulls in more of the guests. From death-defying stunts to loud fiery explosions, guests are given the option of sitting in the wet zone where you’d indefinitely end up drenched in water, or opt for the dryer zones at the top instead. Water World gets the kids excited and the adults reeled up as well.
Be it Marilyn Monroe and the Egyptian Royalty, or the Minions, Shrek and Optimum Prime, a visit to Universal Studios will include a meet and greet with one of your favourite celebrities. As soon as you enter the park, you’re immediately walking down Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Guests are even able to witness the hatching of a baby Velociraptor up-close and grab the chance to meet one of them along with their Jurassic Park volunteers. If you ever find yourself in New York, keep an eye out for Elmo or Oscar the Grouch.
With walls that have different shades of brown and grey and the ancient architecture of the buildings, Far Far Away was modelled after the movie Shrek. Walking into here truly felt like I was stepping into the animated Disney film. This was by far my favourite park in Universal Studios.
No matter where in the world you visit a theme park, you’ll never be able to see and do everything for the first time, at least not in one day. The same goes for Universal Studios Singapore. If you can afford it, I would strongly suggest buying the express pass that will allow you to jump ahead of the long queues. Some rides may even have waiting times of up to an hour and a half. If you can only visit for a day, and choose not to purchase the express pass, then I’d suggest prioritizing what you want to make sure you manage to do to ensure you don’t miss out on anything and go home disappointed.