Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Universal Studios Singapore - First Videos !

Universal Studios Singapore sneak preview week has began and first videos of the park were posted on Youtube. But first the last news about the park "real" opening: As i told you before this sneak preview allows the guests to "visit" the park, enjoy the decors, have dinner in the restaurants and of course come back home with some souvenirs items from the shops. No rides were open as some of them are not totally operationals.

I've been told that the Jurassic Park Adventure, the Madagascar ride, the Lights, Camera, Action special effects show located in the New York area and the Ancient Egypt Treasure Hunters Jeep Ride must be complete before Universal will open the Park for "real", i.e with all rides open for the guests. I've also heard that the park could be open in soft opening mode from March 3, but as it will be about the 5th time that it has been announced we will see on that day if it's true or not...

So far, the buzz from the guests about the park is very good and apparently they liked what they saw during these sneak preview days. Although the visitors won't probably notice it, Universal teams have still a lot of details to finish up and the next weeks will give them the needed time to put the final touch before the Grand Opening celebration.

Sunday was also the Casino opening day and if what i've been told is right the Casino attracted 75,000 Visitors in it's first day, which is simply phenomenal. Disney, who was asked by Chinese officials if it could be possible to have a casino on the future Shanghaî Disneyland resort - and who apparently refused - is probably doing a big mistake as in Asia the word "Casino" not only means big money but also a lot of people coming in. My feeling is that the biggest danger for Hong Kong Disneyland is not only Universal Studios Singapore and its great rides but also the casino nearby. We'll see in one year if Hong Kong Disneyland has been hurt or not by Resorts World Sentosa.

And now here is a selection of videos, all shoot and posted on Youtube by myfamilyng, except the last video. They're all short videos so the download shouldn't take too long.

The first one below show the Universal Studios Singapore entrance and ticket booths.

On this next one, the Hollywood area and also a bit of the Madagascar land entrance.

Newt, a panoramic view of the New York Streets.

This next video show the Battlestar Galactica coaster in Sci-Fi City and the entrance to Ancient Egypt land.

These three next short videos show the spectacular decor of Ancient Egypt land.

The next video shows a panoramic view of the Far Far Away land and especially the castle.

Although the rides are not open, guests can enjoy some "streetmosphere" like this Madagascar "dance" in the Madagascar land...

...or experience some street dance in the New York Street area.

This last video show Sci-Fi City at night. It's a "family" video posted on Youtube by jiopzxcvbnm but it has some interesting night shots of the land.

MANY more pictures and videos of other lands are now on line HERE and HERE.

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Youtube videos: copyright myfamilyng and jiopzxcvbnm


Unknown said...

The more photos and videos I see of this place the more impressed I get!

It's looking fantastic, and the couple of night shots I've seen now look really good! The video of sci-fi city confirm that again and the battlestar coaster looks well lit.

Time to start seriously looking at the cheapest flights from Australia!

Anonymous said...

It might be the best Universal park, but definitely not on par with Disney parks.

Anonymous said...

The theming is great! Universal shows that they also, like Disney, care for emersive environments, but I still think this park is too small and everything is built so close to each other. And what's that ridicilous area music around the castle? Pop music? That's lame!

Anonymous said...

The Madagascar: A Crate Adventure has been confirmed to be open in Mid-2010 instead. (It was mention by the staff and also on the official site) < The reason was because they failed to meet some sort of criteria.

By the way, all the 20 attractions that are schedule to open this year have actually been completed 1 to 2 months ago. There are much more testing to be carry out. You know, Universal always believe in safety first.

Silverwulf said...

The park certainly looks great, while yes it's on the compact size...oddly enough it has more major attractions then when Disney opens a new park.

As for the music in Far Far Away, in all honesty the pop music fits. Let's face it, all the Shrek films run on pop music.

Anonymous said...

Firstly, Its never on par with Disneyland cos its EVEN BETTER then disneyland unless you are a 5 - 15 year old girl who wish to be a princess.

Secondly, Far Far Away plays pop music as Shrek soundtrack is mostly the genre of music. All the different themed land plays music from the movie. So its NOT lame.

Lastly, I have to admit the park is relatively small and the theme lands are really quite close to each other. On the other hand, you can really feel the different atmosphere as the music changes from land to land.