Universal Studios Singapore (USS) is the Singaporean Universal Studios theme park located within (and maintained by) Resorts World Sentosa on Sentosa Island, Singapore. It is the second Universal Studios theme park in Asia (Universal Studios Japan being the first) and the first Universal Studios theme park within Southeast Asia. After four years of development and construction, followed by a soft opening period from March 18 to October 26 in 2010, the park officially opened on May 28, 2011.
The New York area of the park features Sesame Street attractions, including three live outdoor shows. Eight (walk-around) characters – Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Ernie, Bert, Oscar the Grouch, Grover and Abby Cadabby – appear in these shows as well as in meet-and-greet sessions. An indoor ride, entitled Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase, will open before the end of 2012, in the former location of the unfinished Stage 28 attraction.
Sesame Street debuted at USS on May 28, 2012. A press conference, along with preview performances of the live shows, was held at the park on May 24. Prior to the news announcement, Resorts World Sentosa released two teasers - the first one, entitled "Treasure", on May 17 and the second one, "Crumbs", on May 22. Both teasers were intended to pique people's curiosity about the park's newest addition, while at the same time, indicate some of the obvious.
The live shows are performed three times daily on New York street, on the front steps of the Public Library.
- When I Grow Up – A 12-minute stage show featuring Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Grover, Bert and Ernie, performed on the front steps of the Public Library. A trimmed down version of the Sesame Street Live show of the same name (both the original and the updated version).
- Dance with Bert and Ernie – A seven-minute show with Bert, Ernie, Elmo and Grover. Originally performed outside Rockefeller Center.
- Our Favorite Things – Bert, Oscar and Cookie Monster sing about the things they love in this six-minute show. Originally performed outside Loui’s Pizza and Union City News Agency.
Showtimes and performances vary on different days. See the USS park brochure for show schedules. (Note: The brochure does not specify which show will be performed.)
Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase
Main article: Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase
Sesame Street merchandise, both park-exclusive items and imports, are available in the park's gift shops, including Big Bird's Emporium. There is also a Sesame Street School Bus retail cart outside Rockefeller Center, the former location for The Yellow Cab Co. Taxi (which has moved to Water Street, near KT Grill). Additionally, some existing food/beverage and merchandise outlets, like The Brown Derby, have been rethemed.
Loui's Pizza will host a Sesame Street Breakfast program starting in late 2012. The breakfast program will not be included in the day-pass to USS; guests will have to reserve their tickets online or purchase their tickets at the ticketing booth upon entering the park.
- Official site
- Nick Sim, "Video: Universal Studios Singapore hints at Sesame Street ride for 2013", Theme Park Tourist, May 18, 2012.