Taking the kids to Skyline Luge Sentosa? Here are 10 things to know
Once is indeed never enough on the exciting Skyline Luge at Sentosa Singapore!
Having hear so many good reviews from friends, we have been wanting to take the girls to Skyline Luge Sentosa for the longest time! Well, after finally getting to it this school holiday, I have to say we were not disappointed!
The Luge rides were very exciting and the Skyride - the chair-lift or ski-lift or gondola that takes you from Siloso Beach up to Imbiah Lookout for the start of the luge ride - was enjoyable, too, with the amazing view you get on the way.
Here's our review and 10 things to know if you're taking your kids to Skyline Luge Sentosa!
1) What is it?
The Skyline Luge is much like karting except for this one at Sentosa, it is a three-wheeled kart that you steer downhill.
There are four tracks to go on at the Luge ride - you can choose which to go to when you've started your ride by following the signs. Actually we couldn't really see any huge differences in the tracks - they do merge at some points but my kids noted that the Dragon Trail feels longer while the Expedition Trail has more exciting curved roads!
The Luge ride starts at Imbiah Lookout. You can drive or take the Sentosa Express to reach the starting point but your ticket comes with the Skyride, so can also take the Skyride from Siloso Beach all the way up to Imbiah Lookout. Alternatively, Luge down to Siloso Beach then take the Skyride up to Imbiah Lookout. The view from the Skyride is amazing, by the way!
Just note that it's a really chop-chop affair when you get on and off the Skyride as it does not slow down. Once you're on the platform, make sure you move fast to be properly seated and ready for the attendant to lock down the safety ledge on the ride. When you reach your destination, move fast as well to get off the platform as the Skyride does not stop or slow down for disembarking either!
2) How long does it take for the rides?
I estimate each Luge track takes less than five minutes to complete. The Skyline Luge website estimates it takes 15-20 minutes to complete 1 Luge and 1 Skyride but it can take longer during school holidays and peak hours.
When we visited during the school holiday on a weekday, we took a total of two hours to complete four Luge rides and four Skyrides, including the time it took us to queue. The queues really moved quite fast and we only waited for about 5-10 minutes at the Luge and Skyride queues.
3) Any age and height limit?
To ride the Luge on your own you must be 6 years or over and taller than 110cm. For the Skyride, you need a minimum height of 85cm to ride with an adult and minimum height of 135cm to ride alone.
4) How much does it cost?
Tickets cost $25, $28 and $30 per pax for 2, 3 and 4 Luge rides respectively from the Skyline Luge website. Tickets include the same number of Skyrides as well (2 Luge rides means 2 Skyrides). There is also an off-peak price for 2 Luge and 2 Skyride valid 11am - 2pm on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, excluding public and school holidays.
Children under the age of 6 years or under the minimum height of 110cm can ride in tandem with a responsible adult. You'll need to purchase a 'Child Doubling' ticket for your child - which costs $8, $12 and $16 for two, three and four rides respectively - in addition to your own ticket.
We bought our tickets on Klook. The Singapore Rediscover Voucher eligible tickets cost the same as the Skyline Luge website. But if you purchase the non-SRV eligible tickets, they are slightly cheaper and comes with digital photos.
I would say go for the 4 rides because as the Skyline Luge tagline says - Once is Never Enough! That is very true! I don't think my kids would have been satisfied with just 2 or 3 rides!
5) Do you need to pre-book?
Yes, due to COVID restrictions. If you purchase your tickets on the Skyline Luge website, you'll be prompted to book your visiting timeslot. If you bought your tickets from third party vendors, you'll also need to book your visiting timeslot on the Skyline Luge's website.
6) How crowded is it?
When we were there on a weekday early afternoon during school holidays, there were definitely quite a number of visitors though we had specifically booked a timing that still had many slots available. That said, the queues moved quite fast and we only waited for about 5-10 minutes each time we queued for the Luge and Skyride.
I noted this school holiday that the late afternoon and evening timeslots are quickly taken up. I suppose you can infer that these timings are probably more crowded and you'll have to be prepared to queue longer at such timings.
7) Can you take photos during the rides?
Yes, you can do so on the Skyride. Just make sure you hold on tight to your phones! When on the Luge tracks, you're not allowed to stop and take photos. You also have to have two hands on the steering to maneuver your Luge. So what I did was put my phone into a pouch (you know those people use in the pool?) hanging off my neck and that way, I managed to video our ride with a first person point-of-view!
The venue takes photos of riders on the track which you can purchase after your ride. Our Klook tickets came with digital photos. The first pic in this write-up is one of the pics we bought.
8) Is it for younger or older kids?
I think this is definitely something both kids and adults can enjoy - do take note of the height and age restrictions though. My kids who are 9 and 11 have no problems maneuvering the Luge and likewise for kids I saw who are younger. Maneuvering the Luge is straightforward you push the steering forward to 'GO' to move forward and pull back to break. It's not very scary for kids, too, as they're able to control the speed of the Luge and if you're slow, the faster drivers will simply overtake you.
9) What else to note?
You can choose to bring your helmet if you want as long as it is not a full-face helmet and your helmet has a strap for securing your helmet in place. But note that if you do not use their provided helmet, they would not be able to identify you if you want to buy photos taken during the ride as you need to scan your helmet to locate your photos.
When you are done with your rides, you have to return the provided helmets to "Used Helmet" bins located near the photo purchasing counters. However, I noted that the "Used Helmet" bins are not very obvious, and some people actually returned their used helmet to the new helmet bins which arriving visitors pick up before their rides. That's absolutely unhygienic as the helmets need to be cleaned in-between users! I had written to Skyline Luge about this and that they might need to put up signs to say the clean helmet bins are only for clean helmets and maybe make the "Used Helmet" bins more obvious.
I guess I'm not the only who have noticed this issue - I saw some people wearing hairnets and shower caps which we might also do so the same the next time we visit. Or even bring our own helmets if we are not purchasing photos!
Also, you might want to bring a small bag or haversack which you can carry over your shoulders when on the Luge, so you need not hire a locker to store a big bag.
10) Where is it located?
There are two entrances. The Imbiah Lookout entrance is at the top of the Skyride so you can Luge down the tracks and return via the Skyride. If you are taking the Sentosa Express, stop at Imbiah Station. The nearest carpark is the Imbiah Lookout carpark.
The Siloso Beach entrance - look out for the iFLY building, it's almost next to it - starts at the end of the Luge tracks so you can catch the Skyride to the top and Luge down. If you are taking the Sentosa Express, stop at Beach Station. The nearest carpark is the Beach carpark.
Where have you taken your kids to this school holiday? Do share with us in the comment box below!
Disclaimer: We paid for our tickets, and my opinions and reviews here are strictly my and my family’s own.
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