The Prudential Marina Bay Carnival 2019: Five More Fun Days To Go!

Grab your thrill-seeking friends!

All good things come to an end so grab your thrill-seeking friends to  The Prudential Marina Bay Carnival. It has been around since Dec 2018 and its last day is on 24 Mar 2019. Five days left!!

IMG-20181230-WA0001 editedMy weekend in Singapore just got so much more excited since I walked passed by with my friends at this carnival last Jan 2019. Since then, I have been there for four times! It is usually when I have visitors to show around Singapore, then this is one of the exciting place that I’d like to bring them to. The weather has been fantastic. It is amazing how the whole carnival evolves as the sun sets – the neon lights truly brought the whole evening to life!

At our first visit, we just walked around the carnival site and I was glad to see various games, rides and instagram-friendly set-ups on site! I was jumping with joy to see all the cuddly soft toys for prizes and they were of high quality! On our next visits only then we started playing some games and shouting our lungs off on some rides. Most of my housemates won a bunch of plushies especially the guys from playing their fave basketball challenge.

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It was indeed a memorable time of the year for us and it truly made my first Singapore Carnival experience colourful and sparkling with joy! If you’ve never been there before, you better catch its last 5 days before it kisses you goodbye!

THE RIDES

Among all the 19 rides, I have only tried two:

  1. WAVE SWINGER
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    Photo by Prudential Marina Bay Carnival

    This is like the centrepiece of the entire carnival. Wave Swinger hails from Italy and is making its appearance for the first time in Southeast Asia. If you take a closer look at the many vividly coloured panels – you’ll spot painted murals of landmarks across the globe like the Eiffel Tower, Colosseum and even Singapore’s very own Gardens By The Bay and Marina Bay Sands. Once you’re done admiring its artsy side, dash on the single or double swing chairs. You’ll be whirled around in the air,  giving you a bird’s-eye view of the entire carnival. Thrill factor: 7/10. Despite its charming appearance, the ride is deceptively scary. It starts off leisurely but goes into top speed halfway, where you’ll be swung “out” at a steep angle.

  2. JUMPER JUMPERI so love this graffiti-themed Jumper Jumper. I’ve done this ride twice and I managed to take a video at the second time! One of the best memory for keeps! (Got some serious love hate relationship with my phone after this) .

    Thrill factor for me is 8/10. From the moment you’re strapped up, you’ll feel as if you’re riding a furious bull in a rodeo, in time with a catchy beat. The gravity-defying jumps will make your stomach lurch, so erm..try not to ride this on a full stomach.

THE FOOD

Photo by Marina Bay Carnival

You don’t have to worry if you come with an empty stomach as you can lounge at the food area and get serenaded with live-bands while cooling down with a pint or soda – which ever suits you best!

THE PRICES

Some people frankly made it seem like it’s an absolute rip-off and that no one should go or something but I thought my experience was rather pleasant. You just have to do your research and plan your money right.

For us, we walked around and ‘prioritised’ which rides we wanted to sit on or what games we wanted to play. Basically strategising how exactly we wanted to spend our money. FOOD WAS NOT CONSIDERED AT ALL (I don’t understand (and probably never will) people who go for carnivals and get food and complain about how it’s a rip-off. Of course it’s a rip-off. Go for the main attractions) .

I also heard that you can get early bird discounts online. Keep an eye on this when the carnival returns in its next edition. Here’s a reference for you on the pricelist:

Details on Prudential Marina Bay Carnival

  • Entry fee: FREE
  • Price of Credits: S$1 for 1 credit
  • Date: 22nd Dec 2018 to 24th March 2019
  • Operating hours: 4pm to 11pm daily (Last entry at 10:30pm)
  • Address: Bayfront Event Space, 12A Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018970
  • Nearest MRT: Bayfront, Downtown MRT (Downtown and Circle Line)
  • By Bus: 1, 97, 97E, 106, 133, 400, 402, 513, 653, 655, 657, 661, 662, 664, 666, 667, 668, 669, 670, 982E
  • Nearest Carparks: Marina Bay Sands, Red Dot Design Museum (Wilson carpark), Marina Bay Financial Centre, OUE Building

UNVEILED! Marina Bay Sands’ New Water & Light Show, SPECTRA!

The new permanent light and water show is named ‘Spectra’. It was unveiled last night, 2 June 2017, at 8pm to steer a new era of entertainment. 

So, the Marina Bay Sands’ water & light show has been under renovation for a couple of months and I was one of those people who has been checking when it is going to re-open. I heard that they are working for a new show and I was really excited about it. I came to Singapore on 2012 and the show has always been the same. But it is still one of the my favorite place to hang out and I do not mind going alone even for the hundredth time. I also always recommend it to my friends who are visiting in Singapore especially it is a free-to-public outdoor light & water show displayed over the water at the Event Plaza along the promenade.

The new permanent light and water show is named ‘Spectra’. It was unveiled last night, 2 June 2017, at 8pm to steer a new era of entertainment. As expected, the 15-minute show is really mesmerizing with its dancing water fountains, colorful visual arts, inspiring orchestral soundtrack and special lighting effects.  I was not really able to focus much on the show because I was busy taking photos and videos around.  I will come again for that. It is said that it reflects Singapore’s journey as a multicultural society into the cosmopolitan city she is today, with each of the 4 acts seamlessly flowing into the next.

Below is a sneak peek on some parts of the different acts. Unfortunately, I have not taken a full video of the show because my phone memory suddenly  got full 😦

Showtimes:
(Opens 2 June)
Sunday – Thursday – 8pm & 9pm
Friday & Saturday – 8pm, 9pm and 10pm

Now that it just re-opened and if you are planning to catch the show, you have to expect a flock of people. It would be better if you can come earlier before the show time and save yourself a good spot.

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Audiences enjoying taking photos and video on the show

Along with the Spectra’s opening was also a public launch of the second installment of Open Stage. It is said to be another initiative by Marina Bay Sands to nurture up-and-coming local music acts. There will be free quarterly concert series that will feature brightest talents in music from Singapore and the Southeast Asian region.

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Public launch of the “Open Stage”

Both events, which will take place at the Event Plaza, with Open Stage starting at 7:15pm, followed by the light at water show at 8.00pm.

I hope you enjoyed this article. Bring your family and friends and be enthralled in the visually stunning world of ‘Spectra’ with the ‘Open Stage’ music indulgence! (: