Last June, the travel site TripAdvisor rated Universal Studios Singapore (USS) as the best amusement park in Asia for the fourth consecutive year. Love it or loathe it, USS is one of the go-to destinations for tourists visiting our sunny island, with its world-famous attractions like Battlestar Galactica and Transformers thrill rides, as well as being the venue of popular annual events like the upcoming Halloween Horror Nights.
At the same time, there is also a perception that visiting USS is a costly affair, so we locals tend to shy away from the park and spend our leisure time on less expensive activities.
However, having an enjoyable time at USS does not have to be that expensive. Here are 6 ways how you can save money on your next visit and still have a great time!
# 1 Avoid Buying Drinks In USS
All that walking around is bound to leave you thirsty, which means you will need more than just one drink. Given a soft drink costs at least $3, bringing a water bottle is a great way for you to save money. If you really do need to top up your water bottle, make use of the water fountains scattered around the theme park.
Estimated Savings: $6 – $9
# 2 Buy Your USS Tickets Online
Buying your USS tickets online not only allows you to beat the queues at the ticketing counter, but also enables you to take advantage of online promotions available.
Resorts World Sentosa has an online promotion for Singapore residents, who can get a USS adult one-day ticket for $75, which represents savings of $4 compared to the usual ticket price of $79. A child one-day ticket will cost $56, $3 cheaper than the usual price of $59.
Visitors can also purchase USS tickets through third-party retailers like Klook and Qoo10. Klook often organises seasonal promotions, while Qoo10 offers many discount coupons. If you’ve been an active user, it could be cheaper to buy your USS tickets through these apps.
Estimated Savings: $4+
# 3 Comb For Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) Vouchers On Carousell
You can usually find unused RWS meal and retail vouchers heavily discounted on Carousell, as sellers are desperate to clear their vouchers before they expire. Some of these vouchers can be used at food and retail outlets within USS. However, as with items listed on Carousell, caveat emptor applies. As the buyer, you are responsible for making sure your purchase is legitimate.
Estimated Savings: Between 15% to 20% of your meal and retail expenditure around RWS.
# 4 Get Your Souvenirs Online!
As with all theme parks, there are many retail outlets in USS selling exclusive memorabilia which usually go for a premium price. If you want to save money and comfortable with a slight variation in design, you can consider getting cheaper souvenirs online.
On Lazada, a Minion-themed water bottle is listed for $9.90. You are unlikely to get this price at USS, as according to RWS Scoop, a Minion water bottle goes for between $14.90 to $20.90 (price last updated in Sep 2015).
Buying your souvenirs online also reduces the risk of impulse purchases, as you have more time to consider your purchases and compare prices across different online retailers.
Estimated Savings: Depends on how much souvenirs you’re buying.
# 5 Have your lunch outside USS
Inside the park, a simple lunch can easily cost $12. To save money, you can head to the Mcdonalds or Malaysian Food Street located outside the park, where a typical lunch will cost you between $6 to $8.
Of course, for the cheapest lunch, you can leave Sentosa and proceed to Seah Imm Food Centre on mainland Singapore, where lunch costs about $3. Just remember to walk back to Sentosa or you will need to spend another $2 for the bus ride back.
Estimated Savings: $4 to $9
# 6 Sign up for RWS Invites
If you’re driving to RWS or visiting in a big group, the one-time $8 enrolment fee for an RWS Invites membership is worth the money given the membership perks.
For starters, you will receive Welcome Vouchers which can be used in retail and meal establishments around RWS.
With the RWS Invites Card, you can also earn 3% Invites$ rebates at participating outlets. The card also entitles you to members promotions, including member discounts and exclusive invitations to celebrity chef restaurants, signature events and shows.
Given that the standard parking charge goes for $7 for the first hour and $1 for every subsequent half-hour, if you parked between 10am to 6pm you would be spending $21 on parking alone! The membership offers whole-day parking at Invites$2.50, which is significantly cheaper.
Estimated Savings: At least $20 if you are driving to RWS.
Costs Shouldn’t Be A Barrier To A Great Time
Visiting USS is a great way to spend quality time with family and friends. With a little extra effort, you can make your next visit to USS less expensive, so there’s no reason to miss out on all the fun attractions USS has to offer.
With these handy tips, the next time you visit USS, the only thing you should fear are the thrill rides, not the cost of your visit.
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