Penangites’ favourite water theme park, Escape Theme Park in Teluk Bahang is set to introduce the world’s longest water slide this August 2019. According to The Star, thrill seekers will need at least four minutes to slide down the whole thing.
The wet dream for adrenalin junkies is coming true as it is currently under construction and will measure up to 1,140m in length with a height of 78m above sea level. Escape Theme Park chief executive officer Sim Choo Kheng said 705m of the slide has been completed and once the remaining 435m is up, Penang can flex hard by having the longest water slide the world has seen.
When launched, it will overtake the 605m New Jersey water slide created in 2015, currently the Guinness record holder. Sim also said that Guinness World Records officials will test the ride before recognising it as the world’s longest.
He continued by stating that the features of the land surfaces were fully utilised and protecting the trees in the surrounding areas was the biggest challenge in the construction process.
“Most of the materials were transported manually to the hilltop as we wanted to preserve the surrounding natural habitat. To build a slide this long would require building a tower, about the height of a 20-storey apartment, which is not only cost prohibitive but also a disaster aesthetically. So we decided to use the highest point of our forested land with an elevation of 70m as the launch tower,” he said.
Sim ensured that the slide also uses a carbon fibre-reinforced polymer, supported by permanent steel structures. Meaning that safety is a done deal.
Soon, you will be able to slide down from the hilltop and cross Jalan Teluk Bahang to the suspension bridge and end up at the water theme park. As for actually getting up the hill, a 400m long cable car ride with 30 seats will get you there.
State Tourism, Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin, said the water slide would put Penang on the map and set the theme park apart from the rest, especially since they will be ushering in the ‘Experience Penang Year 2020’ campaign.
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