A QUICK GETAWAY FOR SOME FAMILY FUN
If you’re looking to make the most of your Diwali weekend, but don’t have the luxury of time, head to Adlabs Imagica, a two-hour drive from Mumbai, and you and your family is in for a real treat!
Make most of your Diwali weekend
When was the last time you let yourself go to an amusement part? The answer is possibly at a school picnic, many moons ago. Now that you’re parents, we don’t think there’s any harm in reliving your childhood days, letting loose and having that much-needed fun. And the best part, you now have an excuse to enjoy those roller coaster rides you weren’t allowed to sit on when you were younger. But jokes apart, there’s nothing better than a family adventure to ensure you spend quality time with your kids, make memories, and have a wonderful time doing so! Now, while Adlabs Imagica isn’t exactly the newest theme park around, it’s possibly the largest park to exist in the country, spread over 300 acres. Having opened in 2013, and modeled on Universal Studios, this theme park boasts of 24 themed rides (including the country’s largest roller coaster and 4D stimulation rides), and five themed restaurants. But if that’s tickled the adrenaline junkie in you, the park also boasts of a water park and snow park, and a luxury hotel for those much-needed breaks in between. Quite literally, Adlabs Imagica can today be termed as your one-stop entertainment destination, offering a gamut of interesting and unique entertainment experiences under one roof through its international standard Theme Park, a Mykonosthemed Water Park and the largest Snow Park that India has ever seen.
Adlabs Imagica is located at Khopoli, halfway between Mumbai and Pune, just off the MumbaiPune Expressway. Here’s how you can reach your destination:
BY CAR FROM MUMBAI: On the Mumbai-Pune express highway, after Khalapur toll naka, take the
first left at the Khopoli exit. Take the overhead bridge towards Pali Road. Once you cross the bridge, take the left turn towards Pali Road. Travel for about three kilometres and on right, you will see Imagica.
BY CAR FROM PUNE: On the Mumbai-Pune express highway, just before Khalapur toll naka take a U-turn. A few meters ahead take the Khopoli exit on your left. Take the overhead bridge towards Pali Road. Once you cross the bridge, take the left turn towards Pali Road. Travel for about three kilometres and on right, you will see Imagica.
BY TRAIN FROM MUMBAI: The closest train station to Imagica is Khopoli. The CST-Khopoli fast train runs along the central railway line, once per day from Mumbai. Imagica, which is just 20 minutes away from the station, also offers shuttle services from Khopoli station, once in the morning and evening on a daily basis, for which no prior booking is required. Guests arriving at other times can avail auto rickshaws from the station, at their discretion.
BY FLIGHT: The closest airports to Khopoli are Mumbai and Pune airports, from where one can book car packages from the Imagica website or hire a local radio cab.
Since Adlabs Imagica has a great deal of entertainment to offer, to make the most of this amusement part, we’d recommend staying at the luxury five-star property— Novotel Imagica. Nestled in the Sahyadri Hills, this upscale, theme park hotel is adjacent to the amusement park. The hotel offers its guests their pick from 287 contemporary rooms with mountain or pool views, featuring Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as glassenclosed en suite bathrooms. Upgraded rooms add balconies and minibars. Room service is available 24/7, and breakfast is provided for a fee, and as a special treat for kids, breakfast is served with a host of characters, parading and dancing to the Imagica theme song medley. Dining options include an airy, modern restaurant offering Indian and international cuisines, and a lobby bistro. There’s also a hip cocktail bar, as well as an outdoor pool and a gym, In addition, there’s massage, bikes for rent, and parking. With attractive one-night or two-night stay packages, the hotel acts as a base camp where guests can relax and thoroughly enjoy the destination. You can even avail of the hotel’s swimming pool, children’s activity centre, specialty restaurants, or well-equipped gym, to ensure you get in a regular workout, apart from all the walking you’re bound to do around the park.
Take a Ride!
You’re in for a thrilling adventure of a lifetime; the theme-park has something for all ages! Bump into the in-house characters like Tubbby the Elephant, Roberto the Star Chef, The Lost Astronaut, Mogambo, The Gingerbread Man and the Zooballoo band while hopping from one ride to another. If you’re lucky, you can also be a part of the Grand Imagica Parade that has B-Boyers, hip hoppers, magicians, stilt
walkers, clowns, jugglers and unicyclists dancing through the lanes of Imagica. And while these performances are surely a treat, the rides at Imagica are a whole new experience indeed! Take for example, Nitro. This is perhaps India’s biggest and wildest roller coaster, 132-feet high with over 2800 feet of track length. You’ll experience an adrenaline rush during the 150 seconds it takes to complete the track! Scream Machine is a rotating pendulum, that first gathers some momentum by spinning and then starts to swing, till there’s a lot of screaming. Next, you could try the Dare 2 Drop, a ride that in all essence defies gravity, and makes for a whole lot of screaming laughter, or perhaps the Gold Rush, an exciting coaster will take you through the world of old American West. Then there’s an indoor ride that will make you travel back in time—the Rajasaurus River Adventure. This is an indoor ride which takes visitors pack to the prehistoric age via boat, which ends with an splashy inclined fall down to a water pool from a height of 20 metres. Now, if you’re a little afraid of heights, perhaps their indoor shows can keep you occupied. Trust us, you will be glad you
hopped on the chance. Whether it’s facing your fears at the mildly scary ride of Salimgarh, venturing into the cave of the forty thieves from Ali Baba and Chalis Chor, fighting life forces in the Temple of Gods, travelling underwater while laying on the ground during Prince of the Dark Water or enjoying a bird’s eye view of the diversity of India in I for India, the theme rides are sure to thrill you beyond a doubt! If you’re looking for something a little less daring, the park provides enough excitement, and it’s suitable even for your kids. From rides like Mambo Chai Chama: Crazy Tea Cups, Splash Ahoy, Bump It Boats, Loch Ness Explorers, Happy Wheelss and Humpty’s Fall, you’re definitely going to need a whole lot more time on your hands at Imagica.
Make a Splash!
If it’s a particularly hot day, and in our experience, it will be, you might want to cool off in Imagica’s Mykonos-themed water park that’s adjacent to the theme park. Of course, you must definitely go prepared and pack a bathing suit. It’s the only way
to truly enjoy the adventures they have to offer. With 14 thrilling rides and seven exciting restaurants, the water park is very popular as a favourite day party hangout destination with a live DJ party every weekend. And while the music can definitely enhance the fun factor, if you’re really looking for a rush, all you really have to do is go with the flow. The rides that we particularly enjoyed were the Loopy Woopy that sent us plummeting through a 39-foot vertical free-fall drop into a 360-degree looping slide. Then we definitely had a blast on the Zip Zap Zoom, high-speed mat racer enclosed looping Aqua Tubes. If that’s not all, the Screamer has us shouting our lungs out on its series of twists, turns and oscillations, while Boomeranggo, Swirl Whirl and Twisty Turvy helped us defy gravity and made us feel a whole lot lighter! However, while those were rides that were best attempted solo, Raftaastic and Soakerz do make for a fun family ride, and a whole lots of giggles, while The Pirate Bay Slides are Body and Inner-Tube Slides with gentle speeds and slopes into shallower pools. Mini Slides, water toys and playful characters all add up to a wet world of wonder for the little ones. There’s really no better way to spend a hot October afternoon.
Ice, Ice, Baby!
If you’re tired of splashing around, but still want to play it cool, India’s largest snow park, spread over 30,000 sq feet will definitely chill and thrill you, all at once. With real snow fall and a 50-foot dome, Imagica Snow Park has a variety of activities for guests, and lasts a good 45 minutes. If you’ve always wonderend what ‘Winter Wonderland’ would look like, Imagica Snow World has got you covered. Guests can play basketball, slide down the toboggans and rafts, climb the rocky, snowy mountains, start a snowball fight. And if you’re tired from all the fun, you can simply relax and sip on piping hot coffee at -5° C. Guests can also spend their time hiking in the snow, try snow rafting as well as dance on the snow dance floor. The park also promises a great photo op, allowing you to pose amidst the snow castle or their one-of-a-kind ice sculptures. And while the chance to play in the snow is exciting, not everyone comes prepared to tread through nice. Fortunately, the park provides jackets, gloves and boots to its guests on entry. More importantly, with kids around, they’re bound to wat to taste the snow. This is why, Imagica Snow World is environment friendly with 100 per cent edible snow made from purified water, and has no chemicals or preservatives. After this much-needed weekend getaway, there’s no doubt that sharing in young laughter, and spending quality time with your loved ones, will create lasting memories. Adlabs Imagica promises pure, unadulterated family fun and they deliver on this promise. You won’t go home disappointed!