Amusement parks are always a treat. Theme parks are super package deals where one can go and chill. It has everything: culture, adrenaline, food and a happy time. India has very few contenders as far as awesome-world-class amusement parks are concerned. Adlabs Imagica is definitely one of the finest on the list. On 25th January 28, 2016, a group of five visited this park and we weren’t disappointed. This group had experts, mind you, among us we have visited six flags, Universal Studios, Disney World, Sea world and the likes. We were a tough lot to please and Imagica didn’t let us down!
Read on for Imagica 101!
How to get there.
This place is located on the Mumbai-Pune expressway and is very easily accessible. The only option is by road. We left from Pune around 10am from Swargate area. We hit the highway around 11-15. At the first toll booth, get the ticket for Pen- Khalapur exit. That is 146rs. On the second toll plaza keep to the extreme left and take a left right after the toll-booth. Chances are you will find some other car doing the same thing ad there is a good chance that they are going to the same place. The people on toll booth are pretty helpful so feel free to pick their brain. Plus, there are huge hoardings of Imagica so chances of getting lost are pretty low. Keep the GPS on though. We made it to the park around 12-15 pm and it was scorching hot.
Now, rides are fun for sure but do know that you have to budget your time. Waiting in lines for your turn in a park is one of the most painful test of patience. The normal tickets cost (for adults) are 1099 per head on a Tuesday, 1119/- from Monday to Sunday for college students and 1399/- for rest. These prices jump to 1599 for college students and 1999 for adults on special days or public holidays. The express tickets that let you jump the line costs around 700/- more. We did decide to go for express tickets that allow you to jump lines on 12 specific rides once. But the lady on the counter said that the place it’s really crowded today so you will be well off with general tickets. And in case you find the lines too tedious, there is option of instant update inside the park at the restaurant called red bonnet. Thus, we had our tickets and we were in!
PS: we just visited the theme park, not the water park.
Do not miss this.
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duh, this is one roller-coaster at the very start of the park. It is huge, looks mean, people screaming while on ride adds to some flavor. It is a good old scary roller coaster and will set the right mood for the entire day.
The Physics behind this (geek alert) is same as that of Columbus type ride. Just instead of ship doing a pendulum motion, it’s a huge wheel that turns on its on axis whilst doing a pendulum. Confused? Well, it’s awesome, do not miss it.
Dare Drop: this may look lame when you compare it to other free falls but appearances can be deceptive. Try it for the heck of it.
Deep Space: this one is the crème deal crème. A Completely dark room that takes you through space in a roller coaster. Keep your neck back for the speed, twists and turns are truly at break-neck speed. You will come out dizzy and floored.
This is an elaborate dino world ride that ends in a pool splash. What is interesting, apart from the water is the details. The dinosaurs are awesome, the details are pretty cool too and the fall into the water is scream-worthy.
Gold Rush Express: This one is has the twists, turns and a real old village theme with the rusty rails, creaking wheels, water sprays etc. it has old school watering hole, wooden train station. The ride has tunnel through which you got to pass and you will duck for they come right at you. It takes 3 turns around the D2 ride thoroughly confusing you but you will squeal here for sure.
Mambo Chai Chama-Crazy tea Cup: this one is one of the must have rides in any amusement park and it doesn’t disappoints. You get a wheel to spin your cup and for some reason, everyone goes nuts spinning themselves like maniacs!
Supposed to be a scary house but the machines are too visible, the cardboards and thermacol is visible behind every figure. It’s not dark enough to scare people. It is gruesome for sure but it becomes more of a sadistic pleasure than a scary ride. The human element saves the ride for people tend to pop and scare you but that’s like a blimp in otherwise flat ride.
Alibaba and Chalis Chor:
This one is like a shooting game where you got to shoot at any living thing and you get points. Like a laser tag game. The flop is that few of the guns do not work so you kind of end up in a slow but detailed story of Alibaba.
Apart from these, the place had some great theater based 3D shows. Stuff like motion Box Theater was absolutely fun. Detective Bow-Wow is a standup comedy which borders on offensive but is cute nonetheless. The rides like Mr. India, Wrath of God, I love my India are okay. Parade is pretty fun and as we were there one day before Republic Day of India, we got to see some spirited dance performances, snow white and dwarfs made an appearance as well. There were humans dressed as animals clicking pictures, stilt man bobbing around. People smiled a lot!
There are five restaurants and they are all super zesty. We tried two of those. Roberto’s food coaster was for lunch and Armada for coffee/snacks.
Roberto’s food coaster: this place is ideal if you look for a whole meal. Note that one serving is more than enough for 2 people so the ratio shouldn’t be 1:1, it has to be more like 2:3. The oriental is pretty filling as well.
Armada is like a huge ship themed café overlooking the lake. The waterfall and castle are all visible from there.
That’s my friend’s mom in the pic, having a quiet introspection!
The tiny food carts are saviors as well. We had lemonade (ask for less ice or no ice for they tend to make frozen lemonade), ice creams, pizza slices, pasta among other knick-knacks.
This park has a beautiful setting to it. It doesn’t divert from the theme which is straight up Indian. The colored lamps and curtains set the ambiance while you wait in line. The carved walls ( real walls) tramsports you to olden time. The sheer Indian-ness makes you happy for it is a riot of colors. Owing to the republic day, there was Indian Tricolor based canopy around the eateries.
The picture perfect prisoner ( headless so you can add yours and go wild), the reward head pic, the evil tree, the cracked dino-eggs, the red car at the red bonnet restaurant all made it magical. Nothing was out of place. The thememwas well set and played out without inching out of character. The huge ship had mast, deck, anchor, sail! They had the indian Flag waving like crazy during the performances. The laces was brutally clean. One of my friend, obsessed with dustbins, made out several uniquely designed bins that just melted unto the scene.
And The Castle! It is beautiful, cheerful and quaint. There are waterfalls surrounding it. A nice fun carousel sits tidily by the castle and in the evening time it is fantastic. The entire park lights up with fairy lights and the view is enchanting.
This is if you reach by 1 pm. Start of with Nitro, scream machine, Dare Drop, Golden express. Lunch at Roberto’s. Then Motion Box theater, deep Space, ice creams, Crazy Cup, Salimgarh, Rajasauraus, Alibaba, Tea coffee, Detective Bow Wow, Parade, Dance , snacks and that’s it! You can fit in the rest of the shows in between. Just know that sun gets pretty brutal around 2-30 to 4 so try to keep the indoor attraction for that slot.
The staff was courteous, helpful and patient. We met a little girl who was lost. We reported it to a staff member immediately the matter was taken up by the authority.
This is worth mentioning for they do run a lucky draw daily and everyone gets their tickets at the entrance. Make sure you participate for you just might win a goodie! They have Imagica t-shirts, hoodies, water-bottles, soft toys, shot-glasses, mugs etc. Dragon bubble guns are particularly interesting. For all the sweet-tooths, stop by Sugar Buzz, it is not Honeydukes (sigh) but close enough!