Feb 26, 2010

of tour of universal studios singapore

The Theme Park Insider's tour of Universal Studios Singapore: Robert Niles takes a tour around Universal Studios Singapore.

Robert Niles, founder and editor of Theme Park Insider, at Universal Studios Singapore.
At just 49 acres (20 hectacres), Universal Studios Singapore will be the smallest of Universal's theme parks (less than half the size of either of the Universal Orlando theme parks), but it is loaded. Though the park is not open yet, I was invited to take a 45-minute walk around the park while I was in Singapore for a few days....

Once inside the park, I started with a walk down its Hollywood main street, which looks a bit like the Hollywood section of Universal Studios Florida, except covered with a huge, translucent canopy, to keep tropical rainstorms at bay. (We hid underneath during today's downpour.)

At the end of the Holllywood "zone" lies the park's lagoon, from which you can see each of the other park zones surrounding it. I noticed what looked to me like pyro equipment mounted in the lagoon, but my guide didn't know of plans for a night-time fireworks show. The signs at the front of the park announced operating hours of 9 am - 6 pm, which would be too early a close for fireworks.

She did say, however, that the park would be open in the evenings, for diners and shoppers, who could enter without charge, though the attractions would no longer be operating for the day. That's a first I've heard of in the industry, and I'm interested to see if that helps build visitor loyalty to the park.

From Hollywood, we worked our way counter-clockise around the park, through New York, to Sci-Fi City, then to Ancient Egypt (you can see the impressive Revenge of the Mummy facade directly opposite Hollywood). To the left of Mummy stands The Lost World, then continuing counter-clockwise, we saw Far, Far Away, which is dominated by the castle from Shrek 2. Finally, we ended in Madgascar, which stands just to the left of Hollywood.
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