Universal Studios Singapore – Park Update 09/2014

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - Mel's Dinettes dancing

Check out what’s new at Universal Studios Singapore: Puss in Boots attractions, Battlestar Galactica roller coaster, Halloween Horror Nights 4 and some other small changes around the park.

Battlestar Galactica (BSG) roller coaster – repair update

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - Battlestar Galactica 1

NEWSFLASH: Battlestar Galactica (BSG) is reopening!

In case you missed it: BSG will reopen at the end of 2014, according to Genting Group. I’ve no idea why the news fell under the radar.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - BSG Battlestar Galactica - painting the base of the loop

The blue track, Cylon, is well-known for its full vertical loop. Recently, the walls (and possibly) floor of the loop section has been painted green. This could possibly enhance the effect of the loop “going through the ground”. Previously this section has a mist pit, with white walls and flashing lights.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - BSG Battlestar Galactica - pristine blue track

With track replacements and paint overhaul, some sections of the rollercoaster tracks look very new and clean.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - BSG Battlestar Galactica - technicians at the launch track 2

Ride technicians were spotted along the launch bridge, along with some equipment.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - BSG Battlestar Galactica - technicians and equipment at the launch track 3

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - BSG Battlestar Galactica - equipment at the HUMAN lift hill

The test equipment on BSG Human is still there, attached to the track.

Puss in Boots’ Giant Journey – ride construction update

Over at Far Far Away, construction has been moving very quickly for the park’s new suspended roller coaster. How does the entire track look like now? Check this out:

Thanks to Luke for taking this photo!

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - Puss in Boot's Giant Journey - roller coaster track photos

The entire track is now complete. When viewed at some angles, we can see the dips and banking scattered around the ride.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - Puss in Boot's Giant Journey - roller coaster track photos showing drops

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - Puss in Boot's Giant Journey - roller coaster track photos showing block brakes

This attraction uses multiple block brakes – which is good news: It can have several ride vehicles moving around the track at any time.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - Puss in Boot's Giant Journey - scenic prop structure surrounding roller coaster lift hill track

With the track complete, works are ongoing to install the scenic elements. Here, the foundations are being put in place. The entire spiral lift hill will be surrounded by a rather iconic structure – it will be revealed in due time. 😉

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - Puss in Boot's Giant Journey - scenic prop structure surrounding roller coaster lift hill track 2

Puss in Boots – The Dance for the Magic Beans

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - Puss in Boot and Kitty Softpaws - The Dance for the Magic Beans 1

After a short soft opening, The Dance for the Magic Beans was officially launched on 6th September 2014. This mini stage show, at the new The Milk Bar in the park’s Far Far Away zone, features three characters: Puss in Boots, Kitty Softpaws and the Milk Bartender.

For some reason, the show is no longer called The Dance Off For The Magic Beans.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - The Dance for the Magic Beans Signboard

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - The Dance for the Magic Beans - Postshow Photography 2

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - The Dance for the Magic Beans Stage 2

The park carved out a stage by demolishing the old Versachery store display.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - The Dance for the Magic Beans Stage


What is The Dance for the Magic Beans all about? Read on:

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - Puss in Boots and Kitty Softpaws - The Dance for the Magic Beans show

The Milk Bartender, Alejandro, opens the bar in style.
(Do you recognise him from another attraction in the park? Post a comment if you do! 😉 )

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - Puss in Boots and Kitty Softpaws - The Dance for the Magic Beans show
“The beans will lead to the goose that lays the golden eggs… Oooooooooh”

He presents the magic beans to the audience, persuading them to act impressed.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - Puss in Boots and Kitty Softpaws - The Dance for the Magic Beans show

Kitty Softpaws struts in, followed by Puss in Boots.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - Puss in Boots and Kitty Softpaws - The Dance for the Magic Beans show

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - Puss in Boots and Kitty Softpaws - The Dance for the Magic Beans show

The competition for the beans quickly heats up…

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - Puss in Boots and Kitty Softpaws - The Dance for the Magic Beans show

And got a bit too hot.

Alejandro declares a draw – both contenders receive a bean each. Happy Dance Time!

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - Puss in Boots and Kitty Softpaws - The Dance for the Magic Beans show

The last segment features all three characters dancing to Lady Gaga’s Americano.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - Puss in Boots and Kitty Softpaws - The Dance for the Magic Beans show

Aww.

Catch the show, here!

Here’s a full video of The Dance For The Magic Beans, the new show at USS Far Far Away zone.

Mini Review: I found The Dance For The Magic Beans to be quite entertaining. The Milk Bartender did a good job getting the audience’s rapport. I must also commend the performers for being able to dance while wearing those character fur suits.

Generally, the show wasn’t too long, or too short. It’s somewhat cheesy, but not as kiddy as Sesame Street. One thing I felt the park needs to do: Ensure that the audience – both kids and adults can get good viewing spots (perhaps those in front may have to sit on the ground).

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - Puss in Boots and Kitty Softpaws - The Dance for the Magic Beans show

The Dance reused soundbites from the Puss in Boots film to voice Puss In Boots and Kitty Softpaws in USS. Yep – those spoken lines from the films – spliced together. It’s too expensive to get Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek to record new lines.

After the dance, the stage quickly became a Meet and Greet spot. The park crew also tried to lead guests into Donkey Live. Perhaps this small show could bring life to the quiet end of Far Far Away.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - The Dance for the Magic Beans - Postshow Photography

Stick around after the show (about 8 minutes long) for Meet and Greet with Puss in Boots and Kitty Softpaws! (And the Milk Bartender, if you’d like). The queue starts from the left of the stage, so you might want to stand closer to the left and be the first few in line.


Mini-Store of Evil: Minister of Evil’s Pop-Up Store

Fellow theme park enthusiast FF sent in these photos of the new Mini-Store of Evil.

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 4 - Mini Store of Evil 1

Hilarious name aside, this pop-up store is located at the Hollywood zone, in between the Universal Studios Store and Hollywood China Bistro.

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 4 - Mini Store of Evil 2

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 4 - Mini Store of Evil 3

Shop till you drop dead at the only store worthy of the Minister’s endorsement!

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 4 - Mini Store of Evil 4

Lots of items, from creepy home decor to simple themed costumes..

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 4 - Mini Store of Evil 5

The products on sale are similar to those at the Universal Studios Store for now. Of course, the shopping experience is more immersive here, with UV lighting and creepy items glowing in the dark. Would you bring some of these scary things home?


Farewell, MONSTER ROCK

Universal Studios Singapore - Final Performance of Monster Rock, A Live Rock Musical - at Pantages Hollywood Theatre

Monster Rock had their curtain call on 31st August 2014. The final show was eventful, with a very enthusiastic turnout. I’m sure those who attended would say that the energy was just phenomenal – the crowd really rocked Pantages Hollywood Theater.

I’ll have the photos up in separate tribute feature post. If you have any thoughts or messages you’d like to share about Monster Rock, do leave a comment so that I can compile them for that Tribute blogpost.


Photos around the park

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - Mel's Dinettes

31st August marked not only the last show of Monster Rock, but the last performances for some of the park’s cast members as well. It was also a tearful goodbye for the Dinettes and some of the show’s fans.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - Incredible turnout for The Cruisers

And this is some amazing crowd for the final The Cruisers performance for some cast members.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - Immense crowds for the Cruisers show at Mel's Stage

Have you ever seen Hollywood so packed?

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - Sesame Street WHEN I GROW UP at Pantages Hollywood Theater

The Marquee at Pantages Hollywood Theater was quickly updated with its new show.

Sesame Street – WHEN I GROW UP will be performed at the theatre from 20 September 2014.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - New Annual Pass - RWS Invites Attractions Pass

Two weeks ago, RWS revamped its Attraction Pass again.

Now, USS Annual Passes have RWS Invites membership scheme built-in. RWS Invites is mainly a Spend-for-Rebates card, with some other benefits. Current Annual Passholders can convert to the new RWS Invites Attractions Pass for free.

If the passholders already have a separate RWS Invites card, or Annual Passes to other RWS attractions, everything can now be combined into one card. Pretty convenient. However, it seems that the Annual Pass Lobby is being swamped with conversion and upgrade requests. Don’t be surprised to wait in line for a while.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - Switchback queue removed at Far Far Away's Enchanted Airways

This section of Far Far Away is oddly… empty. The queue switchbacks for Enchanted Airways have been removed.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - New Park Times Guide, without date printed

Mysteriously, the park had one of those Show Times guide with no date printed on them.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - Star Characters store's new marquee

The Star Characters store now has a fancy marquee. Looks great with the rest of the Hollywood building facades.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - Star Characters store's new marquee 2

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - Sunglass Hut cart

In all manners of strange: Sunglass Hut opened a branch in USS.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - Get your PRADAs at USS!

You can grab your PRADA shades here.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin at Hollywood

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update September 2014 - New Meet and Greet spot at Hollywood Boulevard's fountain

Marilyn seated in front of the Universal Studios fountain to meet park guests. Is this a new form of Meet and Greet?


BEFORE DARK series – Halloween Horror Nights 4 Updates

Halloween Horror Nights 4 - Before Dark - DEMONCRACY 4 / Lady Liberty falls

There’s no better place to see witness the park’s transformation for Halloween Horror Nights 4.

Yes, DEJIKI’s Halloween Horror Nights – Before Dark is back. Read Part One here first, then move on to Part two for more day-time horrors.

Halloween Horror Nights 4 Singapore - Before Dark 2 - Canyon of the Cursed 8

Next month’s park updates will undoubtedly focus on Universal Studios Singapore’s Halloween Horror Nights 4. Buckle up for the region’s biggest fright fest!

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25 Responses to Universal Studios Singapore – Park Update 09/2014

  1. J September 8, 2014 at 7:24 am #

    Well, regarding Monster Rock, I liked it because it featured a slightly different cast of characters as compared to other versions of the Universal Monsters Live shows. I like that they added She-Wolf and the Phantom of the Opera (who was actually a part of the original show at Universal Studios Hollywood).
    Universal Studios Florida’s show also has a Phantom and a Mummy now, if I’m not wrong, but they are Phantasia (sort of implied to be the Phantom of the Opera’s daughter) and Cleo(patra).
    I thought She-Wolf was a really unique addition to match with the Wolf Man, although I wasn’t too sure if she was inspired by She-Wolf of London or The Wolf Man. This is because in Monster Rock she appears on the screen in her “classic form”, but to my knowledge her transformed self is never seen in She-Wolf of London. Then again, there was another Tv series of the same name…
    I especially liked the audience interaction segment when the Monsters came down to mingle during the “Born This Way/ Walk This Way” number.

    Regarding The Dance For the Magic Beans, Kitty Softpaws looks awesome!

    I do have a question; are the Mel’s Dinettes really gone from the park, or is it just some of the cast members? Anything about the Daddy O’s or the Cruisers? The last few times I went to USS, the times guide printed something like The Daddy O’s/ The Cruisers, but I always saw the Cruisers.

    Also, who provided the dialogue for the Hollywood Dreams Parade? The Scorpion King’s monologue at certain points couldn’t have been Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, right? Besides, it sounds a bit different.

    • Dejiki September 8, 2014 at 9:12 am #

      Hi J,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Monster Rock and The Dance for the Magic Beans!

      Mel’s Dinettes and The Cruisers form the current line-up for Street Entertainment at Mel’s Stage (with some new cast members joining from September). The Daddy O’s has not appeared on the park’s schedule recently. It may be quietly retired.

      • Bill October 4, 2014 at 9:09 am #

        Speaking of being quietly retired, you might have noticed that the female alien stilt walkers, the Egyptian stilt walkers, the Fairy Godmother, Prince Charming, Rick and Evie O’Connell, Ardeth Bay, and possibly more characters have all been unceremoniously removed from the park. Some of them were very popular with guests too! Strangely, generic characters like Cleopatra and the dinosaur puppet guy remain. Woulda been nice if they gave us some warning so we could have said goodbye!

        • J November 22, 2014 at 9:54 pm #

          The Cleopatra character is, based on what I’ve been told over time, inspired by Anck Su Namun from the Mummy so she sorta is a movie character I guess.

    • Zezima September 8, 2014 at 9:18 am #

      I went for all 6 sessions for the new stage show during this weekend.

      A little bit disappointing heh! There is not much interaction from them, especially Kitty Softpaws – Just take some shots and exit. That’s it 🙁

      Well at least glad that woody and winnie woodpecker has made my day during this weekend! 😀
      Lots of interaction from them! Same goes to my Madagascar friends 😀

      • Dejiki September 8, 2014 at 9:24 am #

        Kitty Softpaws and Puss In Boots might be exhausted from that exciting dance off!

        • Zezima September 8, 2014 at 9:32 am #

          Yea! I guess that is what I thought! Well I guess I’ll just let that new stage show stabilize first!

          Well I just hope they will increase the meet and greet session time from 5 minutes to 10 minutes. 5 minutes is just too short in my opinion haha! Interacting with them is extremely difficult because of the extreme short time! 🙁

          From what I observed, the moment when the meet and greet session begins, 10 seconds later, they closed the queue line! WOW! 🙁

  2. Zezima September 8, 2014 at 8:45 am #

    Nice one! Great update here! 😀

    If BSG re-opening is confirmed, the park feels active again! – I will be standing down there watching the BSG riders screaming in fear while they are being tortured – Especially CYLON track where they will encounter 360 degrees turn heheheh!

    I have to admit this – No way I am going to ride BSG! I already have problems with Revenge of the Mummy haha!

    Looking forward to the next month’s update! Anyway nice to meet you haha! 😀

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    Zezima – Runescape Level 60 Roller Coaster Riding, Level 99 Mascot Interacting 😀

  3. J September 8, 2014 at 9:57 am #

    I actually wonder if I’ve seen The Milk Bartender as Dr Rodney (from the Lost World zone) and the Madagascar show host before… Not sure if it’s the same guy

    • Zezima September 8, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

      Having attended lots of Madagascar and Puss In Boots stage shows, Now you starting to make me suspect of what you have said lol! 😀

      If it is really same guy, hmmmm! 😀

      From the host of the Madagascar show: “I have a special announcement to make! If you have not gotten your photos, don’t worry! You can take the only one and the only special picture with……. Me! The host of the show! haha! I will come on down and make my own queue! Who wants to take a picture with me? Anyone?” 😀

      Yea that host of the Madgascar show is really a joker haha! 😀
      I believed he knows me quite well already!

  4. J September 8, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

    I like the idea of Marilyn sitting at meeting guests like that. I actually saw that in June, but subsequently she met standing as usual in Hollywood and New York, so maybe they were testing it out.

    I wonder if Betty Boop will get a similar treatment. I think it’d be good if they got some colored umbrellas to match their dresses like at the other Universal Parks. This would also help them deal with the humid weather.

  5. Jacinta September 8, 2014 at 4:43 pm #

    Can’t wait for BSG to re-open!! The park has been too quiet without the sounds of frantic screaming! 😉

    • Dejiki September 8, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

      Exactly! I miss the sound of the launch track too 😉

  6. Zezima September 8, 2014 at 5:42 pm #

    And the very loud screams from the BSG riders! 😀

    Heh Heh Heh! 😀

  7. Zezima September 8, 2014 at 10:56 pm #

    About the showtimes guide with no date printed on them:

    Check the visitor schedule here:

    http://www.rwsentosa.com/language/en-US/Homepage/Attractions/UniversalStudiosSingapore/tab/VisitorInfo

    If you noticed, majority of the operating hours is 10 AM to 7 PM. Having attended same stage shows many days, many times, the showtimes schedule is always the same for that majority of that operating hours.

    So I suspected they are re-using the showtimes guide for the operating hours of 10 AM to 7 PM.

    • Dejiki September 13, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

      That is very likely. Thanks for bringing that up!

  8. Cherry September 9, 2014 at 12:57 am #

    Great update! Have been checking out the Halloween Horror Night before dark and it really look awesome & exciting ! Can’t wait for the next update !
    About the Monster Rock,
    I have been catching their show ever since i step into USS. It was so good that i kept coming back to watch it again. It’s really sad to not see them often, i really got to get used to it. Their performance really do have a lot of fans screaming for them and sometimes i do too. Love their music mash up .

  9. Steffi September 9, 2014 at 8:00 am #

    Pantages Hollywood Theatre was my home attraction as a crew in USS and I was there even since USS was opened to the public. From 01 March 2010 to 31 August 2014, 4.5 years of tearful memories will stay with me for life. It is the place which gave me some of my lifelong friends. We would have watched more than a 1000 times of the show, seen many casts come and go, made friends with some and seen the attraction change. Goodbyes are never easy but such memories will be an important part of all our lives. Thank you the 7 Universal Classic Monsters!

  10. KL September 9, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    Thanks for this wonderful update. I am especially excited about the confirmation of BSG reopening.

    Not that I doubt your source, but I have been checking for other new sites which have reported this Genting announcement but to no avail! Can you point me to the source?

    • Dejiki September 13, 2014 at 9:25 pm #

      Hi KL,

      Lianhe Zaobao first published the news from Genting Group.

  11. Eliel September 10, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

    Hi, how does the express pass work? I will be bringing 8 primary school kids so can I just place the printed pass on a lanyard for each of them? Will they be scanned before each ride?

    • Dejiki September 13, 2014 at 9:24 pm #

      Eliel,

      Express Pass is checked at the entrance of an attraction, and at the end of the attraction’s queue (before going on a ride or before seating at a show).

      Park crew will either scan or make a mark on the passes. Since you are going with 8 children, I would suggest safekeeping the passes for them.

  12. Clark September 18, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

    Hi there!

    I just have a question on when will the next update for the USS or How often do you go to USS to check on the new rides, to be specific the BSG? Hehe.

    We will be visiting Singapore by the end of October and hopefully those rides you mentioned above will be open by then. So yes, any news? 😀

    No pressure though. Lol. 🙂

  13. J November 22, 2014 at 9:07 pm #

    Hi Dejiki, the song for the Puss in Boots show by Lady Gaga is Americano, not Alejandro. Realized that recently. Also,I caught the parade today and there were definitely some changes. Good changes? I thought they were ok but the parade feels too short! Dracula and Bride have been replaced by Elmo and friends, and the Nile Princess is now on the float with Imhotep. I didn’t see Woody and Beetlejuice in the parade today. I wonder if that’s just a one-off thing, or if they are no longer in the parade.

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