FINAL UPDATE: Universal Studios Singapore
So finally, it's here (a little bit later than planned, but there you go).
Singapore is an amazing place to spend a couple of days. There is lots to do, including many tourist attractions, as well as seeing some of the new and old cultural bits and pieces. We ended up staying in Singapore for two nights to break up the flight from Sydney to London. The place is just very different, quirky and original, with lots of random rules to adhere too. DO NOT CHEW GUM...
Of course, this provided us with a chance to visit Universal Studios Singapore!
My overall review of the park:
Universal Studios Singapore (hereby referred to as USS) is a good park with some excellent potential!! The theming is amazing (as you would expect), there are some unique and not so unique attractions (as you would expect), and I think it is a very good move for the area, considering the number of people who layover in Singapore en-route to another destination, therefore making it a great place to visit if you have a day or two days in Singapore. The park is currently a half-day park, but this will increase i'm sure. Once their other major attractions are open, it will be very good. Madagascar is still not open (amid rumours of many issues), Battlestar is still not open (as we all know why... hello Erik!) and Transformers is due to open next year.
Madagascar - not much here apart from great theming and a carousel. The carousel is amazingly themed to the movies - and I mean amazingly! Love it!! The big ride here is not yet open, but the container ship dominates the area and is a great piece of thematic work.
Far, Far Away - great looking area, with a nice family rollercoaster (Enchanted Airways) which was again, very well themed. Shrek 4D exists here, along with the big castle, lots of shops and eateries, and Donkey Live - a kind of Turtle talk / Laugh Floor hybrid. A bit lame, but fun for kids I would imagine. It is themed to take place inside Captain Hooks Nightclub and there is just mickey taking everywhere here!
Waterworld - randomly placed show, next to Jurassic Park, same as the rest but still a good special effects show if you haven't seen it. The actors were interacting with the crowd well! A great crowd pleaser. I just wish it was actually Dennis Hopper in it (RIP).
Jurassic Park - again good looking area, with some shops, eateries and a few kiddy attractions. Canopy flyers is an updated version of the one in Florida - still low capacity, but nice for youngsters and their parents. Adults can ride this version too! It gave some good views of the area. The Rapids Adventure is very good and unique, again enjoyable and has a few nice surprises throughout. Built by the same manufacturer as Riverquest in Phantasialand, it is a good rapids ride with a twist. Unfortunately, this ride has major downtime - if it is open, get on it!
Egypt - Mummy basically the same as Florida, again with a few variations, purely for the reason is that finally the ride is in an Egypt themed area!! Great theming, great ride - I LOVE MUMMY! The area itself is well themed, with a couple of other unique attractions.
Lights, Camera, Action - Steven Spielberg introduces us to this unique special effects stage, and it is very ala Twister, Backdraft etc but different = good! Go and see this!
Pantages Hollywood Theatre hosts the Universal Monsters in Monsters Rock! This show was absolutely cheese and pretty amateurish. Really one of the worst shows I have seen at one of the big parks!
Sci-Fi City - Battlestar is closed, as we know. The gift shop was open.....
But you can sit in the test seats ...
Area looks great, will be a great part of the park when Transformers and Battlestar is open!!
Anyhow, this is the end of my fairly major trip report. Please post if you like it, it took ages to put together!!
See you soon in a future Brit Crew update...