Universal Studios Singapore

Universal Studios

Universal Studios Singapore is a new theme park located within Resorts World Sentosa on Sentosa Island, Singapore.

Universal Studios Singapore will be partially open during the weekend of the Chinese New Year Celebrations. It is considered auspicious for businesses to open during the Lunar New Year, so for several days this week, Universal Studios Singapore will open from 5pm to 9pm every night from 14 Feb to 21 Feb. However, the rides will not be operating, it will be more of a tour and a walk around the park instead.

The park will be 20 hectares (49 acres) in size, occupying the eastern part of the 49 hectares (120 acres) Resorts World Sentosa. There will be a total of 24 attractions, of which 18 will be original or specially adapted for the park. It consists of seven uniquely themed zones which will encircle a lagoon, each location will feature an iconic location based on blockbuster movies or television shows. Each zone will feature their unique attractions, character appearances, dining and shopping areas. These include the world’s tallest dueling roller coaster based on the hit television show Battlestar Galactica, a castle from the world of Shrek, live shows by the famous Universal Monsters as well as celebrity look-alikes. The park will also includes about 30 restaurants and food carts together with 20 unique retail stores and carts located around the park. It also includes several themed zones such as Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, The Lost World, Far Far Away and Madagascar.

Being an Architect, I was fortunate enough to be able to work with the construction drawings of the New York Area Zone. Though I have to admit, the working conditions then was so horrible! I have worked in construction sites before but I have never experienced anything quite like that. We worked in the basement, it was dark outside our office container vans, it was also always dusty and more often than not, some parts were always flooded. You have to walk ten minutes to go to and from the Ladies’ Room (wearing complete construction gear), and don’t get me started about the state of those rooms! I almost complained to Singapore’s MOM (Ministry of Manpower) about the sate of our working environment. Almost.

Anyway, my friends and I will be going later to the beach in Sentosa and I’m hoping to catch a glimpse of the theme parks along the way. I expect a huge throng later as tickets were already sold out according to the news last night. I do hope I can just relax, enjoy a bit of the sun, sand and breeze later. I plan to read a bit, take a nap, and just laze around. Later!

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