Thursday, September 15, 2011

Prayer Room / Surau at Universal Studios Singapore

We visited Universal Studios Singapore on April 2011 with my two small kids who were then 1 year old and 2.5 years old, even though there were not many rides that they can take, my kids still enjoyed the Lost World and Shrek 4D adventure.At that time, my 2.5 years old was not exposed to Madagascar as yet but he still enjoyed the Madagascar Boogie Show (showing at 11.00am, 12.30pm, 2.00pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm and 6.30pm). We also saw Po aka Kung Fu Panda though my 1 year old was terrified of Po and Frankenstein. We didn't go for Shrek daily meet and greet though (daily 10.30am -6.00pm) We didn't want to bother queuing with a 1 year old in tow.

Tickets for Universal Studios Singapore are as such:

One Day Pass Non-Peak Period: SGD68 (adults - 13 to 64 years old) and SGD50 (kids 4 to 12 years old)
One Day Pass Peak Period : SGD74 (adults) SGD54 (kids)
Two Days Pass: SGD118 (adults) SGD88 (kids)

If you would like to coincide your visit to Universal Studios Singapore with the Hollywood Dream Parade (HDP), the parade is on Saturdays, Sundays and selected holidays at 6.00pm, you can check the schedule at Resort World Sentosa's website here.

If you have small kids like mine and don't think it's worth it to pay  for your tickets when your kids can't really enjoy the rides, you can opt for the Hollywood After Hours (HAH) on selected Fridays and Saturdays from 7.00pm - 10.00pm, tickets are at SGD5.00 per person available on-site from 6.30pm on actual day subject to availability. Do catch the Lake Hollywood Spectacular (fireworks show set to music) at 9.00pm. You can check the schedule of Universal Studios Singapore; Hollywood After Hours at Resort World Sentosa's website here.

universal studios halal food singapore
One of the halal restaurants in USS : Mel's Drive In

Are there halal food joints at Universal Studios Singapore? Yes there are just check out the attraction map given to you and look out for the MUIS halal logo at the joint.

Is there a prayer room / surau at Universal Studios Singapore? Yes there is too! It is located near the entrance. How cool is that? I think they should be given the thumbs up don't you? The only thing is there is no partition to separate the men and the women, but the room is spacious enough and there are some prayer mats and telekungs provided. You also need to take your ablution in the toilet; which is on the right corner immediately after the entrance and the surau is at the left corner immediately after the entrance. 

The surau is inside the "Guest Services" building and is just next to the baby room. I was told that the room is locked and you have to ask the concierge for the key, but when we were there, the room is unlocked and we are able to enter freely.

(Note to Reader: the prayer room has since  been relocated to "Sci-Fi section" of Universal Studios Singapore; please note that if you are there for Hollywood Happy Hours, you will not be able to use the prayer room for Maghrib prayers as they will have closed out that section in preparation for the fireworks show at 9.00pm, for the sake of other Muslims reading this post, I encourage those that visit USS to update me if there are any changes so that we can all benefit from it. Thanks!) 

The Prayer Room at Universal Studios Singapore

Is there a baby room in Universal Studios Singapore? You betcha and  I simply love it! Complete with television playing Barney and other kids videos, baby chair for you to feed your child while he watches television, an island for you to make milk or prepare your kid's meal, hot water, a sink and if I remember correctly a microwave? (ok, you need to double check that)

So how to get to Universal Studios Singapore? 

By Bus from Woodlands Regional Interchange:

Take bus service no 963R -only available on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.

By MRT: 

Take the North-East Line and alight at HarbourFront Station then either take the Sentosa Express at 3rd level Vivo City (Lobby) OR go to the bus stop outside Vivo City and take bus service RWS 8.

Alternatively, you can choose to drive there or take a cab.

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