Sim Leisure Group Ltd, a theme park developer and operator based in Penang, Malaysia, announced that the world’s longest inner tube water slide and ESCAPE Gravityplay, the third of the group’s series of theme parks in Penang, have officially opened.
At the official opening ceremony, Malaysian Minister of Finance Lim Guan Eng and Chief Minister of Penang Chow Kon Yeow praised ESCAPE for putting both Penang and Malaysia on the global tourist map with its world-record setting attractions
The group’s new Guinness World Record’s longest inner tube water slide measures 1,111 meters, smashing the previous record of 356 metres held by Galaxy Erding in Germany.
ESCAPE Gravity play also has a chairlift to bring guests to the hilltop where the downhill rides start. Without the chairlift, it would be difficult to transport guests to the top of ESCAPE Gravityplay.
The chairlift is 420 meters long over a 68-metre elevation, and is currently the only chairlift in Malaysia.
In addition to the longest inner tube water slide and the chairlift, are two first-of-its-kind downhill rides, which are the trike ride, named the Hill Rider,and the downhill tube ride, named the Tubby Racer.
The Hill Rider spans across two tracks measuring 580 metres and 700 metres, respectively, while the track at Tubby Racer measures 450 metres.
“Today marks a very important milestone for Escape. Looking towards the future, we will need more world class products to keep tourism growing in Malaysia,” Lim Guan Eng said.
Sim Leisure CEO Sim Choo Kheng said that the group will continue with its international growth aspirations in new markets to revolutionise the theme park industry.
“We will be generating more smiles per hour across the region where people are eagerly awaiting new genre of affordable and healthy family entertainment,” Kheng said.
ESCAPE Gravityplay, which will feature a chairlift and two downhill karting tracks, is the third in the ESCAPE series of theme parks and is targeted to be launched in the first half of 2019. The ESCAPE theme parks welcomed approximately 112,000 visitors in 2017 and approximately 185,000 visitors in 2018. – © BusinessNewsAsia.com