Universal Studios Singapore – Park Update 09/2013

Universal Studios Singapore - Battlestar Galactica

What’s new at Universal Studios Singapore? Read all about it in the September 2013 issue of USS Park Update.

(Cover Photo: Battlestar Galactica roller coaster tracks, Sci-Fi City)

Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs CYLON

Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs CYLON, the park’s hallmark dueling roller coaster attraction, is still closed. It is nearly two months since the Viper Mark II and Raider roared at the launch tracks. The park has not issued a statement about the incident and recovery timeline. The official word is still “attraction review”.

As I’ve been frequently receiving questions about the roller coaster a lot (in fact, I find it too much to handle now), let me just give you some details to put things in perspective: when this attraction was shut down in March 2010, results from the investigations only surfaced in August 2010. The ride began closed testing four months later, in December 2010. It was only in early February that the ride soft opened for guests and then the ride officially reopened at the end of the month.

So yes, BSG is still closed and will still be closed for many months ahead. And to answer other popular questions:

– Battlestar Galactica is not reopening this weekend, or any other weekend in the near future.
Battlestar Galactica will not reopen for Halloween Horror Nights 3.
– This is not a scheduled closure for annual maintenance.
– The park did not deliberately close Battlestar Galactica after the Student Season Pass campaign.
– I cannot comment on the incident that has happened at Battlestar Galactica.

Universal Studios Singapore Season Pass

The Season Pass is now available again and for everyone. Season Passes are like Annual Passes, except that they are valid for 6 months instead of a year. Here are the prices:

USS Season Pass:
$98 – Adult (Ages 13-59)
$88 – Child (Ages 4-12), Senior (Ages 60 and above), Student (with valid Student ID)

USS Season Pass with Universal Express:
$158 – Adult (Ages 13-59)
$148 – Child (Ages 4-12), Senior (Ages 60 and above), Student (with valid Student ID)

For details on all Annual and Season Passes, including benefits and Q&A, refer to The Guide to Universal Studios Singapore Tickets and Annual Passes.

With the park’s two key attractions (Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs CYLON) down indefinitely, this is obviously another effort to entice guests to become regulars. As I’ve said before, it’s a risk to have guests associate visits with lowered price and not variety and quality of park’s attractions, or the experience of being in the park. There’s only so much leverage they can get with price drops. Guests will eventually become unwilling to pay more, as the perceived value of the brand and experience has already dipped. But… if these actions allow the park to earn the budget for better attractions (and by better attractions I mean The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, not Kung Fu Panda or Despicable Me or Hello Kitty Land), then we might see brighter days in the future.

Halloween Horror Nights 3 – Construction update

Lighting fixtures have started appearing at Hollywood and New York zones.

Universal Studios Singapore - HHN3 Light Fixtures at Hollywood

Universal Studios Singapore - HHN3 Light Fixtures at Hollywood

Interestingly, there are a lot of lights installed at Hollywood, despite it not being a scare zone this year. Or is the park brewing a surprise?

Universal Studios Singapore - HHN3 Light Fixtures at Hollywood

The ones here are for the stage for this year’s icons – the Three Sisters of Evil.

Universal Studios Singapore - HHN3 Light Fixtures at New York

The number of fixtures at New York is startling. One projector has gone up, facing the New York Library building. There’s an interesting cross-shaped layout of lights in front of the library too.

Universal Studios Singapore - HHN3 Light Fixtures at New York

Universal Studios Singapore - HHN3 Light Fixtures at New York

As all three Haunted Houses are in enclosed areas, there isn’t really anything to report about them – unless the park surprises me with a backstage tour, but we all know that won’t happen.

Universal Studios Singapore - HHN3 Possessions Maze Construction

Universal Studios Singapore - HHN3 Possessions Maze Construction

Universal Studios Singapore - HHN3 Possessions Maze Construction

The Possessions maze at Waterworld’s outdoor queue area seems to be coming up quite nicely. It’ll be as large as the Insanitarium last year.

Meanwhile, check out this video to learn more about this year’s icons from the event’s creative team:

The Cruisers

Universal Studios Singapore - The Cruisers 3

The Cruisers is a new show that is now performed at the stage right outside Mel’s Drive-In. This show started out sometime in July 2013, alternating with Daddy O’s. While similar to its predecessor, this group’s new look seems more complementary to Mel’s Drive-In (and Mel’s Dinettes) in general.

Universal Studios Singapore - The Cruisers 2

There’s also a minor outfit change at the beginning as the group continues into Uptown Girl – the Cruisers take off their jackets to reveal their blue uniforms, which has the Mel’s Drive-In logo.

Universal Studios Singapore - The Cruisers

The Cruisers – 2013 Set List

The Longest Time [a capella] – Billy Joel
Uptown Girl – Billy Joel
Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
Crocodile Rock – Elton John
Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man – Jersey Boys
December ’63 (Oh What A Night) – The Four Seasons
I Saw Her Standing There – The Beatles
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Frankie Valli
Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley

Here’s a clip of one of The Cruisers’ performances: “And I Saw Her Standing There” (The Beatles). Notably, this is performed by a new cast. Some of park’s cast members have left the park recently after their contracts were up, so you might see some new performers in the park’s other live shows. Also, it looks like the performers are now taking up more roles around the park than before.

Hollywood Dreams Parade – Major Update

Universal Studios Singapore’s Hollywood Dreams Parade has recently received a major update of new costumes. The parade soundtrack has also been tweaked slightly. I think some of the dance routines might have been modified as well. I’m not exactly sure because every time I watch the parade, it’s always slightly different – the performers often improvise.

The parade was updated in early September 2013. There were only 4 performances of the updated parade – the show is now on hiatus until November 2013 due to Halloween Horror Nights 3.

Universal Studios Singapore - Hollywood Dreams Parade - Rolling Marquee & Stars in Car

Head over to Hollywood Dreams Parade – a new look, a special feature with a lot of photos of the updated parade. I’ll leave you readers to decide if the new costumes are better. I feel that there are certainly improvements and nice changes, but also some bizarre choices (see above).

Check out all previous updates on Hollywood Dreams Parade here:
April 2013, April 2012, December 2011 (World Premiere)

Thanks to everyone who wrote in about the parade!

Photos Around The Park

Universal Studios Singapore - Hollywood Dreams Parade paid viewing area

Two areas along the Hollywood Dreams Parade route have been cordoned off as special viewing areas. The one at K.T’s Grill has been there for a while now, but Sci-Fi City has also jumped on the bandwagon. To get a seat at these viewing areas, you’ll have to purchase special meals/drinks combo. For Sci-Fi City’s Starbot Cafe:

The Commander’s Exclusive Combos
(Hollywood Dreams Parade reserved viewing area)

Combo 1 ($42.00)
1 Platter of Chicken Wings, Spring Rolls, Breaded Prawns and Star Potatoes
1 Bumblebee Souvenir Bottle with choice of Soda Drink

Combo 2 ($42.90)
1 Platter of Chicken Wings, Spring Rolls, Breaded Prawns and Star Potatoes
3 Bottled Beers

Universal Studios Singapore - floor cracks at Sci-Fi City

Floor repairs at Sci-Fi. Every few months or so, random sections of the concrete floor would bulge and crack again.

Universal Studios Singapore - New Park Balloons

Universal Studios Singapore - New Park Balloons

New Balloons in the park, starring characters from Madagascar and Far Far Away.

There are two new Press-A-Penny Machines that I have not featured yet. One of them is at the It’s a Wrap store outside the park. A machine has already been there for months, but the designs have been updated a few months ago.

Universal Studios Singapore -

The other is located outside Penguin Mercantile at Madagascar. (Thanks to Keira for notifying!)

Universal Studios Singapore - Madagascar Press-A-Penny machine

This leaves Ancient Egypt and Hollywood (if you don’t count the ones outside the park) as the only areas in the park that do not have Press-A-Penny machines.

The Guide to Press-A-Penny at Universal Studios Singapore will be updated soon with photos of the new coins.

Universal Studios Singapore - Hollywood Overview

Be sure to check out the Hollywood Dreams Parade – a new look feature!

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11 Responses to Universal Studios Singapore – Park Update 09/2013

  1. Jim September 19, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    Definitely agree with the checked out phrase in brackets. The park needs to understand the concept of investment and returns. With keen competition coming up in places like shanghai and genting, on top of the current ones in Australia, Japan and Hong Kong, they really need to work their ass off. I liked the idea of star not cafe turning into a prime fine and watch spot for the parade. Interested to see what the response will be. And what bottles beer do they offer?

  2. Anthea September 22, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    I’m really disappointed.i dont mind the set up of horror stufffor halloween nights unlike what im been doing last year,nor upgrades of the hollywood dreams parade.my only wish and concern is that battlestar could be up and running again.it is my favourite ride.although i live in sinagpore,i eas hoping to go there again in the late october/early november period for an outing with my class (i am a teenager).i was really hypes up yesterday to check tickets prices an d compare them with my boyfriend,as his aunt is the boss there and can get us cheaper group discounts.our spirits were dampened immediately when we saw on the official website that the ride was currently unavaliable.we did a little research and found your website (excellent updates.thanks!) hoping to find it was just a technical error but instead shocked to find it closed for a few months now,and probably never to open soon.we are very upset as we wanted to make this class outing fun and memorable,since almost all our classmates were pinnng their hopes on this one ride.i think its not going to happen

  3. Emily September 22, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

    I would like to ask this. I have my Anual Pass with Express but can i choose to queue at te normal lines as im going there with my friends actually. Please reply asap. Thanks.

    • Dejiki September 22, 2013 at 10:38 pm #

      Yes, you may do that.

  4. J September 27, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    You know you should do a guide for characters, eg. Where to find them, etc.! I have not met any of the The Mummy characters, save for the guards! Oh wait, I met Ardeth Bay the last time I visited… almost forgot.

  5. Jamie October 17, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    I checked the uss website,and shockingly battlestar galactica is removed from the rides!

    • Dejiki October 17, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

      It has been removed for a couple of weeks now. It makes better sense to remove listings online as the ride is truly not available for an extended period of time.

  6. Farah November 17, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    The season pass is for unlimited entry for 6 months. Right? To purchase the season pass with student card, must the individual be present or I can purchase it on behalf with my friend’s student card?

    • Dejiki November 17, 2013 at 11:07 am #

      Yes, it’s valid for six months.

      You can purchase the Season Pass on behalf for your friend. It will be in a form of a paper ticket (like a voucher). Your friend must then enter the park with the this paper ticket for registration and printing of the actual Season Pass card.

  7. Steven November 28, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    It is indeed sad to learnt that the two rides are close indefinitely.
    A few of my family members purchased the annual passes, and soon to expire without even having a chance to take those two rides.
    I would like to suggest that Universal Studio Singapore, be gracious enough to extend the soon to expire annual pass.
    I felt that it is only fair that they consider my suggestion because at that point of purchasing the annual pass, Universal Studio did not sound the alarm on the closure of these two rides.
    Looking forward for a favorable comment. Thanks

  8. Hazliana December 12, 2013 at 12:52 am #

    hye…im from malaysia,may i know,can i use my student ID to buy the tix..or is it for S’pore student only?

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