GEORGE TOWN: Escape Adventureplay, the first phase of the Escape Theme Park in Teluk Bahang, has opened its doors.
The RM18mil Adventureplay, touted as the first of its kind in Penang, utilises existing jungle trees in its 2.8ha grounds for the many adventurous games and challenges.
There is an extraordinary array of leaps, climbs and zip lines emerging from these trees to create a place where fun reigns supreme, regardless of what the participant’s age is.
Natural sounds from the forest gives the park the extra edge, besides the fresh air and natural sunshine.
Sim Choo Kheng, founder and chief executive of Sim Leisure Group, which operates Adventureplay, said the park would promote eco-friendly values.
“Most people would expect a roller-coaster or mechanical water rides in a theme park but here, we want to promote outdoor activities for children and adults alike,” he said.
“We have redefined theme park’s concept. You challenge yourself actively, rather than just sitting on passive rides,” said Sim.
“It’s much more exciting and healthier, especially, for the children today who live a more sedentary lifestyle.”
Adventureplay, which took a year to complete, opened on Friday.
Among the major attractions is the Atan’s Leap, a freefall adventure with gentle and secure landing which is a must-try, especially for bungee-jumping enthusiasts.
The tall tower structure consists of three levels of elevated platforms from 13m to the highest 30m.
Visitors can also sit on a Tubby tube in the Tubby Race, a gravity ride through a twisting and turning journey.
Gekko Tower, which is a set of climbing towers on which participants can choose their path to reach the top of the obstacle, also promises a bucketful of fun.
There are also foodstalls serving local delights for the visitors.
Sim said he expected about 350,000 visitors to the park annually.
He said the entire Escape Theme Park, which comprised three main components – AdventurePlay, WaterPlay and a Treetop Hotel, would sprawl 17.8ha and was expected to be completed in 2017.
Adventureplay’s opening hours are from 9am to 6pm daily. Entry fee is RM45 for children aged four to 12 and RM60 for those aged between 13 and 60.
Malaysians get a 20% discount. Entry is free for children below four and MyKad holders aged above 60.
- The Star Online