Today, inSing folks were flung headlong into the air, hurtled down at breakneck speeds, threatened by mummies, sprayed with donkey saliva, hi-fived by Woody Woodpecker, served by Pinocchio and kissed by Betty Boop.
And we’ve never felt better!
Yes, today marked the day Universal Studios opened its doors to us and the general public for its soft opening. The crowds started to gather at 7.30am and waited patiently outside for the all-important lion dance ceremony to commence, before “Betty Boop” and “Marilyn Monroe” symbolically led four children through the front gates at an auspicious 8.28am.
The park has much to entertain both kids and adults alike. While the now-notorious dueling coasters Battlestar Galactica drew thrill-seekers in search of the ultimate adrenaline rush, other attractions like Shrek’s 4-D Adventure and Steven Spielberg’s Lights, Camera, Action™ are also definitely worth checking out, and good fun for the entire family to enjoy together.
So is Universal Studios Singapore worth all the hype? The answer’s a resounding YES.
While it may be difficult to judge fully during the soft opening period when only a limited number of tickets on sale, the queues never got too oppressive and we were impressed with the open smiles and warm geniality from the staff which made us feel as cosseted as an A-list celebrity.
And while it may not be as big as other theme parks around the world (it took us about half a day to do everything), the overall experience did not in our experience pale in comparison to other parks, especially those in Asia.
The mood of the crowd was generally exuberant, with even a sudden downpour doing little to dampen spirits. A survey of the surroundings saw mostly families and tourists, with the kids being most excited about the park.
Yeo Zhi Ming, who turned 8 today, especially loved The Lost World zone, his dad James told us. The family had started trying to purchase tickets the moment they went on sale at 9am on March 10, and were lucky enough to snare some so that Zhi Ming could spend his birthday amongst the dinosaurs.
Tourists Eddie and Ada Chen were also among the lucky ones to get tickets, having specially flown in for the opening day from Hong Kong. Ada confessed that she spent up to an hour on the phone trying to get tickets through the ticketing hotline.
Universal Studios Singapore is now open to the public. For full ticketing information, please visit www.rwsentosa.com.