First timer’s guide to Universal Studios Singapore

You are finally going to Universal Studios Singapore and you want to make this THE. BEST. TRIP. EVER! But you don’t know where to start.

You’ve come to the right place. We’ll show you how you can plan a trip to the Park so you can enjoy everything without missing out on anything.

Universal Studios Singapore is Southeast Asia’s only Universal Studios theme park. It is 20 hectares which is the size 25-football fields combine. Pace yourself so you don’t get too tired.

This guide is pretty long so you can bookmark it and refer to it when you need it. Here’s how we’ve broken down the guide:

Before your trip

Types of tickets and where to get them

One-day ticket
Entrance ticket for the Park. Usual price $76, but you can find promotions online.

Universal Express and Universal Express Unlimited
Allow you to use a separate (shorter) queue for rides. These aren’t entrance tickets.

Express Pass prices start from $30 and $50. They’re dynamically priced so getting them earlier, especially during peak season means getting them cheaper. You can still get them inside the Park.

Universal Express
Difference between Universal Express and Universal Express Unlimited

 

When to visit

Any day of the year is a good time to come.

But if you want to avoid crowds, take note that the Park is busiest on the weekends and during the March, June, September and December school holidays.

The trade-off of going on a weekday is that you might miss Hollywood Dreams Parade and Lake Hollywood Spectacular pyrotechnics show. (See the Visitor Info calendar for when the two shows are on, and when there are extended hours for the Park.)

If you’ve got your tickets, come early, even an hour before park opens. If you’ve already bought tickets online as we suggested above, grab the obligatory photos with the Universal Globe (less likely to be photobombed).

If you are lucky and are here with your family, you may even be picked as the day’s ‘Opening Family’. You’ll be part of the opening ceremony for that day, as well as get some additional perks for being chosen.

 

How do I get to Universal Studios Singapore?

Universal Studios Singapore is part of Resorts World Sentosa.

The nearest MRT is HarbourFront Station. To head into the Resort, using Sentosa Express, RWS8 Bus or walk in via the Sentosa Boardwalk.

If you’re coming by taxi, stop at the Casino. Take the escalators up and you’ll be able to see the Universal Globe.

 

What to wear

Singapore’s weather is hot and humid. It’s best to wear light, breathable clothing.

Wear comfortable shoes because you’ll be walking around a lot. The Park is 20 hectares which is the size of 25-football fields combined.

During rainy season from September to February, you might want to bring ponchos (or get them in the Park) for the occasional drizzle or shower.

 

Available amenities

  • Drinking water at water fountains around the park
  • Park attendants who will help you take photos
  • Stollers for rent (At the entrance and at Jurassic Outfitters in The Lost World)
  • Wheelchairs and motorised vehicles  (At the entrance only)
  • WiFi access

 

Can I re-enter the park?

Yes, you can leave Universal Studios Singapore in the middle of your visit.

Just Get a re-entry hand stamp on your way out and keep your entry ticket. With these, you can return to the Park on the same day.

 

Tips for conquering queues

  • Come early
  • Check the queue time board and plan your trip around the shorter lines
  • Get the Express Pass to use the fast lane
You'll find queue time boards around Universal Studios Singapore.
You’ll find queue time boards around Universal Studios Singapore.

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Recommendations

Once in the Park, pick up a Studio Guide and orientate yourself. [You can also download the Universal Studios Singapore map before coming.]

Grab the day’s programme sheet and take note of when the shows are on and when the meet-and-greet timings are.

Get the Universal Studios Singapore Studio Guide and programme sheet after the entrance.
Get the Universal Studios Singapore Studio Guide and programme sheet after the entrance.

Must-rides for thrill seekers

  • TRANSFORMERS The Ride
  • Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYLON [Loose items must be kept in the locker.]
  • Revenge of the Mummy [Loose items must be kept in the locker.]
  • Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure
  • Amber Rock Climb
Beware! You'll get soaked on the Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure.
Beware! You’ll get soaked on the Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure.

Best rides for kids

  • King Julien’s Beach Party-Go-Round in Far Far Away
  • Puss In Boots’ Giant Journey in Far Far Away
  • Enchanted Airways in Far Far Away
  • Dino Soarin’ in The Lost World
  • Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase in New York
Enchanted Airways in Far Far Away
Enchanted Airways in Far Far Away

Must-watch for kids

Catch 'When I Grow Up' starring Sesame Street characters at Pantages Theater.
Catch ‘When I Grow Up’ starring Sesame Street characters at Pantages Theater.

Popular meet-and-greet characters

You can find meet-and-greet timings on the daily programme schedule.

USS Minion Meet and Greet
Look out for the Meet and Greet timing board. Timing might be different on your day of visit.
The Minions in Hollywood
The Minions in Hollywood
sesame street
Sesame Street gang in New York.
Meet the Transformers: Optimus Prime and Bumblebee
Meet the Transformers: Optimus Prime and Bumblebee
Queue up for photos with Madagascar characters after their street show.
Queue up for photos with Madagascar characters after their street show.
Pinocchio will see you at Far Far Away.
Pinocchio will see you at Far Far Away.

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Best photo spots

Sting Alley (next to KT's Grill) is inspired by the 1973 movie The Sting.
Sting Alley (next to KT’s Grill) is inspired by the 1973 movie The Sting.
Get a shot of the full Battlestar Galactica fom across the lake at Madagascar.
Get a shot of the full Battlestar Galactica fom across the lake at Madagascar.
Take a photo of the Far Far Away Castle and Madgascar by standing at the opposite of the lake at Ancient Egypt.
Take a photo of the Far Far Away Castle and Madgascar by standing at the opposite of the lake at Ancient Egypt.

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Special shows

Hollywood Dreams Parade

Hollywood Dreams Parade
Hollywood Dreams Parade

A parade with your favourite characters from Madagascar, Revenge of the Mummy, Jurassic Park and Shrek and more. The characters and their floats will travel from The Lost World to New York in a fun-filled musical parade.

Only on selected Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Please check park operating hours for more information.

Lake Hollywood Spectacular

Fireworks USS
An amazing shot by Jon Ooi.

Catch the fireworks show set to a brilliant musical score that will brighten your night.

On select Saturdays. Please check show schedule for more information.

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What to eat in Universal Studios Singapore

If you’re looking for the usual theme park food, we’ve got them: Juicy fried chicken and fries from Goldilocks; burgers paired with thick creamy milkshakes from Mel’s Drive-In and hotdogs for a quick bite from Fossil Fuels. Yum.

For something more unique, here are some of the dining outlets you should try out.

Full-service restaurant: KT’s Grill in New York
Sit back, relax as the servers bring your food to the table at the Irish-American restaurant.

Singapore favourites: Discovery Food Court in The Lost World
Discover the local cuisine with the selection of laksa, Hainanese chicken rice and more.

20-inch pizzas: Loui’s Pizza in New York
The gigantic pizza is enough to feed a family of six. Come if you’re with a big group.

Looking for something to eat while-on-the go? Try these nibbles from the food cart:

Roasted turkey leg from Marilyn’s Has Great Legs food cart
Gnaw on the 8-inch juicy turkey leg that can feed two. Tastes like chicken but more chewy.

mala turkey leg uss
Get the spicy Mala Turkey Leg from Marilyn’s if you like food that leaves a tingle on your lips.

Churro dog from the Churros Cart
What happens when a churro marries a hot dog bun? The churro dog. This high-sugar level snack will give you a jolt of sugar rush to conquer all the rides.

Halal food at Universal Studios Singapore
Mel’s Drive In, Friar’s, Goldilocks, Oasis Spice Café and Marty’s Casa Del Wild, serve halal food. Here’s a full list of halal outlets in the Resort.

More food choices in Resorts World Sentosa

If the food in the Park isn’t to your liking, there are many restaurants at RWS. We recommend our celebrity restaurants or Malaysian Food Street, depending on what tickles your fancy.

Get a hand stamp on your way out and keep your ticket to return to Universal Studios Singapore on the same day.

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What to buy

Getting souvenirs? Each zone has their own store with themed merchandise. Here are some of the most popular stores around

Hollywood
Universal Studios Store: The flagship retail outlet where you can get a little of everything from the different zones. Perfect for buying everything in a swoop.

Minion Mart: Despicable Me merchandise, with a heavy focus on the Minions.

Silver Screen: Movie- and Hollywood-related goodies found here.

 

New York
Big Bird Emporium: Sesame Street merchandise store. A favourite among kids.

 

Sci-Fi City
Transformers Supply Vault: If you’re a fan of Autobots, toys and Transformer models are available here.

Lost World
Dino-Store: Paleontologists’ favourite grounds. Features Jurrasic World merchandise.

Far Far Away
Fairy Godmother’s Potion Shop: Plushies, stationary from the world of Shrek.

Universal Studios Store Universal Studios Singapore
Universal Studios Store is right after the entrance to the Park.
Minion Mart for all things Despicable Me.
Minion Mart for all things Despicable Me.
Big Bird Emporium
Big Bird Emporium can be found in New York, right next to Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase.
Transformers Supply Vault
Transformers Supply Vault

 

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Child-friendly services

Baby Centre at Guest Services

The Baby Centre at has two nursing cubicles. It also comes with a microwave, coin-operated dispensers for diapers and bed liners, and even a space for older kids to play.

Find out other nursing rooms in the Resort.

You must be this tall to ride

Minimum height to ride for attractions at Universal Studios Singapore
Find out if your child is tall enough to ride the attractions.

Child swap

Parents with young toddlers need not despair – just remember to utilise the baby swap option at select rides.

The baby swap allows parents to take turns on rides that do not allow toddlers on them; while one watches the kid, the other takes the ride, making a swap after without having to join the queue from the start again.

Stroller rental and parking

USS stroller rental
Strollers and wheelchairs are available for rent.

Strollers (single and double), wheelchairs and motorised vehicles are available for rent.

Most restaurants and rides have special zones outside to park strollers.

USS stroller wheelchair
Park your stroller outside of the different attractions.

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Lockers in Universal Studios Singapore

There are lockers right next to Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN entrance
There are lockers right next to Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN entrance

There are paid lockers and free lockers in the Park. Here’s a full list of free and chargeable lockers at Universal Studios Singapore.

Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYLON in Sci-Fi City and Revenge of the Mummy in Ancient Egypt require you to keep all your belongings in the locker.

For Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure in the Lost World, we recommend storing belongings that shouldn’t come in contact with water in lockers too.

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Facilities for Muslim guests

Prayer room at Universal Studios Singapore
Prayer room at Universal Studios Singapore

The Muslim prayer room in Universal Studios Singapore is next to Battlestar Galactica.

You can find halal food at Mel’s Drive In, Friar’s, Goldilocks, Oasis Spice Café and Marty’s Casa Del Wild. Here’s a full list of halal outlets in the Resort.

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