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World’s longest tube slide found in Penang

GEORGE TOWN: Get ready for an adrenaline-pumping experience as the world’s longest tube water slide in Escape Theme Park in Teluk Bahang will open next month.

Beating the previous record length by over three times, the 1,111m-long attraction made it to the Guinness World Records (GWR).

This adventurous attraction slides down from the forested land located 70m from the ground, or the height of a 23-story building before you end with a splash at the park’s swimming pool some 600m away.

The trip through 20 turns and five loops will take you four-and-a-half minutes to complete at an average speed of 15kph.

According to the park’s chief escape officer Sim Choo Kheng, making it into the record book was never in the plan. “I looked up the hill across and wanted to create a ride down – a water slide for visitors to ride through the forest.“There was no intention to break any record, and we were not aware of past records, ” he said.

The accomplishment did not come easy, as planning for the RM5mil project took over a year while the physical installation took eight months, he added.

“To avoid damaging the rainforest, the slide was installed manually with basic machinery and hoisted by cables.“It consists of 488 sections and 326 side guards, secured by 10,248 pieces of bolts, nuts and washers.“A total of 66 tonnes of steel pipes and sections were used to support the slide, ” he said.

The park generated 185,000 visitors last year and Sim believes that with the new addition under an RM12mil park expansion, it is expected to bring in 15% more visitors.

Amongst the attractions included in the expansion are the Hill Rider and Tubby Racer.

According to GWR adjudicator Pete Fairbairn, who presented the certificate to Sim, the previous records were set in Germany (356m) and Japan (266m).

“This is a remarkable record, beating the past record by over three times. Children and adults are excited to ride the longest tube slide the world has ever seen, ” he said.

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