Hello everyone How’s your first week back to work so far? This post will just be a picture-loaded update from my Singapore trip last week, wholly dedicated to the Universal Studios theme park. I’m happy that I finally checked off Singapore from my bucket list!
To date, there are four Universal theme park locations in the world:
☑ Universal Studios Singapore
☑ Universal Studios Japan
☑Universal Studios Hollywood (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
☐ Universal Orlando Resort (Orlando, FL, USA)
And it’s only one left to complete the list. But here’s some exciting news: Within the next few years, there will be three more locations that will add up to the list! You can pretty much predict where these places are. The following countries are some of the fastest-growing economies in the world in recent years:
☐ Universal Studios South Korea
☐ Universal Studios Moscow
☐ Universal Studios Dubailand
I must say that out of the three I’ve been to, my favorite is still the one in LA. I was there thrice: First when I was super young with my family, second was with my cousin, and third with some friends. If I were to bring extra clothing, I can ride on the Jurassic Park ride back-to-back for the whole day.
I also got nearly scared to death during the Halloween Horror Nights 2008 in Hollywood, which they normally hold during October and that the park would be completely redesigned to scare you, starting from 7pm to 1am. Even though the whole night I was with a large crowd of friends, the whole experience was just darn scary. The worst was the Evil Dead Maze, when they pretended the jeep for our studio tour broke down and wouldn’t start, so all of us had to walk through the park in the dark, and there were nasty dressed-up zombies appearing out of nowhere the whole time. I got peed by some baby zombie in a ghost’s stroller.
Anyway. It was one of the most memorable (and considerably traumatic) experiences of my life. Even from a scaredy cat’s perspective, I think anyone should give it a try just once in your life. You won’t have to watch horror movies anymore.
Just when I thought the’d only remain holding the Horror Nights in the Studios at Hollywood and Orlando only, this coming October, they’re going to scare people in Singapore as well …
As I keep repeating the experience I’ve had in 2008 and how haunting they were to me, my 10 asked: “Do you want to accompany me?”
I was like, NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Never again!
Seriously. The more you look scared, the more the pretend ghosts would keep haunting you. Like if you were to go to the ladies’ and out of the bushes suddenly Leatherface (from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) came right at your face, he’d stay put to torture you if you screamed and were looking very pale. Some of my friends didn’t flinch when these characters came right at them, and they withdrew to find other targets instead. They love manic targets. Believe me – it’s hard to act brave when you’re in the world of pro actors and makeup artists!!
I have no idea what they’re going to do this time, or how good the acting and makeup would be. But if you dare, they’ll be opening early bird tickets for SGP 68.00 per person in exactly two weeks from today. The Horror Nights will be held on these dates of the Halloween season: November 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, and October 31, 1, 2, 3. For those planning to go, let me know your experience after October 3.
No, scratch that. I don’t want to know.
Well. Without further ado, let’s get on to our recent trip to Universal Studios Singapore!
Entering the Madagascar zone, we saw the big ship that have gotten Alex, Gloria, Melman and Marty to the beautiful shores in the Madagascar 2 film.
So we started queuing up for the zone’s main attraction: the Crate Adventure. It’s amazing how within the first half hour we were in the park, I’ve seen people from, at least, ten countries.
Finally we got on the water boat. The following three pictures were taken with 10′s Galaxy S3. Looks like somebody’s taking a little mei mei on a boat ride~
Just look at that giant baobab tree~ It was right before the zone of zone of Far Far Away …
I’d show you around the swamp if you believe I am, deep down, an angry ogre. I’m secretly bipolar, you know.
So we actually saw a large crowd queuing to take pictures with Pinocchio against the backdrop of the castle, but when we got behind the line, a park staff told us that it’s about time for him to leave the spotlight. So we were kind of disappointed and loitered around the castle fountain, until suddenly, Fiona and Shrek themselves appear behind us … and we were one of the first in line to take pictures with them!
Yeah I know, Gingerbread Man is shy. Now I wish I bought him.
That morning I already planned not to bring extra clothing. We had some other schedules packed for the late evening and through the night, so I decided to go into The Lost World without getting wet. After all I’ve taken the ride a number of times before. But we did ride on the Canopy Flyer while in the zone, even though it was utterly disappointing. I think we were in the line for at least 45 minutes, and the suspended roller coaster ride, though fun, lasted only about 20 seconds. And no, I do not exaggerate, thank you very much.
So I got naughty and touched the T-Rex’s bottom.
And squeezed myself to be eaten by it.
Then we made our move to the Ancient Egypt zone.
This is the entrance of what I thought was the best ride throughout the park – the classic Revenge of the Mummy ride. It’s quite scary, particularly because of the backstory (Imhotep wants to damn your soul), but I survived riding it twice in a row without peeing in my rompers.
While 10 was on the count of two while taking this picture, a tall, ancient-looking man appeared out of nowhere on my right and whispered, “Hello.”
I can’t imagine how these silent characters would appear from behind you later during the Horror Nights. Scaring is their profession.
After the two Mummy rides, we headed out to the Sci Fi City zone. I don’t know what to make out of 10′s face. He loves to make funny faces for me
Honestly, the Transformers 4D dark ride was just okay. I mean, the visual effects were impressive and all, and the experience reminded me of The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman in Japan, but I just wish the ride was as bumpy :p I can always use a little bit more rotation.
It’s just too bad that the Battlestar Galactica roller coasters were closed. I hope they won’t be down permanently, but according to Channel NewsAsia, they’re closed for unknown reason(s).
The remaining two zones, Hollywood and New York, were mostly filled with shops and restaurants, but there were a couple of interesting attractions worth seeing.
You’ll probably recall the super realistic special effects of the Backdraft sound stage on the parks in Japan, Hollywood, and Orlando when you see Lights! Camera! Action! Hosted by Steven Spielberg. I think it’s worth spending some time seeing how filmmakers create hurricane scenes instead of those involving fires, especially if you’re scared of the burning stuff like I do.
And here I am, aware that I’m a grownup lady and posing as Elmo in front of the kiddy Sesame Street ride: the Spaghetti Sauce Chase. I took the space mission and brought back the missing spaghettis with Elmo. And ’twas fun.
I’d definitely come back to buy that Elmo plushie!!
You see, I think there’s nothing wrong in pretending you’re a kid all over again. In fact, it’s quite encouraging.
Sometimes, the most extreme rides are exactly what you need to get back on your feet – in theme parks and in life. Don’t you think?
In the near future, I hope to have fun in these upcoming theme parks as well Can’t wait!!