Universal Studios Singapore celebrates ‘Tropical Thrills’

by Susan and Simon Veness

Put on your best island-style outfit and meet favorite DreamWorks characters during the Tropical Thrills celebration at Universal Studios Singapore, which started on March 11.

Universal Studios Singapore Tropical Thrills

Universal Studios Singapore is celebrating all things “fun in the sun” with the totally Tropical Thrills celebration, as part of Resort World Sentosa’s resort-wide Frolic in the Tropics event. Dozens of DreamWorks friends are on hand, along with new characters, including the first-ever talking tiki, King Kahula.

There are seven special events and experiences happening at the Studios:

Aloha Talk with King Kahula

Universal Studios Singapore Tropical Thrills Aloha Talk with King Kahula

Walamak Island is the setting for a joke-filled visit with the fast-talking, music-loving tiki “King of fun” during interactive meet and greets.

Tiki Time with the Stars!

Universal Studios Singapore Tropical Thrills Tiki Time with the Stars

Characters from Illumination’s “Despicable Me,” and DreamWorks’ “Trolls” and “Madagascar” join King Kahula, tiki stilt-walkers, and hula characters, all dressed in tropical island outfits. Meet Gru and the Minions, trolls Branch and Poppy, and Madagascar’s Alex, Gloria, and King Julian, plus the brightest star of them all, “glitter troll” Guy Diamond, making his Universal Studios Singapore debut.

Meet and Greets

Sesame Street meet and greet

Additional characters celebrating Tropical Thrills include Shrek, Princess Fiona, Puss in Boots and Kitty Softpaws from DreamWorks’ “Shrek” franchise, and Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster, Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and Grover.

Frolic in RWS Contest

Frolic in RWS contest

Don your most outstanding tropical paradise outfit and take a chance on winning a free ticket to Universal Studios Singapore and S.E.A. Aqauarium, in just three easy steps:

  1. Snap a photo of yourself enjoying the Studios or the aquarium.
  2. Post your photo to Instagram with #FrolicinRWS
  3. Tag 3 of your friends and @RWSentosa

Hula Hero Challenge

Universal Studios Singapore Tropical Thrills Hula Hero Challenge

Be the hula hoop champion you’ve always wanted to be! Spin a hula hoop for 20 seconds without letting it drop and you could be the winner of a One-Day Ticket to Universal Studios Singapore. Participants must spend 30 SGD at Loui’s NY Pizza Parlor (in a single receipt), between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to enter the challenge. Terms and conditions apply.

Taste the Tropics

Universal Studios Singapore Tropical Thrills Taste the Tropics food

Try the Tropical Paradise burger at Mel’s Drive-In, or the creamy Hala Kahiki Pot stew in puff pastry at Loui’s NY Pizza Parlor for tantalizing tastes with an island twist.

Free Treat

Universal Studios Singapore Tropical Thrills Free Treat

Visitors can receive a free treat for every One-Day Ticket purchased with the SG Resident promo code.

Other resort-wide Frolic in the Tropics experiences include Island Escapes accommodation packages, The Sea of Tiki limited-time aquarium experience, Circuit Tiki indoor karting, and The Haute Tropics hotel restaurant specialty food and beverages. For more information visit RWSentosa.com.


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