Mumbai, Apr 18 (): Adlabs Imagica, India’s first big amusement park, opens its door to visitors on April 18, Thursday. The theme park is very special for its exclusive Indian flavour with its rides mostly inspired by Indian folk tales and culture.
Adlabs Imagica, which is touted to be South Asia’s largest theme park, is spread across 110 acres and situated near Khopoli on the Mumbai-Pune expressway. It has been built with an investment of about Rs 1,200 crore.
Totally, the theme park has 21 tourist attractions paired with sophisticated technologies, such as the 4D simulation technology. Sixteen of these attractions are ready to use, and the rest will be ready by June.
All the 21 rides are made with international standards and among them one is based on Bollywood film ‘Mr India’. Adlabs Imagica will have five restaurants, including an American diner, a Mexican joint and a restaurant where food is served on a mini-roller coaster.
The company said that at present 110 acres are developed and it would begin developing the remaining 190 acres only if the response to the current 110 acres is overwhelming.
Manmohan Shetty, chairman, Adlabs Entertainment said that if everything goes well, they would expand the theme park into an adventure park. Shetty added that in the next one year, they were looking at starting a water park and hotel, which would take the total investment in the project to Rs 1,650 crore.
Over time, Shetty wants to take his theme park to other cities. A top official said that the company was looking at setting up a second theme park in Hyderabad by the end of the year. But further expansion will again depend on Imagica breaking even in the stipulated 5-6 years.
The company expects about 2-3 million visitors a year. The tickets will be priced at Rs 1,250 on weekdays and Rs 1,500 on weekends. The park will employ about 1,500 people, once it is fully operational.