This weekend Jeremy and I were fortunate to attend the Passion Club’s Family Night at Universal Studios Singapore. This was our second time visiting Universal Studios Singapore at night, but our first time was during their Halloween Horror Nights and many of the attractions were closed. For this event, the park was open only to those who purchased their tickets in advance as part of an SG50 promotion. But what a promotion it was! For SG $20 per person, we received a ticket to this event plus a ticket to the S.E.A. Aquarium.
The event began at 5 p.m. and lasted until 11:30 p.m. We were able to go on every ride that we wanted to- some of them twice. There were three rides we hadn’t been on yet. The first one was the Puss In Boots’ Giant Journey, a suspended carriage family coaster, located in the Shrek-themed Far Far Away area. This ride was cute and fun, but way too short. If it was a little longer, it would have been my favorite ride of the day. The view at the top of the bean stalk when your carriage first exits over the top is stunning.
The Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase was another ride that we hadn’t tried yet. This ride is cute and very silly, and perfect for small children. We did enjoy seeing all the lovable Sesame Street characters from our childhood displayed in this part of the park and on the ride itself.
Our favorite ride at Universal remains The Mummy, a dark, indoor coaster with a short stretch of backwards track. The line is never long and it’s thrilling without making either of us feel sick. Just the right speed. Another ride we enjoyed for the first time, but have a caveat for, is Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure in Lost World. This ride is great fun, but you will absolutely get wet. If you think you will want to ride this one, I suggest wearing flip flops or bringing along a pair to change into during the ride because the area of the raft where feet go is the wettest part of the ride. There are drying pods outside the ride for $5, but while they work well on clothes, my socks didn’t dry well in these pods. You can buy a poncho for $4 outside the ride.
If you have a chance to visit Universal Studios Singapore at night, I definitely recommend it. The park wasn’t as crowded as it is during the day so we were able to ride more rides and have a more relaxing time than we would during the peak times. We also were able to escape some of the humidity that Singapore is notorious for. However, if you find yourself there during the day, there are many ways to cool down, such as the fountains located around the park, the Rapids Adventure ride, and by bringing or purchasing a small fan that can spray water on you. I relied on that type of fan everywhere I went in Asia for my first three months.
If you go:
- Universal Studios Singapore is located on Sentosa Island as part of the Resorts World Sentosa. You can reach Sentosa by bus on weekends or by taking the bus or MRT to Harbourfront Station. From there, you can walk across the bridge to Sentosa or take the Sentosa Express for $4. Note that you can currently walk over for free, but a charge will be instituted in 2016 even for pedestrian entry.
- Visitor information, such as hours and ticket prices can be found on their website here.
- Currently, the longest queues are for Battlestar Galactica and Puss N Boots.