A lot of people have asked what happened to the March USS park update. The reason there wasn’t one? I had no time to visit the resort for the past few weeks and there was a lot of coverage over Sesame Street in early March.
But anyway, since there were requests, I’ve decided to compile some small changes that happened in the past few weeks, such as the new Annual Passes. Yes, they made some changes again.
Sesame Street at Universal Studios Singapore – Recap
Let’s review the new Sesame Street attraction and events at Universal Studios Singapore!
Why not start with an in-depth tour of Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase?
Lastly, check out photos from the Sesame Street Character Breakfast experience.
Revamp of Annual Passes… yet again
With the soft launch of RWS Attractions Pass, the Annual Pass cards for Universal Studios Singapore have changed again. RWS Attractions Pass consolidates Annual Passes for Resorts World Sentosa’s parks: Universal Studios Singapore, Adventure Cove Waterpark and S.E.A. Aquarium.
At the moment, the Annual Pass for S.E.A. Aquarium (in any format, including as an option of RWS Attraction Pass) is not available.
For Annual Passholders who are only interested in Universal Studios Singapore, this is just a drastic design change. There are no changes to park benefits since last November.
At first I thought this “Attractions Pass” is only for guests who choose to buy a multi-park annual pass, but it has been confirmed that the resort will only issue one card design for any combination of Annual Passes, including single-park Annual Passes. The iconic Universal Globe Annual Passes are hence discontinued. I think the multi-park programme makes perfect sense for people who love revisiting parks at RWS, but I am not feeling this card design.
It just looks so… undesirable compared to the card designs for 2011, and the artwork has already been used for other promotions (RWS Grand Opening I believe). Surely the marketing team could’ve thought of something better, or engaged me for design services (haha). I guess this design change will help to sell themed lanyard card cases from the parks – you know, the cool ones Transformers Supply Vault, or those cute Sesame Street designs – to give USS Annual Passholders some identity.
Also, the iconic Yellow+Royal Blue lanyard exclusive to Annual Passholders have been replaced with a wide black lanyard (Thanks Joel L. for the tip!)
Just a fun fact moment: There have been 4 types of Annual Pass cards so far:
1. Fun Pass and Superstar Pass
An illustration featuring Dolphins, Roller coaster tracks, Hotel Michael and Crane Dance.
Fun Pass has the illustration fully coloured, while Superstar Pass has the illustration in greyscale, with a red stripe at the bottom. The Superstar Pass also has a soft glittery finish.
2. Fun Pass, Action Pass and Superstar Pass (2011)
Universal Studios Singapore logo with three different backgrounds: Blue, Silver and Gold.
The name of each Annual Pass is printed with matching metallic foil at the front.
All three cards’ front sides have a shimmery finish to match the starry background.
3. Annual Pass (Late 2012 Revamp)
Similar to #2, but only one card design with a dark blue background. The front reads “Annual Pass”, and the reverse side now incorporates a full-colour photograph of the Annual Passholder, as well as the membership expiry date and Universal Express access logo (if add-on is purchased).
4. RWS Attractions Pass (2013)
Montage of the three major attractions in Resorts World Sentosa: Universal Studios Singapore, Adventure Cove Waterpark and S.E.A. Aquarium. Single card design for any combination of attractions.
On the bright side, the RWS Attractions Pass offers savings up to 15% as compared to buying separate annual passes.
For an adult, the price for Universal Studios Singapore and one attraction of Marine Life Park (Adventure Cove Waterpark OR S.E.A. Aquarium) is $240. For access to all three parks, it will be $320.
Here are the rates for RWS Attractions Pass:
Two Park Annual Pass (Universal Studios Singapore + Adventure Cove Waterpark
Adult (Age: 13 – 59) – $248
Child (Age: 2 – 12) and Senior (Age: 60 and above) – $194
RWS Attractions Pass is also available as a Single Park option for either Universal Studios Singapore or Adventure Cove Waterpark. Refer to this guide for latest information on USS annual passes.
The Annual Pass for S.E.A. Aquarium (in any format) is no longer offered.
Coming Soon: Press-A-Penny Guide
More Press-A-Penny machines have turned up at the Resort, which means that it’s about time for the Press-A-Penny guide. There are now 5 unique machines in Universal Studios Singapore (2 more at Marine Life Park). Stay tuned for a guide to all the machines as well as pressed coins souvenir!
That’s all for now! I hope that there’ll be some exciting changes in the parks for me to write about.
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