Universal Studios Singapore – Park Update 12/2014

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Battlestar Galactica BSG HUMAN red roller coaster test cycles 7 / new seat arrangement

HOT: The Battlestar Galactica dueling roller coasters attraction is confirmed to reopen in early 2015 – and we’ve got new photos and videos of the new ride trains in action! Also, see the park’s gradual transformation into this year’s festive wonderland – Santa’s Land!

Battlestar Galactica (BSG) roller coaster update

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Battlestar Galactica BSG roller coaster status

This place is becoming quite noisy… and happenin’

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Battlestar Galactica BSG HUMAN red roller coaster test cycles 1

After a few weeks of exclusive flight time, the new Viper (red) will share airspace with the Cylon Raider (blue). Currently, both roller coasters are still undergoing test cycles. Sometimes alternating, sometimes together.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Battlestar Galactica BSG HUMAN red roller coaster test cycles 4 / new seat arrangement

Redesigned to be lighter for a smoother ride experience, the 2014 Viper has the similar 2×8 seating configuration. It still keeps its “wings” at every row (a practical choice, because of the ride’s loading platform..)

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Battlestar Galactica BSG HUMAN red roller coaster test cycles 3 / new ride vehicle

Now, Watch this video, because… the Viper is not working its rounds in the skies alone.

◂ Video: Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs CYLON

DUELING ROLLER COASTERS. BACK IN ACTION.

Note: Both rollercoasters are undergoing test cycles and this video is not representative of the final speed and dueling synchronization.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Battlestar Galactica BSG HUMAN red roller coaster test cycles animation 2

From my observation, both trains are still synchronized the same way as before, with this section (the vertical loop) as a particular benchmark. This means that the sections where both trains “cross” and “chase” still happen as originally designed.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Battlestar Galactica BSG HUMAN red roller coaster test cycles animation 3

The new ride vehicles are noticeably quieter, particularly for these high g-force sections of BSG:HUMAN. The older trains used to shake, rattle and roll at these tight curves.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Battlestar Galactica BSG HUMAN red roller coaster test cycles animation 1

So rejoice – the revamped ride experience will be less bumpy and rickety!

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Battlestar Galactica BSG HUMAN red roller coaster test cycles 2 / new ride vehicle

Just like its blue brother, the updated ride vehicle is built like a tank. So many reinforced parts!

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Battlestar Galactica BSG HUMAN red roller coaster test cycles 5 / new seat arrangement

The new seating arrangement gives BSG:HUMAN a rather unique look. Each row now has “wings”, with two turbines too.

If only we could get back the original lap-bar restraints back…


Puss in Boots’ Giant Journey – construction update

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Puss in Boot's Giant Journey 2 / Golden Eggs

While there’s so much buzz over Battlestar Galactica‘s long-awaited reopening, the new ride over at Far Far Away is pulling all stops. A complete ride vehicle has already been installed on the tracks, while more decorative elements, such as these golden eggs here, were also spotted.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Puss in Boot's Giant Journey 3 / Eggs on castle walls

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Puss in Boot's Giant Journey 4 / Tracks and Mother Goose

The giant goose is here too.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Puss in Boot's Giant Journey 5 / Mother Goose and Baby

She’ll reappear a few times throughout the ride – one with the yellow gosling.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Puss in Boot's Giant Journey 6 / Mother Goose and Baby 2

Yep, that’s right.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Puss in Boot's Giant Journey 1


Photos around the park

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Revenge of the Mummy reopened

Quite a number of people sent this in: Revenge of the Mummy was unexpectedly closed for a few days last week. Please do not be alarmed. It wasn’t a major (BSG-level) sort of problem. The ride has reopened from 29 November 2014 onwards and is all good and steady now. Unfortunately this attraction is still experiencing technical difficulties. The ride is currently unavailable.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - New or recycled Times Guide

In an effort to recycle or cut costs, the park has these trimed Times Guide. It’s still functional, but is an odd touch for a world-class theme park. Which days were these all taken from and reused? I wonder.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Betty Boop and Park Guest


USS Christmas 2014 – Snowy Christmas at Santa’s Land

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Christmas at Santa's Land 2 / New Entrance Decor at Park Gates

Snowy Christmas at Santa’s Land is the park’s big event for the season, which starts from now till 4 January 2015. I might be covering the event in its entirety. It’s now up to the park to make it worthwhile!

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Christmas at Santa's Land / Winnie Woodpecker

The park entrance now leads to Santa’s Land, graced by the Woodpeckers.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Christmas at Santa's Land / Woody Woodpecker

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Christmas at Santa's Land / Store window with Sesame Street items

Windows at each side, filled with Sesame Street goods. It’s interesting to see merchandise being used as park decorations – that sparks speculation on how, and why that decision was made. hmm.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Hollywood Festive decorations

This year’s decorations look much better than 2013’s “hanging printouts with lights”. Although the “trains” are flat, at least this year there are garlands and wreaths that are lit at night.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Christmas at Santa's Land 2 / Christmas at Santa's Land - Toy Soldiers and Presents

The little display the end of Hollywood is now complete with presents and toy soldiers.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Christmas at Santa's Land 2 / Christmas at Santa's Land - Toy Soldiers and Presents 2

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Christmas at Santa's Land 1 / Santa's Kitchen

Santa’s Kitchen, a seasonal dining experience, will be housed in Stage 28.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Christmas Wreath at Far Far Away

Giant wreaths can be found all over the park (Crazy storm incoming! when this photo was taken.)

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Snow at Shrek's Stump

Shrek’s stump had some sprucing up this holiday season.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Christmas at Santa's Land / Sci-Fi Gear Wreath

The most unique wreath at the park can be found at Sci-Fi City.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Christmas at Santa's Land / New York lights

New York is the key zone for Santa’s Land. Most of the shows take place here.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Christmas at Santa's Land / Stage completed

The stage will be home to three performances – two multimedia shows and the Santa’s Toy Soldiers.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Christmas at Santa's Land / Confetti Cannon

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Christmas at Santa's Land / New York at Night

It’ll be magical at night, with snowfall – sometimes blizzard – happening every hour or so.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Christmas at Santa's Land / Madagascar at Night

Madagascar and Far Far Away also received some festive decorations, in the form of smaller wreaths and lights scattered everywhere. It looks nicer in person, really.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Christmas at Santa's Land / Madagascar at Night 3

The extra lights make these zones more welcoming than usual.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Christmas at Santa's Land / Madagascar at Night 4

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Christmas at Santa's Land / Far Far Away at night

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Christmas at Santa's Land / Far Far Away at night 2

Far Far Away – colourful lights on trees. It’ll be nice when they finish putting them up everywhere.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Christmas at Santa's Land / Far Far Away at night 3

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Christmas at Santa's Land / Hollywood at night 2

I’ll probably post some updates and short features on the Snowy Christmas at Santa’s Land event throughout December. Remember to bookmark and revisit Dejiki.com throughout the festive season! 🙂

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update December 2014 - Christmas at Santa's Land / Universal Studios Arch at night

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11 Responses to Universal Studios Singapore – Park Update 12/2014

  1. Rolandi December 1, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

    is it just my feelings or what, seems that HUMAN is kinda slow compared to CYLON..

  2. Zezima December 1, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    “In an effort to recycle or cut costs, the park has these trimed Times Guide.” – I don’t think this is the reason for recycle or cut cost. Here is the reason why I think it this way. 🙂

    On both saturday and sunday that week (30 and 31 Nov), there are 3 sets of “Madagascar Boogie” and “The Dance of the Magic Beans” street entertainment.

    The next following day, these two street entertainment sessions will increase to 4 or 5 sets per day as the following day (01 Dec) is the start of the Christmas season.

    My guess is that they might have made a mistake printing out the date of the times guide. Thus, they trimmed off these Times Guide, hiding the today’s date.

    I also noticed that the trimmed Times Guide edge (on top) are pretty uneven. Seems like it has been manually trimmed by hand (using scissors) before they placed it on the studio guide racks.

    Well, just my thinking though! Anyway, I think I saw you there on Saturday while taking a break at Hollywood zone! (Yea! That’s me with the iconic jungle hat – The street entertainment player!) 😀

  3. jack December 2, 2014 at 9:42 am #

    when will puss in boots open and will the revenge of the mummy be open for saturday as i am going that day what they doing to the mummy are they modifying it or fixing it please reply dejki

    • Jeremiah December 5, 2014 at 12:53 am #

      Just went on Dec 4th.
      Mummy ride is back in action! 🙂
      Snowy Christmas event is lovely! I am really glad that the park opened till 9pm.

      PS: For those planning to stay late, do check out the park’s timing first before going. In addition, check out if the Lake show/fireworks is available or not. 🙂

  4. Fel December 2, 2014 at 5:37 pm #

    Hi! This will be my first time to USS (i know, its been open for how long already?!) and i would love to visit during the Christmas celebrations! My main motive will be to catch the christmas shows rather than the rides since there will most likely be massive crowds.

    I’m planning to go on a Sunday, read and heard from many that Sunday crowds are usually more manageable than Saturdays. Is that true? Would appreciate your insight on this since you’ve visited the park many times.

    Thanks and love your regular park updates! Do update more in Dec about the shows and crowds! 😀

    • Dejiki December 13, 2014 at 9:05 am #

      Usually Sunday will be less crowded as the next day is a working day. However, this is the school holiday season so do expect some crowds even on Sundays.

  5. J December 3, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    Hi Dejiki,

    I visited USS for the Santa Land event yesterday and I must say it was quite pleasant, definitely better than what was done last year.

    For one, I liked that Santa was offering meet and greets every hour, and I think that the inclusion of his helpers, Elf and Candy Cane (meeting after 5pm) was not a bad touch either. I also met the Toy Soldiers in the New York zone (Library Stage). I just wish there were more of such holiday-themed characters, including Gingerbread Men, etc.

    The snowfall was a good touch too.

    However, the park could, perhaps, have a mini-Christmas parade like the one at Universal Studios Japan.

    • Zezima December 15, 2014 at 9:02 am #

      Elf and Candy Cane – That big elf is pretty naughty! 😀

      Nevertheless, they are great characters to interact and take pictures with! 😀

      Looking forward to next weekend as usual – 11 hours of fun on full shift! (1000 – 2100 HRS) 😀
      (Provided if it does not rain – Heavy rains are extremely disappointing!)

      • J December 18, 2014 at 7:48 pm #

        Haha. I’ve only met them once but I have seen pictures of two candy canes meeting, though I’ve only seen 1 Elf and 1 Candy Cane so far. Best interactions in the park for me include with Marilyn Monroe, Scorpion King and Isabella the female host from “The Dance For the Magic Beans”.

  6. Damian December 17, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

    Hi Dejiki, really love your posts. So informative and your photos are great. Am wondering if you are thinking about going to Universal Studios Osaka? Would love to get some idea of your thoughts on that park as we are heading to Tokyo to visit Disneyland and DisneySea and then on to Osaka in the new year.
    Rgds,
    Damian

  7. veltix January 20, 2015 at 10:13 pm #

    Hi dejiki. Just a question . When can I get to enjoy BSG red and blue ride? And the puss in boots ride? When these 2 available? The BSG, early 2015 as in when?

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