Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase – Grand Opening & Carnival at New York

Mini Sesame Street Pinwheels

Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase is now officially open at Universal Studios Singapore, Resorts World at Sentosa. With a light-hearted and silly storyline about missing spaghetti, this indoor dark ride brings guests on a space adventure to recover stolen pasta. To celebrate the grand opening of this new family-oriented attraction, Universal Studios Singapore is organizing a Sesame Street Carnival for the ride’s opening weekend (March 1st 2013 ~ March 3rd 2013).

I’ve already published a very in-depth ride review and information treasure trove about the ride two weeks ago. Be sure to read it!

As several readers wrote to me requesting for a trip report and photos of the Grand Opening and Sesame Street Carnival, I made a special trip to the park. Enjoy the photos!

Minutes into the park

Park turnstiles were open 5 minutes before 10AM.

Spaghetti Space Chase - yet to launch

The ride has yet to open though, as the opening ceremony started at 10:10AM. Of course, I went around and took photos of the Sesame Street Carnival at New York zone. You can find these photos after the Opening Ceremony portion of this entry.


Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase – Grand Opening Ceremony

The Grand Opening was held at the ride entrance. It was very sunny (and hot!) so I’m glad the programme was kept very simple and short.

Waiting for launch

John Hallenbeck

As expected, John Hallenbeck gave a short speech about the ride and the park’s partnership with Sesame Workshop.

Spaghetti Space Chase - Opening Dance Show
Elmo walks out of the ride entrance.

And all his friends from Sesame street are here to celebrate!

Spaghetti Space Chase - Opening Dance Show

Spaghetti Space Chase - Opening Dance Show

Spaghetti Space Chase - Opening Dance Show

Spaghetti Space Chase - Opening Dance Show

Spaghetti Space Chase - Opening Dance Show

This is quickly followed with singing and dancing.

Spaghetti Space Chase - Opening Dance Show

Spaghetti Space Chase - Opening Dance Show

Spaghetti Space Chase - Opening Dance Show

Spaghetti Space Chase - Opening Dance Show

The dancers’ costumes are astonishing. Not a single colour from the rainbow was spared. Still, these outfits are definitely memorable and Sesame Street-..esque. It would be nice if there are kept for regular Sesame Street street shows or even a new Sesame Street segment for Hollywood Dreams Parade.

Spaghetti Space Chase - Opening Dance Show

The short dance performance (5+ minutes long) of “Another Sunny Day” was impressive. You may want to watch a video of the performance recorded by RWS. In my opinion this performance is up to par with Hong Kong Disneyland’s smaller, seasonal street shows and A LOT better than the existing Sesame Street shows (“Our Favourite Things”, “Dance with Bert and Ernie”, etc) performed at New York. Universal Studios Singapore, please consider replacing one of those shows with this version of “Another Sunny Day”!

It was a very hot morning so I have to give props to the dancers and performers (wearing heavy and heat stroke-inducing character suits) for being so energetic.

At the end of the performance, two “chefs” holding a giant strand of spaghetti arrive at the ride entrance. This is the typical ceremonial ribbon cutting with a twist, because… Suddenly, there were some loud noises and pyrotechnics going off.

Super Grover appears

Super Grover appears

Super Grover “crashes” into the opening ceremony, landing right above Mel’s Drive-In.

Super Grover on the street

And he quickly re-appears, walking out of the ride entrance.

Burst of streamers
The ceremony ends off with a burst of colourful streamers from the ride’s marquee.


Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase – ride review, revisited

I went on the ride the moment it was fully open to park guests. The line was moving briskly and the ride system was operating smoothly. However, some animated character figures were not, and those malfunctioning figures were stuck in a certain position. Also, the dramatic fog effect, at the scene where ride vehicles fly into space, has been noticeably reduced.

My very in-depth ride review can be found here, which I have updated with new photos.

In the early afternoon, the ride had a wait-time of 20 minutes. Here are some photos showing how the outdoor queue switchbacks are used:

Spaghetti Space Chase - Outdoor queue system in and outs
From within the ride building, the queue breaks out of a store facade door (right) and forms parallel lines, before re-entering another door (left), connecting back indoors.

Spaghetti Space Chase - Outdoor queue system

Spaghetti Space Chase - Outdoor queue system 3

While this is not the most beautiful solution, but the most practical way for the queue to be extended and yet have most, if not all guest in the regular line to be completely sheltered (If the Universal Express line ever gets too long, will extend beyond the ride marquee and guests standing outdoors without shelter.)


Sesame Street Carnival at New York zone

Welcome to Sesame Street Carnival!

Sesame Street Carnival - at New York

New York zone was decked out with colourful pinwheels and buntings featuring iconic Sesame Street characters (or at least, parts of them!)

Giant Elmo Pinwheel

Buntings and Pinwheels for Sesame Street Carnival

My thoughts? The decorations are lovely, but they are placed way too high for children to appreciate. I understand that they couldn’t have the pinwheels lower (for safety reasons) but the buntings could be placed lower and still have enough clearance for Hollywood Dreams Parade over the weekend.

New York Library - Sesame Street overlay

New York Library - Sesame Street overlay close-up

How to spice up the classic and clean look of the New York Library? A jumbo Sesame Street sign.

On the street there are 3 carnival game stations and several of these Sesame Street Trivia stations:

Sesame Street Trivia Stations

Carnival Food stalls

It’s not a carnival without (unfortunately overpriced!) snacks.

Carnival Food stalls 2

Lots of snacks here for children (and well, the young-at-heart). The cheapest snack available are small cookies (variety of flavours) for $2.80 each.

Sesame Street Yoghurt Smoothie Packs
Smoothie Drink Packs – $6 each

Sesame Street Carnival - Elmo Rice Crisp Bars
Rice Crisp Bars – $10.80 per box

Now let’s take a look at the game stations.

Game stations are free to play but depending on the number of participants, you may need to wait. The games are also not available all day. Instead, they start at specific times, such as:

10:30am, 2:00pm, 5:00pm (for 1st March 2013)
*For game hours on 2nd and 3rd March 2013, please check the park time guide when at the park.

Also, I’m not sure if all games offer prizes for winners. Just have fun and don’t be so concerned about getting freebies!

Balance

Street Game 1 - Abby Cadabby's Balance / Twister

Street Game 1 - Abby Cadabby's Balance / Twister board

This is Twister (even the choice of colours are similar) with Sesame Street characters on the mat.

Street Game 1 - Abby Cadabby's Balance / Twister wheel

Street Game 1 - Abby Cadabby's Balance / Twister: in action

Street Game 1 - Abby Cadabby's Balance / Twister: winning a prize

The winner gets a Sesame Street character cushion. If you are very flexible and have a strong core (or actually a gymnast), by all means – try and win! The cushions are sold at the park at $29.90 each.

Toss The Cookies

Street Game 2 - Cookie Monster / Toss the Cookies

Street Game - Cookie Monster's Toss the Cookies: in action

Street Game - Cookie Monster's Toss the Cookies: in action 2

Similar to the usual ball/ring toss game in carnivals. Each player gets three cookies to toss.

Find The Pair

Street Game 3 - Elmo / Find the Pair

Street Game 3 - Elmo / Find the Pair board

This is basically a memory game where players flip letter blocks to find a matching pair of fruits.


And it’s a wrap for this extensive photo report of Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase’s opening ceremony and Sesame Street Carnival!

Head to my comprehensive ride review/info page for more information on Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase! If you have been on Spaghetti Space Chase, I would like to hear your own review of the ride – Please, feel free to post your comments in that entry.


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One Response to Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase – Grand Opening & Carnival at New York

  1. Luke March 2, 2013 at 1:03 am #

    That looks nice!
    Too bad that I could not be there for the grand opening.

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