Latest CNNGo.com "Say What? with mrbrown" column: It's finally open — First look (and ride) at Universal Studios Singapore
I am a theme park junkie. It started when my father took me to Gay World amusement park, in the days when the word meant carefree or happy. We had the best of times on the carousel, in the vomit-inducing rotating teacup rides, and the electric bumper cars. There was even a daredevil motorcycle show where two riders rode inside a giant cylindrical concrete hole, mostly riding on the walls.
Those days gave way to sophisticated theme parks like Disneyland, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and Universal Studios in the US, where I went on vacation as kid as well as for my honeymoon.
And now, Singapore has its own theme park -- Universal Studios Singapore, located in Resorts World Sentosa.
My first impression was how small the place was. I was used to sprawling grounds but upon inspection, I realized that while the physical size of the park was compact, they managed to squeeze many rides and attractions in the smaller space, kind of like Singapore itself, cramming everything into a small amount of space.
Either that or when I was a child, my legs were shorter and distances felt further. (cont'd)