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I have just completed my media acreditation for opening day on 28th October.

 

Woo Hoo.

 

Dubaidave

 

Very nice! I am very much looking forward to the trip reports when the park opens! Im really jealous of my uncle who lives in Abu Dhabi and claims to have tickets for opening day.

 

Any signs that Formula Rossa has tested yet??

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The apocalypse has happened.  Mission Ferrari is finally testing! I'm not sure if we can link the video I'm seeing going around Instagram, but it's there if you search for it.

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I have a feeling they are going to have a hell of a time getting the Intamin hydraulic launch to cooperate at 149mph. When was the last time we saw a record-breaking launched coaster from Intamin that didn't have problems?

 

That said, when it does eventually reach it's maximum speed, I have a feeling it's going to be one of the most amazing rides in the world.

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Latest press release including opening times

 

 

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Announces Opening Plans

 

27 October 2010 Early Opening with Public Celebration

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Ferrari World Abu Dhabi has revealed its launch plans of the world’s largest indoor theme park with an opening celebration a day earlier than anticipated.

 

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will open to the public for the first time, starting at seven o’clock in the evening on Wednesday 27th October 2010. Guests will be able to experience a wide variety of rides and attractions and join in the special festivities with shows, dedicated entertainment and free souvenirs.

 

“We are excited to open our doors to the public earlier than previously anticipated, on Wednesday 27th October 2010 and we look forward to welcoming many guests to mark this historic day,” said Claus Frimand, General Manager, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. “This will be the beginning of an exciting Inaugural Period, with the start of operations at the world’s first Ferrari theme park.”

 

“The Inaugural Period will continue throughout November, leading up to a Grand Opening in December with the official launch of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi,” he added.

 

During Ferrari World Abu Dhabi’s Inaugural Period, families and racing fans will be able to experience the legendary Ferrari passion, history and culture through various rides and attractions, in addition to unique shopping and dining experiences. From the world’s fastest rollercoaster, Formula Rossa; the region’s first dueling roller coaster, Fiorano GT Challenge and the 4-D experience inside Speed of Magic; Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will offer a truly amazing experience for every member of the family.

 

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.

 

"Our operations team of nearly 850 dedicated staff is currently conducting comprehensive ride testing,” added Frimand. “They have all successfully completed extensive training programs on safety procedures and are passionately working round the clock as we count down the days to the Public Opening date.”

 

“We are on schedule to open the park with a wide selection of rides and attractions. We have managed to turn one of the world’s most exclusive brands into an extraordinary experience which families and fans will come back for time and time again,” concluded Frimand.

 

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will feature many Ferrari-inspired rides and attractions that range from speed thrill rides to the world’s most advanced simulators and family-friendly attractions.

 

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is that a train on the track?

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Heres another press release.

 

Children to Learn first Driving Skills at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Driving School provides road safety and skill training for children

 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Young guests at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will be able to take their first ever drive in a beautiful scaled down Ferrari while learning valuable skills before testing what they have learned on the racetrack.

 

When the park opens its doors for the first time on 27th October 2010 at 7pm, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will feature a wide range of rides and attractions which ignite the senses and reflect the remarkable story of Ferrari, but it’s not only high octane rollercoasters and advanced simulators on offer. Youngsters will be given the opportunity to get behind the wheel of scaled down Ferrari F430 GT Spider cars and pick up new skills before heading out onto a mini Grand Prix circuit within the park and applying their new skills in stunning scaled down F1™ Scuderia Ferrari single seater.

 

At Junior GT, the first part of the Driving School, children will be schooled on road safety essentials before they get behind the wheel to experience driving conditions for the first time at a reduced and safe speed. From stop signs to roundabouts and lane discipline, young drivers will need to pass this crucial first stage to get their drivers license before making the step up to a race driving experience at the second part of the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Driving School.

At Junior Grand Prix, young drivers will learn more about F1™ driving techniques; when to make the most of a straight away and turn into corners as well as what changes a driver’s experience when driving through a tunnel. They will have to maneuver around the track and make the most of their chance to take on chicanes before crossing the checkered flag.

Andy Keeling, Park Manager, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi said: “The Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Driving School is a new concept we have developed for our younger audience, where they can learn the basics of road safety and driving etiquette in a thrilling environment. Junior GT and Junior Grand Prix combine to deliver a memorable experience for our young guests.”

 

 

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will open its doors to the public at 7pm on 27th October 2010 with a vast array of attractions to suit guests of all ages and tastes. Guests can purchase tickets at the gate and are recommended to arrive early to join in the opening celebrations, which include unique entertainment and free souvenirs.

 

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.

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This place seems unbelievable to me - especially when an overhead shot of the roof is posted. Just incredible.

 

I've enjoyed keeping up on this place via this thread, thanks to those who keep updating. I don't watch a lot of national news anymore, but it sure does seem like this would make a good segment for one of those shows, or even a 60 Minutes type program.

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Both sides do race - there's the little clip at the very end that shows two sets of cars dueling.

 

As for the speed, a lot of those turns are pretty flat, so higher speeds would kick the laterals up to the point of painful...

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Is it just me....or does it look like they are going pretty slow?

 

I think the point of the ride to some extent is to simulate race car physics; the turns are very minimally banked, there are LSM sections out of the turns, etc. From off-ride it does appear slow, but I definitely think they hit the nail on the head for this coaster. Those on-ride shots look pretty awesome.

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Racing coaster looks like a perfect family coaster for the park, not too fast, but not too slow. Kinda reminds me of Italian Job.

 

I'm actually pretty happy to finally see footage of this ride. I originally thought it was gonna deliver more thrills, but it seems to be more of an in-between coaster.

 

I'm really hoping this park succeeds. Although, I kinda feel that already planning a second park even though the first park hasn't opened yet isn't the best idea in the world though.

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With the opening less than a month away...how come there have been no signs of a true Formula Rossa test run?

I don't think they would test it at night due to noise...

 

Has anyone even see signs that it has actually been tested (besides the pull through)?

 

Just Curious

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have not heard anything. The park is well away from residential areas so there would be no problem testing at night and it would be cooler at night as well.

 

I am driving down that way soon so will swing by and see if there's any sign.

 

The last aerial pic they posted had the train on the brake run. That was the full train as well, not just the test carriage for the pull through.

 

Dubaidave

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Oh, I´m looking forward to a first launch video... I like the small racing coaster, but I´m missing some themeing around it. Hope they will put something in there, but like seen on the concept arts there will be nothing else

 

  • Like I said before I plan a visit to the park in Nov./Dez..
    Please, I need help from everyone, who was in Abu Dhabi and Dubai before or lives there around, to give me some hints
here. Don´t want to use this topic for that. Thank you.

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