Universal Studios Singapore – Park Update 06/2016

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out - Dancers 4

Check out the splash-tacular Soak Out Water Party at Universal Studios Singapore!

Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out Water Party

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out - Banner

Soak Out Water Party is the park’s new summer season show, performed every day at 3:00pm (or 5:30pm on Saturdays), at the Hollywood Lagoon Stage.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out - Dancers red blue pink

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out - Dancer Yellow

Unlike past shows in the same area, Soak Out’s stage extends towards the park’s lagoon, allowing more guests to be part of the experience, up-close.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out - Dancers, aiming

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out - Girls with Soaker Guns

The party is a 20-minute long show. And it doesn’t mean that everyone is going to get wet the moment they arrive. In fact, water play from the performance starts only after a certain point. Only those in the Lagoon Stage front section will get wet before that (due to other guests playing around, and the park crew participating in friendly water fights too).

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out - Getting the Crowd Ready

Despite some park regulars’ worries that this is going to be ‘Songkran USS’, Soak Out is quite a tame water event – you won’t get completely drenched unless you are right in front and asked for water buckets to be tossed at you. Apart from the incredible finale, the use of water seemed prudent. Even some ‘refill water’ for water guns came recycled from melted ice from drink pushcarts – a wise move given that there are some droughts around the region.

(Songkran is a water festival in Thailand celebrating the traditional Thai New Year.)

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out - Duo Aim

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out - Stage Back Overview

Nope, no one gets wet until everyone’s here!

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out - Minions

The park’s meet-and-greet characters, such as The Woodpeckers, Minions, Penguins (from Madagascar) and Sesame Street Gang, join the show’s dancers in the party.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out - Sesame Street Gang

The characters are in their usual looks, which looked rather odd – perhaps it was difficult to get past the licensing hurdles for these characters.

I’m more surprised that the park is willing to get these fur costumes wet (and cleaning them afterwards), perhaps that’s why the show is only performed once a day.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out - Cookie Monster and Red

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out - Penguins and front stage

All in all, it’s about 20 minutes of dancing and getting water everywhere. The music selection is filled with typical fun beach party music, and the cast looks like they were enjoying it as well.


Soak Out Water Party 2016 – Music List*

*- Please comment if you know the other tracks (spaces marked **) or the correct covers/ remixes.

Pre-Show

**
On the Floor – Jennifer Lopez
Pon de Replay – Rihanna
**

Intro, Arrival of Soak Out Crew and Characters
How We Do – Rita Ora
Super Bass – Nicki Minaj
Oye – Gloria Estefan

I Just Wanna be Happy – Gloria Estefan
Jazz Machine – Black Machine

Water Play
Let’s Get Loud – Jennifer Lopez
Hot Hot Hot – Vengaboys
La Bamba – Monkey Circus
Do Rio – Bellini
Samba de Janeiro – Bellini

After Soak Out Finale
California Gurls – Katy Perry
**


You can also listen to tracks on Spotify:


Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out - Girl among the guests

Though such ‘summer splash’ shows common worldwide, it’s a good attempt by USS to introduce something new. After all, there’s no space for new rides anymore without expanding or removing existing attractions. Events will be the park’s way forward. Hmm, how about updating attractions? Transformers with Real 4K and Infitec 3D? Revenge of the Mummy with animated projections?

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out - Splash spray

But having it all once a day – just right, or too little? Universal Studios Japan has 2-3 shows of their ‘Water Party’ in a day. Perhaps this might be tweaked further down Soak Out’s season, which goes on till 10 August.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out - Dancer girl in the crowd

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out - Returning the Float

This is one of the two mini ‘Soak Out Crew’ floats that make their way across the park zones to the Soak Out Lagoon Stage, attracting guests along the way to Hollywood. But if you want to catch the show, you should already be at Hollywood at the start!

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out - Returning the Float 2


The Soak Out Stage and the Soak/ Dry Zones

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out Water Party warning at Hollywood

WARNING: You may get wet at Soak Out Water Party!

There are two zones for Soak Out. Of course you will get wet if you stand all the way in front, but Soak Out’s stage doesn’t just fill up the usual space at Hollywood.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out - Stage at Hollywood

If you are standing here in Hollywood, you are in the safe zone.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out - Stage, back view

Anywhere else close to the stage: you might want to get some ponchos or waterproof bags/case for your electronics.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out - Stage side crowds

Remember that Universal Studios Singapore has a fountain? Well, the stage extends towards the lagoon and is built around the fountain.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out Water Party WET Warning

So the space on the side of Soak Out’s back area is also a soak zone, though depending on your luck it might not be as wet as being at the front. The cannons are used at the very end.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out - Stage, backview

Right at the back is an open play area, so be prepared to get shot by Super Soakers here. Oh, the park allows guests to play with water guns within the boundaries of the Lagoon Stage in the Hollywood zone. This is extended for about 30 minutes after the end of each Soak Out Water Party.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out - Water Refills

Outside of Soak Out, guests are not allowed to use their water guns anywhere else at the park.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out - Refill tank

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out - Wavey trees

Avoiding Soak Out
For guests that want to stay dry and avoid the Soak Out experience altogether, do note that the inner path surrounding the park’s lagoon will be partially blocked by guests in the soak zone, while congestion is expected at Hollywood Boulevard due to the Lagoon Stage’s front section (and that soak zone).


Soak Out Water Party – in the rain

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out Water Party - Crew getting ready

As the stage is not completely covered, Soak Out Water Party may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather. Water Play may still be permitted at the park during the show timeslot.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out Water Party - Park staff water gun

You can engage in friendly water fights with the park’s crew!

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out Water Party - Kids playing


Photos from around the park

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out - super soaker water gun

Grab your Nerf Super Soakers at the park, from S$19.90. For safety reasons only specific models sold in the park are allowed for use during Soak Out, and they are: Scatterstrike and Floodfire Blaster. We’ve not seen the Minion Soaker Backpack in the park yet.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out After Party at New York

Soak Out After Party starts in New York zone on select nights. Here’s the list of nights again:
24, 25 June
1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 29, 30 July
5, 6, 7, 8, 9 August

This won’t be a wet event. Just chillout to the live band and enjoy projection effects at the New York Library.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Store Window Full

Oh, look – new store window!

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Store Window Minion

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Minion Mini Sipper

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Summer Minion merchandise

The ‘Summer Collection’ of Minion Merchandise is here.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Minion drawstring bag

The current promotion: Spend $60 on Minion items to get a $10 discount on this drawstring bag.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Minion cap

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Store window


Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure queue crowd 1

Despite the rainy season, the park’s outdoor rides are quite popular. Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure had long wait times and most of its queue being used on a weekday. The queue overflowed outside.

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Jurassic Park Dino-Soarin' queue crowd

Even the line for Dino-Soarin’ overflowed.

Halloween Horror Nights 6 update

Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Halloween Horror Nights 6 HHN6 haunted house construction

Construction for Halloween Horror Nights 6 (HHN6) has started, with tents being set up in back-of-house areas in the park. One of the tents is definitely a haunted house (Hell House, MATI CAMP, Songs of Death). The other is being built at the temporary queue area used in the past 2 years. Whether that is for another house, or a much-needed sheltered queue area, remains a mystery for now. According to park regular Tong Ming, another tent is set up on the other side of Revenge of the Mummy’s show building.

HHN6 will start on 30 Sept 2016 (Friday) and end on 31st Oct 2016 (Monday). While the park has yet to publicly announce this year’s event nights, we’ve heard that there’ll be around 15-16 nights scattered across weekends as usual. However, this year there will be less nights on Sunday, as event nights are scheduled on Thursdays instead.


Universal Studios Singapore - Park Update May 2016 / Universal Studios Singapore Soak Out - Back view

So… will you be heading to the park for Soak Out Water Party?


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3 Responses to Universal Studios Singapore – Park Update 06/2016

  1. Wee-Sen June 26, 2016 at 9:09 pm #

    I think there is still a small pad of land behind the Library, Rockefeller facade where they used for HHN queues. Was thinking that if Fantastic Beasts were to do well then this area could be part of the new Potter Verse featuring Newt Scamander – after all the events did take place in New York albeit in the 1920s.

  2. Edwin July 16, 2016 at 9:31 pm #

    1 of the cyclon trains seem to be missing in action since last month. It doesn’t seem to be at the servicing area as well. Guessing if there’s a possibility of them modifying it to a “backwards” version for Halloween?

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