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  • Tips on Planning a Family Trip to Universal Studios Singapore

    SP’s resident writer shares the highlights of her recent trip to Universal Studios Singapore and gives handy tips on planning a family trip.
    by Stephanie F. Esguerra .
  • Gone are the days when Pinoys had to fly all the way to the U.S. to experience world-class quality theme parks. Fortunately, they can now be enjoyed in countries nearer home. For instance, Resorts World has brought Universal Studios to Asian shores with Universal Studios Singapore.

    The great thing about Singapore is that it’s only a good three- to four-hour flight from Manila, and it’s in the same time zone as the Philippines, so no worries about jet lag. It also helps that there are plenty of seat sales year-round offered by various airlines which parents can avail of to maximize their vacation budget.

    Those flying to Singapore via Philippine Airlines, for instance, can present their boarding pass at Resorts World Sentosa Singapore to avail of a 10 percent discount. Discounts will vary depending on the rate (weekends and school holidays are peak dates). To pick out the best date for your visit, check out the 2011 Calendar for Universal Studios Singapore tickets, where peak, non-peak and black out dates are indicated. I flew via Cebu Pacific a few months back and decided to go on a Friday, assuming that it would be a non-peak date.

    The theme park is divided into seven zones: Hollywood, Madagascar, Far Far Away (Shrek), Lost World (Jurassic Park), Ancient Egypt (The Mummy), Sci Fi City (Battlestar Galactica) and New York.

    There are plenty of rides in each zone, with several options safe enough for young children. You’ll have an easier time choosing which rides to try as park attendants post the average waiting time for each. Must-try rides are the Shrek 4-D Adventure, the Canopy Flyer, Battlestar Galactica: Human vs. Cyclon and the Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure. Don’t miss WaterWorld, a free water show where you’ll witness death-defying stunts, explosions and other amazing special effects.

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