Nothing’s Gonna Stop My Fun at Universal Studios Singapore

One thing that all three of us at And Three To Go have in common, is our love of FUN!!  This was definitely the case, recently when we traveled to Singapore for our yearly visa renewal.

Z is now tall enough to ride most of the rides at any of the theme/amusement parks and so Chad and I decided that Universal Studios Singapore would be on the docket for our trip. Chad and I are more Disney park fans, but since there isn’t one of those in Singapore, we had to make do with what they had.

*Disclaimer-I was not asked to write about Universal Studios Singapore or any other of the businesses mentioned in this post. The opinions in this post and the whole day we spent there were completely my own.*

Chad and I had hinted to Z that we may be going to Universal Studios Singapore, mostly because we had been researching it on our own (seeing if she was tall/old enough for any of the attractions there) and we didn’t want to spend the money on entrance if Z wouldn’t enjoy it or be able to ride any of the rides. Prices for tickets at the point in time that we went (early 2016) were S$74 per adult and S$56 per child. It is not a cheap day out.

Z was ecstatic and so we bought our tickets online using an app that Chad found, Klook, which gave us fat discounts on our tickets and the other things we ended up doing during our trip. If you are going to Singapore, make sure you get this app!

We grabbed a taxi to Sentosa, which is where Universal Studios resides, as well as the Merlion statue and other glitzy attractions (Including a casino! Next time for sure!).

We made sure to take a the compulsory (well it must have been for how many people were doing it right?!) selfie in front of the Universal Studios globe and then made our way into the park.

universalglobe

We went to the park on a Thursday and it was not that busy. It only took about 5 minutes to enter the park…. and thats when it hit me…

A grumbling in my stomach that sounded like the beasts of hell… a feeling of nauseousness and stomach cramping that could only mean one thing…

!!!!!FOOD POISONING!!!!!

Snapchat had a nicer picture of how I was feeling. Thanks Snapchat!
Snapchat had a nice picture of how I was feeling. Thanks Snapchat!

Living in Southeast Asia has taught me many things, but one of the most unpleasant is the instant recognition of having eaten something that was not-quite-right. As I made Z and Chad wait at the entrance bathroom area while I ran for my life, I started going through everything that I had ingested in the past 48 hours… the only thing that I ate, that Chad and Z did not was a pre-made chicken sandwich at the Phuket airport. So let that be a lesson to you all, STEER CLEAR OF THE PHUKET AIRPORT CHICKEN SANDWICHES!!!

After I felt I could leave the bathroom (sorry for the TMI), the three of us traveled to Madagascar. Yep, we had to move it, move it (I couldn’t resist) to the first ride of the day. On our way to that area of the park, Z discovered drinking fountains. As we passed by one, she pointed and said “What’s that?” to which I informed her that it was a drinking fountain and that the water was safe to drink in Singapore. For the rest of the day, she had to drink out of every drinking fountain she saw. I think this may have been her favorite part of the park actually. But I digress…

Z's favorite aspect of Universal Studios Singapore
Z’s favorite aspect of Universal Studios Singapore

Madagascar, The Crate Adventure, was really dark and cheap looking. I admit that I look at all theme parks through a Disneyland lens, but it was not worth the half an hour wait time (though the impatience could have been due to the upset stomach honestly). Z was scared in the ride because it was so dark.

We want to move it, move it... but there was a queue.
We want to move it, move it… but there was a queue.

Chad and Z rode the King Julien’s Beach Party Go Around while I took a quick bathroom break. Darn it, I was not going to let a chicken sandwich ruin my day… the carousel was interesting, there were some characters that I am still unsure as to why they were on that ride. For example the old lady that Chad was sitting on (haha, that sounds so weird), is that a part of the movie? Leave a comment if you know what that is all about.

Fun on the Go-Around
Fun on the Go-Around

Z was most excited about going to Far Far Away, which is the Shrek and Puss in Boots themed area. Z looooves Puss in Boots and so she couldn’t wait to get there.

We then stopped by the Shrek 4D experience, which turned out to be  Z and I’s favorite ride of the day.  There is nothing quite like getting sneezed on by an animated donkey or feeling the woosh of rats by your feet to make you feel happy and relaxed. But it was a lot of fun, I think hearing Z’s belly laughs and squeals made it even more fun. And being able to sit down for a bit while having a sick stomach made it even better!

Then we got to meet Puss in Boots! Z was excited, but not excited enough to stand close to him.

Puss in Boots
Puss in Boots
There it is! Puss in Boots Giant Journey, Z made a beeline for it.
There it is! Puss in Boots Giant Journey, Z made a beeline for it.

The main ride in that area was the Puss in Boots Giant Journey. After an hour-long wait (thank God it was a cooler day) it was finally our turn to get on one of the “Flying machines” that would take us on our giant journey.  The gist of the ride was that our “flying machine” would take us somewhere and we  had to fly away from a giant goose. Obviously I paid attention to the plot of the ride, oops. Z was so excited about it to begin with, but my goodness, once the ride started I have never seen such an extreme look of terror on Z’s face. She screamed and held onto our lap bar like we were on consecutive loop-the-loops. We consoled her as best we could, but even now when I think back I laugh out loud. Poor Z and her little terrified face, it was too cute.

When we started the ride, the screaming had not started just yet.
When we started the ride, the screaming had not started just yet.

Then it was lunch time! And we got to have lunch in Jurassic Park. You know the main hall in the movie? Well we ate lunch there… well, I ate rice and had lemon soda while Chad and Z ate a proper lunch. Just a quick side note here, the prices of food and drinks were actually cheaper inside of Universal Studios Singapore than they are outside the park! That was really surprising to me. So don’t pack a lunch, eat there!

I was starting to feel much yuckier, but I was determined to have fun with Chad and Z no matter what. The lines to get on rides were really difficult for me though.  The bathrooms were few and far between and rarely near the rides, so I did a lot of running back and forth from line to restroom.

We rode the Dino-Soarin ride which was much bouncier and fun than I had thought it would be. And then we went to Starbucks (and I drooled over the smell of coffee that I just knew I could not have, wahhhh) and then ran back to Egypt land… which to me was the most breath-taking of the lands.

The massive Egyptian replica statues and tomb/pyramid were impressive. I felt like I was in Stargate SG-1 (man, I miss that show). The Return of the Mummy ride was one of the few that Z was too little to ride so we skipped it.

We went on a sad little ride called Treasure Hunters, it’s not even really worth writing about, so I wont.

Then we went and saw the Waterworld show. The show was fun to watch and we sat in the “get soaked” seats, but we came out dry at toast, which I was actually happy about. There was much gunfire and explosives in the show, Z handled it ok, but you should be aware before you take your little ones.

Time was running out! The park closed at 7 pm, and somehow we had quickly gotten close to that time. We made our way through the SciFi City without stopping. Most of the rides there were too big for Z to go on and we had to make our way to the New York area so Z could see some Sesame Street stuff.

We decided to ride on the Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase which Z thought was such a blast that we rode on it another 3 times! Running around to rejoin the line each time hoping that they wouldn’t close it before we got to ride one more time. It was the most fun I think we had the whole day. It was a proper fun time!

The day came to a close and I still had a blast despite feeling crappy (no pun intended, ewwww). After we left the park though, my body gave up and while Z and Chad ate some yummy pizza at a place in Sentosa, I drank a couple of refreshing 7-Ups and willed myself to not give up just yet. We got a taxi back to the place we were staying and I immediately went to bed and prayed that I would feel better the next day.

Overall, our day at Universal Studios Singapore was great fun! Even despite my food poisoning I loved my time there with Chad and Z.  Nothings going to stop my fun!


Now it’s your turn!

Have you ever been to a Universal Studios? What did you think? Have you ever had food poisoning, I hope not? But if you have, what was the remedy that worked best (I should probably know these for the next time I get food poisoning living in Asia). Leave a comment below and let’s chat…

  9 comments for “Nothing’s Gonna Stop My Fun at Universal Studios Singapore

  1. Patricia
    July 7, 2016 at 12:22 am

    I havent been to universal studios since i was a kid and never is Asia so im not sure how different it is. We never go because Disneyland is right there and we’d rather go there? i may have had food poisoning once or twice though. No fun! Also last time we went to Disneyland for my 30th (and Jeanne’s bday too!) Aeva got sick? poor girls spent most of the day in the stroller (thank God we brought one!) while sleeping and getting tylenol upon waking. Not her best Disneyland experience but no one else go it there thankfully. They waited until we got home? i hope you felt better the next day!

    • andthreetogo
      July 13, 2016 at 12:35 pm

      How sad! Being sick at Disneyland would just be so sad. I felt much better the next day, that is the nice thing (I guess) about getting food poisoning, usually it only lasts 24 hours. 🙂
      Miss you guys!

  2. Terri
    July 13, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    I read this earlier, but I didn’t have time to comment. I’m so sorry you got sick! I can’t believe you managed all that not feeling well! Great job. Mom of the Year! Knock on wood, I don’t normally get food poisoning. And (LOL) we always choose really well fried food when we are traveling with questionable food (airports). French fries today, kids! Of course, they’re happy! I have been to Universal in Florida once. It was cold and rainy so I don’t think it did it justice. But it sounds like, despite the Disney lens and illness, somehow you managed to have a good day. Incredible!

    • andthreetogo
      July 18, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      It is amazing how I can push myself through sickness to have fun, but to do chores… heck no! hahah. I think i will steal your idea… fried food from now on in airports! Thanks Terri. 🙂

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  4. Kimberly
    July 26, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Regarding the old lady in Madagascar: She’s in the scene at Grand Central Station (and in the credits) where she’s the one person not scared of the animals running around. She beats on Alex with her purse while saying, “bad kitty!” I love that movie :p

    I’m impressed that you were still up, about, and going on rides while sick! Food poisoning kicks me to the curb, I can barely function. Sorry to hear it seems to happen a lot! I suppose it’s good that you learn how to manage it though :p

    • andthreetogo
      July 27, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      Oh my goodness! Thanks for clearing that up! I will have to watch the movies and pay more attention obviously!
      It is something while traveling and living abroad that happens often enough… I keep waiting for it to affect my weight, but nope, still the same kg. hahah! Thanks again for the help with the old lady!

  5. Victoria@ The British Berliner
    July 26, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    ‘Love the post Jenny!

    I have indeed been to Universal Studios but only in Paris. We went to Disneyland in California but we only had time to do one park, so we chose Disney instead! I didn’t know that Singapore had one, although Hong Kong does, I think!

    So sorry to hear that you had food poisoning. Have I ever had food poisoning? Ha! Ha! Ha! Where should I start? The worst one ever was actually in India, at a 5-star hotel for breakfast, no less. I had just started to dig into a pile of fried eggs when my Swiss girlfriend, told me that I had turned grey! She was very concerned, and I was very ill. In India. It was awful!

    Best remedy. No food for a few days. Definitely no eggs. Plain simple yogurt to settle the stomach!
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    • andthreetogo
      July 27, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      Good tips! Traveling exposes our guts to all sorts of fun things, doesn’t it? Did you end up having to go to the hospital… I have been lucky enough to never have to do that yet (knock on wood), but many of my friends have here.

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