Day Twenty-Five/ Universal Studios

Trip Start Dec 17, 2011
Trip End Jan 14, 2012

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Today, we had been looking forward to visiting Universal Studios.  We had planned to get up early, but because of the jet lag, we haven't been sleeping too well.  We still made it to breakfast by 7:45am, and we took a taxi by about 8:45.
We took a cable car over to Sentosa Island.  The cable car is the first in the world that contains a VIP carriage, which is 7-star rated. Singapore seems to love being cutting-edge, and having world firsts.  In the cable car building, there was a list- World First Sleigh Ride in the Air, world first VIP carriage, world's best toilet (as voted by an International French website), etc, etc.  This cable car is pretty spectacular, though, as it moves through the middle of an office building.
We moved from the cable car to Universal Studios just aft er 10am, when the park opens.
The park has seven different 'worlds'- New York, Hollywood, Madagascar, Ancient Egypt, Sci-Fi, Far Far Away and The Lost World.  All of these were based on movies made, obviously, by Universal Studios.
The thing that impressed me the most was the commitment to the themes, it was simply exceptional. There was such attention to detail--- hieroglyphics, tombs, Egyptian statues in the waiting queue of one of the rides in the Ancient Egypt section.  They really seemed to try hard to design the props in a way that it would entertain you as you waited for the ride.  They also provided water bubblers throughout the queues, accommodating for the humid Singaporean temperatures.
The park wasn't too big, but at least we finished it in the day. We went on all the big rides, and just left the ones for the children.
There were two rides to commemorate the Battlestar Galactica.  One was called 'Cylone', and the other, 'Human', to depict the battle between the two species in the movie.  Cylone was the best roller coaster that I have ever been on; it featured 5 times going upside down, fast speeds, zooming through a fine mist, it was so much fun. 
On each of the rides, they were styled to appear as if we, the rider, was on a mission, like one in the movie.  On our return to the station, the employees would applaud us, as if we had successfully completed the mission.  The park had really tried to show authenticity such as that in every possible opportunity.
There were also many shows.  They had one that featured 'monsters' such as the Phantom of the Opera, She-Wolf, a mummy dancing and singing.  The show was okay, but I had honestly expected a little better.  I wonder if the guy who played the Phantom of the Opera brags that he plays the famous Phantom, but leaves out the part that its in a show at Universal Studios.
The other show we saw was based on the movie Waterworld.  I had never heard of this movie, but mum and dad seemed to indicate that this was not a bad thing. Though it did not make a good movie, the show was very spectacular.  There were pyrotechnics galore,  and many water effects.  The front few rows got soaked, but everyone had a good time.
We finished the day with a cable car ride back to the main island, and back to our room for some sandwiches for dinner.
Unfortunately, we also received some very sad news at the end of the day.  Our love and prayers are with Pete tonight, during this very difficult time. All of the Fishers are thinking of you.
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Ron & Lyn on

You've seeen something that wasn't there when we were last on the island; we enjoyed the photos.
Nana & Pa

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