Monday, October 26, 2009

Putting Universal Studios Singapore on Sentosa into perspective

Well, today I am doing a post on where Universal Studios Singapore is exactly, and putting it into perspective for all of you.

Why am I doing it? I figured out that those of you who don't live in Singapore wouldn't know where Universal Studios Singapore is going to be in and what significance it has for Singapore. So I am set to correct this from this moment onwards.

Universal Studios Singapore is located in Resort world at Sentosa at Sentosa island. So where and what is Sentosa? Sentosa is an island resort, off mainland Singapore, where there are attractions, hotels and sandy beaches for a weekend getaway. Here is the map. Sentosa shown in red.

So next question in your mind is: what is on Sentosa? Well, there are attractions, hotels and sandy beaches. Here is a map of Sentosa:

Click to enlarge.

So where is Universal Studios Singapore located? It is located on the area marked in light green on the map above, called Resort Wort at Sentosa.

So the story about Resort Wort at Sentosa is that it is a Integrated Resort built on the Island by Genting Singapore. It consists of Universal Studios Singapore, a casino, some hotels, and some other attraction. The link to official website here.

Well, I figured out that explaining would only make things more confusing, so here is a map of the Resort World at Sentosa:

So for those of you who think that Universal Studios Singapore is a independent project, it is not.

The blog posts will be continued...

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Universal Studios Singapore park layout vs Island Of Adventure park layout (part 2)

Continuing from yesterday...

There are many similarities between the Universal Studios Singapore and the IOA theme parks, some of them include general layout similarities, ride placement similarities etc.

Today, we will be looking at the similarities of the rides and the lands of Universal Studios Singapore and IOA. (For those who do not know what IOA is, it is a theme park built by Universal Studios in Florida.)

The general layout of both IOA and Universal Studios Singapore are all in the shape of the themed lands circling the lagoon, with a looping walkway connecting the lands, rather than a immersive "walk-in-and-disappear-into-the-back-alleys-and-sidewalks" layout of most of the disney theme parks. This layout of Universal Studios Singapore and IOA provides some advantages and some disadvantages.

IOA on top, USS below

The advantage is that you will never get lost in this setting, as you are always guides by the lagoon and walking in a loop around it. It also provides a open space in the middle of the park for people to be physically separated in different lands, but able to see what is happening in other lands. The central lagoon also provides a platform for a night time spectacular if Universal Studios Singapore chooses to have one.

But however, it also provides some disadvantages. Firstly, the lands are all located very close to each other, and there is no theming elements to conceal one land from the other. For example, it is possible to see the Sci-fi city with the Battlestar Galactica Coaster right by the side of an Ancient Egyptian temple in Universal Studios Singapore.

Ancient Egypt on the left, Sci fi city on the right.

Also, it is impossible to have a immersive experience in this layout as the lands are just a central street with buildings at the side, and you are going to walk right through the land, without getting swallowed into the land and linger in the land.

For example, in the Ancient Egypt land in Universal Studios Singapore, it is just simply a walkway connecting the Lost world land to the Sci fi city, walking right by a ancient Egyptian facade, and that's about it for that land, with no side walkways or areas concealed from the main walkway for people to explore.

Also, the Jurassic Park land in both theme parks are also similar in the rides and the layout, with both of them having a river ride, and childern's play area and a recreated Discovery Center from the movies.

IOA on top, USS below.

The lands of Universal Studios Singapore and IOA pare also similar. Let me draw the parallels:

  • Hollywood-Entrance == Port of Entry-Entrance
  • Sci fi city-Action movie based land == Super hero island-Action movie based land
  • Far far away-Children oriented land == Toon lagoon-Children Oriented land
  • Lost World-Jurassic Park Land == Jurassic Park-Jurassic Park Land
  • Far Far Away-Childern oriented land == Suess Landing-Children oriented land
  • Ancient Egypt-Myth/history based land == Lost Continent-Myth/history based land

Thats about it. More posts to come!

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Universal Studios Singapore park layout vs Islands Of Adventure park layout

Today, I will be discussing about the park layout of USS, the similarities with other theme parks and the uniqueness of the layout.

The seven themed lands of USS will encircle a central lagoon. The entrance to the park will be located at the Hollywood themed area. Immediately, when I saw this layout, Universal's Islands of Adventure came into my mind. For those of you who don't know what Islands of Adventure is, it is a theme park built by Universal Studios in Florida.

Here is a map for a side by side comparison:

Islands of Adventure on top, USS on the below.

Well, they are all similar in the sense that they all encircle a lagoon with different lands and rides on the "shores". Also, the entrance are all similar as they are all a single avenue leading into the park.

IOA's entrance above, USS's entrance on the right.

Also, one interesting point to note is that the theme parks both have a Jurassic Park themed land on the opposite side of the lagoon from the entrance, with the Discovery Centre and the main focal point of the whole park.

IOA on top, USS below.

Also, they do have a dueling roller coaster on the top right of the park, adding as a visual icon to draw visitors into the back section of the park.

IOA on top, USS below

Thats all for today, more to come tomorrow.

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News - 24 Oct 2009

Spielberg's Universal Studios Singapore`not competing' with Disney

by Mary Ann Benitez
The Standard

Hollywood producer and director Steven Spielberg lent his hand to boost the profile of upcoming Universal Studios Singapore as the city-state tries to drum up Hong Kong interest in the project.

Spielberg helped create the theme park - part of a bigger integrated Resorts World - which, its backers claim, will not compete with Hong Kong Disneyland.

Featuring 24 rides and attractions, the US$4.4 billion (HK$34.32 billion) resort, developed on Sentosa Island, will open in the first quarter of next year and it expects to attract 13 million visitors within its first 12 months.

In a five-minute video clip, Spielberg said.

"I am excited to help create Universal Studios Singapore ... a spectacular destination for the people of the region and the people of the world ... a place where our imagination becomes world reality," he said.

"Universal gives the people an opportunity to ride the movies."

Universal Studios Singapore will have attractions based on movies such as Jurassic Park, Shrek and Waterworld.

"I am particularly excited about the DreamWorks Animated theme lands of Far, Far Away and Madagascar," he said. Visitors "will be put inside, making them the superstars. These memories can last a lifetime."

Edward Koh Boon Wee, chief representative regional director for Greater China of the Singapore Tourism Board, said Hong Kong is an important market for the city-state.

More than 300,000 Hongkongers visit Singapore each year. "They like to go to Singapore for
food, shopping and buying our local products. I hope the integrated resorts will give them more entertainment options to stay another day, another night on the island," Koh said.

Universal Studios Singapore will target Asia as its key market.

"We call it the integrated resort and it is all encompassing. It is similar to the positioning of Singapore as a global leisure destination and a convention and services city of Asia," he said.

Koh does not think it will compete directly with Disneyland because they are "very different propositions."

Friday, October 23, 2009

Universal Studios Singapore Map details

The map detail of USS have been out and posted on the official website of Resort World at Sentosa at

Anyway, here is the map of USS

USS will be opening with 24 rides and shows in 7 distinct theme zones, which are New York, Hollywood, Ancient Egypt, Sci-fi city, Lost World, Far Far Away and Madagascar.

On following posts, I will be discussing about the park's layout in detail, as well as introducing each of the themed lands and rides, and also discussing about Resort World Sentosa as a whole.

So look out for more coming your way!

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