Genting Highlands is the best known of the three hill stations on the western side of the Banjaran Titiwangsa Range. North of KL, it was opened in 1972 and is only 50km away from the Pahang border. One of Genting’s most popular features is the Genting Theme Park – an amusement park with four zones.
The sizeable hill station isn’t like Cameron Highlands or Fraser’s Hill – it’s embraced a glitzy (and slightly cheesy) atmosphere to attract the crowds, and the strategy has worked. There are five hotels on the mountainside but everyday more people show up than they can accommodate.
Important note: Genting Outdoor Theme Park is closed to make way for Twentieth Century Fox World.
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Genting Highlands Theme Park
Families especially love Gentings – mostly because there’s so much to do for everyone. Golf courses, a casino, shopping mall and more, keep most occupied but it’s the Genting Theme Park that really gets people in. The park is divided into four indoor and outdoor zones – the Outdoor Theme Park, First World Indoor Theme Park, Water Park and Video Games Park. The usual thrill rides and water slides are available, but there’s also a variety of signature attractions at Genting Theme Park including the Genting Sky Venture – a fierce wind tunnel for a simulated skydive – plus the fittingly-named Snow World. Food and drinks are expensive – considering they only have stuff like hot dogs, sandwiches, juice, soda and more – but a day walking in the chilly air can make you hungry, so you’ll actually be craving these in no time.
Outdoor Theme Park
By far the park’s most popular zone, the Outdoor Theme Park sees the most visitors. It’s best to check the forecast before making plans, as bad weather can shut down a number of rides (especially the thrill rides) but on fair-weather days, it’s a popular zone for all ages. Queues can be long but, as with most theme parks, the length of the queue is also an excellent gauge to determine the best rides. Attractions with the longest lines include the adrenaline-pumping Space Shot, Corkscrew, Sungai Rejang Flume Ride and Flying Coaster. However, the range of kid-centric attractions is tame in comparison – from the spinning Teacups to the Double Deck Carousel. Queues aren’t as long and most are safe for kids of all ages (and parents). What’s more, the outdoor park has the required assortment of carnival-like games where visitors can win plush toys and more.
First World Indoor Theme Park
After a while the nippy outdoors weather can get to you so it’s a good thing that Genting Theme Park has an indoor zone. The First World Indoor Theme Park may not have as many heart-stopping, adrenaline-inducing attractions as its outdoor counterpart but it’s still popular no matter the time of day. It’s mostly middle-range amusements here – bumper cars, gondola rides, carousels, mini trains and more – plus there are a lot of shops where you can just browse through looking for clothes or souvenirs. First World Indoor Theme Park’s only thrill ride – and most popular attraction – is the Sky Venture, Asia’s first simulated wind tunnel. Besides that, you can put on your winter jackets and snow boots for the snow slide at Snow World.
Water Park & Video Games Park
The chilly air makes most people hesitant about the Water Park, but it’s pretty popular with kids – after all, which kid isn’t enthusiastic about watery fun? There’s only one ride here – the Rainforest Splash Pool; it’s a very large, sheltered heated ‘pool’ with a water playground, slides and more to keep them occupied. Besides that, the Video Games Park is a loud arcade-style studio with classic games.
Genting Highlands Park
- Opening Hours: Outdoor Theme Park:
10:00 – 18:00 Monday – Friday;
09:00 – 22:00 Saturday, Malaysia School Holiday & Eve of Public Holiday;
09:00 – 18:00 Sunday & Malaysia Public Holiday
First World Indoor Theme Park:
10:00 – 24:00 Monday – Friday;
09:00 – 01:00 Saturday, Malaysia School Holiday & Eve of Public Holiday;
09:00 – 24:00 Sunday & Malaysia Public Holiday
Video Games Park: 09:00 – 24:00 Monday – Friday;
08:00 – 01:00 Saturday, Malaysia School Holiday & Eve of Public Holiday;
08:00 – 24:00 Sunday & Malaysia Public Holiday
- Address: Genting Highlands, Pahang
- Tel: +603 6101 1118