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Review of Sentosa 4D AdventureLand – Not worth the money

If you’re planning to visit

Sentosa 4D AdventureLand

and wondering if it’s worth the money, let me state it up front that I personally feel that it is not worth the time and money! It is hands down, without a doubt one of the most NOT value-for-money activities I have ever experienced. Let me explain.

What is Sentosa 4D AdventureLand?

First, a quick summary of what actually is Sentosa 4D AdventureLand? Sentosa 4D AdventureLand offers 4 different rides based on 4D technology. Basically it’s riding a simulator with 3D glasses on.

The 1st ride is called Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, and is based on the actual box office hit movie sequel to Journey to the Centre of the Earth. This is a 4D theatre ride where you will watch the movie as if you were in a real theatre, with the addition of 3D effects and other interesting physical elements that I shall not divulge too much. Let’s just say at some parts you may be exposed to the elements!

The second and third ride are pretty similar. You will sit inside the same log capsule for both the Extreme Log Ride and Haunted Mine Ride. Think roller coaster ride but either on a fast flowing river or in a haunted mine.

And lastly, the 4th ride is a Western action adventure set in the Wild West, where you get to shoot at bad guys. You will ride a motion based saddle seat and use the motion sensor pistol to shoot at the screen. And just like any computer game, you will get a score based on your shooting performance.




Is Sentosa 4D AdventureLand worth the money?

Now here’s my review of Sentosa 4D AdventureLand. Based on the activity description, it might sound promising. However, remember that it costs $42.20 for a 4-in-1 ticket to try all 4 rides. If you want to take them individually, Desperados is $10 while the rest are priced at $15 each. So it’s a $12.80 savings if you take the combo ticket. Prior to the pandemic, it seemed that you could go back for unlimited rounds, but that is not allowed currently. Given that there are similar rides (in addition to many other rides!) at Universal Studios at Resorts World at a cost of $69. Would you really pay $42 for 4 rides at 4D AdventureLand when you can have so much more for $69, and unlimited rounds too?

Too short!

The major bug bear of these rides is that the duration is way too short. On the website it says the log ride, haunted mine ride and Desperados are 10 minutes long each. However, in reality the rides felt well less than 10 minutes long, perhaps maybe 5 minutes where the ride is actually in progress. I can’t imagine blowing $10-$15 on a 5 minute long ride! Journey 2 was longer at what felt like 15 minutes in length, so perhaps only this ride was worth the money.

Too repetitive + Not a great storyline = Boring!

Journey 2 was not bad in the sense that it had a good story line, even if predictable. The log ride and the haunted mine ride on the other hand did not have much of a story line. It’s basically 5 minutes of twisting and turning movements (simulating a roller coaster), but without a good storyline, the experience falls short. You soon realise you are but in a simulator and the movements become irritating after a while.

Desperados was fun as it was interactive, but it ended so swiftly. I was expecting us to be going through the entire building or buildings to shoot at bad guys but it seemed like there were only 3 or 4 areas where the shooting took place. I think I’ve seen longer shooting games at TimeZone!

45 minutes or so to complete all 4 rides, including standing in line and waiting, or walking over to the next ride. $42 for 45 minutes of entertainment, it sure sounds like a very expensive affair to me. However, even if the rides were double or even triple in duration, I might still not recommend visiting 4D Adventureland, unless you are for some reason a diehard 4D simulator fan? As mentioned above, you will probably get more bang for your buck if you visit Universal Studios instead as there are so many more rides to choose from. The similarity of 2 of the rides also does not help.




Is this suitable for children?

There are some height limitations stated on the website. However no one checked at the door. We saw kids perhaps as young as 4 on the rides? As long as your kid is not afraid of loud sounds, it should be fine. Your kid also has to be strong enough to hold on to the mechanical horse in Desperados as it does shake considerably, especially when you also need to be holding up a heavy gun to shoot.

In conclusion….an overhaul is desperately needed

Only visit Sentosa 4D AdventureLand when they can provide at least 15 minutes worth of ride time per ride, and only if all the rides are completely different. It would also be good if they could upgrade the rides to include more modern features. The rides did feel a bit simplistic and predictable. In other words, Sentosa 4D AdventureLand is in need of a complete overhaul! After all, this was built more than a decade ago!

Why did I even go?!

And just in case you were wondering how I ended up with tickets to Sentosa 4D AdventureLand? Well I used my SRV vouchers on a Sentosa Fun Pass. The Fun Pass allows the holder to enjoy a number of activities in Sentosa, which I thought would be good for us as a family, until I realised that most activities are not suitable for young children. The pass can’t be used on interesting activities such as the Luge or Universal Studios either. More details on this in another blog post, but suffice to say I do not recommend getting a Sentosa Fun Pass if you have young children.

Sentosa 4D AdventureLand
51B Imbiah Rd Singapore 099708
Operating hours : 3-6.30pm on Friday & Monday | 1-6.30pm on Saturdays & Sundays | Closed on Tuesdays to Thursdays
It says to book a timeslot, however I was able to walk in on a weekend with no one asking about my reserved time slot. The line moves fairly quickly.
** Picture above is a screengrab taken from https://4dadventureland.com.sg/.




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