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New theme park in PJ shopping center offers 12 attractions to urbanites of all ages

New theme park in PJ shopping center offers 12 attractions to urbanites of all ages

THE newly-opened Escape Challenge is an indoor adventure theme park in Klang Valley that offers outdoor play and retro-eco fun. The rides and attractions in this indoor playground are designed to suit the needs of the urbanites to escape from their sedentary lifestyle. The 3251.61sq m facility in Paradigm Mall, Petaling Jaya creates the ideal environment where family and friends can bond over leisure activities. Sim Choo Kheng, the founder and chief executive officer of Sim Leisure Group, a Dubai-based company involved in designing and building theme parks, said the first phase of Escape Challenge cost almost RM4mil. “It is retro-eco version of a theme park, where children and adults of all ages, can reconnect with nature and discover, or as the case may be, rediscover their childhood,” he said. Sim has been involved in the theme park industry for the past 30 years. His idea to build the theme park came from his childhood as a “kampung boy”. The first Escape Theme Park, a fun outdoor destination with exciting rides and games hosted in a natural environment, opened in 2012 in Penang. “This is like a prototype on how to put attractions inside a mall. We are targeting the urban population to take part in leisure activities at a mall,” he said. Sim, who is also the brand’s chief escape officer said: “It took us about a year to build Escape Challenge due to the lockdown and movement control order (MCO). It probably took six months for physical work to build the park.” On the Escape Challenge at Paradigm Mall, he said they offered 12 attractions. “We expect to grow in the next couple of years. We want to bring more than 20 attractions in two years (for...

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First look inside the world’s biggest indoor theme park

First look inside the world’s biggest indoor theme park

HAS new US$1 billion (£758m) indoor amusement park in dubai will boast a Marvel Comics-themed area; a first-of-its-kind 3D ride featuring 18 IMAX projectors; and a hair-raising Haunted Hotel where visitors must be aged 15 and over. There is an age restriction at the park’s Haunted Hotel Credit: Glen Pearson At first glance, the dusty surroundings of IMG Worlds of Adventure – exterior landscaping is still to be finished and the road leading to the park was only ugly last week – cast doubt on the August 31 opening date. The giant attraction is the first of four major theme parks to open in the emirate this year But step inside the temperature-controlled hangar and you’ll discover an impressive family funhouse. Spread over an area equivalent to 28 football fields, the park is split into four themed zones with prehistoric jungle trails and a labyrinth of city streets. The Marvel zone is the star attraction, with rides featuring iconic characters such as Thor and Captain America, and Tony’s Skydeck, a fine-dining seafood and steak restaurant based on Iron Man’s alter ego Tony Stark. Highlights of the zone include Hulk Epsilon, an 100-seater ride that takes you on a spin with the angry green man in a 3D environment, and Spider-Man Doc Ock’s Revenge, a fantastic 400-metre spinning rollercoaster that propels visitors through a New York skyline with Marvel’s famous web-slinger. The Cartoon Network zone has family-friendly attractions based around popular characters including LazyTown, The Powerpuff Girls and The Amazing World of Gumball. It also contains the world’s first Ben 10 5D cinema, which will host up to 1,200 visitors an hour with an exclusive 10-minute movie. There are child-friendly attractions in the Cartoon Network zone Credit: GLEN PEARSON The...

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