Universal Studios Singapore – Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase

Written by MiceChat Staff. Posted in Features, Universal Studios

Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

frontpagepicUSS

Published on August 20, 2013 at 1:20 am with 11 Comments

Please help us welcome Nicholas Yau to the MiceChat family. He’ll be covering Universal Studios Singapore for us from time to time and may have other treats for us as well. We are delighted to have him on the team and look forward to seeing what this beautiful little park has to offer.  – Dusty

Greetings MiceChat! In my first post, I’ll give you a tour of the new Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase attraction which is the newest ride to open at Universal Studios Singapore.

SSC_RideFacade

Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase

This cute little attraction is the world’s first Sesame Street themed dark ride. It takes guests of all ages on an imaginative adventure through space to recover spaghetti which has been stolen by Macaroni the Merciless – the evil villain of this attraction.

SSC_Opening1

This ride is located in the New York area of the park, across the road from Lights, Camera, Action! (a Backdraft-like special effects show). The stretch of building facades, except for the ride’s entrance, were repainted early this year to match the bright and colorful look of the marquee.

Spaghetti Space Chase officially opened on 1st March 2013. Here are some photos of the opening ceremony – featuring a performance of “Another Sunny Day” with Super Grover arriving on top of a building across the street!

SSC_Opening4

SSC_Opening5

This is the park’s first ride opening ceremony which occurred during normal park hours, allowing park guests (especially the young ones) to be part of this special moment. The park also held a Street Carnival during the opening weekend, allowing guests to participate in simple street games and walk away with prizes.

Now, let’s go back to the ride. This is a slow moving family dark ride, which has been crammed into a very tiny show building. When the wait time is anything above 20 minutes, the queue spills out to the streets of New York. Like so:

SSC_RideQueueOutside

There’s very little room to queue.

SSC_RideQueue

The queue inside the building is really cramped. It is so narrow that most guests won’t be able to absorb all the nice details in the queue. Thankfully, there are video screens to relay the back-story for the ride.

SSC_RideQueue2

SSC_RideQueue3

Before we take a ride, let’s take a look at the ride vehicle:

SSC_RideLoading

Each vehicle seats 4 guests, 2 per row, with individual lap bars. These “spaceships” are suspended on a track (like Peter Pan at Disneyland) and are able to gently tilt during the ride.

SSC_RideLoading2

Did you notice the background of the loading area? It’s a long painted mural, like the classic Fantasyland dark rides.

SSC_Ride01

Each row on the ride vehicle is equipped with a video screen, showing Super Elmo. Elmo talks to you during the ride.

SSC_Ride02

On to the ride itself: After leaving the loading platform, the spaceship travels down Sesame Street, with guests playing the role of “Super Sidekicks.” You are being cheered on by several iconic characters in this scene since you’ll be on your way to save the day and retrieve the stolen spaghetti.

SSC_Ride03

Towards the end of the street, Abby Cadabby appears on one of the windows and works her magic – causing the spaceship to float and ascend gently. Our spaceship then turns left after meeting Super Grover.

SSC_Ride05A

The scene suddenly changes perspective – this time facing the sky, with boards showing buildings surrounding the ride vehicle. There are a few fancy tricks of strobe lighting and fog, spaceships blast off into the sky with Super Grover. Clouds part and soon our spaceship enters a field of stars.

SSC_Ride05B

The next few scenes are set in outer space, which are too dark for me to capture in photos. Super Grover tracks down the spaghetti, but before he could retrieve them, he is captured by Macaroni’s minions. Macaroni uses his ship’s tractor beam to capture our spaceship!

SSC_Ride06

Suddenly, Abby Cadabby appears and uses her magic to rescue the Super Sidekicks! She also leads the spaceships to Macaroni’s Secret Lair…

SSC_Ride07

As the spaceship turns into the lair, the intruder alarm goes off – Oh no! Security cameras show live footage of us drifting into Macaroni’s hideout.

SSC_Ride08

Super Grover is trapped and is being tortured by Macaroni’s minions.Yikes!

SSC_Ride09A

Abby Cadabby is heard giggling again, and suddenly the Sesame Street gang teleports into Macaroni’s lair.

SSC_Ride09B

In a dramatic scene, all of the Sesame Street friends overwhelm Macaroni and take over his lair. They also send all of the stolen spaghetti back home.

SSC_Ride10

Mission Success! Abby Cadabby sends us back to New York…

SSC_Ride11

In the ride’s final scene, Elmo is happy to have his spaghetti back. With a change of heart, Macaroni is now a waiter, offering Elmo meatballs.

SSC_RideExit

The ride exit leads to Big Bird’s Emporium – one of the new stores selling Sesame street merchandise.

SSC_Shop

It’s a fun little dark ride for kids – the story is humorous in the typical silly Sesame Street style.

However, Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase is a very short adventure, taking just about 2.5 minutes. The narrative is delivered very rapidly, and the ride has a lot going on in most of the scenes. Add the on-ride video screens, and there is a LOT that guests need to process. There’s never really a dull moment. The attraction also has chirpy music and excellent voice acting from the Sesame Street cast.

The ride would be enhanced with a larger show building – especially for the outer space scenes (the crowd favorite). Unfortunately, the characters in the ride do not resemble their screen counterparts closely enough. They have very limited movement and have a plastic appearance – they remind me of Happy Meal toys – and the jarring mouthpiece lines don’t look good for a ride opening in 2013. This issue is made worse since the characters also appear on video screens (the more fluid and expressive video characters look great but make the animatronics look a bit cheap).

SSC_RideAACloseUp

The ride has a lot of scenes, but yet the show building is very, very tiny. In fact, it’s smaller that just the queue for other rides in the par. The space was originally meant as a pre-show for Stage 28, a studio walk-through attraction that was originally planned for Singapore, but never built. It is remarkable that the park managed to build a single-level ride (especially one that simulates space travel) within such a tiny footprint. That means that the ride’s show scenes are narrower, but also brings a benefit – the characters are very close to guests.

Despite not using the latest animatronics or 3D projections, Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase still delights its target audience and is a good addition to the park. It is also the first ride of its kind at Universal Studios Singapore – a theme park that has always been designed to be family-friendly.

The Sesame Street experience at Universal Studios Singapore is not just one dark ride. There are street shows, character breakfast and merchandise stores which accompany this attraction.

We will take a look at another popular attraction at Universal Studios Singapore next month. Stay tuned!

For more Universal Park news from around the globe, join Lee, Tracey & Darren as they discuss all the latest Universal news, rumors and information!

About Nicholas Yau Nicholas loves visiting theme parks and has been frequenting Universal Studios Singapore since it opened its gates. He is now on MiceChat to share what the park on the other side of the globe has to offer. Check out his blog, Dejiki.com, which features trip reports, reviews and photos of theme parks, as well as his other interests.

About MiceChat Staff

Browse Archived Articles by

11 Comments

Comments for Universal Studios Singapore – Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase are now closed.

  1. [...] Taken from: Universal Studios Singapore – Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase – MiceChat [...]

  2. Hi Nicholas

    I’ve been following your blog Dejiki.com for quite some time and happy to see you have join the MiceChat family. The figures are very basic but it seems like the park is involving around Guests demand. And has a rather aggressive strategy when it comes to new investments. I understand a new ride of some kind involving Kung Fu Panda is also in the works.

    I hope you’ll be covering this years Horror Nights because I’ve been reviewing the line up online and rather interested by the Sisters of Evil theme. A lot more then the slash and gore fest coming to this years Orlando Horror Nights.

    • Hi Malin,

      Great to hear from you here! I will be covering Singapore’s Halloween Horror Nights to great detail this year – keep a look out for it!

  3. Welcome aboard Nicholas! Really looking forward to more coverage from the park. The Sesame Street ride looks really cute. Though you are absolutely right when you say it’s a shame the show building wasn’t a bit larger. I can also imagine what the animatronics would look like if they were fur and fabric covered instead of plastic. But, overall it looks like a good addition to the park and something for kids and adults alike to enjoy. The ride system looks great on this attraction.

    • Hi Dusty,

      I hope the park eventually upgrade some of the characters. There are actually two figures (aliens on a spaceship) that has a fabric exterior, and they look great!

  4. Great review and cute ride – wonder if Sesame Place near me would ever get something like that. I agree about the AA’s though — they are already puppets! The transition to AA should be “perfect” – one of the reasons Henson was very eager to work with Disney, if I’ve heard correctly. I guess the target demo won’t really care :)

  5. Thank you Nicholas.

  6. Welcome Nicholas. I’m very excited to see all your future updates from such a distant park.

  7. [...] That means that the rides show scenes are narrower, but also brings a benefit the characters are very close to guests. Despite not using the latest animatronics or 3D projections, Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase still delights its target audience and is a good addition to the park. It is also the first ride of its kind at Universal Studios Singapore a theme park that has always been designed to be family-friendly. The Sesame Street experience at Universal Studios Singapore is not just one dark ride. There are street shows, character breakfast and merchandise stores which accompany this attraction. More: http://micechat.com/38111-universal-studios-singapore-sesame-street-spaghetti-space-chase/ [...]

  8. Hi Nicholas, welcome to MiceChat.

    Thanks for covering USS. I wish you had started blogging for MiceChat a few months ago, because I made my first visit to USS this past weekend. My thoughts about the Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase is to only ride if you have young children and/or the line is less than 20 minutes. Otherwise this ride isn’t worth the wait.

    One surprise of my trip was the Monster Rock show. This was a very fun and entertaining show. Much better than I expected.

    I’m looking forward to your future USS columns.

  9. Great article Nicholas! I can’t wait to see more from you here on MiceChat!