Do you know which is the best amusement park in Asia?
Here’s a hint.
It allows you to meet and take photos with your favourite characters like Gru and Minions from the movie Despicable Me and Elmo and friends from Sesame Street.
Universal Studios Singapore. Photo credit: Universal Studios Singapore
And the best part is, it’s located right here in Singapore!
Ranked no.1 in Asia by TripAdvisor and no. 17 in the world, Universal Studios Singapore features 24 rides and it’s the only place in Singapore where you can watch your favourite Universal Studios movie characters come to life!
With seven themed zones based on blockbuster movies or television series, Universal Studios Singapore is the place to bring your kids to experience the world of movie magic.
We list down handy tips for parents to note, so that you can make the most out of your trip.
Tip #1: Skip the queue. Buy your tickets online
Buy your admission tickets online to skip the queue. It’s quick and easy! For the full ticket price range, visit their website. You can book your tickets directly here. Note that each regular price day ticket has a validity period of 30 days from the selected date of visit.
Tip #2: Get an Express Pass
Top up to get an Express Pass. You’ll be thankful you did because it will allow you to ‘cut the regular queues’, saving precious time which you can use to enjoy the rides with your family. There are two types of passes available – the limited and unlimited passes. For more info on the passes, click here.
Tip #3: Go early
If you prefer the traditional way of buying tickets at the counter, be an early bird and head down before the counters open to beat the crowd. You might want to go extra early during peak periods, such as weekends and the March, June, September and December school holidays.
Tip #4: Ask if there are any card discounts
When you’re at the counter, ask the staff if there are any credit or debit card promotions. If you’re an NTUC Member, you enjoy 10% off a DATED One-Day Ticket for all Resorts World Sentosa Singapore Attractions year-round! This promotion is until 31 Dec 2017, and you’ll need to present your NTUC Card to enjoy the privileges. More info can be found here.
Tip #5: Bring a rain coat or poncho
Just in case it rains. This will also come in handy if you’re planning to ride Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure, which is a super fun river raft ride we highly recommend! If you need an extra poncho, you can buy one from a poncho vending machine around the park.
Universal Studios Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure. Photo credit: Universal Studios Singapore
Tip #6: Bring your own water bottles
There are water fountains around the park for you to refill your bottles and stay hydrated.
WHEN YOU’RE INSIDE
Tip #7: You need a map
First things first! Grab the Studio Guide when you are there or download the online map on your phone. You have to because the park is HUGE. Universal Studios Singapore is close to 20 hectares (200,000 square meters) in total, which is almost equivalent to the size of 25 international football fields.
Tip #8: Plan your route
With your family, plan and list down the rides that you all absolutely have to ride. This helps you prioritise the rides to cover first, saving valuable time and energy.
Tip #9: Child-friendly rides
If you’re heading to Universal Studios Singapore with tots in tow, these are a few rides to visit: Madagascar: A Crate Adventure, Canopy Flyer and Dino-Soarin’ (in the Lost World Zone), Enchanted Airways and Shrek 4-D Adventure (in the Far Far Away Zone), Treasure Hunters (in the Ancient Egypt Zone). Some of these rides have a height requirement, and there needs to be an accompanying adult for children under a certain height. Which brings us to our next tip.
Far Far Away Castle. Photo credit: Universal Studios Singapore
Tip #10: Look out for the height chart with a star
If you’re heading to the park with a toddler or preschooler, look for a wall with a gold star and the words “Am I Tall Enough?” located at the ticket turnstile or entrance. This is where you can check if your child is tall enough. The park map would also indicate the height requirement. Most of the minimum height requirements for the rides seem to start at 92cm. So if your child is taller than that, they can enjoy most of the child-friendly rides!
Tip #11: Rent a stroller
If your little one is tired, there are strollers for rent at the entrance and at Jurassic Outfitters in The Lost World. Single strollers cost S$15 to rent while double strollers are S$20.
Tip #12: Take lots of selfies and wefies!
If you’re bad at taking selfies or wefies, ask the Park attendants who will be happy to help you take your family shots.
Tip #13: Share the fun and joy online
Now that you’ve taken all the shots with your favourite Minions, what should you do? Tweet it, Instagram it or Facebook it. Did we mention, the whole of Universal Studios Singapore is WiFi accessible? Once you’re in the theme park, turn on your device’s WiFi connection and look for the network ‘GuestWIFI@RWS’. You’ll need to provide your email address to register to get access to the network.
Tip #14: Get a re-entry stamp and keep your entry ticket
Need to leave in the middle of your visit? Remember to get a re-entry hand stamp on your way out and keep your entry ticket. With these, you can return to the park on the same day.
Tip #15: Curb those hunger pangs
Even though there are cafes and eateries in the park itself, we recommend the Malaysian Food Street for good old local delights.
Photo credit: Resorts World Sentosa
Just situated near the entrance where the big globe is, the food street is bound to satisfy your hunger pangs and cravings. Hot favourites and must try dishes are the KL Jalan Alor Hokkien Mee, Kampung Nasi Lemak and Penang Lor Bak (Ngor Hiang).
To find out what other food options you have, watch this clip below. (Warning: Video may cause impulsive salivating)
The Malaysian Food Street is open every day from 9am – 11pm. The Food Street is closed on Wednesdays.
Extra tip! Save $6 with a special Malaysian Food Street meal voucher, valid till 31 Dec 2017. For more info, click here.
Get more, explore more!
Enjoyed Universal Studios Singapore so much and want to come back to Resorts World Sentosa Singapore for more?
Get an Annual Pass for greater value for money! If you’re a NTUC Member, you enjoy a $10 discount at Universal Studios Singapore™, S.E.A. Aquarium and Adventure Cove Waterpark for the Annual Pass plus a free $10 meal voucher.
We round up our TOP 2 NTUC Member privileges at Resorts World Sentosa
#1 $10 OFF and two $5 meal vouchers when you purchase an Attractions Annual Pass (Universal Studios Singapore™/ S.E.A. Aquarium / Adventure Cove Waterpark)
#2 $24 for $30 worth of Malaysian Food Street meal voucher
You’ll also get to enjoy:
- Priority Entry to Attractions
- Birthday Privileges during Birthday Months
- Invitation to Exclusive Events
- 10% off DATED One-Day Ticket to all Resorts World Sentosa Singapore Attractions all year round
- 10% off at all in-park retail and food & beverage outlets
- 10% Off Attraction souvenir photo purchase
Simply flash your NTUC Card to enjoy these privileges.
With discounts at Resorts World Sentosa Singapore, you get to experience more with discounted perks, and share the joy with your family and friends! NTUC Membership aims to help members get more out of their lives and careers.
To find out more or to apply, visit www.ntuc.org.sg/privileges.
Universal Studios Singapore Tickets Giveaway
Universal Studios Globe. Photo credit: Universal Studios Singapore
The New Age Parents is giving away a pair of 1-Day Tickets to Universal Studios Singapore!
To take part, all you have to do is:
2. Answer this question in this Facebook thread (Question: List down 2 NTUC Members’ privileges at Resorts World Sentosa)
3. Tag a friend, like and share this giveaway*!
Universal Studios Singapore tickets are valid till 21 April 2018.
*Remember to set your shared post as public so that the organisers can verify your share.
Contest ends 17 December 2017.
For more contests and giveaways, go to The New Age Parents Contest Page.