Ask any Singaporean if they have heard of Universal Studios Singapore (USS) and you’ll probably get this reaction.
But how much do they really know about the region’s only Hollywood movie theme park? What are some of the “secret” facts about USS? Let us take you on a trip around USS to find out more.
‘Real’ building in Hollywood
All the buildings you see in the Hollywood zone are modelled after actual buildings. Most notably, Mel’s Drive-In, which appeared in George Lucas’s “American Graffiti”.
American Graffiti was also the film that allowed George Lucas to raise enough funds for his Star Wars series. Star Wars fans be like:
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Have you counted how many stars there are in the Hollywood Walk of Fame? We have only 59 in USS, but the actual Hollywood Walk of Fame has over 2,500.
That’s a Wrap!
For those who just want to get Universal Studios Singapore merchandise, there is a retail store right outside the park, That’s a Wrap! You don’t need a USS Day Pass for this (Yay!).
However, the selection is pretty limited, so if you’re looking to shop extensively, you will still have to head inside the park.
Here’s a secret: You can collect a small birthday gift if you choose to celebrate your birthday in USS. Just head down to the Guest Services Lobby to redeem your gift.
Unusual names on the windows
Ever noticed unusual names on the windows in Hollywood and New York? They actually belong to people who helped build Universal Studios Singapore.
It is a tradition in other Universal Studios park too, so look for the names when you visit other Universal parks around the world.
What does KT’s Grill mean?
Speaking of names, the KT’s Grill restaurant is named after Genting Group’s chairman, Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay. The KT stems from his initials.
Only in Singapore
The façade of the New York Public Library in USS is in fact the only one amongst the Universal Studios theme park made in 3D. The other Universal Studios only have it in 2D.
Transformers The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle
Most people who have been on the Transformers ride think they’re just moving around a levelled track. In actual fact, Transformers The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle is a double storey ride!
The vehicle stealthily goes up at city chase scene where we get chased by Grindor and enter a subway tunnel. It then descends again at the 2nd last scene where Megatron pulls us down the building and Bumblebee saves the day! All these (combined with the special effects) are what make the experience at Transformers so realistic!
Tallest duelling roller coaster in the world
The Battlestar Galactica is the tallest duelling roller coaster in the world at 42.5m high. It may not be the tallest standalone coaster in the world (that award is currently held by Kingda Ka, Six Flags Great Adventure at 139m), but we guarantee that 14-storey drop is pretty thrilling – coupled with the fact that you’ll be passing just metres away from another coaster that’s ‘duelling’ you.
What is the quickest ride?
Canopy Flyer is the shortest ride in USS at only 53 seconds, but also one of the most popular rides (expect long queue times). Yup, it’ll be over before you know it but that’s all the more reason to go again and again.
Ever wanted to visit the Visitor Centre in Jurassic Park?
Now you can. The Discovery Food Court in Lost World is modelled after the Visitor Centre in the movie, complete with a full-sized centrepiece of the Tyrannosaur.
Far Far Away
A secret hideout
There is a secret room in the Far Far Away Castle that you can book for birthday parties and proposals (just like them). Birthday packages start from S$118++ per kid.
Real life onion carriage
And after you’re done with Shrek 4D in the castle, catch a glimpse of the onion carriage in real life. It’s tucked away in the canopy next to the Frog Fountain.
Does this tree look familiar?
That’s because it appeared in the Madagascar series, where King Julien and the lemurs lived. The hanging skeleton was also in the movie.
There you have it. How many of these facts about our favourite theme park in Singapore did you know?
Now that you’re equipped with these “secret” knowledge, it is time to make another trip down to check them out for yourself.