The Skyline Luge Sentosa has been running in Singapore for the past 9 years, and it has just undergone a major facelift with more family-friendly facilities including wheelchair access for the handicapped.
Earlier on in the afternoon, I noticed that there were snaking queues at the ticket booth and along the walkways near the ride, so I was a little bit concerned about the waiting times in the heat (and you know the Aged Ps really dislike standing in lines like so many melting candles). Fortunately, we hit the Skyline Luge at after 8pm, so there was hardly any waiting around and we walked straight in.
I was completely unprepared for the 320 metre long chairlift ‘Skyride‘ to the top of the luge track, very similar to a ski lift. If I’d known that my feet would be dangling free above trees and roads, I would have worn shoes that were more securely fastened to my feet (I had ballet flats on, so there was always a chance for that Cinderella moment.)
Mummy Tip: Make sure the kids are wearing sensible shoes that are unlikely to slip off.
The view during the 20 minute long Skyride was incredible, and it was cool and breezy, and very quiet. It was quite dark when we were there, but we could still see the city lights twinkling, as well as the moonlight reflecting on the sea. I can see this being a romantic setting for couples out on a date!
If you are wondering about safety issues, yes, the chairlift only has a safety bar around the belt, and a small, wriggling child could very easily slip underneath the bar. There is a height restriction on the Skyride (minimum of 85cm to ride accompanied by an adult), but it is still necessary to keep a sharp eye on any children who are likely to engage in Shenanigans.
The actual luge ride was really much more fun (and a whole lot less scary) than I thought it was going to be. Little E, being under 110cm tall, rode with me in the front of my 3-wheeled luge cart, which has a simple braking system and is very easy to steer, even for someone as uncoordinated as myself. It was a little bit challenging finding a small helmet to fit Little E, but after some rummaging through the basket of helmets, we managed to scrounge one up – smelly and still wet with sweat.
We whizzed along the newly upgraded Jungle Track first, then went back up the Skyride for another round, this time zipping down the Dragon Track.
Both tracks were beautifully lit up with colourful LED lighting fixtures, which gave the whole experience an exciting and otherworldly feel. I could hear J shrieking with laughter at the top of his lungs, whilst Little E in my lap kept saying ‘Let’s go fast, Mummy! Wheeeeee!’
You’ll be pleased to know that both the Aged Ps went along for the rides and enjoyed themselves tremendously!
Tickets for the Skyline Luge start at SGD$17 for a Luge and Skyride combo, and there are also Family Deals for families with kids under 16 years old, starting at SGD$39 for a 4 ride family pass. Little kids who are riding the Luge in tandem with an adult do not require an individual ride pass, but they still pay a small SGD$3 ‘child doubling’ fee.
And…if a couple fancies a quiet place far away from the madding crowd, with gorgeous views over the sea and city, there is a Skyride-only pass starting at $10 a person.
A Giveaway for Owls Well Readers: Skyline Luge Sentosa is generously sponsoring a set of Family 4 Deal tickets for TWO lucky Owls Well Readers! Huzzah!
To take part in this giveaway:
1. Make sure that you are a fan of the Owls Well Facebook Page.
2. Visit the Skyline Luge Facebook Page and leave a message on their wall saying ‘Owls Well sent me to tell you that Skyline Luge is SUPERFUN!’ (Don’t forget to tag Owls Well in the comment!)
3. Leave a comment below to tell me what other Sentosa attraction you would like to visit (or is your current favourite). Don’t forget to leave your Facebook account name and email address so that I can contact you if you win – or if you are really shy, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org with your details separately.
(This giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 14 July 2014. Winners will be picked via Random.org – just make sure you complete all 3 easy steps! Please note that the Family 4 Deal tickets are applicable for families with children below 16 years old. Children under 6 years or shorter than the required 110cm to ride alone, may ride the Luge in tandem with a full paying adult.)
Update: This giveaway is now closed and the winners have been emailed – thanks for playing!