Vote of the week: Theme Park Insider’s four-day weekend Asian tour

By Robert Niles: One week from now, you’ll be following along on a theme park trip of a lifetime.

Madagascar at Universal Studios SingaporeMadagascar: A Crate Adventure at Universal Studios Singapore

We’ll be starting Friday in Singapore, where we’ll be on hand for the media premiere of Transformers: The Ride at Universal Studios Singapore. We’ll have interviews with Transformers film director Michael Bay, who served as a creative consultant on the ride, and lead designer Thierry Coup of Universal Creative – not to mention our first look at this newest creation from the team that put together The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

Concept art of a Transformers show scene

From there, on Saturday we’ll be taking a look at the rest of Universal Studios Singapore, visiting many of the other rides and shows at Universal’s newest theme park. I’ll be grabbing all the photos and video I can, and taking notes for a week-long, in-depth look at this park, to be featured on the Theme Park Insider Blog Flume later in December.

But the trip’s just getting started.

Saturday night, I’ll be boarding a red-eye flight on Singapore Airlines for a trip to Tokyo, where on Sunday morning I’ll be visiting Tokyo Disneyland. I’ve been taking notes on Disney’s first theme park outside the United States and am looking forward to spending the day at a park that mixes much of the best of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom with the best of the original Disneyland.

Monday morning, we’re heading over to Tokyo DisneySea, for a day at the only theme park outside the US to be named the winner of the Theme Park Insider Award for World’s Best Theme Park. In addition to riding many of the park’s unique attractions, we’ll also be trying some of the unique food items found only in the park. (Yep, we’re finally going to try the Gyoza Dog!)

But with only two days in Tokyo, I can’t try everything. So I’ll leave a couple of the decisions up to you. The Tokyo Disney theme parks are known for the wide variety of popcorn flavors sold in the parks, far beyond the salt and occasional caramel flavors available in US theme parks. Let’s choose one flavor of each:



Like with Universal Studios Singapore, I’m planning special week-long insider looks at each of the Tokyo Disney theme parks later in December.

I’ve enjoyed reading your many requests for what to cover on the trip, and eagerly await any other requests in the comments. Thank you again for reading Theme Park Insider!

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