South Korean RCI Distributors Anticipate Opening of Sky Trail® Attractions

Allegan, Mich. January 28, 2020 — Two Sky Trail® aerial attractions in South Korea are set to open to the general public in April of this year thanks to efforts by RCI Adventure Products global partners, Climb Korea Co., Ltd. and Zipline Korea, Inc. The family-friendly attractions were recently installed within Mt. Yonghwa Recreational Forest which is located inside the city of Chuncheon and at Alpensia Resort in Pyeongchang respectively. Both installations are the first for each location and subsequently build upon RCI’s presence in South Korea as a whole.

Featuring a beautiful landscape, Mt. Yonghwa Recreational Forest serves as the perfect getaway for nature enthusiasts, school groups and those looking to reconnect with their surroundings on an expansive piece of land. Nestled within the forest itself, the Complex Experience Centre offers a space in which visitors are able to enjoy a collection of climbing walls, a zip coaster and soon a Sky Trail® complete with its very own Sky Rail®. The 7 pole, 2-level indoor attraction will feature 21 interactive elements like the “Bumpy Rope Walk” and “Swinging Steps” as well as pay homage to the forest with a more toned-down, natural color scheme. 

“The Sky Trail® is an attraction that exhibits precise safety and design which is new to Korea,” commented Climb Korea Head of International Business, Daysik Woo. “Throughout the entire process, Dan Mooney, RCI director of international sales, has been very supportive and we look forward to collaborating on additional projects in the future.”

Located in Pyeongchang, approximately 80km (50mi) from the city of Chuncheon, Alpensia Resort provides a year-round experience for travelers that includes hotel accommodations, golf courses, a cinema and featured in the 2018 Winter Olympics, a spatial ski resort. Come April, those visiting the popular destination will be able to have fun on a Sky Trail® and watch skiers display their skills as the attraction will not be far from the skiing area. The 5 pole, 2-level Sky Trail® will extend a total of 19 feet (5.8m) upwards and showcase a variety of elements such as the “Suspension Bridge” and “Angled Vertical Rope Ladder”.

“Alpensia Resort is very large with a wide range of attractions available. The Sky Trail® will be a great addition for groups, especially the student groups who usually visit the area from spring to fall,” said Jeff Jung, president and CEO of Zipline Korea, Inc. “Many people in South Korea are looking for indoor play areas and I think there will be a steady demand for RCI products in the future.”

Aside from the installations inside of Mt. Yonghwa Recreational Forest and Alpensia Resort, 2019 saw a fair amount of international expansion for RCI. For instance, two Playdium entertainment centers in Canada had Sky Trail® attractions integrated into their facilities and several cruise ships, like the Carnival Sunrise ship and the MSC Grandiosa ship, set sail with the RCI products onboard. Additional cruise installations are planned for both Carnival and MSC but details cannot be disclosed at this time. 

“RCI has a number of global projects in the pipeline for 2020 and beyond,” said Jon Weston, chief sales officer for RCI. “We thoroughly enjoy working with both Climb Korea and Zipline Korea and can’t wait to see all that not only they, but all of our distributors, accomplish in the new year.”

Top photo: Zipline Korea associates stand in front of the brightly colored Sky Trail® aerial attraction on a sunny day in Pyeongchang. The second level is being added on to the attraction in March.

Bottom photo: A wide shot showing Climb Korea’s installation of the entire Sky Trail® and Sky Rail® inside of the Complex Experience Centre located in Mt. Yonghwa Recreational Forest. 

Published on Australasian Leisure Management on January 30, 2020 and Global Amusements & Play on January 31, 2020. Also published on Blooloop on February 4, 2020.