Asia-Pacific | Nov./Dec. 2022
New Zealand Company Bringing Luge to Malaysia
New Zealand’s Skyline Enterprises is investing NZ$26 million to build Malaysia’s first luge attraction. “Skyline Luge” will feature four interlinked tracks that will navigate tunnels and landscaping elements. Visitors who want a bird’s eye view of the luge can ride a 380-meter zip line designed by Italy’s Adrenaline X-Treme Adventures. The zip line will be accessed by Malaysia’s first ski lift ride. At the end of the zip line, riders have an option of experiencing a 13-meter Powerfan free-fall simulator. The attractions are expected to open by the end of 2023.
Located 15 minutes from downtown Kuala Lumpur in the Clang Valley, SkyLine Luge is part of a new 105-acre leisure property named Gamuda Gardens, built by one of the country’s largest developers, Gamuda Land. The attraction is Skyline Enterprises’ fourth venture in Asia, with other luges in South Korea and on Singapore’s Sentosa Island.
Tokyo Disney to Reimagine Space Mountain in Japan
Oriental Land Company plans to invest 56 billion yen to completely renovate Tokyo Disneyland’s Space Mountain roller coaster, an attraction that has thrilled fans since the resort opened nearly 40 years ago.
Park officials say the renovated Space Mountain will be “entirely new,” though it will also “maintain its original concept” as an indoor roller coaster that takes guests on a high-speed journey through space. Visitors can expect more modern special effects in the revamped attraction.
“With the overarching story of appreciating our home (Earth), we are making this change to spread awareness of caring for our Earth and what she’s gifted us throughout time as we know it,” Walt Disney Imagineering Senior Creative Director Owen Yoshino told the Disney Parks Blog.
Tokyo Disney plans to close Space Mountain in 2024, then reopen it three years later in a reimagined Tomorrowland plaza, redesigned to represent “an image of a future where humans are in harmony with nature.”