Tuesday, 24 June 2014

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN, OSAKA, JAPAN

ユニバーサル・スタジオ・ジャパン . 유니버설 스튜디오 재팬 . 日本环球影城


 
At the Universal City train station ユニバーサルシティ駅
We saw many hotels and restaurants during the 5-min walk to the park entrance. Mom was excited about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ opening next month on 15 July 2014.
 
Hotel Keihan Universal Tower ホテル京阪 ユニバーサル・タワー
 - closest to the train station



Universal Citywalk ユニバーサル・シティウォーク大阪 - lots of restaurants and shops here
Hotel Kintetsu ホテル近鉄ユニバーサル・シティ - nearest to the park entrance

















Finally at the entrance to the park
 
We waited for about 30mins to buy the ticket because there were a lot of people.
 

Killing time with Grandma while Mom queues to buy the ticket
Special Student Universal Express Pass

Mom gave me a map and asked me to lead the way.
 
I got free stickers after Mom completed a visitor survey
Mom got a USJ pen


Popcorn is a must - Mom bought the cubic popcorn box for 1530円
(regular popcorn cup costs 450円)



 
Hollywood Dream - The Ride


 
I had the most fun here and we spent almost 3 hours here.
 
Easter Day celebrations in the park
Snoopy Studios


Birchwood School

Snoopy's Great Race




Lucky Draw - 600 for one try


Guess what I won?
The Flying Snoopy
Hello Kitty Fashion Avenue




Onward to Sesame Street Funworld
Elmo's Little Drive - for aged 3-5

 I really wanted to try this ...

Many fun activities in Elmo's Imagination Playland
Bert and Ernie's Wonder - The Sea - balls fall out from the shower heads
Elmo's Bubble Bubble - I can ride this on my own! (min height of 92cm)
Big Bird's Big Nest
Cookie Monster Kitchen
500円 for the burger, and add 300円 for the box
 




Sesame's Big Drive, for ages 6-12
Very fascinated with
Ernie's Rubber Duckie Race









 

Pasta Set that includes fries and a drink 1450円. Note servings are rather small


Snoopy Kids Set 990円 + Milk Shake with souvenir cup 680円
Seats here were in high demand. Only for kids!
My favourite souvenir, always

JAWS® @ Amity Village
It took a lot of persuasion from Mom to get me to take this scary ride!

Something tells me this is not a normal boat ride
Keeping myself busy for the 50-min wait
Prepare to get wet! No photos during the ride

My solace!

Jurassic Park



Jurassic Park – The Ride®

It was near the park closing time, so most of the rides had stopped, and we could only take pictures on our way to the exit.








Special Attraction
We managed to squeeze in 1 more before we had to go!



And some shopping at the end!




Another satisfied customer - Churritos for 450円




Dinner @ Universal Citywalk ユニバーサル・シティウォーク
Grandma returned from her shopping in the city to meet us for dinner. There were many restaurants and it was hard to choose.
 

 
 
 
Mom's Notes
  • Rates quoted were as of Jun 2014. Entrance fees have since increased
  • The Universal Express Pass may not be a value buy for young children as there are several rides with height requirements, or the rides are simply too scary for them!
  • Pre-purchasing the entrance tickets from travel agencies is recommended - saves you time from the queuing
  • Shades, cap and sunblock are recommended to shield from the blazing sun
  • There are plenty of indoor attractions so it's playtime, rain or shine
  • In comparison to Singapore, USS Japan is about 3 times bigger, so expect plenty of walking; spending 2 days in the park is recommended
  • Universal Citywalk was relatively quiet and empty, so I supposed it wasn't very popular with the majority. No complaints as a place to settle a quick dinner before heading back to hotel
    
 
 
     Address:    〒554-0031大阪府大阪市此花区桜島2丁目1番33号
     Tel:            0570-20-0606
     Directions:  Take JR Yumesaki Line ゆめ咲線 from Nishikujo Station 西九条駅 to
                      Universal City Station ユニバーサルシティ駅
     Opening Hours:  Refer to calendar
     Admission Fees: Adults 6,980円 (above 12) / Child 4,880円 (4-11 years) (1-Day
                             Studio Pass)
 
 

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