The full attraction line-up for the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi theme park has been revealed, ahead of the park's grand opening on October 28, 2010.
The Formula One-themed park will feature more than 20 rides and shows when it opens, including the world's fastest rollercoaster - Formula Rossa. All of the attractions are themed around Ferrari's motorsport and engineering capabilities, and are a mixture of pure thrill rides and interactive, educational experiences.
Although a large section of the Formula Rossa track extends outside into the desert, the majority of Ferrari World will be housed in a huge building which spans 200,000 square meters. The building is designed to resemble the side profile of the Ferrari GT body, and features Ferrari's famous "prancing horse" logo on its roof. The massive floorspace will see the park become the largest indoor theme park in the world.
The full line-up of attractions at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is given below:
- Formula Rossa – the world’s fastest roller coaster, featuring a launched start, a peak height of 170 feet and a top speed of 149mph. Riders will wear eyewear as they traverse the 2 kilometer circuit, as protection against desert sands.
- Speed of Magic – a fantasy 4-D journey, in which guests will follow mischievous young racing driver "Nello" on adventure through jungles, ravines and ice caves.
- Made in Maranello – a virtual tour through Ferrari's factory in Maranello, showing the process of making the company's sports cars.
- V12 – a themed water flume ride through the inside of a Ferrari 599 engine.
- G-Force – a 203-feet launch tower designed to simulate the G-forces experienced by Ferrari drivers.
- Scuderia Challenge – "authentic" racing simulators similar to those used by Scuderia Ferrari drivers in training.
- Viaggio in Italia – a virtual aerial voyage over Italy in pursuit of a Ferrari, taking in its main cities and landmarks.
- Fiorano GT Challenge – dueling rollercoasters which are designed to simulate a race between two Ferrari F430 Spiders. Manufactured by Maurer Söhne.
- Bell’Italia – a LEGOLAND-style miniature recreation of famous Italian landmarks, including the Colosseum in Rome and the Monza racetrack.
- Paddock – a recreation of Ferrari's behind-the-scenes infrastructure on Grand Prix race days, including garages, transporters and hospitality suites.
- The Pit Wall – an interactive theatre that presents guests with realistic racing scenarios and tests their decision-making.
- Galleria Ferrari – a gallery of classic and modern Ferrari cars, the largest of its kind outside Maranello.
- Junior GT – a children's "driving school" featuring miniature F430 GT Spiders and "expert instruction".
- Junior Grand Prix – a race track designed for use after children have passed through the Junior GT driving school, featuring scaled-down Ferrari F1 cars.
- The Racing Legends – a dark ride which takes guests on a tour through Ferrari's greatest racing achievements.
- Driving with Champions – an interactive 3D show which follows a young engineer on his first day working at the Ferrari factory.
- Cinema Maranello – a theatre showing the short film "Coppa di Sicilia", which tells the stores of Enzo Ferrari.
- Junior Training Camp – a play area for younger children featuring a waterless car wash, remote-control cars and a foam model of an F1 car.
- Carousel – displaying Ferrari prototypes based on winning designs from a competition.
In addition to the rides and shows, Ferrari World will also feature a number of restaurants and cafes offering Italian cuisine, along with an array of retail outlets which will sell Ferrari merchandise.
Ferrari World's opening will come three weeks prior to the last F1 Grand Prix of the 2010 season, which will take place at the Yas Marina circuit where the park is located. The park's operators, Farah Leisure Parks Management, hope that it will appeal to families and motorsport enthusiasts alike.
The Abu Dhabi park was expected to be the first of many new theme parks to open in the United Arab Emirates, with the majority planned for neighboring Dubai. However, the debt crisis which has engulfed the smaller emirate has caused many of the proposed parks to be put on hold. Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone recently revealed that similarly-themed F1-X park is "not happening", with some news sites misreporting its demise as being the end of Ferrari World instead.
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