With a concept similar to SkyTrex Adventure in Shah Alam, Selangor, I was full of trepidation prior to my visit to ESCAPE’s Adventureplay in Teluk Bahang, Penang. While I would like to try the games to bring out the kid in me, I am afraid of heights at the same time. See, it’s more a mental challenge than a physical one when it comes to playing at an extreme theme park such as this.
There is actually nothing to be afraid of as ESCAPE observes world-class safety standards and there is a first aid room manned by paramedics. However, coming to play at an extreme theme park, scrapes and bruises are pretty common.
Anyway, although almost similar to SkyTrex, there are differences. For one, ESCAPE has a total land size of 44 acres, repurposing the land that was once used as staff quarters for the dam construction opposite.
Opened in September 2012, ESCAPE is owned by Sim Leisure, the company internationally-known for designing, building, operating and managing theme parks around the world. This one is owned by the company, the first in their portfolio. ESCAPE will be incorporating adventure on land (Adventureplay), on water (Waterplay) and a Tree-top Hotel. This is a RM180 million investment that would take six years to realise. Sim Leisure is looking for financiers to invest in ESCAPE. Those interested should contact the company directly.
To be as natural as possible, ESCAPE harvests rain water for washing and cleaning, and soon, for its Waterplay. In fact, the park champions energy-saving efforts with its mainly non-mechanical games, holding on to the motto, ‘low-tech, high fun’. As you can see, it involves plenty of physical exertion.
At this point in time, only a section of Adventureplay is open to the public, offering 18 games. The park is smoke-free for staff, and this policy will soon apply to visitors as well.
Besides the most popular and tough 3-level Monkey Business, there’s Atan’s Leap, where one jumps from a platform 20 metres above ground, or the Flying Lemur, an extension of Monkey Business. Of moderate difficulty, it has two ziplines and various tree-top challenges that test one’s balancing and endurance. It takes about 15 minutes to complete the course.
Every Sunday, staff of the park will be dressed in ‘Stop Tourist Scam’ t-shirts, to campaign against the practice of giving commissions or kickbacks to tourist operators or guides who demand for it.
Operating hours: 9am – 6pm daily
below 4 years old (future kids) – free
4 – 12 years old (junior kids) – RM45
13 – 60 years old (big kids) – RM60
above 60 years old (super kids) – RM45
Add: 828, Jalan Teluk Bahang, 11050 Penang.
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