Puss in Boots’ Giant Journey

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - ride entrance hero shot

Discover Puss in Boots’ Giant Journey, the newest roller coaster ride at Universal Studios Singapore, in this special feature!

About the new Puss in Boots’ Giant Journey ride


Puss in Boots’ Giant Journey is the world’s first Puss in Boots-themed roller coaster attraction. It is also exclusive to Universal Studios Singapore and forms a new extension of the park’s unique Far Far Away zone.

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This family-friendly ride occupies the vacant plot of land between the Far Far Away castle and Waterworld theatre, bringing new life to the once-quiet Romeo Drive.

Universal Studios Singapore - Far Far Away Romeo Drive (2013) before Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride construction

Ye’ Olde Lepak Corner at Romeo Drive, Far Far Away – 2013

Fast forward…

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - Tower Hero Shot

WOW! – 2015

In this special feature, you’ll get to revisit moments from the ride’s grand opening ceremony, tour the beautifully themed areas of the attraction, and read an overview of the park’s newest ride.


Opening Ceremony of Puss in Boots’ Giant Journey

The park’s newest attraction opened with a special ceremony at Romeo Drive. This one-off opening act retells the story of the Orphanage from the Puss in Boots film – with Mama Imelda, Kitty Softpaws, bandits and of course, Puss himself.

New blog post: Opening Ceremony Show Photos and Video


Due to many requests, this section is now a full entry. View it now!

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - opening ceremony

Special Thanks to Resorts World at Sentosa for inviting Dejiki.com to the Opening Ceremony


Puss in Boots’ Giant Journey – Tour of the Giant’s Castle

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - ride entrance grande shot

This attraction’s entrance starts from the ride’s beautiful tower. When the line is too long, it can be further extended to the left of the tower and along Romeo Drive (outside the Donkey Live attraction).

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - Giant's Castle queue 2

The line continues outside the Giant’s Castle walls, and finally winds into some sort of workshop.

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - Queue Decor / Ornate Frame with Digital Display

A magic mirror can show you things that were… things that are… and some things that have not yet come to pass. Or it could just be clips from the Puss in Boots film.

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - Giant's Castle queue 3 / Loading Switchback area

Here, we can see many enormous items – from books to bizarre ingredients.

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - Giant's Castle queue 8 / Loading Switchback area

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - Giant's Castle queue 5 / giant books

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - Giant's Castle queue / Cooking tips

You could get some cooking tips while you wait.

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - Giant's Castle queue 6 / Humpty Alexander Dumpty's designs

The only thing that looks normal-sized are Humpty (Alexander) Dumpty’s prototype drawings of his flying machines. Good to know, because this talented inventor has created the newest model that we’ll use for our adventures in the air!

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - Loading Platform 4

Drawers filled with the odd things. (Nice trompe-l’œil artwork here!)

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - Loading Platform 1

Very soon, you’ll see Humpty’s latest flying machines.


Puss in Boots’ Giant Journey – ride information

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - Loading Platform 2

Ride Safety Information

Puss in Boots’ Giant Journey is a glider-style suspended roller coaster ride that includes sudden acceleration, climbing, tilting and sharp drops. The ride is about two minutes long.

Height Requirement: Guests must be at least 100cm tall to ride. Children between 100cm and 122cm must be accompanied by a supervising companion.

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - Safety Warning

No photography and filming while on the ride

For safety reasons, the park has advised against photography and video recording while on the ride vehicles.
This aerial adventure includes fast drops, sharp turns and a giant goose on the loose – personal items may fall out of the ride vehicles if not secured properly.

Ride Technology

With a spiral lift hill and custom track layout, the ride brings guests through a sky-high adventure through many scenes – in and out of the Giant’s Castle.

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - Loading Platform 3

This suspended roller coaster uses specially designed ride vehicles, of which there are seven unique nameplates based on characters from the Puss in Boots film. Each vehicle seats up to nine guests in three rows, in a traditional sit-down fashion. The on-ride audio system provides each guest with a dedicated speaker to hear sound effects along the ride experience.

Each seat has its own lap bar. During the ride, guests are instructed to leave all bags and loose items on the floor of the ride vehicle.

WHICH ROW TO PICK?
ROW 1: Generally best row for the view, of course.
ROW 1, LEFT-MOST SEAT: Better view of most scenes.
ROW 3: Greater g-forces. Highly recommended for all roller coaster fans.


Puss in Boots’ Giant Journey – the ride

THE STORY
To save the San Ricardo’s Orphanage from closing, Puss in Boots goes into the Giant’s Castle with Kitty Softpaws. Their quest to find the golden eggs runs into trouble when they are spotted by the Great Terror and an unusual gosling.

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - On-ride POV experience 1 - Loading dispatch

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - On-ride POV experience 2 / Puss plays with yarn

As the airship leaves the loading platform, we quickly spot Puss in Boots getting distracted with a ball of yarn.

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - On-ride POV experience 2 / popping champagne launch 2

The airship makes a hairpin turn, and Puss is now helping to launch the flying machine using a giant bottle of champagne.

Kitty: “Salute! Cheers!!”

With a loud POP, the airship lifts off and spins out of the tower.

(The spiral lift mechanism constantly rotates and requires the ride vehicle to slow down and align to it. You can see this in the video embedded below. The sound effects of the champagne bottle is synced to the alignment. It’s a nice touch.)

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - On-ride POV experience 3 / Spiral lift

Towards the top, we spot the two cats again – hiding from the Great Terror!

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - On-ride POV experience 4 / Flying out of the Tower, over Far Far Away Romeo Drive

The airship quickly emerges out of the tower, and we get a quick bird’s eye view of Far Far Away zone and other parts of Universal Studios Singapore.

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - On-ride POV experience 5 / Tattletale

After another sharp turn, we see an unusual gosling. This is Tattletale – an all-new character exclusively designed for this ride. (Interestingly it has heterochromia – different-coloured eyes.)

But oh no, he has alerted the Great Terror!

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - On-ride POV experience 7 / Mother Goose becomes angry at Puss and Kitty for stealing eggs and goslings

Puss: “That is a big goose! And she thinks we’re taking her babies!”

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - On-ride POV experience / Great Terror Attacks 2

After a brief respite from the giant goose, the airship takes a swooping dive through the giant’s castle. We drift into an armoury. Tattletale spots us again and quickly summons its mother.

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - On-ride POV experience / Great Terror Attack

Great Terror: “!!!!!!!!!!!”

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - On-ride POV experience 9 / Dipper Drop

And then we’re falling!!

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - On-ride POV experience 10 / Baby Gosling rescued

Puss dashes in and saves the cute gosling.

Puss: “Do not be upset Mama Goose, your baby is safe.”

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - On-ride POV experience 12 / Humpty Alexander Dumpty at the finale party

Puss: “Time to celebrate! We have saved the orphanage!”

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - On-ride POV experience 13 / Grand finale party with many cats

With funding for the orphanage secured, Puss in Boots dances with Kitty Softpaws. Other cats celebrate together in a tent filled with gold coins and golden eggs – to the tune of Lady Gaga’s Americano.

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - On-ride POV experience 14 / Grand finale party with many cats

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - On-ride POV experience 15 / Grand finale party with many cats

Yes, this is the recreation of the scene from the film where the cats are entranced by glowing dots. They even move with the dots. 😀

◂ POV Video: Puss in Boots’ Giant Journey ▸

Point of View (POV) Video – 2015 USS NEW roller coaster ride!


Watch in 720p or 1080p for a high frame rate viewing experience.

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - On-ride POV experience 16 / Puss in Boots and Kitty Softpaws dance

The airship makes a short dip and we spot Puss and Kitty again.

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - On-ride POV experience 17 / The Awkward Cat that goes OOOOOOOOOOOH.

And the Awkward Cat. “OOOOOOOOOOH.”


Puss in Boots’ Giant Journey ride – review

In short, I enjoyed this new ride. It’s cute and full of fun moments. As a family coaster, Puss in Boots’ Giant Journey has the balance right. The story has wide appeal and of course, this franchise has many popular characters. It is also incredible that a 2-minute roller coaster could be built into this tiny plot of ‘leftover’ land in the park.

Designing a ‘family’ ride without being too kiddy is a challenge. Sometimes the content is a challenge and there’s no easy way to go about it. Some theme parks would just build an extraordinary (and very expensive – S$100 million+++) experience around something less thrilling to cater to all ages.

Puss in Boots’ Giant Journey is a suspended family coaster. The park already has two suspended rides – Canopy Flyer and Sesame Street Spagheti Space Chase. Giant Journey is a bit like both – you get to dangle off the track and sightsee. The ride’s final speed was faster than I expected – something similar to Canopy Flyer, but with a surprisingly swift climb up the spiral lift hill.

The drops are not really all gentle, kiddy drops either – you will feel it. It has enough thrills, without being too scary. There are four dips which the park describes as zones with “anti-gravity sensations”. Just as you feel the force – it gently pulls away. So everyone in the family can go on this ride together.

And finally, a NEW Universal Studios ride that does not use screens and projection effects. Yes, really.

Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - ride entrance grande angle shot

Some park fans have told me that this ride has many brake sections which disrupts the flow. I agree, because the ride vehicle does not just run continuously throughout (like Battlestar Galactica). But there are reasons for the ride to be designed like this – for safety and capacity.

There are rough edges, of course – Some props and sets being incomplete or castle walls that just ‘end’ abruptly. You might notice things that don’t belong – staircases, backstage areas, electrical things. Yes, this is Universal Studios – and unlike Disney parks there is always a dance between ‘show’ and backstage. Many of the “animatronic” characters look plastic and almost static – but then again this is an outdoor ride, and the crazy Singapore weather tends to ruin things.

A bigger budget would definitely helped improve the experience – complete sets, complex animatronics. But would guests notice? For most outdoor coasters, a flashy signboard and themed queue counts as much as theming they get. It is very likely that most guests would not notice all of the existing details in the ride as the airship glides quickly through the compact track layout. We’d rather have a ride that is up and running than something that takes 3-5 years to build because of the cost and lofty goals. This ride broke ground in late 2013, you know.

So Puss in Boots’ Giant Journey is definitely memorable and entertaining. And it’s a exclusive to Universal Studios Singapore. Now if only the weather isn’t so hot!

What do you think about this new ride at USS?

Let us know your thoughts, reviews and experience in the comments!


Puss in Boots' Giant Journey ride at Universal Studios Singapore - GRAND OPENING SHOW OPENING ACT / Mama Imelda and Orphan Girl

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13 Responses to Puss in Boots’ Giant Journey

  1. Wee-Sen April 8, 2015 at 9:23 pm #

    Looks good. My only qualms are the unthemed ceilings in the ride station. Everything is nicely done till you look up and see the reflective material used to line the roof.

    Now only if RWS would take up the mettle and give us Diagon Alley.

    • Dejiki April 8, 2015 at 9:34 pm #

      The station building is quite… a surprise given the amount of work gone into the towers surrounding it. I found the roof to be much more distracting, because there is a ‘fallen tower’ that looks more like an arrangement of stones lying on the roof (If you’ve watched the POV video, it’s about a minute in. Otherwise please don’t spoil yourself and see it only when you visit the park).

      • edwin April 9, 2015 at 11:55 am #

        Oh didn’t notice the station ceiling as I took the ride after dark. The scenes look very differrent at night (based on your day time photos. Yet to try the ride in the day). The finale party scene is much more colorful with disco lights n stuff. And the whole ride feels more cooling and thrilling too.

  2. Bryan Bathan April 8, 2015 at 9:24 pm #

    Thanks Dejiki! Will definitely try the new ride, can’t wait to experience. Give us an update on the opening date of BSG too. 🙂

  3. edwin April 8, 2015 at 9:29 pm #

    Another nice review!

    I entered the park at 7pm. The ride was under maintenance n only got to ride it at 730. Phew.

    Agree with you that the speed is much faster than expected! Didn’t expect so much drops & dives too. They managed to hide them well behind the castle walls, with many surprises at each turn.

    The themeing was really well done too. Right from the entrance to the ride vehicles. I will say this is ride has the nicest themeing in the park so far.

    Overall it was a very entertaining ride. Quite amazing what they managed to do with a compact land area. Wonder what will the next plan be since there doesn’t seem to have any more empty areas around.

  4. Jeremy April 8, 2015 at 9:47 pm #

    Were Invites Membershio holders invited to this event or just bloggers? I am holding a USS Invites Membership and was hoping I could go for the opening ceremony of the event.

    I am a HUGE character fan and I’ve always wanted to see Imelda in the FFA zone. Any idea is she’ll appear for meet and greets? I wish I was there! 🙁

    Oh well, can’t wait to experience this ride

    • Jeremy April 8, 2015 at 10:10 pm #

      That being said, the ride looks very promising. I love that last photo with Imelda. It’s perfect!

    • Dejiki April 8, 2015 at 10:13 pm #

      This opening ceremony event is open to all park guests, although some of us bloggers were able to stand nearer to the action. The park did not publicise this event.

      Imelda is a special character for the opening act. However, as there is a ‘San Ricardo’ section in Far Far Away now, the park may promote her to a regular character. I’d strongly suggest writing in to guest services so that they are aware that she has fans too! 🙂

  5. Gregg April 8, 2015 at 10:09 pm #

    Wow, this looks absolutely fantastic. Thanks for sharing!!!

    As for the brakes on the ride, it looks like they put some show scenes there which doesn’t make it quite so bad. And yay for no screens!!

    Thanks again for your review and pictures/video.

  6. Zezima April 9, 2015 at 8:49 am #

    Just a quick question if we are carrying bags and loose articles for the new Puss In Boots ride:

    1. Are carry-on bags allowed on board just like Transformers and Enchanted Airways? If so, how are our items (carry-on bags) being secured on board?

    2. Are we supposed to place our carry-on bags onto the shelves provided before riding just like Canopy Flyer?

    3. Are we supposed to secure our carry-on bags into the lockers provided just like Revenge of the Mummy and Battlestar Galatica?

    Thanks again for detailed information about this new attraction! 😀

    • Dejiki April 9, 2015 at 9:04 am #

      Hi Zezima,

      1. Carry-on bags are allowed on this ride. However, guests must exercise due diligence in keeping their belongings secure during the ride, similar to the current carry-on rule at Enchanted Airways. It is best to leave them on the floor of the ride vehicle, tucked in the empty spaces between the feet of riders.

      2. There are no shelves provided at Puss in Boots’ Giant Journey.

      3. If guests are carrying very bulky items or large bags, they are advised to keep them in the lockers. Unfortunately the nearest free ones are quite far away.

      • Zezima April 9, 2015 at 9:27 am #

        Thanks again for the info! Looking forward to the new ride this coming Saturday. It has been quite sometime since I last ride on the roller coasters in USS! 😀

        As for BSG and Revenge of the Mummy, no way I am going to ride that! Too scary for me! 🙁

  7. Kim Kardashian April 9, 2015 at 9:11 pm #

    Hello Dejiki ,

    My apologize for bringing unrelated topic to this ” Puss in Boots Giant Journey ” thread . But I always want to ask , do you have any information about the reopening day of Battlestar Galatica ? Because I just recently booked a short trip to Singapore by the end of April . That’s all I want to know because I have been waiting for so long and keep tracking on BSG coasters . Thank you and have a nice day

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