USS Park Update: Minion Park and Nintendo World expansions, HHN auditions, Ancient Egypt fences and more

Universal Studios Singapore Fountain

What’s happening at Universal Studios Singapore these days? Also, find out about the park’s expansion plans in this update!

Universal Studios Singapore Expansion

Universal Studios Japan - Minion Park gate
Minion Park in Japan

Last month, RWS announced its plans to expand USS with two new themed zones, Minion Park and Super Nintendo World. The park will build these new zones by replacing Madagascar, and possibly carve out space from the RWS Waterfront area which will also be completely overhauled.

From what I heard – and this may or may be final – Minion Park will be built near Far Far Away. As for Super Nintendo World, the plan is to take over the show building of Madagascar: A Crate Adventure and the space beside it.

Universal Studios Singapore expansion Super Nintendo World entrance

Somewhere around the current Madagascar Ship will be the entrance to Super Nintendo World.

RWS Waterfront area

The RWS Waterfront area adjacent to USS will be redeveloped, and the freed up space could be used for an attraction in Super Nintendo World.

Universal Studios Singapore expansion Minion Park Minion Mayhem ride entrance

The rest of Madagascar will become Minion Park, with parts of the Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem attraction built somewhere around here.


Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem in Japan

Minion Park’s main ride is Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, a motion simulation theatre. The ride will “transform” guests into minions and then let them go through “minion training”. Unlike Shrek 4D theatre’s theatre seating plan, the ride will load guests in smaller ride vehicles, and there are several of these ride vehicles within a theatre. This family-friendly ride is unlikely to use 3D glasses as that feature was phased out in the other Universal Parks. I’m not sure if Singapore will build the OMNIMAX setup used at Universal Studios Japan (that park reused elements from their previous Back to the Future: The Ride). I hope they’re building two theatres in Singapore.

Universal Studios Japan - Minion Park buildings

Immersive shops, carnival games and unusually exciting building facades will form a big draw in this zone. Here are some photos from Japan’s Minion Park which I will write about in a new article someday.

Universal Studios Japan - Minion Park street view

For a tiny park like USS, any new attraction is worth celebrating. The park did open with a solid lineup of attractions, although it has not really kept up with the other major international parks. Super Nintendo World is the real update, and hopefully that includes the Mario Kart attraction. Finally, the best news of all – Madagascar and its troubled boat ride are leaving for good.

Universal Studios Singapore expansion Super Nintendo World construction

The resort’s redevelopment project is expected to complete in 2025. I guess Minion Park will open sometime in late 2021/2022, with Super Nintendo World opening 2-3 years later. The Madagascar zone is probably going to hang around a little longer – no point demolishing it now when the park’s 10th Anniversary is just around the corner.

And those hoping for Wizarding World in Singapore: maybe in the next decade; or accept that it’s never going to happen in Singapore despite how appealing and lucrative it could be to build it here. Consider making a visit to Universal Studios Japan, or the upcoming Universal Studios Beijing.


Halloween Horror Nights 9 Auditions

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 7 - The Auditions, affected by malice

Halloween Horror Nights will be back with its 9th edition this year. While we wait for more details to be announced, the hunt for aspiring scare-actors and unusual talents is on. Those interested should attend the auditions:

HHN9 Scare-Actor Audition Details
15, 16, 22 & 23 June 2019
Time: 12pm – 8pm, last registration at 7.30pm
Venue: *SCAPE The TreeTop, Level 5, 2 Orchard Link Singapore 237978

For more information on the auditions, visit USSauditions.com

You can also read my HHN Auditions article for some idea on the process.


A Universal Summer

Universal Studios Singapore USS Park Entrance Globe

A Universal Summer is the new mid-year “event” this year. This departs from single IP-centric summer events in the past, such as the Despicable Me: Minion Breakout Party (2017) and the Jurassic World: Explore and Roar (2018). At the moment, it seems like novel meet and greet sessions will headline this event and the announced line-up includes:

Talking Megatron. This Meet and Greet at Sci-Fi City marks the first appearance of the Megatron character in Singapore, and he’ll be talking. Meet the leader of the Decepticons at USS from 5 July to 18 August.

Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel. The feline duo has appeared in limited sessions recently.

Hawaii-themed Minions. Might as well bring in more Minion costumes that will be needed for Minion Park street shows in the future.


Ancient Egypt: fenced up

Universal Studios Singapore Ancient Egypt barrier 1

Behold, the barricades of Ancient Egypt. Thanks TM for advance info.

Universal Studios Singapore Ancient Egypt barrier 2

Many parts of this zone are fenced up, with the Revenge of the Mummy ride entrance receiving a shelter that breaks the temple’s aesthetics. The fence also blocks the hieroglyphics and signage at the base of the Anubis statues.

Universal Studios Singapore Ancient Egypt barrier 3 at Revenge of the Mummy

Universal Studios Singapore Ancient Egypt barrier 4 at Revenge of the Mummy

Universal Studios Singapore Ancient Egypt barrier 6 at Revenge of the Mummy

Universal Studios Singapore Ancient Egypt barrier 8 at Oasis Spice Cafe

Same thing happening over at Oasis Spice Cafe.

Universal Studios Singapore Ancient Egypt barrier 9 at Oasis Spice Cafe

The fence looks quite permanent, which is unfortunate as they look so intrusive and alien in the zone.

Universal Studios Singapore Ancient Egypt barrier 5 at Revenge of the Mummy

Perhaps they could’ve built the original with faux wood, ropes, and fabric canopies that blend in better, but those options are much more expensive. Besides, I think the barricades are placed mainly to deter guests from sitting and climbing around and lying about the zone’s street architecture. It works well at some places, at the expense of the zone’s theming.

Universal Studios Singapore Ancient Egypt barrier 10 Anubis statues


Park Guide Updates

One of the park information boards at the entrance is replaced with a digital display.

Here’s the old one.

Universal Studios Singapore USS new park maps in Japanese

Also, Japanese park maps are now available at the park entrance.

Universal Studios Singapore Smartphone App

Universal Studios Singapore USS App Park Guide

At long last, USS has its own smartphone app! Many years ago, there was an RWS app that had similar features but the resort stopped updating it.

The app is a comprehensive guide to the park’s line-up of attractions, shows, dining outlets and shops. It even has attraction wait times, and schedules of shows and meet and greet sessions.

Download it here from the App Store for iOS devices. Android version coming soon.


That’s all for this park update! Let me know what you think of the changes happening around the park in the comments.


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7 Responses to USS Park Update: Minion Park and Nintendo World expansions, HHN auditions, Ancient Egypt fences and more

  1. Roz May 26, 2019 at 11:02 am #

    I ride MCA to take a 15 min nap 🤣 it’s a nice way to give the hyper kids a time out from a busy park day. am going to miss it!

  2. Wee-Sen May 26, 2019 at 11:33 am #

    Wizarding world takes up too much footprint. I previously proposed Diagon alley but that would require demolishing Egypt to make room. My argument is that I’m replacing like for like – indoor rollercoaster for indoor rollercoaster. But the gain would be immense with more shops and restaurants – money makers. My other suggestion was a New York expansion for a mini MACUSA area. Space would be next to the Transformers show building and can be completely indoors and not break theme.

    Other than that, yeah glad for the expansion plans though I think we’ll be on par with Orlando for the super Nintendo world. I just hope Genting managed to get something unique. All 4 super Nintendo areas will get the Mario Kart. What differentiates them is the extra, such as the yoshi ride for Japan and the Donkey Kong coaster for Hollywood. I’m hoping we dun clone exactly what Japan is getting as we’re one of the last to debut.

    Finally, thoughts about retheming the lost world area to Jurassic world? I think a Mosasaur encounter would be cool.

  3. zooish May 26, 2019 at 4:43 pm #

    I’m fine with the Ancient Egypt fencing but oh boy those metal canopies are awful and really cheap looking. And do they serve any purpose? As for WWHP, I think that ship has unfortunately sailed for USS. The HP movie franchise isn’t doing as well with Fantastic Beasts and the peak of HP’s popularity has passed.

    • Wee-Sen Choo May 27, 2019 at 2:50 pm #

      Agreed that the new wizarding world movies haven’t been as popular but the fandom is still strong. That’s why they’re still building one in universal studios Beijing. Look at the star wars franchise – the movies have been doing worse but the response to the theme land galaxy’s edge has been phenomenal!

  4. Artemis May 27, 2019 at 12:29 pm #

    Out of curiosity, what would Nintendo’s location then mean for the sake of the Resorts World Sentosa Monorail? That’s a question that’s getting me to ask, as it would seem to me that they’d have to close it down to accomodate the work-flow.

  5. Hakim June 8, 2019 at 7:34 pm #

    The canopy would’ve looked so much better if it were wooden poles with draped canvas cloth as shelter, bit as you have mentioned, it’s costly. And I heard that HHN houses are starting to be constructed with no announcement 😮

  6. Novan Valen June 17, 2019 at 9:29 am #

    It’s been a while since I read your blog. I was quite surprised with the expansion announcement, yet thrilled since USS need this. They’re below par with other Universal Studios, and this major revamp would boost the park’s performance, especially attendance. I know that the Wizarding World would be almost impossible since RWS still owns the majority of USS. But I am pretty sure that Minion Park and Super Nintendo Land would give success in South East Asia.

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