Somehow I visited Universal Studio Singapore
for the first time last week. The first thing that struck me (other than that symbolic globe) was the kind of crowd there. It was only 10 something in the morning and all the ticketing booths had their shutters down. In the first place, had they even been rolled up? All the tickets for the day were sold out, so if you are thinking of buying tix on the spot, you can forget about it and settle for the Universal globe at best.
The place can be largely divided into 7 zones, each with about 1 or 2 rides and disproportional larger number of shops and restaurants. C'mon, you already paid for the rides, where more can they squeeze your wallet? I know it's school holidays season, but still, the queues at the rides are really turn-off. If you've survived Shanghai Expo, you probably can survive the average 45 minutes queuing time. But if you don't queue for any ride, why are you inside Universal Studio in the first place? In the end we only managed to take 2 rides + 1 show.
Playing wasn't the only place where you had to queue, so was eating. I queued more than an hour just for some $10.50 hainanese chicken rice, just because it seemed to be the cheapest around. $3 for bottled drinks, $2 for disposable raincoat (cos you want to enter Jurassic Park). Not really complaining about price, but the queue system at the food court was really inefficient. It is designed in such a way that if you want to buy 3 different food you could end up queuing for 3x my waiting time. Did I say I queued for more than an hour? Almost could turn into a Jurassic fossil.
Well it is a good thing for Singapore to be home to such international brandname, but honestly the place didn't wow me much (maybe I'm not a theme park person). They probably wouldn't care less if you are queuing for too long. Still, it was eye-opening to know such place exists in Singapore.
Tips to those who plan to visit Universal Studio Singapore: bring your own water bottle, pack some food, PSP / phone to kill queuing time, and bring along raincoat and prepare to get wet. And, forget about buying tickets on the spot.
Labels: observations, visit