Universal Studios Singapore – Park Update 11/2014

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update November 2014 - Battlestar Galactica BSG roller coaster - redesigned ride vehicles

The blue beast is back! Read about the return of Universal Studios Singapore’s Battlestar Galactica (BSG): HUMAN vs CYLON and the park’s new seasonal events in this month’s park update!

Battlestar Galactica (BSG) roller coaster update

Battlestar Galactica – Faster and Lighter. The world’s tallest dueling roller coasters are on track to reopening soon.

Day-time testing of the CYLON (blue) roller coaster has commenced a few days ago. Yes, a new CYLON RAIDER has soared in the air. Alone.

Note: The attraction is not available for guests; this ride is not open yet. Day-time test cycles are part of preparations necessary to reopen the ride, which will happen at a later date.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update November 2014 - Battlestar Galactica BSG roller coaster - test launch

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update November 2014 - Battlestar Galactica BSG roller coaster - redesigned ride vehicles in action

As I mentioned in past updates, the ride vehicles are modified. However, it’s not a simple modification – it’s more like an overhaul. Thus, we should be refer it as The New 2014 Cylon Raider. Sounds like it’s a new car launch.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update November 2014 - Battlestar Galactica BSG roller coaster - redesigned ride vehicles, showing new seat configuration

The trains are now in a 2×8 configuration. This means that guests can no longer sit in the middle and be “protected” by others as their world is turned upside down. Everyone has that friend who must sit in the middle. You know who I’m talking about. Yes, you. 😉

With this change, it may also mean that taller guests can take any seat now, as the previously “height restricted seats” are no longer available.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update November 2014 - Battlestar Galactica BSG roller coaster - redesigned ride vehicles, showing reinforced elements 2

Like I said, it’s just BSG:CYLON making its rounds in the air for now. BSG:HUMAN’s Viper will be joining the aerial battle shortly.

The trains look like the new Vekoma SLC trains, except that they seem… more reinforced. The structural core looks more bulky, with thick frames holding up everything. The ride posts are also much thicker and no longer cylindrical, and both seats are further reinforced with that extra bar at the bottom.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update November 2014 - Battlestar Galactica BSG roller coaster - redesigned ride vehicles, showing reinforced elements 3

With half of the original capacity, the trains are lighter than the previous iteration. I have also been informed that BSG:HUMAN will now be capable of achieving a higher top speed of 110km/h (from 90km/h in the last iteration). It is unclear if the red train will always operate at the higher speed, and also if BSG:CYLON will get a speed boost.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update November 2014 - Battlestar Galactica BSG roller coaster - CYLON undergoing technical tests animation 1

Look at it go! According to fellow theme park enthusiasts, the train does sound quieter and it looks smoother. We’ll only find out once the ride reopens. Either way, you can still hear the signature Battlestar Galactica Launch Track™ and Battlestar Galactica Roar™ sound effects across the park’s lake.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update November 2014 - Battlestar Galactica BSG roller coaster - CYLON undergoing technical tests animation 2

As the world’s only website that has documented the entire affair of Battlestar Galactica’s closure and reopening (all the way from July 2013) I am glad to say that it’s finally time. BSG is coming back. And oh, I should host a BSG homecoming party. Actually, the park should totally organise one!

◂ Video: Battlestar Galactica CYLON – New ride trains ▸

THE NEW 2014 CYLON RAIDER. At many angles.


Puss in Boots’ Giant Journey – construction update

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update November 2014 - Puss in Boots' Giant Journey new attraction rollercoaster news

It’s never quiet at Puss in Boots’ Giant Journey. If you’ve attended HHN4 and queued for The L.A.B, you’d definitely notice that the workers are pulling all-nighters.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update November 2014 - Puss in Boots' Giant Journey new attraction logo

Recently updated at the “teaser” carriage: A new poster showing the ride’s official art.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update November 2014 - Puss in Boots' Giant Journey rollercoaster construction update 1

The tower has more elements added onto it, but it has not been topped off yet.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update November 2014 - Puss in Boots' Giant Journey rollercoaster construction update - the vines

Bits of the giant beanstalk wrapping around the tower.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update November 2014 - Puss in Boots' Giant Journey rollercoaster construction update - golden goose carving

The Giant Journey is of course, related to a certain character from the Puss in Boots film. The goose.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update November 2014 - Puss in Boots' Giant Journey rollercoaster construction update - sheltered walkway

To the right of the tower: Some generic-ish sheltered walkway. Pity it doesn’t blend in with the rest of the ride. Maybe it will be themed later on.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update November 2014 - Puss in Boots' Giant Journey rollercoaster construction update - fallen tower with giant vine

What will this giant journey be like? For now we know that we will fly past some fallen towers..

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update November 2014 - Puss in Boots' Giant Journey rollercoaster construction update - shattered stained glass

And possibly bash through some stained glass windows. Exciting.


Halloween Horror Nights 4 – Thank you!

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 4 - Minister of Evil levitating

This year’s Halloween Edition, which is almost everything published in October, was the most intense exercise of blogging yet. It was crazy to produce twenty features that covered HHN4 in its entirety, with new posts coming out every other day. On top of that I’m no longer a student (ah, all that free time and freedom – gone!). Anyway, I am proud to have managed this behemoth of features and I’m deeply flattered by all the appreciative comments sent in from readers. And it was awesome to finally meet some people from the team that made the event possible! 😀

HHN4 is much more complicated to shoot than the past years, given that there is more ground to cover and the event is clearly getting more popular. It was very difficult to do everything alone but it feels like a major accomplishment to work on a big project like this. I look forward to covering HHN5 next year!

Some scare actors have contacted me to get some large-size photos for personal use. If you’d like to request for a photo, kindly leave a comment or write in to me.


USS Christmas 2014 – Snowy Christmas at Santa’s Land

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Last year’s Christmas decoration at New York zone

This year’s festive programme is collectively known as Santa’s Land. It will run from 1st December 2014 till 4 January 2015. Here is a summary of what’s going to happen:

Extended Park Hours: 10AM ~ 9PM

For the entire event period, the park will extend its opening hours till 9pm. Apart from having more time to go on rides at night, there will be special performances and show. Scroll down and read more about it.

Snowfall at Hollywood, New York and Sci-Fi City

Snowfall is no longer confined to New York Street. This year, snow will fall at the park’s three sheltered zones, every hour during the event period.

A seasonal line-up of shows, including some all-new performances

A new show, Santa’s Toy Soldiers, will be presented at the New York Public Library. During the event period, Sesame Street Saves Christmas will take over Sesame Street – When I Grow Up at the Pantages Hollywood Theater.

The Dancing Christmas Light Show will also return to the New York Public Library, along with a new video-mapping show, Winter Tales, which will be shown at the same location.

On select Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, the Christmas Fireworks Spectacular will end the night with magical bursts of light. This is apparently an all-new pyrotechnic show (new music, new sequences!).


USS Countdown 2014-2015: Dance in the Park! A Neon Countdown to 2015

Note: This event was originally known as “Glow in the Park! A Neon Countdown” until it was renamed in late November 2014.

This year’s USS countdown event will have a glow-in-the-dark theme, which has not been done at the park before. Will it be like Illumi Run, minus the run? Who knows, but it definitely sounds interesting to have the entire park doused in LEDs and UV lights.

The night will be filled with light shows, neon acts (?) and uniquely costumed park characters. A tribute act, Black Eyed Tease, and DJ toMU will be there to make the party happenin’.

For the countdown, park hours will be extended to 1:00AM on 31 December 2014. Guests who are visiting the park in the day can stay on till the park closes. The park will also offer After 5PM Event Tickets at $68 each. (Early Bird: $58 if you buy before 1 December 2014).


Photos around the park – Festive mood (aka HHN4 withdrawal) edition

Let’s take a look at what else has changed at the park so far:

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update November 2014 - USS Christmas Event Construction 1 - Christmas at Santa's Land

With the departure of The Minister of Evil, a harmless looking stage has replaced the Minister’s grandstand.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update November 2014 - USS Christmas Event Construction 1 - New York 1

The new Christmas tree is up at New York.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update November 2014 - USS 2014 New Christmas Tree

It’s no ordinary tree this year, as it is constructed out of Sesame Street plush toys.

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Definitely a good use of the Oscar plush toys. There must’ve been a project runway moment.

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It’s a bit strange to have the toys dangle about like this around the sign, though.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update November 2014 - USS Christmas Event - Minion Santa hat

The Giant Minion is now wearing a Santa Hat. During Halloween, it was holding a Pumpkin. What will be next?

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update November 2014 - USS Christmas Event - Minion Christmas Tree

A Christmas Tree o’ Minions…

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update November 2014 - USS Christmas Event - Seasonal Store Display - Far Far Away

There are seasonal store windows around the park now.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update November 2014 - USS Christmas Event - Seasonal Store Display - Hollywood Main Store

The one at the Universal Studios Store (Hollywood Zone) is definitely the most outstanding. Snow perpetually falls at this display!

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There’s more to Christmas than Gingerbread Houses and Gingy, but for now, that’s the main focus of this display.

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Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update November 2014 - USS Christmas Event - Seasonal Store - Inside Hollywood Main Store 1

Inside the store, you can find more festive items.

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Such as decorations (Sesame Street-themed ones, and generic sorts)

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update November 2014 - USS Christmas Event - Seasonal Store - Inside Hollywood Main Store 3

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update November 2014 - USS Christmas Event - Seasonal Store - Inside Hollywood Main Store 4 / Minion Stocking Holder

But I guess most people would rather get these Minion items.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update November 2014 - USS Christmas Event - Seasonal Store - Inside Hollywood Main Store 5 / Christmas Minion Giant Stocking

This Minion Christmas Stocking ($34.90) perhaps?


Check back next month for more photos and coverage on Battlestar Galactica and Santa’s Land at Universal Studios Singapore!

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19 Responses to Universal Studios Singapore – Park Update 11/2014

  1. Luke November 8, 2014 at 10:12 pm #

    WOW! There is a lot going on!
    I am going to check it out tomorrow myself!

  2. Jeremiah November 8, 2014 at 10:39 pm #

    Heyo, I always look your updates. As usual, great update with great photographs! 🙂
    Btw, just for your reader’s info, they have increased the Annual Pass and Season Pass prices as of 1st Nov 14. Would be an additional info to add for your viewers.

  3. Lexie November 9, 2014 at 1:21 am #

    The park looks better with all those christmas decors. I can’t wait to check out those new Despicable Me merchandise and I am still hoping that they construct a Minion ride in the near future. Do you know when is the exact date the Puss in Boots ride will open. I am coming to Universal Studios Singapore this december and I hope the Battle Star Galactica ride and Puss in Boots ride in now in operation.

  4. J November 9, 2014 at 9:44 am #

    I went yesterday! I was so glad to see the christmas decoations up, although not totally ready yet I guess. I also saw the blue crystals at the Battlestar area. Frankly, I’ve never seen them before despite going to the park numerous times! I like the idea of the Gingy decorations and I can only hope he will be doing meet and greets this season!

    Will you be doing an update on the Hollywood Dreams Parade when it returns on the 15th? I’ll be away so I can only catch it later on! I miss the parade and while I’m not sure if any great updates are coming, I sure look forward to seeing it!

  5. Timothy Law November 9, 2014 at 11:48 am #

    Any idea if the countdown party is free for season or annual pass holders?

    • Dejiki November 9, 2014 at 9:36 pm #

      Hi Timothy,

      Yes, the Countdown Party is open to all USS Season and Annual Passholders. I would advise arriving at the park earlier in the afternoon (around 4:30pm) to avoid possible long queues at the park gates! 🙂

  6. CY November 9, 2014 at 8:18 pm #

    As much as I am delighted to see the progress BSG has made, I’m a little concerned with issues regarding ride capacity. Now that each train’s ridership is reduced to half, isn’t there the potential of queuing times to double? The waiting times previously were already horrendous enough, I can’t imagine having to wait even longer just to be able to ride on them once.

    • Timothy November 30, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

      Its so sad that with the battlestar galatica reopening news… now the mummy ride is down…
      dejiki please do report about this in ur next post.. really concerned about the mummy ride

      • Dejiki November 30, 2014 at 8:59 pm #

        Hi Timothy, Revenge of the Mummy has reopened on 29 November 2014.

  7. EZT November 9, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

    “HHN4” withdrawal XD

    It was fun reading your updates during the crazy month!! Thank you for all your work and congratz[?.] on no longer being a student hahah

    Cheers!~ ^^ \m/

  8. Doreen November 11, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    Every time I need a confirmation (semi or full) I will look for your website.
    I cannot wait for the BSG to reopen!
    Thanks!

  9. Bernadine November 17, 2014 at 2:20 am #

    Your website is the best thing ever, since USS. It is the premier news source for all my USS obsession. And I am getting all giggly about the reopening of BSG. I am holding off renewing my USS season pass till the ride opens so that I can get all my money worth. 110km/h. Swoon…

    Thank you for the updates. I don’t know how we would manage without this site.

  10. Marcus November 29, 2014 at 8:36 pm #

    The RWS website annouced that Mummy ride is currently unavailable. Anyone knows why and for how long?

    • Dejiki November 30, 2014 at 9:00 pm #

      Hi Marcus, Revenge of the Mummy has reopened on 29 November 2014. The temporary closure was due to technical difficulties with the ride system, which has been fixed.

  11. June December 1, 2014 at 9:47 am #

    Hi dejiki! have been following your blog faithfully for Battlestar’s return! XD

    when you say early 2015…do you suppose it will be opened in January? I want to go there with my friend on his birthday so I’m crossing my fingers that it will be opened in January!!! XD

  12. Jasmine December 6, 2014 at 5:30 am #

    Was at rws recently and I saw a poster of the countdown and it says “Dance in the park” instead of “Glow”. They changed it?

    • Dejiki December 13, 2014 at 9:04 am #

      Yes, the event was renamed a few weeks ago. It’s still the same programme but with a new look for the posters.

  13. crystal December 11, 2014 at 9:49 pm #

    Hi, Dejiki

    Do i still to pay for santaland if I have the season pass? U mentioned it’s free for the countdown party, but how bout the christmas one?

    • Dejiki December 13, 2014 at 9:03 am #

      Crystal,

      Santa’s Land is included as part of the park’s normal operations during this season. Season Passholders can all enjoy this event.

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