Ferrari World iconic theme park set for early opening in Abu Dhabi

Michael James

The much-talked about, long-anticipated Ferrari World, the world’s largest indoor theme park, will open Oct. 27 — one day earlier than expected — in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates.

Ferrari World is the only theme park dedicated to the renowned racing cars and features the world’s fastest roller coaster, Formula Rossa, which can hit top speeds of up to 150 mph.

Ferrari World is home to 20 Ferrari-inspired rides, race simulators and attractions, all nicely package in the 2.2 million square floor edifice covered in famous Ferrari red and styling of a Ferrari GT.

Ferrari may have outdone itself with Ferrari World, with its estimated cost of $624 million.

A Ferrari logo adorns the roof of the building and measures 213′ x 159′ — the largest Ferrari logo ever created.

Jack Rouse Associates, a Cincinnati-based visitor experience design firm, is responsible for the design of most of the park’s 20 rides:

Bell’Italia (Beautiful Italy) — An exhibit showcasing recreations of famous Italian cityscapes, structures and racing venues. Guests can choose to drive a Ferrari 250 California Spyder throughout the exhibit or walk the 1,870-foot network of paths.

Carousel – Ferrari’s version of the traditional carousel featuring prototype cars

Cinema Maranello – a theatre showcasing a film which takes guests back to the 1920’s.

Driving with Champions – is an interactive 3-D show which follows the life of a Ferrari engineer

Fiorano GT Challenge – a dual launched roller coaster manufactured by Maurer Söhne.

Formula Rossa – a hydraulically-launched roller coaster manufactured by the Swiss coaster design firm Intamin AG. It will be the world’s fastest roller coaster reaching a top speed of 150 mph.

Galleria Ferrari – the world’s largest Ferrari gallery outside Maranello.

G-Force – a spaceshot tower which launches riders over 62 m (203 ft) up and out of the building.

Junior Grand Prix – a racing school for budding Scuderia drivers who can driver child-sized Ferrari F1 racers.

Junior GT – a driving school for children. Guests receive a training session before jumping in their own child-sized F430 GT Spider to navigate a network of streets.

Junior Training Camp – a soft play area where children can paddle their own miniature Ferrari and play with a foam model of an F1 car.

Made in Maranello – a virtual tour inside the Ferrari factory in Maranello giving guests a glimpse into the design, assembly and testing of a Ferrari GT.

Paddock – a realistic recreation of the Ferrari team’s set up at European F1 races.

The Pit Wall – an interactive theatre which allows guests to call the shots on how a virtual driver is to race.

Racing Legends – a journey showcasing significant moments in Ferrari racing history.

Scuderia Challenge – a set of state-of-the-art racing simulators featuring authentic Ferrari F1 steering wheels and seats.

Speed of Magic – A fantasy 4-D journey following the adventures of a boy as he travels through a kaleidoscope of natural and phenomenal environments, where no Ferrari has gone before.

V12 – a flume ride through the heart of a Ferrari 599 engine.

Viaggio in Italia – a recreation of an aerial voyage over Italy.

Guests can purchase merchandise from several retail outlets throughout the park including the largest Ferrari Store in the world and a Ferrari boutique.

Visit Ferrari World’s website: Ferrari World

Article Last Updated: September 5, 2013.

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