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. Universal Studios Singapore has since attracted more than 2 million visitors in the 9 months from its opening. 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.
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. 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. The park had its soft opening period from 18 March 2010 to 26 October 2010.
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. In October 2011, Universal Studios Singapore began their Halloween Horror Nights events.
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. 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. 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".
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. Join Elmo and his friends at the Pantages Hollywood Theater™ in a whimsical all-singing, all-dancing stage show as they talk about their dreams of being a firefighter, police officer, a singer and even a paleontologist.
Meet the Universal cast of characters from the glamorous Marilyn Monroe to the wacky Woody Woodpecker™ and more, along the legendary Hollywood Boulevard. Get despicably close to your favourite Minions and take photos with them. Watch how the minions create mayhem at Universal Studios Singapore. Quick serve restaurant serving traditional Chinese dishes, such as Dong Po Pork and Szechuan style Poached Chicken.
Attractions: Pantages Hollywood Theatre.
Shops: Universal Studios Store; The Dark Room.
Star Characters DreamWorks; Silver Screen Collectibles; SuperStar Candies; The Brown Derby; That’s a Wrap.
Cafe: Celebrity Café & Bakery; Hollywood China Bistro; Mel’s Drive In.
Feel the spirit and energy of America's biggest and grandest city as you stroll along the sidewalks and enjoy all the classic landmarks. Soak in the impressive city skylines, neon lights, and facades that set the scenes for big city fun and real-time movie production. Be blown away as an empty sound stage becomes the setting for a major hurricane about to hit New York City - right before your very eyes. Go on a space mission with Elmo and Super Grover 2.0 to stop Macaroni the Merciless in his plot to steal all the spaghetti from Earth in the world’s first Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase. Welcome to the streets of the Big Apple as NYC brings you an up close and personal taste of B-Boyin.
Can’t get enough of your furry and feathered Sesame Street friends? You can catch them up-close in their New York street shows where you can sing along to the feet-tapping tunes of 'Our Favourite Things' and 'Dance with Bert and Ernie'. Get ready to strike a pose with Elmo, shake hands with Oscar the Grouch or give Big Bird a hug for the family album. A must-stop eatery for those who want to try an Original NY Pizza Slice and other Italian favourites! Visit the biggest Sesame Street store in Singapore where kids and adults can find the widest range of Sesame Street-themed merchandise.
Attractions: Lights, Camera, Action!; Stage 28.
Cafe: Loui’s NY Pizza Parlor; KT’s Grill.
The city of the future has arrived. Through the impressive portals of Sci-Fi City you will experience the ultimate intergalactic battle of Good vs. Evil and visit a vibrant metropolis with all the ultimate modern conveniences. Choose your side – Human or Cylon - as you engage in the ultimate intergalactic battle between good and evil on the world's tallest dueling roller coasters! Test your intergalactic stamina on this whirling twirling attraction. Join Optimus Prime and the Autobots as you become a freedom fighter in the ultimate 3D battle against the forces of evil. Take a peek into the future and discover alien warriors and creatures from other worlds beyond the portals of Sci-Fi City.
This familiar rallying cry is your call to meet the leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime, and the loveable Bumblebee! Dine in this futuristic restaurant serving a variety of Asian delights such as Chicken Yakitori and Black Olive Fried Rice with Poached Salmon. Freedom fighters of Planet Earth, zoom in for a must try, out of this world, molecular ice cream experience! Bring home a piece of the action-packed universe with souvenir merchandise from the hit television series, Battlestar Galactica. Stock up on the latest authentic Transformers toys, unique collectibles and apparel.
Attractions: Battlestar Galactica Cylon; Battlestar Galactica Human; Accelerator.
Shop: Galactica PX
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. Ancient pyramids and obelisks stand fast against the sands of time as you are transported to 1930’s Egypt, the Golden Age of Egyptian Exploration. Travel to an era when entire Pharaohs tombs were discovered- and their terrible curses unleashed. Plunge into total darkness on this indoor roller coaster as you come face to face with warrior mummies and scarab beetles.
Young explorers can drive their own desert jeep through an abandoned Egyptian excavation site. Encounter Egyptian royalty as you experience the Golden Age of Ancient Egypt. Egyptian-themed buffeteria serving up an array of Middle Eastern specialties. Take home replicas of historical artifacts and fossils from ancient Egypt.
Attractions: Revenge of the Mummy; Treasure Hunters.
Shop: Carter’s Curiosities.
Cafe: Oasis Spice Café.
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. Divided into two themed areas: Jurassic Park™ and WaterWorld™, this zone is for fans of the two blockbuster movies, as they can experience a dense tropical forest where dinosaurs lurk, then watch death defying stunts filled with thrills and spills!
Scale the walls of The Lost World to explore precious stones and fossilised insects. Enjoy a prehistoric bird’s-eye view as you soar over Jurassic Park. Children can pilot their own Pteranodon, soaring up into the clear blue sky or down into the cooling shadows. Enjoy a thrilling river raft ride through primeval dinosaur habitats where you will get wet and possibly soaked. Witness death-defying stunts, awesome explosions and thrills at this sensational 'live' water show.
Attractions: Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure; Canopy Flyer; Dino-Soaring; Amber Rock Climb; Waterworld.
Shops: Jurassic Outfitters; The Dino Store.
Cafe: Discovery Food Court; Fossil Fuels.
Far Far Away
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. Movie stars and talking donkeys… come experience the lifestyles of the rich and fairy-taled. Guests can enjoy Shrek 4-D Adventure or go on the world’s first Puss In Boots’ Giant Journey. Hop onto the world’s first Puss In Boots’ Giant Journey roller coaster and join Puss and Kitty on this anti-gravity, swashbuckling adventure in search of the legendary golden eggs.
See, hear and feel the action right from your seat as you join Princess Fiona & Shrek in a fairytale adventure. Sing along with Shrek’s sidekick Donkey as he hosts this interactive ‘live’ show. A fantastical ferris wheel for children in Fairy Godmother’s Potion Shop. Climb aboard this junior roller coaster for a flight over Far Far Away.
Attractions: Shrek 4-D Adventure (Cinema Show); Donkey Live (Interact Show); Enchanted Airways; Magic Potion Spin.
Shop: Fairy Godmother’s Potion Shop.
Cafe: Goldilocks; Friar’s; Fairy Godmother’s Juice Bar.
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. Special character appearances include: Alex, Gloria, King Julien, Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico. Based on the hit DreamWorks Animation film, Madagascar, this zone brings you to a dense tropical jungle, filled with strange and wonderful animals like lemurs and foosas. Ride this crazy carousel with King Julien, the Lemurs and more of your favourite Madagascar characters.
Go on an unforgettable river boat ride with our four heroes, Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria. Come see the cast from DreamWorks Animation’s movie, Madagascar! A variety of Southeast Asian favorites such as our mouth-watering Nasi Lemak, Briyani, tenderjuicy roasted chicken, vegetarian specials and more! Feast on a selection of yummy Japanese delights such as Bento Box meals with Grilled Salmon, Chicken Cutlet or Chicken Yakitori. Keepsakes inspired by the many characters of Madagascar.
Attractions: Madagascar: A Crate Adventure; King Julien’s Beach Party-Go-Around.
Shops: Penguins Mercantile.
Cafe: Marty’s Casa Del Wild; Gloria’s Snack.
Information for Visitors
Open hours: 10-00 - 21-00
Universal Studios Singapore
8 Sentosa Gateway,
Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269