So this year – 2013 – I visited 2 theme parks – LEGOLAND in Johor Bahru Malaysia in January and then Universal Studios Singapore in March. Really happy to be able to visit them, and what more with 2 of my good pals.
LEGOLAND – 12th Jan 2013
KFC Singapore had a promotion at that time, whereby they would give you a 30% off the entrance ticket to LEGOLAND when you purchased one of their meals. This was a fantastic deal, because I calculated we saved around SGD$18! The entrance fee, converted to Singapore dollar, was S$58, but we paid S$40 because of the discount.
What I did was I stayed with my friend, who’s Malaysian, on Friday night and then she drove to LEGOLAND on Saturday.
There are buses that will bring you to LEGOLAND from Singapore
There are also packages offered from time to time by online websites like Groupon and Deal to LEGOLAND.
One of my friends went to LEGOLAND in mid December, and she mentioned to me that it was so crowded that she had to wait up to an hour for the rides, and what was more, it rained. On the day I was there the park was not crowded at all and the sun was up. It was hot but it good weather to be around the park. So its important to plan your visit well to enjoy it to the max.
I was really impressed with the figures at LEGOLAND. I don’t recall having Lego toys as a child, but it is really amazing to see what can be made out of the Lego bricks! And some of the displays could have taken years to be put together. Here I share with you some of my favourites at LEGOLAND:
What I like about the rides in LEGOLAND were that they were family oriented, such that they were right in the middle, not so scary, and yet, not so mild either.
Another similar theme park which I loved very much was ‘Windows of the World’ in Shenzhen, China, which I visited in February 2011.
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS – 9 March 2013
Universal Studios! It opened quite recently I think, within the last couple of years but so many of my friends have already been to it. So was really happy to find out that one of my friends had not and she didn’t mind going. It was KIV for a few months until our visit finally materialised on Sat, 9 March, a week before the 1 week school holidays.
To me, the price of the ticket was expensive – SGD$74. But MasterCard was currently having a promotion of 15% off, so it was $63, plus an additional $5 F&B voucher (which was useful, meals cost $12-$15 at the Madagascar food section where we went). My friend also wanted to pay $50 more for the Express pass, which allowed you to skip the normal queue, and which I agreed, because I’ve heard horror stories of waiting times of up to an hour or more for the rides.
Actually when I look back, I felt that there was no need for the Express Pass, coz once again it all depends on the time of the year you visit the park. In the morning there were not much queues, and later on, when I queued again without the Express Pass for the Transformers Ride, it took me only 15minutes to my turn. And at The Revenge of The Mummy ride, he did not even need my Express pass, he just let me go into the Single Ride lane (which led to the same queue same as the Express Pass lane) as I was by myself. So its really up to you. All in all it was really a bomb, $116 excluding food and souvenirs, but I did have a good time :)
MasterCard also had a 10% discount for retail purchases, which I found out by chance.
I absolutely loved the Transformers 3D ride, it really felt like you were in the movie, fighting with the Autobots against the Decepticons! And it was so addictive, I could go for it again and again!
The Revenge of The Mummy was a blast too – part of the ride was in total darkness!
In fact these 2 movies are amongst my favourites.
And I also loved the Canopy Flyer at Jurassic Park, where your legs dangle freely as you ‘soar’ above, but I felt the ride was too short.. the fun lasted just a few seconds :)
And in Waterworld, you would get drenched, literally.
Shrek 4D adventure was nice, but we sat in the first row, which was too close in my opinion.
And of course, the much talked about Battlestar Galactica! We chose to do the Human ride – and it was exhilarating! A bit giddy afterwards. I would not have survived the Cyclone – it turns you upside down and I don’t do well with upside down roller coasters haha :)
But part of the highlight of my visit was meeting all the mascots!! :D
In fact, it is a dream of mine to be a mascot one day.