Our 10th visit to Universal Studios Singapore (USS) last weekend was quite the visit. Just when we thought we couldn’t be surprised by anything new having make 9 visits over the last 5 months, this visit proved to be an experience of firsts.
We were invited by our good friends to join them for a day of fun since our kids play well together like their parents, and we quite enjoyed our last outing to USS together where each parent managed to go on at least 2 rides due to our tag-team babysitting arrangement between the mums and dads.
The plan was to meet at 9am for breakfast and enter USS when it opens at 10am. What I didn’t expect was many others having the same game plan too, which resulted in long queues forming at the park’s few entrances when we arrived at 9.45am to gain entry. I was however impressed by Universal Studios Singapore’s efficiency at managing the crowd. We entered the park in a matter of minutes and the kids were so excited, I couldn’t even bribe them with chocolate cookies from Starbucks while trying to negotiate for some coffee time.
Wasting no time (not including any to savour our cups of coffee), we headed for the Puss in Boots Giant Journey ride – the newest buzz ride in the park. Liam was disappointed that he missed the minimum height limit by 1cm (we’ll just have to add some heels to those crocs next time son :D) but that didn’t stop the dads from jumping on to try the ride since the wait time was close to 2 minutes. And after the mums appeased their boys who didn’t meet the minimum height requirement of 100cm with munchies and lollies, the dads soon returned with 2 thumbs up and (thankfully) offered to watch the kids while the mums had a go at it.
I might have let out a tiny little squeal when the coaster went into its “anti-gravity” zones, not knowing what to expect…but apart from my little “ahhh” moment, it was fun! I would have gone on it again in a heartbeat if not for feeling bad that 2 of the kids in the group had to sit this one out. I know Liam will like this ride when he finally gets his chance to go on it and hopefully that will happen before our pass expires!
Next, we headed for the Canopy Flyer – another suspended roller coaster. I’ve never been on this ride with Liam before because the wait time for this attraction is usually 45 to 60 minutes long. Also since Bo is the adrenalin junkie between us, we decided that he should be the one with the express pass (which also means he gets to bypass the normal queue) to accompany Liam on rides. Seeing that Canopy Flyer was a 5 minutes wait time, I accepted Liam’s request when he asked if he could go on it with me. By a stroke of luck, we got to jump to the front of the line as the staff asked if there were any 2 riders available to fill the seats.
I’m not a fan of roller coasters so my heart was thumping a lot harder as our carriage made its way up to the peak of the tracks S-L-O-W-L-Y, fully aware so that the effect of a “drop”, however slight would excite the rider. But what happened to us left me speechless, in the literal sense. We got to the peak of the roller coaster track, and it being a suspended coaster meant that our legs were “dangling” outside the carriage. And then suddenly there was a pause, and then a longer pause and then I started getting a strange feeling that the ride wasn’t supposed to pause this long. There was then an announcement to current riders not to do anything but stay still (what could I possible do, being suspended so high with an aerial view of Universal Studios?) as the ride may resume at any time.
Feeling something was up, Liam asked me “mummy why are we not going?”. Well, this was certainly a question I wasn’t prepared for. I mustered up a smile, broke into laughter and said “oh because there’s a traffic jam ahead so we got to wait till the traffic clears”.
About a minute later there was another announcement that there was a technical fault. It was then I also realized that my 4-seater carriage was the only one “stuck” at the peak. Again, Liam asked why we weren’t moving. This time I told him it was because they wanted to give us a surprise by showing us a view of the park. I then pointed to the various attractions around the park and asked which one he would like to go on next, doing my best to keep him occupied. It didn’t help that we were also stuck up there about 12 noon, in hot and humid weather. I was so thankful Liam remained calm throughout the entire “situation”.
A staff came up to us soon and explained that they would be getting us down soon. She then asked Liam if he was scared, to which he returned a “why would I be?” look. Good on you little fella! Apart from the look of disappointment, I was relieved that his chirpy mood wasn’t affected. We were offered bottles of water while waiting for another staff to come get us and then some express pass as a gesture of USS’s apology.
I definitely need a break from rides the moment I was down. And so our friend suggested going for the WaterWorld live show! Funnily enough, we’ve never caught it before during our 9 previous visits and was glad we did because the actors did a great job of keeping us entertained with laughs, suspense and mind-blowing stunts. Even the kids enjoyed it, although Ollie didn’t appreciate me cupping his ears throughout, wanting to fully appreciate the show.
And of course, we had to snuggle up with Cookie Monster when we had a chance to.
And when I saw the Woody Woodpeckers, with only 2 in the queue, I had to!
Clearly they were only taken in with Ollie, as he with them. Both were checking each other out while I tried to get both parties to pose for the camera!
For the first time, we also managed to have a photo with The Minions. Liam was too annoyed with me stopping him from high-5-ing to pose for the photo hence the lack of a cheery smile in the photo but later realised that he should have when I zoomed in the photo. “Mummy, Liam don’t like the photo because Liam no smile”. Yes my son, and that is why you should start practising whenever you see mummy whipping out a camera in front of your face. 🙂
The dads later wind down with a couple of beers (there’s a 1-for-1 beer promotion at the grill) while the mums fed the kids an early dinner. We left the theme park just before 7pm (which was USS’s closing time) and were clearly exhausted with the day’s activities from the way we dragged our feet back to the car and our lack of spritely goodbyes.
Till our next weekend adventure!