Changi Airport Terminal 4 Open House & Sneak Preview

Changi Airport Terminal 4 is now ready to greet the world. Yay! When I first heard that T4 will hold an open house for the public between Aug 7 – 20, I quickly booked the tour. Due to overwhelming response (as I’ve expected), the site was down several times but fortunately, we managed to secure a slot on Aug 9 – which is our National Day holiday.  🙂

Before I bring you for a sneak peek into the newly-built terminal, here are some fun facts about T4 that you should know.

Changi Airport Terminal 4
This greenwall facade, draped with 16,000 plants, greets visitors as they approach Terminal 4’s departure kerbside. (Photo: Changi Airport’s Facebook Page)

Fun Facts about Changi Airport Terminal 4

1. T4 occupies about 225,000m2. It is about half the size of Terminal 3 but has a capacity that is two-thirds.

2. T4 redefines passengers’ travel experience with fast and seamless travel (FAST) initiatives. This self-service process of check-in, bag-drop, departure immigration as well as boarding at T4 will be fully-automated (most interesting part – will share about it later).

3. T4 is a flagship terminal for innovation, new technology and new operations concepts. Passengers will continue to enjoy the facilities, amenities, dining and F&B offerings at Changi Airport with notable improvements to productivity and operational efficiency.

4. The centerpiece of T4, Petalclouds, is a grand-scale kinetic sculpture. It consists of six structures suspended 200m across the Central Galleria and it can be seen from the Departure Check-in Hall, Transit Area and Arrival Hall. Its movement is synchronised to animated lighting and music too.

5. Nine airlines will operate about 800 flights a week to over 20 destinations, and serve about eight million passengers a year at T4. As of now, the confirmed ones are Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines, Air Asia, Cebu Pacific and Spring Airlines.

Now, I’m sure you’ve been wowed by these impressive facts about the new T4. Can’t wait to see more? Come, let’s go!  😀

Changi Airport Terminal 4 Overview

Changi Airport Terminal 4
A high ceiling with no interior columns in the departure hall gives travellers a clear line of sight. (Photo: Changi Airport’s Facebook Page)

The first thing I noticed about T4 departure hall is its high ceiling with virtually no interior columns. Thus, the entryway is open, spacious and clean – which I like very much. There’s also plenty of natural lights from the unique petal-shaped skylights. It’s a totally different ‘feel’ as compared to the other 3 terminals.

Experience a Touch of Disney Magic at Changi Airport

Changi Xmas 1

I seldom attend media invites nowadays, but when I received this invitation from Changi Airport, I knew I couldn’t miss it. Even though I couldn’t make it on the actual day, I’m glad that they arranged a separate session for me. (Thanks, Kally!)

There are many reasons why I love Changi Airport. One of the reasons is that the airport always has something special to delight my kid during the school holidays. Together with its annual year-end celebrations, Changi Aiport once again brings happiness to all its visitors with the company of Mickey Mouse and Friends!

From 14 November 2014 to 5 January 2015, Changi Airport transforms into a magical holiday wonderland with an elaborate Disney-themed set-up. Visitors will also be treated to fun-filled activities, festive performances, captivating decorations as well as dazzling displays.

Three-storey Interactive Neuschwanstein Castle

Changi Xmas 6

This castle is an inspiration for the original Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty Castles that are featured in Disney theme parks and movies. Changi Airport tops it off with a magical touch – by making it snow within the terminal.

Yes, its snow! The kids were bustling with laughter and excitement the moment they experienced snowing in the airport.

Changi Xmas 7

Neuschwanstein Castle
T3 Departure Check-In Hall
Event operating hours: 10am – 10pm
Show time on weekdays: 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm & 9pm
Show time on weekends, PHs & Eve of PHs: 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm & 9pm

Mickey Mouse House Bouncy Playground

Changi Xmas 2

The festive cheers continue at the Mickey Mouse House Bouncy Playground. It’s located at Terminal 3 Departure Hall. Let’s have fun cruising down the three-metre high slide, bouncing off sticky Velcro walls and diving into the colourful ball pit.

The bouncy playground opens daily from 12pm to 10pm. To enter, simply present any same-day receipt with a minimum spend of $30 (for a single entry). There are also stage performances on weekends from 6:30pm to 7pm.

Changi Xmas 5

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Bouncy Playground
T3 Departure Hall, Check-in Row 11
12pm – 10pm daily

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Meet-and-Greet Session

Now, we can capture memorable moments with Mickey and Minnie Mouse during this meet-and-greet session at Changi Airport. Children will certainly be entertained by the interactive storytelling and stage performances too.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Meet-and-Greet Session
T3 Departure Hall, Check-in Row 11
Dates: 19, 20 & 21 Dec 2014 at 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm, 5:30pm and 7pm

Changi Xmas 4

Visit Changi Airport website at www.changiairport.com/christmas2014 for more details.

Have Some Climbing Fun at Changi!

IMG_5919

As you probably know, we’re big fans of Changi airport. Every school holidays, they organize various fun and exciting activities for the kids. In the past, they had indoor playground, Angry Bird Space, ice-skating, bouncy castle etc. If you’re wondering what they have planned for this June holiday, please read on.

This month, you (or rather your kids) can look forward some exciting climbing fun at Changi Airport. The theme of the event is Gems of Indochina where it features a 10-course obstacle track for kids six years and above, and measuring at least 1 metre in height.

IMG_5910

Same great place and same old rules apply. The event is held at Terminal 3 Departure Check-In Hall Row 11. You need to spend a minimum of S$40 (S$30 for Changi Rewards members) at any Changi Airport outlets to redeem one activity pass. Each activity pass admits one eligible participant.

Main Activity: 10-Course Obstacle Track

IMG_5916

The moment Little Edison saw the obstacle track, he was so eager to climb up the track. “I can’t wait to climb up there!” he said. Then, he saw the white nets at the center of the track and he asked me, “Mama, what are the white nets for?”

I paused a while and said, “If you fall, you will go into that net. I think.”

“What if I fall to the right side?” he asked again.

I realized that he starts to get a little nervous with my answer. So, I assured him that he will not fall as there is a safety harness strapped on his body before he climbs up the track.

So, after putting on a safety helmet and harness, he went up the track by himself. He was stuck at certain obstacles, and thankfully, the airport staffs never fail to provide guidance to him.

Edison 1

He managed to complete the 10-course obstacle track! It’s his first climbing experience, and he was so excited and proud of it.

IMG_5923

IMG_5936

Goodie bags will be given to the first 30 participants every day.

Event Highlight: Interactive Exhibition

GEMS of Indochina 1

This exhibition is open to all visitors (no minimum spend required). It features photography, artifacts, travel information, and interactive displays about heritage sites like the Golden Stupas in Mandalay or the Laotian Plain of Jars.

Have some climbing fun this weekend!

For more information, please check out Changi Airport website HERE.