Jump to content
  TPR Home | Parks | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram 

Fudgey's Japan, Australia and Singapore Adventures


fudgey
 Share

Recommended Posts

Update #7: Tokyo Disneyland

 

Of course this is the next update!

 

Tokyo Disneyland was (expectedly) busy, but again, if you play your fastpasses correctly then the day will work for you.

 

After opening, we headed to the back of the park while everyone else headed to Space Mountain or Big Thunder Mountain... and got a Splash Mountain fastpass, Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan, Roger Rabbits Toontown Spin, Poohs Hunny Hunt fastpass, Gadgets go coaster - all before 10:30am.

 

Highlights included:

 

Pooh's Honey Hunt was an amazing dark ride. I mean AMAZING! Trackless cars and great effects = excellent! I thoroughly recommend getting this early or a fastpass. Slow moving lines in excess of 2 hours were the order of the day. Oh yes... and honey popcorn...

 

Walt Disney: One Mans Dream 2: The Magic Lives On - a show featuring songs and scenes from classic and more modern Disney movies was pretty good.

 

Captain EO...

 

Not having to queue over 2 hours for Splash Mountain

 

The parades were superb, especially the Electrical Parade Dreamlights - some fairly random and different characters. Bless Pete's Dragon, bless him!

 

Lowlights:

 

Duffy the Disney bear

 

Broken Monsters Inc: Hide and go Peek...

IMG_0628.JPG.8f7529aa69e29523a7512b7c0f8a6af5.JPG

Hmm, well this doesn't look too bad at 8:15am...

IMG_0635.thumb.JPG.0a2da3a0f715ce2efe4bbccb3b850115.JPG

As we ran, Scrooge was being mobbed...

IMG_0675.JPG.bea0ba5da425ba42403be573777b0607.JPG

I'll be using these babies later on...

IMG_0630.thumb.JPG.23914ebd12cd45d3d2c7f6e43c3390f7.JPG

A smoking, talking baby in Disney.... OMG!

IMG_0633.thumb.JPG.ca450529c7cf487cd981acbb9eb376c2.JPG

CHEMISTRY!! Dip = Wipeout...

IMG_0636.thumb.JPG.857f5999b0a6e71db996872b777eacc7.JPG

Hmm, the park index doesn't need this...

IMG_0638.JPG.00c772aff71c2d8288fd10e77127be53.JPG

The longest wait for us today...!

IMG_0641.thumb.JPG.073555c0fdff9a7d3102b95d54720b6d.JPG

Hello sexy...

IMG_0645.JPG.908b1158445535cf86daca88307dfde2.JPG

One Man's Dream 2!!

IMG_0646.JPG.c3c6a90b166f549f410e97342966331d.JPG

Could this be as good as TREVOR at Waldameer park though...

IMG_0649.JPG.d265a154dfc6816ac93af6d7b8536289.JPG

Boogie down Louie...

IMG_0653.JPG.fad66e5dff246385c65fca06dee4c198.JPG

My Peter, that is one big croc you have...

IMG_0651.JPG.a019140bc9df3b100fec31372d54a5f2.JPG

So seriously, a seat for this show could be obtained by playing the Disney Lottery. You go to Tomorrowland Town Hall, put your pass in the machine, and you draw lots to see if you have won seats for the show.... We didn't, but the first show of the day was walk in.... I don't understand!

IMG_0660.JPG.f2790a0233d4e5ac9dca2c6b2a1d9ca8.JPG

Captain Jack and his big brass band...

IMG_0661.JPG.53c794e50d66081f690ca85992f7644a.JPG

Unfortunately for Beatrice, no one wanted to be in her...

IMG_0664.JPG.dc41ccc80a77558d7ec0519437753c2a.JPG

Ahh, look at those Lions trying to wake up that sleeping Zebra. I think that's what our guide said in Japanese...

IMG_0665.thumb.JPG.807cccbbb71c1835650272bfef962865.JPG

Is this the most photographed spot on the Jungle Cruise...?

IMG_0670.thumb.JPG.ddc2c54f391b5966ed95ef411bd7c20a.JPG

So the Stitch animatronic has made it to the Tiki Room... At least he is not spraying hydraulic fluid everywhere...

IMG_0667.JPG.5039e5816ee6de857d7e2e2ea37320b7.JPG

Yes, that is correct... Unfortunately this is how my screen stayed for the whole show...

IMG_0671.JPG.503d2af76fe621b4646cec82db142072.JPG

So the show is actually called... Hello and Welcome... brilliant...

IMG_0674.JPG.7b2dfd8ab414d5660e2164b3b6257c5c.JPG

Splash Mountain... Wipeout... Thank god for fastpass...

IMG_0681.thumb.JPG.91bc546f0188d81421b74e408e95a6b0.JPG

Don't punch the bears please!

IMG_0684.JPG.169a3f1551728bb02935d7a41ebe8c60.JPG

Amy LOVES the Queen!

IMG_0686.JPG.e21c84ff58ffe47dac88f3e6fc2f62b6.JPG

Pooh's Hunny Hunt = AMAZING!!

IMG_0690.JPG.009cd29f0798c6fdf5f890f1dc8f8060.JPG

Rabbit took the frame from his mirror... and proceeded to make Pooh's bottom a part of his house...

IMG_0697.JPG.1a04cef3c4e442912f70ff03c6ccfe69.JPG

WTF... A live Mowgli in the parade....

IMG_0694.thumb.JPG.e4707ae6c63eff91d8a474ce18d6b9d3.JPG

I never liked Pocahontas much...

IMG_0702.JPG.743c03878658a3df65a5b5fb1fa43267.JPG

It's impossible...

IMG_0707.JPG.788d45d1eb9c5ffb2c14bfa6393387b4.JPG

Dream Lights was AMAZING!

IMG_0708.JPG.26968a8034e7de8d2cf77e0376294539.JPG

Amy also LOVES the Cheshire Cat!

IMG_0714.JPG.34241bfa1f62b4212e46f36c9a0180d4.JPG

Pete's Dragon... That is a blast from the past...

IMG_0727.JPG.eb6208b71528638a6f298d8ce3cc3d52.JPG

Where is Roz though, where is she??

IMG_0683.thumb.JPG.a2fd540473183c7a7502091347b246c5.JPG

Thank you Disneyland... We love you!!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Replies 46
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Update #8: Sydney Area

 

So after a good two weeks in Japan, we flew onto Sydney. This was the far more relaxing, cooler and chilled out part of our holiday, but of course we visited a few of the attractions!

 

I would totally recommend buying the tourist pass for the aquariums, Sydney Tower and Wildlife World, as well as just seeing some of the general sights obviously...

 

The coastline is amazing, just walking the coastal walk to Bondi beach from Waverley gives some spectacular views.

 

The Sydney Harbour Bridge climb is a must, as was excellent!!, if expensive.. But it is just one of those things you have to do! We had amazing weather and so was worth it.

 

Taking the train from Sydney to the Blue Mountains is also a must. Here you can see some spectacular views (ala Grand Canyon) as well as do the various attractions at Scenic World (Cable car, Skyway and Mountain railway - one of the steepest in the world).

 

Luna Park is fun for the afternoon, plus they still have an old school funhouse!!

 

Anyhow, 3 updates to go after this - Melbourne area, Gold Coast and Singapore!

IMG_0752.JPG.6f63f67d8b2bc72cb0b932c2ad39fab3.JPG

The first thing we did was head to the harbour... 7am in Sydney after the flight! Nice arches...

IMG_0758.JPG.63d8d0662b0dd36e0444e4556d14e21c.JPG

Perfect weather, this is so not winter...

IMG_0759.thumb.JPG.19dc07549fefb2ef1b8361ae8a95f653.JPG

Wasn't sure, can you see the Queen's face??

IMG_0761.JPG.260bc59b263fae2b63b97b6ca61ed06f.JPG

Fruit bats...

IMG_0765.JPG.da830edf3b7241e8202b8b4c9803be6f.JPG

Wildlife World, Darling Harbour, Sydney now... C'mon Koala, give us a smile...

IMG_0767.JPG.fddea8b3496b4215318824a18b281793.JPG

There we go... :)

IMG_0769.JPG.7c8d747161604858edf5ff2c58cc1478.JPG

My, what a big croc you have. Seriously, they were marketing their big croc as Rex, the last dinosaur on earth. He was 5 metres long. SUPERCROC!!

IMG_0770.JPG.64812af2a99562a0e330e73d31fb5828.JPG

Ahhh, Skippy!

IMG_0774.thumb.JPG.0f555623ce4e074c0337364449cab50d.JPG

I want to eat your eyes...

IMG_0777.JPG.5c734d09c8f10d822ab9a2df015f5fb0.JPG

MEGASHARK - at the Sydney Aquarium...

IMG_0779.JPG.ea3279115eb2b5523c76544264f3a176.JPG

OMG! A Lindt Coffeeshop... Seriously Lindt chocolate is AMAZING!

IMG_0782.thumb.JPG.cc7ea1f4983b14aab5b805a58364e18f.JPG

All the Lindt in the world makes Amy happy...

IMG_0783.JPG.8c5eeeff7af83f5666f6e034321a9317.JPG

Look, they even have Worlds of Color here...

IMG_0786.JPG.bd416dbbe92d7dfd8e2ab1f6eda4cc32.JPG

Yes, so suffice to say the views are quite nice here...

IMG_0793.JPG.e380899aaba1033c6c5b9c462bc6b425.JPG

Fancy a swim...

IMG_0807.JPG.9509025e8c42c6bdd3998052105a2652.JPG

This might have been where we got engaged...

IMG_0813.JPG.5e2abd545e4fc177b5a551f5996cb2ab.JPG

And then had lots of drink...

IMG_0816.JPG.8eb46f4545bc4802e804c80fb061c37c.JPG

And then had lots of ice-cream...

IMG_0962.thumb.JPG.defaf6109df96f5ad293f890d2630950.JPG

Luna Park, overlooking Sydney Harbour...

IMG_0963.JPG.22dc41b91422eb4886ac515f2f26b1e0.JPG

They had a Rotor...

IMG_0987.JPG.2e15c2dfaaaa460826b73dc40c3a2940.JPG

Spin, damn you, Spin!!

IMG_0964.thumb.JPG.4874bf55a892122f48ba24f37624a21c.JPG

A Wild Mouse...

IMG_0965.thumb.JPG.0472528a67191025db7e45b0892ff1ec.JPG

Oh, poor clown, don't be embarrassed!

IMG_0967.JPG.a32c3a83ef26a065d76907ca30175605.JPG

Noted!

IMG_0969.JPG.72e297b5974bb91dc69fb7b81d12eaff.JPG

Hmm, you want both of us to fit in that and feel safe...

IMG_0968.JPG.dc43b39de1232fede058d3b9689ef6c4.JPG

Ala, Blackpool's Wild Mouse...

IMG_0973.JPG.28618500acc39f836ed3309f8c7fdb6b.JPG

I'm very confused...

IMG_0971.JPG.0a88cda228ef0c4d7bf291255707d265.JPG

Super Fun Happy Slide!

IMG_0972.JPG.468f9b1689d9b246d9d3d6684f98f7a1.JPG

Fun, slide off turntable, anyone else thinking TPR takeover...

IMG_0977.thumb.JPG.d9ca7b16ea5246d403daaa6fc5a0ea7f.JPG

The sign is still here...

IMG_0978.thumb.JPG.919ae89835d996cbb6c048d72836eccf.JPG

The ride is not...

IMG_0979.JPG.a079614e722657c5cfc7e05e1489fc9a.JPG

OMG, this could be the scariest midway game ever...

IMG_0980.JPG.0a8782ab65c1ebffcf122e143588e81e.JPG

Get your balls in the scary clown's mouths...

IMG_0982.thumb.JPG.dd0adfab59fa5e7c05692391de723e1c.JPG

Yay for Knex...

IMG_0983.JPG.18d1ac2ccb389156a0aa3327e0efeaf2.JPG

And lots of it!!!

IMG_0976.JPG.610c5320164e1ecfa679b6dbb2a491af.JPG

Luna Park is literally by the Harbour Bridge...

IMG_0985.thumb.JPG.9c6d9ef37f75f18314032cb5af9e7396.JPG

Goodbye Evil Clowns...

IMG_0961.JPG.fa244ed47eb66b7a2afadaa1e288c554.JPG

Now to tackle you!!

IMG_1130.JPG.543ca2c77c6856706f38d6adc16711ee.JPG

The Bridgeclimb was very cool. We looked so sexy in our jumpsuits...

IMG_1132.JPG.a014ecf9acb88aad7297533083081afc.JPG

The rest of our crew...

IMG_0988.JPG.eaaea7a4f5a167e5502ee62f292fe7d2.JPG

Perfect...

IMG_0946.JPG.c12228b18d54b16c6eb411a7542773ec.JPG

Blue Mountains = pretty!

IMG_0948.JPG.2e96d2dfdbb3bb178d3c93858c54f980.JPG

Evil, steep Mountain Train!

IMG_0949.JPG.39ab337d2b7dbbf11699700bb6f41140.JPG

Though it did play Indiana Jones on the way down which = good!

IMG_0955.JPG.fafc069b7622a74922b48c02e397c857.JPG

These are called The Three Sisters... (insert caption here...)

IMG_0956.thumb.JPG.38ff88455d0872abc5440a810e9e48e6.JPG

Fantastic Fudge followed by Australian Bullshit Repellent... jokes anyone...

IMG_0957.JPG.8ce63b11562901acb67ae5d32c0083d6.JPG

I have ordered my free Pram Safety DVD and I have to say it was excellent!

IMG_0958.JPG.0379c2755f17909d5fb9ab9b4fc8e1d4.JPG

Oh, and this random guy joined us for dinner down near the harbour, not sure who he is... ;)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...

Update #9: Melbourne Area

 

A long needed update... (damn you work, damn you...), even if it is a short one.

 

So after visiting Sydney, we hopped onto a plane to Melbourne, where we stayed for one night. While in the area, of course we had to visit Melbourne's Luna Park which was a real treat...

 

Luna Park in Melbourne has a Scenic Railway, with a brakeman in the middle of the train, the first time I had been on one of these. He was quite enthusiastic (probably because we got there with half hour till park closing). Anyway, nice little park on the coast.

 

We drove from Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road, stopping in various towns and viewing some of the spectacular sights along the coast. The weather here was ALOT colder than Sydney, but warmer than the UK, so still fine for us.

 

Next up, the Gold Coast!

IMG_0819.thumb.JPG.6ae1f2951518fb901144d32f2f71031b.JPG

Snowy Mountains in Australia, what..... I don't understand...

IMG_0821.JPG.973a22ea05c7f120eb3542975f75e611.JPG

On the coast = pretty!

IMG_0822.JPG.5eb3b5dbc054005c9194a22cd8c7b61b.JPG

IPhone 4 picture = classy...

IMG_0837.thumb.JPG.0e3eb974fe8a8cb0c30320a1b1f335de.JPG

Luna Park!

IMG_0834.JPG.203eca4f92f70f834c07c3f6039e68ad.JPG

Although it looks dead, this was open and running...

IMG_0832.JPG.73929cef6b927cd0867273d002e33004.JPG

Ghost Train, with an actual ghost aura in the photo...

IMG_0830.JPG.1e974614b52426c512de01a7f2a81ff0.JPG

Scenic Railway...

IMG_0827.JPG.325f0c6a78976d55650fb6bf6f75b0db.JPG

WTF Is going on in this montage...?

IMG_0829.thumb.JPG.6a92cb7480bec5a91a689c1ea95a2cf0.JPG

The brakeman goes in the middle of the train...

IMG_0826.JPG.f0b99eeace29bd636046c0118a162b29.JPG

Quite funky I reckon...

IMG_0835.JPG.a42201fa4cef665a4e0aff54853b4441.JPG

There goes the Scenic Railway, and an octopus that is going to eat your eyes!

IMG_0836.JPG.8625abf6d8e37c9d9e7ecda5e3451849.JPG

No, thank you!

IMG_0839.JPG.4a1a2eeec6eebb077d2d885de8cab0a3.JPG

Right outside Luna Park, the Palais Theatre, featuring star acts including...

IMG_0823.thumb.JPG.7a52f007a805cce617052b4c365f4fe4.JPG

Aled Jones...

IMG_0824.thumb.JPG.73f270196abbc1324342b0ce5aab77e8.JPG

Hide your Grannies, ARGHHHHHHHHH!

IMG_0840.JPG.a99338700ecd26e5ac93f9ee40737c3a.JPG

Melbourne is nice at night!

IMG_0841.thumb.JPG.f7f79a112da3f01fec0d0e377980f2a3.JPG

Hold your knees up and pull a funny face while going to the toilet...

IMG_0842.JPG.7e3e3ef6dcd28a1c257376ebbbe825df.JPG

My god that is one huge pizza... Om nom nom!

IMG_0843.JPG.1c5e08cecc194c2f973cd6a1153461fb.JPG

The Great Ocean Road was well... great!

IMG_0846.JPG.295cc847bbbc420d01e2052af2073f08.JPG

You see, Great!

IMG_0861.JPG.6a204955c1781bf830c4ff20641f7bd9.JPG

Hasten to add... the weather turned...

IMG_0849.JPG.d3b2982bddabd5f271c76aeddbcfc5a5.JPG

Tree Top Walk = Fucking Nervy...

IMG_0853.JPG.2711560cbbae686bc4c72218e21a118d.JPG

Will somebody please tell me why I am walking through the trees...

IMG_0854.thumb.JPG.c83c4e169a1d8fb1e0c637cff10dcf2e.JPG

You tree, are dead too me...

IMG_0848.JPG.253261e96bdb688f8cfebf93cea90983.JPG

Hmm, how far can we lean over...

IMG_0857.JPG.c9581b8357811c11f6a13b859ff535aa.JPG

Back to the road and these were some of the Twelve Apostles...

IMG_0845.JPG.0078e67123287260ab8369c5d1f7c271.JPG

And to finish off... Get Cadbury's in Australia... It is better than British Cadburys (which is now owned by Kraft.... boo hiss...)

IMG_0867-1.JPG.d593c2f5f1f74808f6dc4c219a5ac10f.JPG

Time to go to the Gold Coast... Oh yes btw... Virgin Blue Staff in Melbourne are Idiots... FACT!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Update #10: Gold Coast - Dream, Movie and Seaworld!

 

Next up, a flight to the Gold Coast and an absolute great day of credit whoring at the three main parks in Australia on the Gold Coast!

 

Dreamworld:

 

You pay an extra 10 AUD to get in one hour earlier (pretty good as we were doing some whoring that day) with guaranteed access to the big 6 rides (small print: we will always aim to get 5 of the big 6 open for early entry, we will always substitute an attraction with another should they not be available for any reason).

 

So the big 6: Cyclone, Tower of Terror, MotoCoaster, Wipeout (... ), The Claw, Giant Drop...

 

Out of the big 6, the rides available for early entry were: Cyclone... That's it, honestly! Not impressed, so I did a little complaining...

 

The other rides they offered were Runaway Reptar, and then some of the smaller rides in the Nickelodeon area such as Swinger Zinger and Spongebob Flypants... NOT Impressed.

 

Anyhow, 10am came around and we quickly got the credits done along with the drop tower and headed quickly to Warner Bros Movie World.

 

Warner Bros. Movie World

 

Warner Bros. Movie World is a good park. It wasn't too busy, the sun was out and they had some very good rides. Again, I didn't really know anything about this park at all.

 

Superman: The Escape - excellent Intamin Launched, with some good show scenes before the actual launch itself. Great airtime throughout the ride, especially on the mini top-hat, and I thought it was very good!!

 

Lethal Weapon: Biggest bag of SLC poo out there, and I've ridden some bad ones!!

 

Scooby Doo's Spooky Coaster: Indoor, highly themed, Mack Mouse with a elevator lift hill (ala Europa Park). Some excellent show scenes with random elements before a disco, smoked up standard layout in a warehouse. I really liked it and it was a great surprise.

 

Overall, nice park, could be a bit bigger, but had some unique, different rides!!

 

New for 2010: Stunt Driver - this is not a rip off of Lights, Motors, Action at all...... honestly!!

 

SeaWorld Australia

 

A nice park for the afternoon (and if you get a combo ticket with Movieworld then it is worthwhile going). Some good shows, and exhibits of Sealife with a very small smattering of rides built in (ala Seaworld Florida). They have 2 credits - Sea Viper and Jet Rescue, a log flume, a giant splash and a SESAME STREET BEACH!

 

Jet Rescue (new for 2010) is an Intamin Tyre Launch jetski themed coaster, with well banked and tight turns and two launches. I thought this was excellent and really good!!!

 

One more update to go... Universal Singapore!

IMG_0868.JPG.6a6f04744a13df8dc5d82b3e8efbb243.JPG

Good morning Gold Coast!

IMG_0869.JPG.d54b13e53664dab49fec1565c3e99231.JPG

Ahh good Early Entry on Cyclone...

IMG_0870.JPG.5e2c02d7ca12dd1bf2418c9af4463e25.JPG

Australian Parks are anal!! about loose articles (including anything which is safely tucked away in zipped pockets, jeans pockets.... grrrr!

IMG_0872.thumb.JPG.8b822ed88884990e2286e365cb41f306.JPG

At least Amy is happy...

IMG_0875.JPG.d099985b35829015dc199fdc31c6f819.JPG

Just in case it was needed...

IMG_0873.JPG.5fc72bdf963c37556c57783cbc779622.JPG

Nothing like a bit of Arrow goodness... (this used to be Big Dipper at Luna Park Sydney)

IMG_0874.JPG.12ce9a6feb798b1c1965ae45b2bbdb98.JPG

Stupid, stupid staircase...

IMG_0877.thumb.JPG.23b4ef3f5837b12a4734b50be641ada2.JPG

The next of the 'BIG 6'.... grrrr

IMG_0878.thumb.JPG.44cee78e5f67f775db1e0075a1a32073.JPG

At least Didi is happy...

IMG_0876.JPG.84700fc6c6ce831f70e0eb8d8f42fcd8.JPG

Runaway Reptar...

IMG_0879.JPG.2a26e21d6994f09b7184bb1ba4c87027.JPG

Another one of the 'BIG 6' this morning... grrrrrrrrrr

IMG_0880.thumb.JPG.b2728c4e21161ba1c4584c4c1085f692.JPG

Umm no, I will not be purchasing that today...

IMG_0882.thumb.JPG.304d457aa9850ddd1ff8adb188e48ce6.JPG

Soon to be Tower of Terror II (we had to wait for this to open after the early entry Big 6 option... grrrrrrrrrrrrrr)

IMG_0885.JPG.381857c3637bba52e72548800b09aea7.JPG

Mick Doohan's Motocoaster... (not one of the early entry 'BIG 6'.... grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr)

IMG_0886.JPG.b7bfe4b9e187d0a005f57b5f3f17047c.JPG

Standard Motocoaster... quite fun!

IMG_0887.JPG.9b1ebedfeecdc1704cb0dd07c697a66d.JPG

It even came with Sidecars for the smaller youngsters...

IMG_0888.JPG.31649b9847d37b501eebf00015f185cf.JPG

Very Specific!!

IMG_0883.JPG.2c1e74f828247aff52c550255f8e4118.JPG

Not one of the early entry 'BIG 6' apparently!! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

IMG_0881.JPG.d075c9ecc0573d9ef3b487c6d7d3d2ee.JPG

Who am I sat next to? Does this bear a resemblance to any TPR member??

IMG_0889.JPG.d62f6bc067abcb4812feae9dabddac15.JPG

Goodbye Dreamworld, Hello Movieworld!

IMG_0891.JPG.67ec179de3cce8305932883acd07e1fb.JPG

Yes and double yes!

IMG_0891.JPG.338ee792484b5b8a5a01dd3bfd9c59ee.JPG

Wooooosh!

IMG_0892.JPG.6149607411830da1f1babdfc4796e59e.JPG

Seriously, I thought this was an excellent ride - good airtime, good show scenes before the launch while sat on the ride!, and Superman pushing the train! Excellent!

IMG_0893.thumb.JPG.4a31ed0c290adde14fe454dfd408627b.JPG

You would think that anything Mel Gibson related would be good.... well actually now that I come to think about it, probably not...

IMG_0894.JPG.a79c6ed3831247a2061e217b5df1d3c1.JPG

Junkyard and everything!

IMG_0897.JPG.0790a1f136338cf99fd9d48c0294c161.JPG

So yes, its an SLC, themed to a junkyard...

IMG_0897.JPG.0b3ca1e05faf88e8bb637ded5d5b48f9.JPG

The loading here was anal... and again - if you have ANYTHING in your pockets, AT ALL, you will be refused to ride!

IMG_0898.JPG.601258572ff60cae59e0ecc6b3af816e.JPG

Does anything see anything unusual here...?

IMG_0899.JPG.dc814cf70ad680c6826bae714133bf3f.JPG

Hmm, where could that Vekoma seat have gone... (insert funny Vekoma seat falling of ride jokes here...)

IMG_0906.JPG.44b89c9fe883479064bb69b0e0a0fe3e.JPG

Hmm sounds interesting...

IMG_0905.JPG.7a494b73132e542c841fa61d4d72d116.JPG

There is quality operation right there...

IMG_0907.JPG.f67f160b88c6bf2927463364ee61eaef.JPG

Next credit please...

IMG_0908.JPG.ca68b4fd9ef755ff79c18ed297e72ed5.JPG

Quality rollerskater action...

IMG_0911.JPG.685836a0e2bb32dd7852b6daf5cc1400.JPG

New for 2010... This is not, I repeat this is not Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show from Disney's Hollywood Studios...

IMG_0912.JPG.f0638e24b079e5f92eff74e0a61e56e2.JPG

Indoor Mack Mouse, with show scenes, = AWESOME! This ride was excellent!!!

IMG_0913.JPG.ec412ba7dafb7a073766d4fd9a21b9de.JPG

Quality theming and no line = Dave is happy again!

IMG_0916.JPG.f77ba77295ab78774edbbfe3fdd11b63.JPG

Undercover here... not too sure why really...

IMG_0901.thumb.JPG.6a533f6267542e6963dc37b9ae5553cd.JPG

Clearly JK Rowling approved ;)

IMG_0902.JPG.9fe0c00cbff3c46fb9863c2d999ca60c.JPG

EVIL, EVILLLLLLLLLLLLLL!

IMG_0910.JPG.36513cacc25d841f0adde3e2f6ebea51.JPG

That's all folks - Movieworld was pretty damn good!!

IMG_0918.JPG.c9f5a37b1f446f481b1f23e9ef157a90.JPG

Next up, Seaworld Australia (not owned by Seaworld Parks and Entertainment...)

IMG_0929.JPG.583cdefa171444b747bdc70cff65223f.JPG

First up, this pile of awesomeness (made by Arrow)

IMG_0928.JPG.cb26834a2ed482904fc4038cfc31a4a7.JPG

Just because I could...

IMG_0931.JPG.b1423d1e08eba67043077036f3287daa.JPG

It hurt quite a lot...

IMG_0926.JPG.808e777b4211712700ec8acdeaeb20f7.JPG

New for 2010: Jet Rescue - a launched jetski coaster... by Intamin!

IMG_0930.JPG.50c1181b5f1e5f2168ff6c0a60ce42b9.JPG

It has a double launch, and those bank turns at speed = FANTASTIC. I thought this coaster was absolutely excellent!!

IMG_0936.JPG.331445eb26d090e0c25ffa0c6bdde111.JPG

Whooshhhhhhhhh!

IMG_0933.JPG.806768ea158fb3ebc0f048d7422956a7.JPG

Well done SeaWorld - great addition!

IMG_0923.JPG.5833779eaafa6b5cf76ad551bd0d22b2.JPG

YAY! Everyone loves Sesame Street!

IMG_0924.thumb.JPG.f892422e9223c3719cf5a0c7d8a27a3b.JPG

This wasn't quite as creepy as going to Sesame Street Place because the park was dead!

IMG_0939.JPG.2513721307bf238819ee26ece1ec028a.JPG

Hey Bert!

IMG_0940.JPG.0b506e255d85fe983b44dce148daf0e2.JPG

Yes!

IMG_0941.JPG.cdfae0def1a4a947bc09b97b5dcfc1eb.JPG

i don't like Grover that much to be honest!

IMG_0942-1.JPG.439c85118bff85578a84e47f5e75cfce.JPG

But I do love the Cookie Monster!

IMG_0922.thumb.JPG.c31079daa4aae3d8d922318bed3bd13e.JPG

And Amy loves a big Walrus!

IMG_0938.JPG.20e2bc40d39d7bca3fc78c5fef587306.JPG

And I'll leave you with this for all of you Polar Bear lovers - thank you Seaworld!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Nice TR Dave, it's always interesting to hear outsiders opinions to our parks. It's a shame you had a bad run at Dreamworld, personally (and I know a few people with similar views) it is the better park in the country when all things are taken into consideration.

Your photo's of Sydney Harbour were also very refreshing, i'm glad to see you had a great time in this fair country.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Good to see some outsiders thoughts on the parks. Will agree with you in that Superman, Scooby and Jet Rescue are great and the only thing we really have going for us as far as coasters go. Corkscrew (Sea Viper) never used to be painful and was smooth until they put the new trains on. Noticed the next to Wipeout and interested in your thoughts of it.

 

Really looking forward to Universal Singapore, looking at visiting it once they have everything up and running.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

great TR so far, i would have to agree Superman and Jet Rescue are alot of fun. i can never get enough of these two coasters when i visit the parks....well jet rescue is the only reason why i go to Sea World. I hate how the parks are so over the top with things in your pocket.thats one thing i thought would happen in the states aswell but it is the complete opposite.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

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...

 

Dave (fudgey)

IMG_1098.JPG.edf67e361ccbf1027acd49b7e9281277.JPG

The Singapore Changi Airport is amazing!

IMG_1092.JPG.f2262fa29b288d0cd62c61ba5aaef135.JPG

WTF is that!

IMG_1096.JPG.0d62f68de32b00c2eb670a955f25b2a4.JPG

The world famous Raffles Hotel... (no we did not go in...)

IMG_1080.thumb.JPG.05bf8b997b0932ad6883d0b9f2406548.JPG

You get to Sentosa Island using the monorail, or a cable car or boat.

IMG_0993.JPG.53031b442a0673c6221052c256f85d8c.JPG

The sign you have all wanted to see...

IMG_1079.JPG.a6f0d46875e5582420cfa32dd0a56ef7.JPG

On Sentosa Island, there are lots of covered walkways like this to stop you getting soaked from the very frequent downpours. The whole area looks new and sparkly, it is going to be a huge tourist destination when fully open!

IMG_0994.JPG.87f0d885ff7668fdd5a49a27eea83bcf.JPG

Get away nasty chocolate, get away...

IMG_0995.JPG.eac94b84af810d0eaf1cae085e629e35.JPG

For opening, there really wasn't that many people...

IMG_0996.JPG.acd6313b78e67c5964540a46bd264039.JPG

Hmm, this was totally unexpected... ;) 'Excuse me, why are these attractions unavailable...' LOL

IMG_0997.JPG.fa1f62470d8fbf98583dcea18f062b58.JPG

Again, huge covers over the walkway = good. We got thrusted through to guest services at this point to be given $10 coupons to spend anywhere in the park...

IMG_1010.JPG.f93c3fa2c06623bd80dd23e709dee982.JPG

First up, Far Far Away... My that castle is big!

IMG_1003.JPG.47b4155f8a0e3e6d4a200250e91616ba.JPG

Enchanted Airways looked quiet...

IMG_0999.JPG.f83a1cc252be4ebcf70e272df3de5a53.JPG

I love the little Donkey/Dragon hydrid babies...

IMG_1005.thumb.JPG.8efc87bfd6934a12613c1d0e56a08609.JPG

Employee of the Month = which TPR member...?

IMG_1006.JPG.c2368f8267ffb5e91d4600345be8aa89.JPG

Do you get the joke.... DO YOU!

IMG_1046.JPG.4ca4cbbfd40f1961d2bc65ef043bbbfd.JPG

Lots of animatronic characters throughout this ride = great! Good fun for families!

IMG_1033.thumb.JPG.db9975337f0f97e36b92006b15c4e829.JPG

Hidden away = Donkey Live. Think Turtle Talk or Laugh Floor, but a bit Shit!

IMG_1035.thumb.JPG.2faf2e657fcf6000d5083ca79b3a51f7.JPG

The man doing the pre-show was incredibly camp...

IMG_1037.JPG.76952a7286a0ebec24b4d3206d9ba08e.JPG

Random indoor kiddy ride after the Donkey Live show was finished...

IMG_1038.thumb.JPG.c0d2fea8f1681f6efa613a57e8593c9a.JPG

I had to act as Shrek in the Donkey Live show... They made me do fart noises and smell my armpits...

IMG_1039.JPG.191a07911a3de03c4f9471abf243ce01.JPG

CHEMISTRY!!! SCIENCE!!!

IMG_1041.JPG.6f77ca7d7d36f28811596eccb1f5864b.JPG

The whole place was excellently themed, and I mean excellently!!

IMG_1007.JPG.1cce98f345a76571d2ac2f3f32904bf3.JPG

I'm not sure what is more disturbing...

IMG_1055.JPG.d9319c1d4e0ccde975af318d64c870a1.JPG

Next up: Madagascar... That is one mahussssssive ship!

IMG_1051.JPG.6c7be3038418ea72cb40464039f3f22e.JPG

Closed, and doubly closed... But the area looks very nice indeed...

IMG_1049.JPG.90b80cf185459b4e4efca110189d6fae.JPG

This is fucking amazing theming for a carousel, fucking amazing!!

IMG_1050.JPG.65ff8c78fa831239249579fe6d782618.JPG

Fucking amazing!

IMG_1054.JPG.972edb2c27805635a88141458281003e.JPG

My, what a big beast you are...

IMG_1052.JPG.8d0f4f4ec1f034a4afe124ea7d22dd85.JPG

Fucking amazing...

IMG_1008.thumb.JPG.fadde37052a8a90b18fc094d56ec9742.JPG

Next up, Jurassic Park...

IMG_1009.JPG.c3cdd607067b151729f308110750afb4.JPG

I hope the T-REX wins!

IMG_1012.JPG.ab38b126d566026e002d3715015a9b6e.JPG

Some nice kiddy rides dotted around the area...

IMG_1013.JPG.db86d6b5fc3a4b1650735b7e0bb5de0e.JPG

Canopy Flyer - why do Universal make these rides with low capacity... Thank god there was no queue for us. It does, however, allow adults no problem.

IMG_1014.JPG.a0303da9a24aff38a2a7f786008f850f.JPG

Slightly faster than Orlando...

IMG_1016.JPG.c6351e4353c0175ca5316abc847e415f.JPG

Amy is amazed by the play on words...

IMG_1015.JPG.81e790e857d3afdedff080660432ba1f.JPG

Oooh, a Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure - and its OPEN! Must get on now...

IMG_1017.JPG.f383660cd45227f91705c5d0d47cc74e.JPG

Hmm, what happens in the Hydroelectric plant... Hmm I wonder... Hmmmmmm

IMG_1020.JPG.384f6f895148ea6d75df7911d85745cb.JPG

All I'm going to say at this point is that I like Phantasialand...

IMG_1019.JPG.3ee6229edd7f0d23d5296e52069bcd17.JPG

The flyer gives you some good views of the rapids ride however...

IMG_1025.JPG.edb88c9852c697a9be0d1c1ac8804025.JPG

Everyone else saw that JP was OPEN and therefore joined us in our fight to get on it...

IMG_1027.JPG.872803f1d37c6ced4e6e5247836ac360.JPG

Please do not smoke the dinosaurs...

IMG_1029.JPG.7e0836d978dc8003d82b49578fb9473b.JPG

This is all very industrial...

IMG_1031.JPG.3d239fcc1e3045ba0e390c068327e7c3.JPG

Whereas Phantasialand has 1 person to get you into the boats, Jurassic Park here has about 15... Crazy, crazy system.... CRAZY!

IMG_1032.JPG.5966057e0011deb6e79a86bc9ced98b7.JPG

I'm absolutely sure that this will remain the case throughout the ride!

IMG_1021.JPG.f59895ecbb2ca6e1ad09e9d2cdf740a2.JPG

Hmm, where are we....

IMG_1023.JPG.c23985577076d453c48d5b3e7ad9e12b.JPG

YES!!

IMG_1024.JPG.cd9ebd3f217dbda057a04ef5653c2acc.JPG

Finally, a Mummy ride that makes you think you are in Egypt!

IMG_1075.JPG.c3995913c8812419636246796f6102a5.JPG

Fucking amazing theming!

IMG_1076.JPG.dcf80d89557f4b4dadf5960636c44e3f.JPG

Okay, bad photo, but i'll post it anyway LOL

IMG_1022.JPG.f35192418a6ce4ea3dcf005fff5f693c.JPG

Take a small jeep ride around Egypt - pretty good but low capacity again...

IMG_1011.JPG.0afbb674a04f4ef3aadca0adb711f238.JPG

Right next to Jurassic Park... The show is exactly the same folks, exactly the same....

IMG_1057.JPG.d656880514e86b42fa143c7cd3f480b8.JPG

More undercover walkways loses the effectiveness of perspective...

IMG_1072.JPG.725492eeac52ccfef05ac9e1e903f687.JPG

Monsters... Rock.... sounds good!

IMG_1073.JPG.04ca02d63e05e4ca12d7caf2d58fb782.JPG

Word of warning, if you want to see the most cheesiest, crappiest, laughable show in the theme park world, come here!

IMG_1058.thumb.JPG.60041d14e1ac28711e95a8127c7b1ce5.JPG

Shall I say it three times... Why is the title of the film Beetlejuice when his name is Betelgeuse?

IMG_1059.JPG.e740dfcc8285ac5f99268579d5102eb3.JPG

More walkway, leading too...

IMG_1062.JPG.751d54e8523f0abf2564b9e46339e31b.JPG

Oooh, whats this...

IMG_1067.thumb.JPG.440a8d694255560ebd88040b755aa2e0.JPG

Oh dear, you poor bad, broken machine!

IMG_1066.thumb.JPG.86d2a88825d9fa384bc8ee3ef641cbfc.JPG

LOL

IMG_1064.thumb.JPG.206edb82073ffaf9ff98794eb5fedf70.JPG

ROFL!

IMG_1068.JPG.c5b2021bb2ff7db6fc7295392c71fdc2.JPG

LMAO!!

IMG_1069.thumb.JPG.1803ab64fc40f79ad5f51c47aed0c3c3.JPG

No jokes please, no jokes, the fact that I am sat in a seat from the ride which is on the ground in the ride area, no jokes please...

IMG_1065.thumb.JPG.07d36bd4e37c9d9ce2dbfaf71a2521e8.JPG

No jokes please, no jokes, the fact that Amy is sat in a seat from the ride which is on the ground in the ride area, no jokes please...

IMG_1070.thumb.JPG.28a4c021c4a786b06bafc8fe867bdfb7.JPG

Yes, indeed WTF!

IMG_1071.thumb.JPG.1bef0156c192832150ba9ed48d8a5579.JPG

And I do too... At least the gift shop was open...

IMG_1063.JPG.30a882d9a8a67228ef68151af6991f83.JPG

And this was open too...

IMG_1060.JPG.b402ff28a58f1df7c625611d96efbba7.JPG

This was not open... I think Transformers is going somewhere round here...

IMG_1077.JPG.49f2c9055e202253b55269cc67644575.JPG

Some random singers on the midway, performing Hairspray!

IMG_1078.thumb.JPG.bdcc9b99965c66528125db590e0ffaff.JPG

And I finish up this update with Amy standing next to some flowers at the exit of Universal Studios...

IMG_1081.thumb.JPG.c00666df7dd4da34fa6af7e113f6dcdb.JPG

Singapore is obsessed with the MerLion...

Link to comment
Share on other sites

FANTASTIC Trip Report, Dave!

 

I remember talking with you as you were planning all this out and how excited you were by it all. Glad to see you pulled it all off and had a great time!

 

Universal Singapore really is an interesting looking place. It's just a shame that it looks like they've opened the place half-finished. I mean, I didn't even see any photos of that Back to the Future rapids ride you were so excited about!

 

Thanks for posting. You should do more TRs in the future!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Not really sure what was on Sentosa before the whole Universal expansion, but basically the Universal park and development is on the city side of the island. All of the other attractions (the sea side) are still there and remain untouched.

 

Cheers for the comments all!

 

Oh and Divv... Pish off

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks for the clarification, sounds like what I remember as the dull bit of the island has been Universalised, so all good!

 

Loved the whole report, by the way - made me look forward to Japan, and ALMOST wish I could do Australia as well..

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 1 month later...

That building is called Marina Bay Sands.

Where Universal Singapore is located is at Resorts World Sentosa, its a private property owned by the Genting group.

Sentosa Island is owned by the Singaporean Government (*i think).

Sentosa before Universal was lame, terrible simulators, lame mockups, a huge merlion (*replica), and an amazing water fountain show (*demolished down for USS).

The fountain show is now replaced with a childish and lame show, waste of my time and money.

Theres Wave House,you know fake waves.

Sentosa is a place for Relaxation at the beaches, more of a recreational place.

RWS (Resorts World at Sentosa) is more a theme park place. With overpriced hotels, worlds most expensive Japaese food (about USD$463 per person for tasters menu), new Joel Robuchon restaurants, a show at the Lake of dreams which is ok.

Yes, ive been there over 20 times, season pass:

Thats not actually mine but i got it from Dejiki (lazy for taking pics)

 

Also, Waterworld is part of Lost World or Jurassic Park

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 months later...
 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.


×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Terms of Use https://themeparkreview.com/forum/topic/116-terms-of-service-please-read/