Kelly Landry visited Singapore's latest attraction, Universal Studios, which opened in March this year after three years of anticipation for locals. The first in South-East Asia, the multimillion dollar theme park is part of Resorts World Sentosa development.
The 20 hectares has 24 attractions. Eighteen of them are original or have been adapted for the park. There are seven themed zones, each based on a blockbuster film or television show. They all have character appearances, dining and shopping areas.
The Lost World is divided into Jurassic Park- and Waterworld-themed areas. Fans of the two films experience tropical forest with lurking dinosaurs and death defying stunts.
Far Far Away showcases fantasy characters living within tall, graceful castle walls and is where you can view the Shrek 4-D Adventure, as well as Shrek's sidekick Donkey's interactive live show.
Magic Potion Spin is a Ferris wheel for children. It circles the room while bottling magical elixirs from a giant wooden vat. Guests of all ages climb aboard Dragon for a flight with Enchanted Airways. It goes over Far Far Away and beyond and has a merry cast of characters, including the Three Little Pigs, the Big Bad Wolf, Gingy and Pinocchio.
Sci-Fi City is all about the future. Experience an intergalactic battle of good versus evil and a vibrant metropolis with the ultimate in modern conveniences. Cylon Raider turns your world upside down, through vertical loops, corkscrews and cobra rolls.
Human Viper Mark II zooms at 90km/h, propelling riders 14 storeys in pursuit of the enemy. Riders on both coasters experience thrilling twists and turns as they narrowly avoid collision. Accelerator tests your intergalactic stamina to see if you can keep your wits about you while spinning.
New York allows you to feel the spirit and energy of America's biggest and grandest city as you stroll past its classic landmarks. Lights, Camera, Action, hosted by Steven Spielberg, will amaze you as special effects turn an empty soundstage into the setting of a category five major hurricane.
Stage 28 will be opening soon and will unravel secrets of film production at a fully outfitted sound stage showcasing some of Universal's feature films and props.
Hollywood is where you step onto the famous boulevard, framed by the architecture, palm trees and the Walk of Fame. The 1500-seat Pantages Hollywood Theater is perfect for hosting major musicals.
Madagascar brings the DreamWorks animation film of the same title to life. Dense tropical jungle filled with lemurs and foosas, bird calls and monkey screeches surround you as you journey deeper into the equatorial rainforest.
Join Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria on a riverboat adventure and defeat the foosas at the rim of the bubbly volcano cauldron with the aid of technically savvy but psychotic penguins.
You'll love King Julien's Beach Party-Go-Round. The self-appointed king of the lemurs spins guests round and round to the beat of dance music in his crazy carousel.
There are 30 restaurants and food carts spread throughout the park and 20 retail stores. One visit just may not be enough!