A friend from the Philippines visited me here in Singapore so I finally got the chance to explore the Universal Studios for the first time and maybe my last for now unless someone invited me for free. And why is that? I believe that to me as an adult the 72 sing dollars is over-charged because most of the exciting rides and attractions were either closed or under maintenance that day. But it would be different experience for kids and young at hearts which the theme park is for them anyway.
The day we went to was Deepavali Day which I was hesitant at first to go because I thought it would be crowded being a national holiday. But I was wrong, the crowd was manageable that day, perhaps most of the locals opted to go to other countries being a long weekend.
We arrived at around two in the afternoon, the weather was cloudy with patchy drizzle in the afternoon so roaming around the whole complex was a breeze and pleasurable. The ticket price that day like i mentioned is not cheap at 72 singdollar being public holiday. With that amount you can practically rides, watch shows, and the opportunity to explore the whole park. The park features the world's tallest dueling roller coaster based on the hit television show Battlestar Galactica but it was not operational that day (major disappointment), a far far away castle of Shrek, the island of Madagascar, the Lost World, Ancient Egypt, and the streets of New York and Hollywood Boulevard comprises the seven themed zones, and each has its own attractions.
Upon entering the main gates, it is the Hollywood Boulevard that will be passing by. The icons of hollywood are all can be seen here from the Walk of Fame, palm trees and the dynamic buildings which turns into a shopping strip of the park. Attraction at this zone is the rock-n-roll musical Monster Rock! at the broadway style Pantages Hollywood Theatre. We managed to catched the show on a last hour.
The first attraction we tried was at the Far Far Away zone. This zone consists of the Shrek swamp house, the Far Far Away Castle where the Shrek 4-D Adventure is being screened. The 3D film that will let you see, hear, and actually feel the action for a journey to help save Princess Fiona right from your seat. The Donkey live show at the Hook's Night Club was keep on rescheduling that day until no show happened (another disappointment).
Though I was disappointed some of the exciting rides and attraction were closed,I enjoyed my visit. But. By the way I have a tip to share, the Hollywood zone is open from 7:00 to 10:00 pm during Fridays and Saturdays for only $5 per entry fee. You can still shop, dine and catch the 9:30 fireworks during this period.