October 21, 2012 – Hello everyone! We’re back – this time with an update from Universal Studios Singapore’s “Hollywood” land. Like I mentioned in the video log below, Hollywood is really just an entrance leading up to the rest of the park – which means that it doesn’t appear to hold any of Singapore’s “flagship” attractions. In fact, with the exception of Monster Rock, Hollywood only appears to be home to a collection of shops and restaurants.
So in other words, this short photo update will mainly be covering just the atmosphere and theming of the area. If you have any questions about the park, please leave them in the comments below.
…and as always, happy reading!
Okay, we’re back! Waterfront Station, here we come!
The obligatory Universal uniglobe and arch photograph. Getting the two in the same shot unobstructed was nearly impossible
because the layout of the front entrance. Too many palm trees, and too little space. I’m not sure if they thought this one through.
Size comparison of the arch to an average person. Again, rather short and stumpy – but still much larger than Hollywood.
Through the ticket counters and boom! – Hollywood.
…and like Japan, the whole “Hollywood” area is covered by a giant canopy.
I’m not exactly sure why the Asian parks have such an affinity for this design – Japan and Singapore included.
The whole area seems to draw inspiration from the art deco movement.
Plenty of stylized theming that resemble a romanticized version of Hollywood from the 1930s.
Looking side to side, we have guest amenities…
…the entrance to the Universal Studios Store…
Again, note the beautiful globe plated logo and the design above it..
…and finally, Guest Services.
Looking behind, you have a straight-and-narrow Hollywood sign.
…and further up, a park map.
These are interesting. Think of them as a mix between show times, ride wait times and random park promotions.
Great concept, but very poor implantation. If you needed a specific piece of information, you would
wait around 4-5 minutes until you found the right rotation. Huge pain at times.
Excellent attention to detail.
One last look at the canopy before we make the turn.
…and here we are – the intersection of Hollywood. To the left: Madagascar; to the right: New York; to the center, the Hollywood fountain.
I love the design of the Universal globe in this statue.
Singapore seemed to have taken the Universal brand and ran with it when they designed the park.
Head further up towards the balcony’s edge, and you’ll get a great overview of Universal Studios Singapore.
You can see Ancient Egypt in the center bordering Sci-Fi City to the right and The Lost World to the left.
…and to the right of Sci-Fi City, New York.
If we head left of the statue, we’ll get a bit more theming before merging into Madagascar.
And if we head towards the right, we’ll get Monster Rock and Mel’s Drive-In neighboring New York.
Mel’s Drive-In, which features daily live performances from the Daddy-O’s and Mel’s Dinettes.
Universal’s Monster Rock. Inspired by Universal Studios Florida’s
Beetlejuice’s Rock and Roll Graveyard Revue, this version only stars Universal’s Classic Monsters.
Overall, a good show. Great production values, but again, nothing really worth mentioning.
Both Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Japan share a similar show, so it’s definitely not that unique to Singapore.
One last final view of Hollywood.
Okay, that’s it for today. Stay tuned for an update covering “New York” at Universal Studios Singapore – specifically Lights, Camera, Action! Hosted by Steven Spielberg. Plenty of photos to share of that attraction in the near future.
But for now, do check out our forums and join the conversation, like our Facebook and follow us on Twitter! Again, special thanks goes out to Nicholas over at Dejiki.com. His website features excellent monthly updates from Universal Studios Singapore, so I suggest you check that out if you’re interested in seeing the park through the perspective of a local fan. Comments are of course welcome below, so feel free to shoot us a line if you have anything to say. Until next time…
– Jon Fu