Following the Legoland trip, we headed to Singapore in the bus the next day to the Universal Studios at Singapore. I’ve been waiting to get there since I first heard about it, so I was really excited! We only had about 6 hours or so in the park, and I was so afraid that we’d not be able to make it. We usually have to wait really long for rides at the theme park so I calculated that we’d only be able to get on about 5 rides in total, lunch hour included!
Before we start, here’s the dinner on the night of Legoland that sent us to bed like sleeping pigs. It was this alley in Johor that had loads of seafood restaurants, probably a tourist spot. The company had an agent to take care of our meals so it was all ready when we arrived.
Then it was already the next day! After breakfast, we were given two tickets. One was the entrance ticket, and the other was a food voucher worth $10. Jocelyn and I were so worried because I was the only one who had Singaporean currency (but extremely minimal). What if we wanted to get stuff? What if we wanted to eat more than $10 worth of food? Things must be extremely expensive in there. Well it’s not like we can pull out anyway, and even if we had to skip lunch from being too Singaporean dollar broke – we must earn the tickets worth by conquering all the rides!
I wanted to take a photo with the globe at the entrance but everybody who just arrived was also standing infront of it. I thought I could do it later when we finish so I didn’t. We walked in and I was already jumping inside. Betty Boop and Marilyn Monroe was already posing for photos infront of stores. There were Broadway singers on stage with a minimal amount of audience. One of them looked incredible like Cory Monteith I just had to pause and stare at him and imagine I was witnessing the awesomeness of the late Cory. They sung so well – I would’ve sat there the whole time but I had no time to spare!
The first ride we came across was the Transformers ride. It said 45 minutes but when we walked in there was only a short line to the door so there was no way it’d take so long. In no time we were already right infront of the door up the staircase and the queue was only beginning to build up beneath us by then. THAT, will take 45 minutes – I thought.
I was wrong.
The door that we were standing infront of wasn’t where the ride was. It was only the beginning of the endless number of rooms that we had to walk through and queue before we got on the ride. I had no idea what the ride was going to be. Initially it looked like it was a 4D motion show with possible water and heat effects. It should be. There wasn’t any screaming or whatsoever even from the final waiting room of the ride.
One of the displays in one of the hundreds of waiting room.
Room after room there were displays for us to look at from the movie. Each time we think it MUST be the end, we get led into another room with a massive queue upfront. This one one of another of the displays. I think it’s the tail to one of the characters.
Finally we arrived at the ride! I still didn’t know what the ride was going to be. A roller coaster? I’ve never been on a 4D show in a moving transport before so I thought it was definitely not going to be it. But we were given 3D glasses beforehand to wear in the ride so I was just playing guessing games with myself. This is a blurry photo because it clearly said no photos but I sneaked one.
The ride turned out SUPER amazing. We were recruits on a mission to fight the other robots. Visuals were super real, as we were transported from scene to scene in the vehicle. I had no expectations of the ride but I was genuinely surprised at how real everything really felt. I even dodged a hit at one time because the robot “got too close” for my comfort. But I couldn’t refrain from seeing how this amazing ride worked so I took my eyes off the front a little bit and managed to look around. I am suspecting that our ride’s transported into a room of three subsections that the ride can rotate in three’s. So imagine the ride to be a triangular rotation but visuals are so real that you don’t even realise you’re juts rotating from room to room.
Ah! Definitely the best ride of the visit – I must ride on this again!
Came out and met Bumble Bee. We wanted a photo with him too but the queue was just too long. We had to save it for other rides. This was the fastest way!
This was another queue for the Jurassic Park wet ride. I asked for one of the people in queue for a photo and I guess they take photos at the count of “1″.
We could buy ponchos for $3 in the middle of the queue, if u didn’t want to get wet. Because they warn rides that we may not only be wet, but SOAKED! Jo and I again didn’t want to spend money on this so we decided that if we get really wet we should air ourselves dry on one of the rides.
The entire ride was really scary mainly because we didn’t know where would the really wet area be. I kept my head on the lookout for the course up ahead. I was ready to get wet, but I wasn’t ready to be soaked. We all sit in 360 with about 8 other people and I was in the middle, so I guess I wouldn’t be that soaked as compared to the rest.
And we slide down the final slope. And it was a huge slop of splash.
But we weren’t wet. This other guy was dripping water of his T-shirt.
I guess you could say we had a pretty safe dinosaur mission there.
While looking for other rides we met Jack Sparrow – who was very willing to take a photo with us.
Jocelyn sending off her million dollar fake smile for the camera person.
“I really don’t want to take photos of myself. With myself”
So we shall take photos together.
Or maybe her of me. I don’t mind.
We then came across the Shrek castle, where we spot Gingerbread Man from far away. This was probably the first time in two days she asked for a photo with one of her favorite characters. Gingerbread man, you steal hearts.
“Shall I take this home?”
No she didn’t. You’ll see why.
At this time we were about to move into our new office in KL so we were looking for things to decorate our desks with. Jocelyn had an empty mini white board that could use some magnets so we stood infront of this pretty long. We ended up walking away and not coming back. You’ll see why.
Finally met the legendary Puss in Boots. One thing I realised about the supervisors of these characters were that they are all pretty angsty about little children or even adults like us wanting to take photos with the character. It’s a theme park, and even if the situation didn’t allow – it wouldn’t hurt to just say that pictures are not allowed at the moment in a nice tone. Supervisors were almost literally shooing people away. Mascots were nice and flexible enough to attend to a few along the way and satisfy hearts.
What if my dream idol was the Puss in Boots but I just got shooed away by some random man looking after my idol. I’ll then grow up to not be able to have met my idol ever again! That will make me a very sad child.
“No more photos, young lady!”
He was actually really just posing for me. How sweet!
This is one of the slow Madagascar rides that take you in a tunnel of Madagascar displays. Pretty cool if you ask me.
We were actually waiting to rush out to catch one of the shows that were listed in the directory. I thought it was going to be one of those sit-down shows where we get entertained for about 30 minutes or so with audience interaction. Turned out to be a dance performance. We stopped by for a while and decided to look for other rides.
Shrek and Princess Fiona were in the middle of a date, probably also hurrying to catch the show at WaterWorld! Jocelyn caught it once in the States but she insisted that we had to catch it again cause she loved it THAT much!
The show had audience section seats. There was the SOAK zone, WET zone and the Dry Zone. Hopefully I got the names right. So the performers (who are essentially part of the play) came out before the show started to interact with the audience for a bit and the Soak zone was already drenched before the show started!
The zones are really no joke! I was kind of soaked on one side despite being in the Wet/Splash zone. It was a really fun show to watch – I’d recommend that everybody come catch this if they ever get to the Universal Studios!
Finally stopped for Churros! I absolutely love theme park Churros and I have almost confirmed that only theme parks can give me the kind of churros I like. The churros here at USS was not as good as I wanted it to be, but closest to what I have been craving for for the past 5 years ever since I feel in love with them in the theme park in Seoul!
When we were done taking photos everywhere, we decided to catch one last show. I think this was called the Special Effects show where they show you how a set is made up for different situations, weather and all. It was a really great sight! I seriously felt like the typhoon outside the windows (plainly visuals) were real and a monsoon was happening right before my eyes. Photos are horrible but the more reason for you guys to go check it out yourselves.
What Steven Spieldsberg work with!
Before we finally left USS, Jo had to walk back into the Sesame Street store to get her Cookie Monster pillow that she had laid eyes on. She had Gingerbread Man in her head, until Cookie Monster called out for her ownership. She never turned back. Here’s a photo of her and her happy with her blue monster.
This was Hollywood.
Where we met Charlie Chaplin.
After we toured the whole place there was about 30 minutes left so we quickly ran over the globe (that still had an endless queue of people surrounding it) for the mandatory photos when you’re in USS.
Here’s 5/6 of us in the team/company!
Just 3 months here in the company but it was still a pleasant and comfortable trip to be at with this group of new people in another chapter of my life. Grateful for this chance to be able to visit the Universal Studies alot sooner than I had planned to! Now the real war comes in very soon!