When I visited Universal Studios Singapore, my initial impression was that this place is for kids, and then I saw the entrance for Madagascar theme ride and then my impression changed to, wow that’s a really huge line.
I spent 40% of the my day at Universal Studios standing in line, waiting for my food, waiting for my drinks and waiting to finally get to Roller Coaster. In the end, when I reached the line for the biggest roller coaster, I saw that the wait time for the line was 2 hours, I just gave up and left. I have never done a roller coaster ride in my life, so the idea of going on one is really exciting, but save me from standing in a super slow, turtle speed line that doesn’t seem to end. Bravo the patience of the people who stood there for hours.
Well, maybe I couldn’t’ find the patience to bear that line, doesn’t mean that you should not visit too. Universal Studios Singapore is a fun place to do a lot of fun things. While, most of the attractions are for children, certain rides are only and only for the adults. Unfortunately, these rides are the ones that are most crowded.
There are two tickets for Universal Studios Singapore. The general tickets makes you stand in the long queues for hours. Cost of general tickets in Universal Studios Singapore is around 72 SGD for adults. The special tickets or express pass however give you a license to skip the crowd and your waiting time becomes almost half or even negligible at places. The cost of this ticket is slightly on a higher note but whatever saves your time.
I’d recommend you to book your tickets online as it will again help you skip the queues at the counter. The moment you book your tickets, you’ll get an option for express pass before the payment page. Select the option, make your payments and you are done.
Another quick way to avoid the crowd is by planning your trip on weekdays. Universal Studios is pretty empty during the non-holiday days.
Best time to start your visit
I would recommend you to reach Universal Studios Singapore by 9 AM. Considering that you are staying at Little India Singapore and you have pre-booked your tickets through an agent, it will take two hours to reach the coach point of Universal Studios. This will also help you click some nice pics without others photobombing you.
How to reach Universal Studios
If you have not booked your tickets through an agent then you can catch an MRT from Little India or Farrer Park and reach Harbourfront Station in 15 minute. From Sentosa Station, you can catch the connecting rapid train to Universal Studios.
Although, the advantage of booking your ticket through an agent is that they provide great discount and many combo offers. I got a combo for S.E.A. Aquarium and Universal Studios for 75$. On a downside, my tickets were not express so I would recommend you to confirm before getting your tickets booked.
While the agents provide free pick and drop service for Universal Studios, they start really late and pick a number of passengers on the way. If possible, purchase the ticket and then travel by yourself. This way you can leave whenever you wish to.
- Drinking water fountains
- Washroom, lavatories and diaper changing stations at all toilets
- Strollers and wheelchairs for rent
- Park attendants who assist you with your queries
- Photo booths
- Free wi-fi access. You are needed to have a local number to access the wi-fi registration system
- Lockers at the rides where loose items, phones and change money is not allowed
Tips to make the best out of your trip
- Download the Universal Studios map and app on your phone to make the best out of your trip
- Keep an eye on the wait counters to get an idea on the waiting time
- Ask for the day’s program sheet to enjoy exclusive activities
- Avoid lunch at the studios. Leave the place and re-enter for lunch. There are better lunch options outside
Most exciting rides at Universal Studios
- Enchanted Airways (smallest and least crowded rollercoaster)
- Revenge of the Mummy
- Battlestar Galactica: Humans vs Cylons (Longest waiting time)
- Transformers The Ride
- Jurassic Park Rapids
- Puss in Boots Giant Journey
- Jurassic Park Canopy Flyer
Rides suitable for kids
- King Julian Merry go Round
- Madagascar: A Crate Adventure
- Dino Sorin at Lost Worlds
- Treasure Hunters at Ancient Egypt
- Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase in New York
Best Photo ops station
- Jurassic Park Dinosaur head at the entrance
- Universal Studios globe outside the entrance
- Minions Photo Booth
- Madagascar Cast
- Sesame Street Gang
What to eat
Universal Studios Singapore has a number of places for lunch, drinks and light meals.
Fully fledged Lunch
- Gourmet station from where you can get Frozen Coca Cola and Fanta
- KT’s Grill New York, an Irish American Restaurant
- Discovery Food Court in The Lost World for local cuisine. Try laksa, Hainanese chicken rice for a better local flavour
- Loui’s Pizza, a joint famous for gigantic 20 inch Pizzas
- Sesame Street Character Breakfast
- Goldilocks for some delicious chicken wings and fish and chips
- Fossil Fuels
- Marilyn’s turkey legs
The outer perimeter of Universal Studios has better meal options including Chillies, Malay Street and Lau Pa Sat. You can leave the studios and re-enter.
Universal Studios Singapore is right next to S.E.A Aquarium. You can combine both attractions in one day to make the best out of your visit.