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Play and Park

A visit to India’s most elaborate theme park is as thrilling for adults as it is for children.

Published: April 19, 2013 12:54:00 am

The big bad wolf stands huffing and puffing at the three little pigs on a brick roof,next to which is a beanstalk with a nest full of golden eggs and Jack is around the corner. A little further down,Prince is climbing up Rapunzel’s gold locks and Snow White is enjoying a tea party with the seven dwarfs.

A big smile instantly spreads across one’s face as one enters Adlabs Imagica in Khopoli. Located half-way between Mumbai and Pune on the Expressway,a bumpy approach road serves as a prelude to the scarily topsy-turvy roller coaster rides that can be seen from a distance.

For those who have grown up reading and listening to classic English fairytales,there is a sense of familiarity when you walk into India’s most elaborate theme park and pass through the security check.

Spread over 110 acres,the theme park is conveniently divided into areas for each age group. A specially built area,fittingly called the “Scream” area by some,features a range of roller coaster rides. There is also a children’s area with merry-go-rounds,a dinosaur area,a dome theatre,and Section 45 features rides based on Indian themes.

The Mr India adventure is a favourite,where an animated clip has figures of Mr India (Anil Kapoor) and Seema (Sridevi) who introduce visitors to their fancy laboratory and a new invention,a flying car,for which a rather clumsy robot monkey holds the remote. Then enters Mogambo on the screen,who has held the children and Calendar (the cook) hostage to get the invisibility bracelet. Visitors have to sit in the flying car and help Mr India rescue the hostages from Mogambo.

A ride that is only for bravehearts is the Gold Rush. It plunges 66 feet below in a coaster then speeds through tunnels and gold mines at a teeth-clenching speed of 65km per hour. If it’s followed by the mind-boggling spinning and swinging of Scream Machine,you are sure to be disorientated for at least the next half hour.

For those who can still stomach some food,the park has four restaurants offering a variety of cuisines. Red Bonnet is an American diner,Zeze Bar and Grill offers scrumptious African delights,Armada the Tapas Bar is located on a ship and is the place for some Spanish romance,while Roberto’s Food Coaster,under a huge tent,is an ordinary food court with an extraordinary food coaster bringing the chef’s specials on its track.

The park is open to public from 10 am to 8 pm.

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