High On Exhilaration

Trip Start Jan 06, 2010
Trip End Jun 21, 2010

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Bidara Condos, Jalan Bedara

Flag of Malaysia  , Negeri Sembilan,
Friday, May 21, 2010

Ed and I got up early as we were meeting Madhu and Manoj at 7:30am in order to catch the 9am coach from the Gombak terminal (end of the RapidKL line) to Genting Highlands. Our journey took us for a walk through the KLCC, Suria KLCC and into the RapidKL station at KLCC. The journey to the end of the line took about 45 minutes.

You can buy a package deal for RM41 that includes the return coach trip, the return Skyway trip plus entry to the Outdoor theme park. Unfortunately the next available bus was at 10am. It was only 8:22am. So we sat around and I bought Hello Magazine to keep me occupied. The bus actually arrived around 9:22am and we were on our way by 9:50am.

I'd heard that the coach takes 90 minutes, so I kipped for a while and, much to my surprise, woke up 40 minutes later at the Skyway terminal. The Skyway is the fastest cable car in the world at a speed of 21.6 Km/hr and the longest in South East Asia. It took around 20 minutes to traverse four hills/mountains to a height of 1760m.

It took us a little while to find the right way to get to the outdoor theme park (Taman Tema Luer) but when we got there it was just past 11am. The men headed to the Space Shot ride: a scaffolding tower that seats 12 people at a time, pulls you up high and then drops you. Not my kind of white knuckle ride, so I stayed at the bottom and filmed them on Madhu's camera. It was really sunny up in the highlands and I could feel myself burning on my arms. Fortunately the clouds that were gathering as we came up on the cable car, appeared and offered some shade, albeit temporarily.

The next ride was the Corkscrew. A Rollercoaster of normal tradition, which I watched while we queued and decided it was reasonably tame as it didn't appear to do anything outrageous. Oh wrong I was. Two sets of barrel rolls later we landed back at the start. We decided to have lunch next as it was now half twelve and noticed that the ride had closed after clearing the queue. After walking around for a bit we noticed a few of the major rides had temporarily closed and we weren't sure if this was for lunch due to a skeleton crew, or for prayers as it was a Friday.

Despite the coaches being busy, the outdoor park itself was quite quiet. The main ride queues took no longer than half an hour to get the front of.

We went for a walk around DinosaurLand before heading over to the Mine train and Flume ride. These were on the other side of the small park and we found ourselves walking around a carpark/drive in area under the hotels in order to get to them! The Mine train took a while to get started as the lady in charge waited for the ride to be full before setting it off! The ride had the seat bar and then a seat belt contraption that was meant to go over the shoulder, but realistically didn't do anything! The slightest jolt and it fell off! Ed and I managed to get the front seat which made it a bit more thrilling.

Afterwards Ed, Manoj and I headed next door to the flume ride. Significantly smaller than the ones at Chessington and Thorpe, but with two similar sized flumes that had really quite steep drops! We got quite wet...

As we headed back to the other side we tried the Flying dragon ride which wasn't too bad, a bit tame, before we stopped at the Signature Ride: The Flying Coaster. Now, this is a ride we need in the UK. I've never seen anything like it. We'd seen it running while waiting for the Corkscrew but until you get up close you don't realise how different it is! The cart holds four people, in a row, all lying down face forward. It then makes its way up to the top of the ride by being pushed up on it's rail by a massive turning paddle in the centre of the corkscrew (see photo). At the top, it makes it's descent, making two sets of barrel rolls before jamming to a halt at the end. I was going to try it while I thought it was a Nemesis style ride with feet dangling. As soon as I saw it was lying down I chickened out. Ed and Madhu gave it a shot and thought it was great. It did cost an extra RM10 though, so not one to be repeated many times! But absolutely no queues. Apparently, rather than affecting your stomach like normal rides, it just stretches you out with the force on your shoulders and legs. I suspect the harsh stop at the end is to push you back together again!

Due to the quiet nature of the park and there not being a large number of thrill rides, we were essentially done by 4pm. We joined the queue for Go karting, or which I could actually fit on! The height minimum was 153cm, which I thought I'd fall short of, but (as the photo will show once I've got it from Madhu) I'm actually more like 156cm! Excitement! I wasn't actually that keen on go karting though... So at around 4:30pm I left the queue to chat to Ben briefly before he boarded the plane back to Singapore. I got back in time to be able to take some photos of the men racing though.

We then headed back to the Skyway terminal and after some random wandering, we headed down to the coach hoping we could get on an earlier bus than we had booked onto at the start of the day. We were lucky and managed to gt on the 6:30pm bus. On the way back there were a group of teenage boys seated behind us. One had won a large teddy bear on the fairground games, and had fallen asleep (like most people) hugging it! Very funny.

After our journey back on the RapidKL to KLCC, we separated from Madhu and Manoj in the Suria KLCC and headed back to the Pavilion for dinner. I was pretty shattered when we got in so headed to have a shower and bed. Ed had eaten far too much at dinner and had to stay up for another two hours before he could attempt sleeping!
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