Universal Studios Singapore – Park Update 05/2015

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2015 - Battlestar Galactica dueling roller coaster / Galactica Actual

We’ve got some updates on the Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs CYLON dueling roller coaster attraction in this month’s Universal Studio Singapore park update. Read more here!

Update on Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs CYLON roller coasters

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2015 - Battlestar Galactica dueling roller coaster / HUMAN ride entrance

BREAKING: Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs CYLON will return on 27 May 2015!

Discover the ride here in our exclusive photo tour of this unique attraction!


Original Update (4 May)
Despite many rumours that BSG will return in time for the May Day weekend, the ride has yet to reopen.

Last week, information boards have returned at Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs CYLON. These signs contain safety warnings and guidelines for guests.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2015 - Battlestar Galactica dueling roller coaster / HUMAN ride safety information board

It looks like the 2011 relaunch signage, but it’s not exactly the same – some parts are updated for consistency and clarity. The guidelines remain the same as before, i.e. minimum height of 125cm to ride.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2015 - Battlestar Galactica dueling roller coaster / Space for ride test seat

The test seats and height bars were not installed yet, but it’s a good sign that some things are coming back.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2015 - Battlestar Galactica dueling roller coaster / CYLON ride safety information board

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2015 - Battlestar Galactica dueling roller coaster / CYLON ride wait time sign fixed

At long last – the wait time signage at the CYLON entrance is repaired.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2015 - Battlestar Galactica dueling roller coaster / CYLON ride safety board angle

Battlestar Galactica: CYLON is the roller coaster on the blue track. In case you didn’t know, this roller coaster goes upside down 5 times.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2015 - Battlestar Galactica dueling roller coaster / CYLON ride entrance

For the past few weeks, some park fans have mentioned that they rarely see Battlestar Galactica undergoing test cycles. This can mean a lot of things – perhaps both sides of Battlestar Galactica may have completed the test cycles required for certification, or there are other adjustments that we cannot observe from guest areas of the park.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2015 - Battlestar Galactica dueling roller coaster / Ride tracks and photo board

Anyway, it might seem like delays after delays, but the park still has time (till end of June) to fulfill its plans to reopen before the end of Q2 2015. It’s not much longer now.


Mid May Update

BREAKING: Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs CYLON will return on 27 May 2015!

Discover the ride here in our exclusive photo tour of this unique attraction!


Battlestar Galactica has been observed to be testing sporadically, and the fog pit (where the CYLON roller coaster does a complete vertical loop) is sometimes turned on as well.

Some more new installations spotted in the past week:

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2015 - Battlestar Galactica dueling roller coaster / HUMAN entrance installation update

See those bins? They’re hiding something.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2015 - Battlestar Galactica dueling roller coaster / Bracket for Ride test seats installed at BSG HUMAN vs CYLON

The bracket for the test seats were recently installed.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2015 - Battlestar Galactica dueling roller coaster / On-Ride Photo Display Wall removed

Looks like the wall of displays (showing photos of guests taken on-ride) will not be returning. Instead, guests can view their photos at the Galactica PX store.

It’s sad to see this go, as it was part of a uniquely BSG experience – you know, people could see and laugh at photos of others (until their own ‘unglam’ photo gets displayed).

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2015 - Battlestar Galactica dueling roller coaster / Fan installed at BSG CYLON Entrance

Fans were installed at the entrances of both rides. Hopefully that helps keep the crew members stationed at the entrance cool and comfortable – weather’s been really hot nowadays.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2015 - Battlestar Galactica dueling roller coaster / Sci-Fi Fountain repainted white

Park crew members were seen enhancing many parts of Sci-Fi City theming around Battlestar Galactica, with cleaning and fresh coats of paint. It’s nice to see the bright colours and clean metallic finishes – like the park in 2010!


Puss in Boots’ Giant Journey roller coaster

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2015 - Puss in Boots' Giant Journey / 120-minute wait time

Have you gone on Universal Studios Singapore’s latest ride recently? It is the hottest roller coaster in town! During high-peak days, wait times can go up to some 135 minutes!

Universal Express works in Singapore in a different way (where ‘unlimited’ option is an available upgrade and there’s no ‘time limit’), so sometimes the queue in Express lane starts as far as the ride’s entrance. It’s about 45 minutes wait from there. The usual line would be at least 1.5 to 2 hours.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2015 - Puss in Boots' Giant Journey / Technical difficulties causes temporary ride closure

The park seems to be displaying very conservative wait times for this ride. On the good days, the line moves very briskly as sometimes the wait can be as short as an hour even if it starts near Donkey Live. But sometimes, delays happen due to technical issues. There was one saturday that the ride was unavailable until 12:40pm. I think the park could do a bit more handling crowds at Romeo Drive, because when a temporary ride closure happens, the entire zone is swamped with people moving in two directions. Perhaps some signage, or crew members could be stationed near the start of Romeo Drive to let guests know they shouldn’t even walk towards the tower.

I’d suggest going on Puss in Boots early in the morning for shorter waits (if it’s open); or later in the evening when the weather is cooler. You’ll get to see the props lit in a different light.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2015 - Puss in Boots' Giant Journey / New souvenir sipper bottle

Stop by the Fairy Godmother’s Potion Shop for some new Puss in Boots goodies. Such as this Boot-shaped sipper bottle!

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2015 - Puss in Boots' Giant Journey / New souvenirs

And a few cute keychains and pens featuring Puss in a cute ‘Super Deformed’ design style.


Photos from around the park

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2015 - US Navy 7th Fleet Band performing at New York

Over the May Day Weekend, the US Navy 7th Fleet Band visited the park and performed at New York on 1 and 3 May. The USS Blue Ridge embarked in Singapore on 30 April, and some of the crew and staff are participating in activities around Singapore.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2015 - US Navy 7th Fleet Band performing at New York 4

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2015 - The Legend burger at Mel's Dine-In restaurant

Has anyone tried The Legend at Mel’s? This gigantic burger costs S$33! Do let us know if you are, or know someone who wants to try this!

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2015 - Universal Party Parade

During certain holidays and long weekends, the Universal Party Parade may be performed earlier at 3pm (instead of the 5pm slot). Grab the white ‘show times’ leaflet at the park to get the day’s schedule of shows when you visit!

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2015 - Long queues at Annual Pass lobby

With very affordable prices, the park’s membership programme is getting quite popular. If you intend to sign up for an Annual Pass or Season Pass, you might want to do it the first thing in the day, or leave it till sometime in the early evening, to avoid long lines.

Visit the Battlestar Galactica and Cylon Basestar in our exclusive tour of Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs CYLON attraction.

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5 Responses to Universal Studios Singapore – Park Update 05/2015

  1. edwin May 6, 2015 at 12:06 pm #

    a guess on bsg reopening:
    1. this weekend after the puss in boots opening promotion have ended on 6th may
    2. the long vesak day weekend at the end of may

    can’t wait!

  2. Jeremy May 16, 2015 at 11:40 am #

    Hi,

    I have seen entrance shows for characters which happen occasionally when the characters come out for meet and greet. For example, Marilyn Monroe sings “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” and Beetlejuice dances to the Banana Boat Song. I have seen these for Marilyn, Beetlejuice, Betty Boop, the Minions and EB (during Easter). Are these here to stay? They are awesome! They seem to happen only during some timings though

    Thanks

    • Dejiki May 19, 2015 at 7:58 am #

      Hi Jeremy,

      The entrance shows should be here for the long term.

  3. Wee-Sen May 17, 2015 at 1:00 pm #

    From the long lines at this mild family coaster it shows that there is demand for this type of attraction as opposed to say mummy. Thus I say bring on diagon alley and escape from gringotts!

  4. Roz May 24, 2015 at 10:53 pm #

    BSG was going all afternoon today….empty, of course. And we tried The Legend today, it’s really tasty! Quite value for money coz you can share it between 3-5 pax 🙂 (or eat it all by yourself, I won’t judge)

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