Welcome to theme park on Sentosa.
It’s a boon for Singapore’s tourism and children 7 to 70—Universal Studios has opened its doors! Part of Resorts World Singapore, Universal Studios brings to life some of our favorite movie heroes like Puss in Boots from Shrek, Po the Kung Fu Panda and Alex the Lion from Madagascar.
But the main attraction for most are the rollercoaster rides. Singapore’s very first mega theme park offers rides that will blow your socks off—some say, literally. Though the main ride Battlestar Galactica has been recently subject to opening period hiccups (and is currently closed), doubtless it will be up and running again (no pun intended) before we know it. There are also Revenge Of The Mummy, Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure and Canopy Flight, Accelerator and many other rides that range from the easy to the queasy.
But if you’re just playing hooky from work for the day, be sure to get your S$66 worth of rides—don’t miss a single one!
This ride is made up of two separate roller-coasters that roll so close to each other you almost feel like they’re about to smash into one another. The only such ride in the world so far, Battlestar Galactica promises you’ll feel like you’re blasting Cylons in a space chase (or maybe you want to be a Cylon about to obliterate pesky Starbuck)!
The Cylon ship (i.e. the blue roller coaster) involves intense corkscrews and keeps you in suspension—that’s right, you sit on a little platform with your feet dangling in the air.
If you don’t have a heart of Cylon steel, then go for the Human ship (the red rollercoaster). While it’s less intense with seats in a car, it moves at 90km/h, and propels you as high as 14 storeys in the air while narrowly avoiding the oncoming Cylon ships.
Note: At press time, this ride has been temporarily suspended.
|PHOTOS COURTESY OF UNIVERSAL STUDIOS
Revenge Of The Mummy
This one is all about fireballs and mummies jumping out at you. And did I mention it was all going to be in the dark?
Revenge Of The Mummy is an indoor ride—the moment you step into the car, you are plunged into darkness and later on bombarded on all sides by all sorts of dastardly, creepy things. I mean, special effects. Experience the heat from the fireballs and feel your heart drop with the dips and turns on the rollercoaster.
It doesn’t look intimidating from the outside, but I promise your heart will still be racing after you crawl out.
Shrek 4D, Far Far Away
While technically not a ride, this is nevertheless a simulation adventure movie and something that can be enjoyed by the whole family. The effects throughout the show will amuse you and younger children will enjoy watching their favorite Shrek characters come to life.
The movie/ride has action seats and is designed to let readers feel as though they themselves are in the film.
Expect to get sprayed in the face as you sit in those quaking chairs!
Universal Studios tickets are priced at $66 for adults, $48 for children, $32 for senior citizens and $118 for a two-day pass. For more information, go to www.rwsentosa.com.