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Universal Studios Singapore
Universal Studios Singapore logo.png
Universal Studios Singapore Logo
Location Resorts World, Sentosa, Singapore
Coordinates 1°15′14″N 103°49′26″E / 1.254°N 103.824°E / 1.254; 103.824Coordinates: 1°15′14″N 103°49′26″E / 1.254°N 103.824°E / 1.254; 103.824
Theme Show business and Universal entertainment
Owner Genting Group (under a license from NBCUniversal)
Operated by Genting Group
Universal Parks & Resorts
Opened 18 March 2010(soft opening)
28 May 2011 (grand opening); 5 years ago
Operating season All year round
Area 20 ha (49 acres)
Total 21
Roller coasters 6
Water rides 2
Website Official website

Universal Studios Singapore (simplified Chinese: 新加坡环球影城; traditional Chinese: 新加坡環球影城; pinyin: Xīnjiāpō Huánqíu Yǐngchéng; Tamil: யுனிவர்சல் ஸ்டுடியோஸ், சிங்கப்பூர்) is a theme park located within Resorts World Sentosa on Sentosa Island, Singapore. It was a key component of Genting's bid for the right to build Singapore's second integrated resort. On 8 December 2006, the Singapore government announced that the consortium had won the bid. Construction of the theme park and the rest of the resort started on 19 April 2007. It is the second Universal Studios theme park to open in Asia (Japan being the first), and the first in Southeast Asia. The official plans for the park were unveiled to the public when Universal Studios Singapore released a park map to the public on 20 October 2009.[1] Universal Studios Singapore has since attracted more than 2 million visitors in the 9 months from its opening.[2]

Universal Parks & Resorts markets the park as a "one-of-its-kind theme park in Asia" and promises that the park will be the only one of its kind in Southeast Asia for the next 30 years.[3]

Licensed properties included at Universal Studios[edit]


Park history[edit]

The construction of Resorts World Sentosa and Universal Studios Singapore began on 19 April 2008. After almost two years of construction, the park opened on 18 March 2010.

Universal Studios Singapore was opened for sneak peek week in view of the Chinese New Year Celebrations, from 5 pm to 9 pm every night between 14 and 21 February 2010.[4] Though visitors had to pay SGD$10 to enter the park even-though rides were not operating, tickets for the week were sold out in 2 days. On 5 March 2010, it was announced that the park will open its doors at 8:28 am (UTC+8) on 18 March 2010, for a soft-opening phase. From 13 March 2010, the team members of Resorts World Sentosa and their families had a chance to visit the park before the public has a chance to do so.[5] The park had its soft opening period from 18 March 2010 to 26 October 2010.[6]

The official grand opening of the park was held on 28 May 2011, along with the grand opening gala being held on 27 May 2011 evening. It was a star-studded event with Asian superstars Jet Li, Maggie Cheung, Zhao Wei, and former "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul making an appearance at the gala event, along with some 1,600 guests.[7]

In October 2011, Universal Studios Singapore began their Halloween Horror Nights events.[8][9]


Date Events
21 October 2008 Transformers: The Ride was announced to be a part of the lineup of attractions at Universal Studios Singapore and is set to open in 2011.[10]
24 September 2009 Universal Studios Singapore unveiled their plans for Shrek's Far Far Away and Madagascar theme zones.
20 October 2009 Resorts World at Sentosa unveiled the attractions, dining options and merchandise outlets at Universal Studios Singapore.[11]
14 February 2010 The start of the eight-day sneak-peek period of Universal Studios Singapore.
18 March 2010 The soft-opening of Universal Studios Singapore, with 16 of its 24 attractions opened and fully functioning.
25 March 2010 The Battlestar Galactica dueling coasters were closed due to a technical glitch in the ride.[12][13] Both rides remain closed for many weeks thereafter.[14]
2 July 2010 The premiering of the Lake Hollywood Spectacular show, which is presented to park visitors every Friday and Saturday nights.[15]
20 August 2010 X-ray findings reveal cracks in the welded joint of the seat-post supports within the Human roller coaster car, which caused the grounding of both roller coaster rides.[16]
21 December 2010 The Battlestar Galactica dueling coasters entered their final testing stage with newly reinforced coaster cars for both the Human and Cylon coasters. Both rides were slated to re-open in the first half of 2011.[17]
21 February 2011 The anticipated official re-opening of the Battlestar Galactica dueling coasters.[18]
16 May 2011 The scheduled opening of Madagascar: A Crate Adventure.[19][20]
28 May 2011 The grand opening of Universal Studios Singapore.[21]
21 October 2011 Halloween Horror Nights made its debut in Universal Studios Singapore.[8][9]
3 December 2011 The scheduled opening of Transformers: The Ride in Universal Studios Singapore.[22][23] The ride had its world premiere at an exclusive evening event on 2 December 2011 with film director Michael Bay gracing the event.[24]
31 December 2011 The launch of its first parade, Hollywood Dreams.[25]
29 May 2012 Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase was announced to be the newest addition to the park, scheduled to be open by the end of the year. The park has since introduced one stage show, two street shows, as well as meet-and-greets sessions featuring the characters from Sesame Street.[26] The ride would replace the Stage 28 attraction, which had been cancelled and will be housed within its premise.[27]
29 July 2014 Puss In Boots' Giant Journey was announced to be the newest addition to the park. The park also introduce a new stage show at Far Far Away The Dance For The Magic Beans featuring Puss In Boots and Kitty Soft Paws, as well as meet-and-greet right after the show. The new ride is scheduled to open by 1st quarter of 2015.[28]
8 April 2015 Puss In Boots‘ Giant Journey, the newest addition to the park, officially opened to the public.[29]
27 May 2015 Reopening of Battlestar Galactica[30]

Park layout[edit]

The Universal Globe
USS Entrance Archway

Universal Studios Singapore is 20 hectares (49 acres) in size, occupying the easternmost part of the 49-hectare (120-acre) Resorts World Sentosa. There are a total of 24 attractions, of which 18 are original or specially adapted for the park.[31] The park consists of seven themed zones which surround a lagoon. Each zone is based on a blockbuster movie or a television show, featuring their own unique attractions, character appearances, dining and shopping areas.[32] The park features the world's tallest pair of dueling roller coasters that are based on the popular television series, Battlestar Galactica; a castle from the world of Shrek and Monster Rock, a live musical show featuring the Universal Monsters. Universal Studios Singapore has over 30 restaurants and food carts, together with 20 unique retail stores and carts located around the park. Attractions premiering are marked "Premiere" and dining outlets that are certified Halal are marked with "Halal".


Themed Zone Notes
Hollywood Themed after the real Hollywood Boulevard of the 1970s, the Hollywood zone is framed by dynamic architecture, palm trees and the famous Hollywood 'Walk of Fame'.
New York City Themed after post-modern New York City that features sidewalks and classic landmarks that mimic its cityscape. The area is enhanced by neon lights and flanked by street facades that set the scenes for big city fun and also real-time movie production for most Hollywood blockbuster films.
Sci-Fi City Sci-Fi City is themed after what cities and metropolis may look like in the future, equipped with space-age technologies and the ultimate modern conveniences.
Ancient Egypt As the name suggests, the Ancient Egypt zone is themed after the rich Egyptian architecture and artifacts found during the Golden Age of Egyptian Exploration in the 1930s.
The Lost World The Lost World zone features two themed regions: Jurassic Park and Waterworld.
Far Far Away Far Far Away is based on the The Kingdom of Far Far Away featured in DreamWorks Animations' Shrek.
Madagascar The Madagascar zone features a displaced cargo ship that houses the Madagascar: A Crate Adventure ride. It also features all of the characters from DreamWorks Animations' Madagascar.


Pantages Hollywood Theatre
Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood is the main entrance area of the park. Its only attraction, a broadway-style theatre, is accompanied by several restaurants and a variety of flagship shops. Being a replica of the Hollywood Boulevard, this zone is flanked by dynamic architecture and palm trees. It also features a replica of the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. Last updated on February 20, 2017 using the website http://www.rwsentosa.com/language/en-US/Homepage/Attractions/UniversalStudiosSingapore/Hollywood .

Attractions & Entertainment

  • Sesame Street Show - When I Grow Up ®- Join the Sesame Street gang in a musical stage show while they share their dreams about being a firefighter, police officer, a singer and even a paleontologist.
  • Lake Hollywood Spectacular- A beautiful fireworks show showcasing a beautiful musical score
  • Mel's Dinettes- At Mel's Drive-In, join the waitresses as they shake, rattle & roll!
  • The Cruisers- Listen to the beats of the coolest group to hit Mel’s Drive-In!

Meet & Greets

  • Hollywood Walk Of Fame™- Meet Marilyn Monroe and the stars of Universal Movies, such as the wacky Woody Woodpecker™, The Minions, and more!

Restaurants & Refreshments

  • Hollywood China Bistro™- A quick-service restaurant serving traditional Chinese dishes.
  • Mel's Drive-In®- A classic 1950s American Diner.
  • Starbucks- The premier Coffee shop has a home in Universal Studios Singapore

Gifts & Retail

  • Universal Studios Store®
  • Silver Screen
  • Minion Mart
  • The Dark Room™
  • Star Characters™
  • The Brown Derby™- A Sesame Street Shop
  • That's a Wrap™

Ancient Egypt[edit]

Statues of Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt is based on the historical adaptation of Ancient Egypt during the 1930s Golden Age of Egyptian Exploration. It features obelisks and pyramids which are typical of Ancient Egypt. Also featured are Pharaohs' tombs which were commonly discovered during that era. This zone relies on the depictions made in the popular film franchise, The Mummy, starring Brendan Fraser.[34]

Name Type Notes Status
Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride Enclosed Steel Roller Coaster Dark Ride A high-speed dark ride that serves sharp turns and fast reverse sections, built within a complex that is partially lighted. This ride was inspired and developed from the The Mummy film franchise.[35][36] Operating
Treasure Hunters Mini-Car Ride A leisure car ride that drives around an abandoned Egyptian excavation site. The ride vehicles are modelled to have the look of vintage jeeps.[1][37] Operating
Carter’s Curiosities Retail Outlet A retail outlet selling souvenirs and replicas of Egyptian treasures, historical artifacts and fossils discovered from the ancient Egyptian ruins.[1][38] Open
Oasis Spice Café F&B Outlet An Egyptian-themed buffeteria serving specialities flavored with Mediterranean, Turkish, Lebanese and Indian Spices.[1][39] Open

Jurassic Park[edit]

The Jurassic Park entrance with Canopy Flyer in the background.
Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure's final splashdown.
The Waterworld arena

The Lost World contains many traditional attractions present in most Universal Studios parks around the world and is divided into two sub areas: Jurassic Park and Waterworld. Jurassic Park, based on the popular film franchise by Steven Spielberg and novels by Michael Crichton, features the newly redesigned Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure which is based on the popular water rides in other Universal Studios parks. Waterworld, based on the film Waterworld starring Kevin Costner, is a stadium that features a live show performance.[40]

Name Type Notes Status
Canopy Flyer Mini Steel Suspended Roller Coaster A suspended 4-seater roller coaster car that glides gently over the tree-tops of Jurassic Park.[41] Operating
Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure River Rapids Raft System A river rapids ride that features a white water raft system where riders on circular rafts are tossed along waterways within the Jurassic Park compound, which is home to several animatronic dinosaurs, the ride finishes with riders plunging down from the Hydroelectric Generator compound.[42] Operating
Waterworld: A Live Sea War Spectacular Live Show/Performance A live-action performance that involves stunts and pyrotechnics, on a stage that is set within a large pool of water.[43] Showing
Amber Rock Climb Rock Climb/Skill Challenge A rock-climbing attraction that is fashioned to look like a dinosaur dig site.[44] The attraction can only accommodate guests between 34 kg (75 lb) and 310 kg (680 lb).[45] Operating
Dino-Soarin' Fly Around Ride A children's ride that spins around gently, with riders being able to control the vertical height of their carriage during the ride duration. The ride cars were designed to look like pterodactyls.[46] Operating
Jurassic Outfitters Retail Outlet A retail store that sells official Jurassic Park apparel, hats and towels. Open
The Dino-Store Retail Outlet A retail store that sells official Jurassic Park souvenirs and other dinosaur-related merchandise.[38] Open
Fossil Fuels F&B Outlet A food stand that sells a variety of light snacks and frozen beverages. Open
Discovery Food Court F&B Outlet A food court that is themed after the Discovery Centre building featured in the original Jurassic Park movie, serves a wide variety of local delights and cuisines.[39] Open

Far Far Away[edit]

Far Far Away Castle

Far Far Away is inspired by DreamWorks Animation's hit Shrek franchise which depicted how the fairy-tale characters lived in daily life. The zone consists of many recognisable locations from the film series, and the main highlight of the zone is the 40-metre tall "Far Far Away Castle". Special character appearances include: Shrek, Donkey, Puss In Boots, Princess Fiona, Pinocchio, and Prince Charming.[47]

Name Type Notes Status
Shrek 4-D Adventure 3-D Show with Added Effects

A 3-D stereoscopic show with added physical effects that is based on the story of Shrek and his quest to save Princess Fiona.[48]

'Donkey Live' Live Show/Performance An interactive live show using digital puppetry technology, which features Donkey entertaining and engaging guests in conversation in an intimate theatre setting.[49] Showing
Enchanted Airways Steel Junior Roller Coaster A junior roller coaster that whizzes about within the zone of Far Far Away. The trains are modeled after Dragon from the world of Shrek.[50] Operating
Puss In Boots‘ Giant Journey Steel Suspended Family Roller Coaster The world's first Puss In Boots-themed roller coaster takes you on an adventure to search for the golden eggs so that San Ricardo's Orphanage can be saved.[51] Operating
Magic Potion Spin Kiddy Ferris Wheel A miniature Ferris wheel for children, the ride was themed to be a part of a potion assembly line that circles the room, bottling magical elixirs from a giant wooden vat. The ride is located within the Fairy Godmother's Potion Shop.[52] Operating
Fairy Godmother's Potion Shop Retail Outlet A large retail outlet with memorabilia, drinks and gifts from the world of Shrek.[38][53] Open
Fairy Godmother's Juice Bar F&B Outlet A drinks store that sells juices themed to look like magical concoctions.[31] Open
Goldilocks F&B Outlet A food outlet that sells fried chicken, fish and chips, chicken sandwiches, fresh mash potatoes with gravy, coleslaw as well as French fries. (Halal) Open
Friar's F&B Outlet A food stand that sells a unique variety of hot and cold specialty sandwich wraps that are accompanied with potato chips. Halal. [39] Open


Madagascar is inspired by the hit DreamWorks Animation franchise of the same name which features four zoo animals, Alex, Gloria, Marty and Melman escaping from the Central Park Zoo and unfortunately crashing onto the island of Madagascar. The zone features lush tropical jungles as well as two rides.[54] Special character appearances include: Alex, Gloria, King Julien, Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico.

Name Type Notes Status
Madagascar: A Crate Adventure Water Boat Ride A river boat ride with state-of-the-art animatronics, digital projection and surround sound, all housed within the hull of a displaced cargo ship. This attraction features the famous voice talents of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith throughout the ride.[19] Operating
King Julien's Beach Party-Go-Round Carousel A merry-go-round ride that is themed and decorated with all the characters of Madagascar.[55] Operating
Penguin Mercantile Retail Outlet A retail outlet located at the exit of 'Madagascar: A Crate Adventure' that sells plush hats, key fobs, T-shirts and other assorted keepsakes inspired by the many characters of Madagascar,[53] as well as on-ride photos of visitors who rode on 'Madagascar: A Crate Adventure'.[38][54] Open
Marty's Casa Del Wild Food Court F&B Outlet A café that is inspired by the first movie and is hosted by Marty the Zebra, which serves a variety of South East Asian specialties such as Nasi Padang, Pad Thai, Chicken Rice, Thai Green Chicken Curry, Tom Yum Soup and Asian Rotisserie Chicken.[1] Open
Gloria's Snack Shack F&B Outlet A food store that is hosted by Gloria the Hippo, which offers some Japanese-inspired quick bites[31] such as yakitori, rice bowls and invigorating thirst-quenchers.[1][39] Open

See also[edit]


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