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No kid stuff this, really

Never mind the queues. Kids still find amusement parks a thrilling experience. But they do wish that there were more rides for children than adults.

entertainment Updated: Jan 21, 2011 15:45 IST

We first saw EsselWorld from our ferry, which we took from Marve Beach. We could see a golden building which appeared bigger as our boat moved closer. The boat driver told us that it was the Golden Pagoda, the highlight of the island on which the park was located. After 20-minutes in the sea, we reached the island. The ride was a lot of fun, both ways, though our return in the night was colder.

Our tickets were bought without much delay because there was no queue. The man at the ticket counter was quite polite. On entry, our first choice was a kind of a cup-and-saucer ride that had our heads shaken and stirred. We didn’t want to sit on it at first because it looked scary. But once on it, we began to have fun.

Ride rage

Zyclone was next. Arjun was too short, so he wasn’t allowed to get on it. This happened a few times on our fourhour trip, which is one of the bad things about Essel World. Zyclone left my stomach churning because it went round and round, up and down, almost like a roller coaster. That’s a ride I’d want to take again.

The next was a minitrain ride, which Arjun and I enjoyed, but it was meant for someone younger and can be thrilling for kindergarten children. Then, there was an airplane ride that had us excited and for once, we could both enjoy it.

The most thrilling experience was the monster house. We had to queue up for more than an hour and a half but once inside, it all seemed fun. It was a set of dark tunnels, and at every corner, there was some ghost or scary creature waiting for us. I wasn’t frightened, but the house scared Arjun a lot. I would recommend it to all my friends. At the exit, there was a shop from where we could buy freaky gift items for our friends.

Another exciting thing was the steam train stationed in a corner of the park. I’d seen such steamers in my textbooks. But this one was real.

There was also a tiny gaming section where we could play the video games. We also tried the apple-train ride, which was exciting, but not as much fun as the Zyclone. And then there was the water boat that went round in circles, the most boring ride in the park.

Even the bumper cars zone wasn’t so exciting. We barely sat in them for five minutes. We enjoy such rides more in malls than here.

EsselWorld had many food joints, toilets and there were signposts everywhere to guide us. There’s a lot for kids who are my age to do, but most things were meant for older kids and adults. We weren’t allowed on many rides, like the rainbow and killer rides because of our height.

Arjun Dubey, 8, studies in class 3. Dhruv, 10, is in class 4.