Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Innovative Film City

At last a place near Bangalore which is just 1 hour drive away and worth spending time and money. I am in Bangalore from 9 years but could never find even a single place for a weekend escape. I knew about this place from a long time and had been there also when it was just inaugurated but the experience wasn't very gratifying because it was still under-developed and wasn't fully functional.

So let me give you a picture of this place and will supply you all critical information which might make your next break here a 100% worth for your cash and time.

Innovative film city is located in a place called Bidadi (Refer the map, starting place is Forum Mall, Kormangala)


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Its approximately 40-45 km from Bangalore depending upon where you stay in Bangalore but If you live near Bannerghatta Road then you might want to consider NICE road because then you will accomplish the distance to Innovative film city within 36 kms.

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When I was here first time the parking was done just outside the premises. I read lots of online reviews and everyone mentioned that there were lots of stealing took place from the cars which were parked outside. The good news is that they now have made parking within the site.

On the entrance there are tickets counter, Different charges are,

# Admission, which does not include anything except right of entry to Innovative film city --> 50/-

# Still camera –> 100/- (Believe it or not)

# Handy cam –> 150/- or 200/- I don't remember accurately.

P.SMobile phone cameras are permitted and are not charged.

TipDon't show your still camera and handy cam, therefore do not purchase any ticket for it. After access to film city you can make use of your camera or handy cam as much as you desire, no one will validate if you have bought camera ticket or not. So please save some hard earned money on something stupid.

The general idea is you buy way in ticket and enter into the film city. Inside film city there are tons of things to do but they have their own price tags.

So let’s take a look what all they have,

 

Attractions

Cost

What’s that!!

My Opinion ?

Indian pottery

50

Hands on Indian pottery on cart wheel

You can try, they will let you take the pot

Mirror Maze

75

Maze of mirror

Very Good

Dino Park

50

Plastic Dinos

Skip it

Fossil Museum

25

Dino Fossils

Don't even think of it

Fossil Hunt

50

Find fossils in dirt

Are you kidding me !!

Aqua Kingdom

150

Artificial beach + ??

Did not try

Cartoon City (4 Rides)

30

No Idea

Did not try

Carousel

50

No Idea

Did not try

Roller Coaster

100

No Idea

Did not try

Miniature City

30

Miniature City

WTF !!!

Shoot Out @ IFC

100

No Idea

Did not try

Dune Buggy

300

No Idea

Did not try

Mini Golf

100

No Idea

Did not try

Wax Museum

75

Celebrity’s Wax statues

Average, can skip

Ripley’s Museum

100

Weird facts and artefacts

Average, can skip

Funplex Games

100

Video games, bowling

Try if you have never played video games

4D-Cinema

100

Short and almost real movie experience

Probably the best thing in the Film City

Roller Skates

100

Roller Skates

Looked awful for 100 bucks

Haunted Mansion

100

Scary house

2nd best thing what we tried

Bungee Jump

50

Miniature Bungee Jump

kids play

Wannado City

50

Mock City set

WTFFFFFFFFFF !!

Wax Hand

100

Wax mould of your hand

Skip it

ATV Dirt Bike

200

No Idea

Did not try

Go Karting

150

No Idea

Did not try

Paint ball

150

Paint ball with paint

Did not try

Aladdin’s Carpet

150

Your 2:30 minute movie DVD where you are flying over the city on Aladdin’s carpet

Pretty crazy & embarrassing stuff to do, do try this, (Checkout the video at the end)

 

Packages offered at the ticket counter,

Package 399

Activity

Original Price

Value for Money

 

 

 

Entry Fee

50

10/10

Dino Park

50

3/10

Haunted mansion

100

8/10

Wax Museum

75

5/10

Wannado City

50

0/10

Mini Golf

100

Did not try

Fossil Museum

25

1/10

Mirror Maze

75

7/10

Miniature City

30

0/10

Fossil Hunt

50

0/10

Ripley’s Museum

100

4/10

Package 699

Activity

Original Price

Value for Money

Entry Fee

50

10/10

Mirror Maze

75

7/10

Dino Park

50

3/10

Fossil Museum

25

1/10

Fossil Hunt

50

0/10

Aqua Kingdom

150

Did not try

Cartoon City

30

Did not try

Carousel

50

Did not try

Roller Coaster

100

Did not try

Miniature City

30

0/10

Innovative Talkies

??

Did not try

Mini Golf

100

Did not try

Wax Museum

75

5/10

Ripley’s Museum

100

4/10

4D-Cinema

100

10/10

Roller Skates

100

5/10

Haunted Mansion

100

8/10

Wannado City

50

0/10

Go Karting

150

Did not try

 

Tip - Don’t pay money for the tickets for activities like Miniature City, Wannado City and Fossil hunt because they were free when we checked them out and trust me, they are not even worth to be checked out for free.

We preferred 399 Combo,

 
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My wife wanted to get some hands on Indian pottery making,
 
 
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She made that Big one without base
 
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Food choices,

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They have got 7-8 diverse forms of cuisines from Andhra way to Chinese and Rajasthani but sadly about 50% were closed on Sunday afternoon and remaining 50% were selling only 50% things from their list of options. I may know the explanation why? The reason was totally operational Cafe Coffee day, Barista and ABOVE ALL McDonalds. So you don’t have to be anxious about the food at all.

 

 

Facilities,

I always have an opinion that you can judge any place by its washrooms, which as anticipated isn’t any first-class here. No Soap and sometimes not even water from the tap. So be equipped, carry extra bottles and toilet paper when you be here next time.

And last but not the least we ended up doing this for 150/-, Please don't disown us after seeing this crazy piece,

Aladdin's Carpet Special Effect Movie

Conclusion,

According to me you can easily be here for 5-6 hours on an overcast day. It’s all open and very spacious so you have to stroll a lot. We went on a rainy day, it was breezy and still we were exhausted in about 5 hrs.

You cannot cover all in one day so my recommendation is to pick most excellent things from the catalogue of activities and stick to them. Out of the entire only 25% things are real value for money.

Must Do for me were: - 4D-Movie, Haunted mansion and Mirror maze

Please share your judgment if you have been here.

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