AttractionsThe new zip coaster at Escape Penang theme park earns a spot on the Guinness World Record for its 1,135m ride.

Malaysia now boasts the world’s longest zip coaster

Guests can soar among the treetops for six minutes.
Guests can soar among the treetops for six minutes. Photo Credit: Facebook/Escape Penang theme park

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay, Escape Penang theme park has launched a record-breaking ride that takes the Guinness World Record for the longest zip coaster in the world.

The 1,135m ride joins the park’s world’s longest waterslide, effectively making Escape Penang the only attraction in Malaysia to hold two Guinness World Records.

Guests will soar amongst the tree canopy on a six-minute ride filled with high-speed twists and turns. Their thrilling journey begins with a chairlift ride that brings them to an elevated take-off platform. From there, they’ll be securely harnessed in and sent flying through the trees.

Escape Penang is owned and operated by Sim Leisure Group, whose founder and chief executive, Sim Choo Keng, stated that the group “strongly believe that we have something truly special in the Escape brand that distinctly differentiates itself from other themed attractions”.

“Using a ‘low tech, high fun’ approach, our goal is to create an all-new experience for visitors where success and fun is measured in ‘smiles per hour’, as we like to say here,” Sim added.

The zip coaster is a simple affair — comprising of a zip line on a steel track attached to the tree line that allows guests to physically immerse in nature while getting their dose of adrenaline.

“With sustainability at our core, one big priority for us was not to affect the natural greenery and nature within and around Escape Penang, as part of our commitment to preserve this beautiful natural environment, allowing our visitors to reconnect with nature,” said Ahmad Fuzi bin Abdul Razak, Penang’s head of state.

Escape Penang also comprises other thrilling rides and attractions set in nature, including obstacle courses, climbing zones, ziplines and waterslides. Sim Leisure Group is additionally casting its sights beyond Malaysia, with a new Escape theme park currently under construction in Sri Lanka.

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