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Posted on by Carole Soto

We arrived at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi revved up to experience the world’s largest indoor theme park and all it has to offer within its 86,000 m² area.  Upon entering the facility, one of the first things I noticed was the massive amount of steel used to create such a place. The more than 20 park rides and attractions fall under its 200,000 m² dome. Only three are exposed to the outside elements, G-Force, Fiorano GT Challenge, and the Formula Rossa, touted as the fastest rollercoaster in the world.

Ticket prices were 235 AED ($65 US) and 195 AED ($54 US) for guests below 1.3 metres, which provides you all day unlimited access to all of the park’s attractions, reasonable as far as theme parks go. However, if you are not prone to waiting in line for rides, you can purchase the Premium Admission ticket for an additional 150 AED ($41 US), which gives you fast track access. We took advantage of the fast track and I must admit I got spoiled cutting to the head of the line, especially on the main attractions. But is it worth the extra 150 AED? Not really, if you go during weekdays (Sun. – Thurs.) as the lines are a tolerable wait. But if you go on the weekends (Fri. & Sat.) then most definitely yes.

As we made our way to the turnstyles we were greeted by a circus-like atmosphere of this indoor theme park with a man on a very tall bicycle, and the Ferrari World’s mascot, the camel, dancing and mingling with the guest.  We were fortunate to catch the sounds of Stomp Band performing center stage in front the G-Force ride. The kids really seemed to enjoy their uniquely coordinated rhythms.

We made our way to the Fiorano GT Challenge for our first ride. Being a rollercoaster enthusiast, I have to say I was slightly disappointed. It was fun, but it felt more like I was in a car race than a rollercoaster.  Of course, the theme of the ride was a car race challenge, so I guess I should I shouldn’t be too critical.

Next we went to the Speed of Magic, a sophisticated simulator ride that takes you on a 4D fun-filled adventure the entire family will enjoy. Then it was off to V12 for a bit of splash as you journey through the heart of a V12 engine. The kids liked the idea of getting wet. Once we got out of V12, it didn’t take long for the kids to beg us to take them to the fastest rollercoaster in the world, Formula Rossa.

Feel the Speed of the World’s Fastest Rollercoaster!

As I mentioned, I love rollercoasters, and this was truly an experience. You immediately accelerate to 240 km/h and experience the force of 4.8 Gs of a Formula 1. You’ll not only get an adrenaline rush, but you’ll also get a complete blow-out for your hair.

One ride I surprisingly enjoyed most of all (especially since I don’t do well with heights) was Viaggio in Italia where you take flight and soar over the beautiful countryside of Italy taking in the sights and sounds of this Italian road rally adventure. The views were spectacular as you really felt as if you were floating over Italy and not on a ride in an amusement park in Abu Dhabi.

But this indoor theme park isn’t just about the rides, Ferrari World offers a bit of something for everyone. From Made in Maranello which takes you on a factory tour, to the Galleria where many Ferraris are on display, including one of the just 400 Ferrari Enzos in the world, we found many parts of the park educational.

We ended our day with a circus show in Red where the theme was wheels. Everyone was on wheels, bicycles, roller blades, and even giant wheels. For a small stage it was jam-packed with entertainment. (My kids loved the mime.)

If you’re planning a trip to Dubai, it is definitely worth taking the hour and 20 minute drive to Abu Dhabi to check out Ferrari world.

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