On Wednesday 27th October 2010 at seven o’clock in the evening, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi opened to the public for the first time, offering a truly amazing experience for every member of the family.
The park will host more than 20 unique rides and attractions for visitors of all ages and interests – from speed thrill rides to the world’s most advanced simulators and family-friendly attractions – in addition to a wide variety of Italian delicacies, unique shopping experiences and special festivities that include inaugural shows, dedicated entertainment and free souvenirs.
The exterior of the park is modeled after the side profile of a Ferrari GT, and the roof has a total surface area of 200,000 square meters (2,200,000 sq ft) with a perimeter of 2,200 meters (7,200 ft). One-hundred-sixty feet below that roof, which is festooned with the largest Prancing Horse ever created (see above), sits 86,000 square meters (930,000 sq ft) of floor space. That makes Ferrari World the largest indoor theme park on the planet.
Naturally, there will be other attractions for those looking for slightly less thrilling kinds of fun, including a plethora of movies (some in 3D), and a ride that takes you through the inner workings of a V12 engine. You can also drive a Ferrari 250 California Spyder though an exhibit that shows you the best that Italy has to offer while you let the kiddies have their kicks learning how to drive Junior Grand Prix race cars.
Ticket prices range from AED 225 for guests above 1.5m, and AED 165 for visitors below 1.5m.
Guests can upgrade their experience with a Premium Ticket, which will give them priority on all attractions and access to an exclusive lounge with refreshments, as well as other benefits. Premium Tickets cost AED 375 for guests above 1.5m and AED 270 for visitors below 1.5m.
All tickets provide unlimited use of rides and attractions inside Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. The park will be operating on a six-day a week schedule from Tuesday to Sunday, welcoming visitors from 12 noon each day.
Rides & Attractions Include:
Formula Rossa – The world’s fastest roller coaster will be powered through the 2.07 km track at speeds up to 240 km/h; reaching 0-100 km/h in less than two seconds.
Speed of Magic – This incredibly sophisticated fantasy attraction follows the adventures of a young boy as he travels through 4-D dreamscapes in the pursuit of ‘Nello’ – a mischievous racing car driver from another world.
Junior GT – This is a driving school for children and the first component of the Ferrari driving academy.
Junior Grand Prix – After receiving their driver’s license from the Junior GT school, children will be enrolled at the Junior GP, a racing school for budding Scuderia drivers.
Galleria Ferrari – The world’s largest Ferrari gallery outside Maranello, Galleria Ferrari is an interactive presentation of Ferrari’s enthralling history from 1947 to the present.
G-Force – At the heart of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi lays the enormous crystal funnel housing of one of the world’s most thrilling rides.
Fiorano GT Challenge – This rare ‘dueling’ coaster sends two trains of three Ferrari F430 Spider carriages weaving along parallel tracks in a high octane race to the finish line.
Bell’Italia – Covering an area of 6,300 m2, Bell’Italia is a miniature recreation of famous Italian cityscapes, structures and racing venues, featuring 17 stops along the way.
Made in Maranello – A unique opportunity to go behind the doors of the famous Ferrari factory in Maranello – a privilege previously only enjoyed by Ferrari owners.
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