Universal Studios Singapore – Update 03/2013

Hollywood Dreams Parade - Jurassic Park

A lot of people have asked what happened to the March USS park update. The reason there wasn’t one? I had no time to visit the resort for the past few weeks and there was a lot of coverage over Sesame Street in early March.

But anyway, since there were requests, I’ve decided to compile some small changes that happened in the past few weeks, such as the new Annual Passes. Yes, they made some changes again.


Sesame Street at Universal Studios Singapore – Recap

Let’s review the new Sesame Street attraction and events at Universal Studios Singapore!

Why not start with an in-depth tour of Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase?

[On-Ride Photo] Spaghetti Space Chase - Super Grover Close Up

Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase, the park’s new family attraction, launched on 1st March 2013. There was some major fanfare during its grand opening, including a three-day carnival.

Spaghetti Space Chase - Opening Dance Show

Lastly, check out photos from the Sesame Street Character Breakfast experience.

Sesame Street Character Breakfast at Universal Studios Singapore - Edible characters


Revamp of Annual Passes… yet again

With the soft launch of RWS Attractions Pass, the Annual Pass cards for Universal Studios Singapore have changed again. RWS Attractions Pass consolidates Annual Passes for Resorts World Sentosa’s parks: Universal Studios Singapore, Adventure Cove Waterpark and S.E.A. Aquarium.

UPDATE (20/4/2013)

At the moment, the Annual Pass for S.E.A. Aquarium (in any format, including as an option of RWS Attraction Pass) is not available.

For Annual Passholders who are only interested in Universal Studios Singapore, this is just a drastic design change. There are no changes to park benefits since last November.

RWS Attraction Pass

At first I thought this “Attractions Pass” is only for guests who choose to buy a multi-park annual pass, but it has been confirmed that the resort will only issue one card design for any combination of Annual Passes, including single-park Annual Passes. The iconic Universal Globe Annual Passes are hence discontinued. I think the multi-park programme makes perfect sense for people who love revisiting parks at RWS, but I am not feeling this card design.

It just looks so… undesirable compared to the card designs for 2011, and the artwork has already been used for other promotions (RWS Grand Opening I believe). Surely the marketing team could’ve thought of something better, or engaged me for design services (haha). I guess this design change will help to sell themed lanyard card cases from the parks – you know, the cool ones Transformers Supply Vault, or those cute Sesame Street designs – to give USS Annual Passholders some identity.

Also, the iconic Yellow+Royal Blue lanyard exclusive to Annual Passholders have been replaced with a wide black lanyard (Thanks Joel L. for the tip!)


Just a fun fact moment: There have been 4 types of Annual Pass cards so far:

1. Fun Pass and Superstar Pass
An illustration featuring Dolphins, Roller coaster tracks, Hotel Michael and Crane Dance.
Fun Pass has the illustration fully coloured, while Superstar Pass has the illustration in greyscale, with a red stripe at the bottom. The Superstar Pass also has a soft glittery finish.

2. Fun Pass, Action Pass and Superstar Pass (2011)
Universal Studios Singapore logo with three different backgrounds: Blue, Silver and Gold.
The name of each Annual Pass is printed with matching metallic foil at the front.
All three cards’ front sides have a shimmery finish to match the starry background.

3. Annual Pass (Late 2012 Revamp)
Similar to #2, but only one card design with a dark blue background. The front reads “Annual Pass”, and the reverse side now incorporates a full-colour photograph of the Annual Passholder, as well as the membership expiry date and Universal Express access logo (if add-on is purchased).

4. RWS Attractions Pass (2013)
Montage of the three major attractions in Resorts World Sentosa: Universal Studios Singapore, Adventure Cove Waterpark and S.E.A. Aquarium. Single card design for any combination of attractions.


On the bright side, the RWS Attractions Pass offers savings up to 15% as compared to buying separate annual passes. For an adult, the price for Universal Studios Singapore and one attraction of Marine Life Park (Adventure Cove Waterpark OR S.E.A. Aquarium) is $240. For access to all three parks, it will be $320.

UPDATE (20/4/2013)

Here are the rates for RWS Attractions Pass:

Two Park Annual Pass (Universal Studios Singapore + Adventure Cove Waterpark
Adult (Age: 13 – 59) – $248
Child (Age: 2 – 12) and Senior (Age: 60 and above) – $194

RWS Attractions Pass is also available as a Single Park option for either Universal Studios Singapore or Adventure Cove Waterpark. Refer to this guide for latest information on USS annual passes.

The Annual Pass for S.E.A. Aquarium (in any format) is no longer offered.


Coming Soon: Press-A-Penny Guide

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More Press-A-Penny machines have turned up at the Resort, which means that it’s about time for the Press-A-Penny guide. There are now 5 unique machines in Universal Studios Singapore (2 more at Marine Life Park). Stay tuned for a guide to all the machines as well as pressed coins souvenir!

That’s all for now! I hope that there’ll be some exciting changes in the parks for me to write about.


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  2. Timothy law April 3, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    Dejiki can I check if I already bought the USS annual pass is there any way to upgrade to a two attractions annual pass? Even withy he USS express?

    • Dejiki April 8, 2013 at 9:13 am #

      Hi Timothy,

      I don’t have confirmed info about upgrades as of now. Renewal wise, existing USS Annual Passholders cannot renew to a Multi-Park pass, they have to buy a new Attractions Pass. Annual Pass with Express is available for any combination of RWS Attractions Pass with USS as one of the parks: it’s a $100 top-up.

      More info will be available when the programme is officially launched.

  3. suhaimi April 12, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

    hello 8D

    Apart from sesame street , do you know of any new upcoming rides or attractions?

    • Dejiki April 13, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

      Hi Suhaimi,

      The park is developing a new attraction which is expected to be ready in 2015.

  4. Goh April 13, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

    Hey Dejiki,

    I was just wondering if you have any information on the SEA Aquarium Annual Passes?
    Just asking since you seem so knowledgeable about RWS.

    Thanks!

    • Dejiki April 13, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

      Hi there,

      SEA Aquarium Annual Pass is no longer offered on its own. You will be able to get unlimited annual access to the Aquarium with the RWS Attractions Pass (Multi-Park; bundled with another RWS park).

      • Goh April 13, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

        Hey Dejiki,

        That’s one fast reply! :D
        Could you perhaps link me to the RWS Page for the Pass?
        Tried searching for it just now, but failed.

        Thanks!

        • Dejiki April 13, 2013 at 11:01 pm #

          There is no page available as the RWS Attractions Pass programme is not officially launched yet.

          Do call RWS or visit the resort’s parks for more information. You may also sign up for the Pass at the resort.

          • Goh April 14, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

            Hey Dejiki,
            I recently emailed RWS and this is their response:
            “Dear …. Kindly be informed that SEA Aquarium Annual Pass as well as the bundled Annual Pass including SEA Aquarium was already sold out.”
            I’m not too sure what they mean by this.
            Is this for the previous annual pass scheme, or is this applicable to the new scheme as well?

            Thanks!

            • Dejiki April 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

              Very sorry for the late reply, but I’ve confirmed with the park about the RWS Attractions Pass. At the moment, it is not possible to purchase a Multi or Single Park Pass for S.E.A. Aquarium.

              It appears that they have oversold passes to the Aquarium (both day and annual passes) and the entire facility is unable to cope with tremendous influx of guests.

  5. Lim Yimei
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    April 14, 2013 at 1:30 am #

    Can’t wait for the penny press post

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