Tips to visiting Escape Adventureplay Theme Park, Penang

If:-

1) You have limited time to spend in Penang, and are not likely to visit the theme park again in the near future.

2) You are with below average fitness level or your normal exercise does not include arm works.

3) You would put on a few inches thick of sunscreen (exaggerating! Haha!) to avoid getting sunburn, or getting tanned is the last thing you want to happen.

Then continue reading on 🙂

I visited this new playground in Teluk Bahang, Penang together with 3 more partners in crime.

With the theme park opening its door only on 9 Nov 2012 (close to 3 months into operation), I guess me and my friends were one of the pioneers visiting? 🙂 Found a comprehensive guide, so I am just going to supplement some tips/strategies on how to make the best out of your visit.

1) Bring your own helmet, if you can. You know, playing under the sun, in a hot and humid country like Malaysia, sweating profusely is inevitable. My friend actually gave up on trying the difficult route of Go Ape because he couldn’t take the stink from the helmet! No joke!

2) Bring gloves, if you can. This is really optional, but the gloves will prevent you from getting abrasion (while in contact with the cables).

3) Wear sport shoes and secure your glasses.  I would recommend wearing contact lens; if not make sure you secure your glasses. I witnessed a poor boy got stranded in the middle of a obstacle of level 3 of Monkey Business after dropping his glasses.

4) Arrive early and conquer Monkey Business first. Because Monkey Business is the most shade-less compared to the rest. It’s also the most energy-demanding considering the duration and distance that you need to cover. We did all other games first and leaving Monkey Business as the last, proved to be the wrong move! We were drained from the previous workout and it’s scorching hot!

5) Last but not least, if you would like to impress (Oh! I could complete all the games with ease!), you may want to train up your arms beforehand? 😉 Of the 7 games for adults, only Balance Beam and Tarzan’s Rope do not require arm works, even Tubby Racer would require you to lug your tube up the ascent.

*update*

To complete all games, how much time is needed you ask? It depends on a few factors:-

1) The more people in the park, the longer is your waiting time. So visiting the park during weekends and public holidays is likely to increase the duration of time needed.

2) Whether you want to try more than once for each game.

To give you a reference/better idea, we (4 of us) reached the park around 9am, left around 4pm. We visited on a Saturday which was also a public holiday but please bear in mind that as the park is getting more popular over time, there should be more people visiting. We managed to complete all games except for Monkey Business: completed all level 1 (2 routes), 1 out of 3 of level 2; 1 out of 3 of level 3. We tried Tubby racer x 3 times. Syok! 😀 I also did 6 out of the 8 routes of Gecko Tower. This repetition consumed some extra time 🙂

*update*

I had great fun at Escape but I think the management could still improve some features. The following are some humble opinions from me (will send as feedback to the park later 🙂 ):-

1) I think I share similar opinion with Htyap of tripadvisor that although the current mode of rescuing for Monkey Business is professional, it is not so efficient. My experience was that the lady in front of me was too exhausted to complete the route and had to wait for the rescue team to bail her out of her misery. This became the bottleneck of the traffic and the rest of us behind her got stranded on the platforms for a long time. The situation could get out of control if there are more people to be rescued on a busy day (exhausted people could be angry people! :p).

I observed “chicken exit” at Skytrex Adventure. Maybe the management could install something of similar concept? I am thinking maybe retrofitting stairs at the platforms? 🙂

Monkey Business: potential "chicken exit"? :)

Monkey Business: potential “chicken exit”? 🙂

2)      For Monkey Business, there are 2 routes for level 1 and 3 each for level 2 and 3. I would find it useful if there is label for the difficulty level of each route (e.g. easy, medium, hard) 🙂 the same applies to gecko tower (4 sides with 8 routes) and go ape (2 routes).

Have fun at the park! 🙂

You can consider buying entry tickets online if you want to skip the queue. “Bookings must be made at least 3 working days before the date of visit” and “There is a maximum of 10 tickets per transaction.”

You can consider buying entry tickets online if you want to skip the queue. “Bookings must be made at least 3 working days before the date of visit” and “There is a maximum of 10 tickets per transaction.”

Coco Climb: Tree climbing is the lost skill of mankind! :p This was the least popular game during my visit: no queue at all!

Coco Climb: Tree climbing is the lost skill of mankind! :p This was the least popular game during my visit: no queue at all!

Gecko Tower: I actually wanted to try all 8 routes. But when I was done with the 6th, the staff greeted, "Thank you and goodbye!" -___-

Gecko Tower: I actually wanted to try all 8 routes. But when I was done with the 6th, the staff greeted, “Thank you and goodbye!” -___-

Tarzan's Rope: Pre-swing, I still felt nervous for a split second before the swing, even though I had done bungy jump before!

Tarzan’s Rope: Pre-swing, I still felt nervous for a split second before the swing, even though I had done bungy jump before!

Tarzan’s Rope: Post swing, too bad, not gracefully done! :p

Tarzan’s Rope: Post swing, too bad, not gracefully done! :p

Go Ape: 2 routes; the easy one is just climbing straight up, while the difficult one involves climbing inclined surface, making your arms at work all the time and hence more tiring.

Go Ape: 2 routes; the easy one is just climbing straight up, while the difficult one involves climbing inclined surface, making your arms at work all the time and hence more tiring.

Tubby Racer: 2 routes. The bumpy and winding route is so much fun!

Tubby Racer: 2 routes. The bumpy and winding route is so much fun!

*update*

I am impressed by the management of the park (more brownie points!) 🙂 The park manager replied to my feedback email 🙂 Copied below, for your perusal.

Dear Sam,

Many thanks for your email and comments. We are always open to listening to our Customers input and feedback. One thing I would like to say is that Safety is always number one priority at Escape Adventureplay™.

If I can deal with your points one at a time. Our Attractions Staff are trained on ERT (Emergency Rescue Training) and thank you for pointing out how professional they are. It is understandable that the process of rescuing Customers from Monkey Business needs to be done professionally and in an efficient manner. As  I am reading your reply, I feel that your comment is more about the speed of rescue and “bottle-necks” caused as a result. Please understand that when a rescue is initiated our priority is to get to the Customer in an efficient manner, sometimes this can create a downside that people behind the rescue are held up. It may appear that rescues take a “long time”, as you point out but in real terms our response times are very quick. This is because of the training given to our personnel. I am willing to accept that our Staff to take a little longer but to be efficient in rescue, than to rush and potentially cause more problems.

Owing to the Safety systems in place it would be counter-effective to introduce a “chicken exit” as some other Parks have in operation. When Escape Adventureplay™ was designed it was done so in collaboration with leading Industry Manufacturers and to the highest standards. The mainstay of our Safety features on Monkey Business is the utilization of the Altus “Continuous Belay System”. This is benchmark for safety  in the Adventure Course Industry. To place breaks in this system for the introduction of “chicken exits” would actually result in more accidents because of the “clip/un-clip” system.

Your comments regarding the labels for degree’s of difficulty are interesting in relation to Monkey Business. We are currently looking into the implications of introducing this system. As for Gekko Tower and Go Ape, our Attractions Staff are trained to explain that there are different degree’s of difficulty on these Attractions. I do hope that this was your experience.

Finally, thank you again for your email and we look forward to seeing you at Escape Adventureplay™ again soon. We have exciting times ahead over the coming months as we will be adding more attractions for your continued enjoyment.

*update*

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7 Responses to “Tips to visiting Escape Adventureplay Theme Park, Penang”


  1. 1 cryingpearls February 2, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    i just like the Tarzan’s Rope.. oh well, no need to visit? hahahaha

  2. 6 ying March 15, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Hi, thanks for ur review! Haha btw,may I know how much time is needed to play all the games there?


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