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Yes you still get nice and wet.

I also got to try out the new soarin style ride. It was quite impressive. The screen is massive and in the back row you go really high.

 

As with all the other rides there is a problem with the screen and it looks blocky. But overall it's a pretty nice addition to the park. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1352687690.831103.jpg.4ec681b7f4e4fb7169941ae9bf8a4e7e.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1352687714.066583.jpg.6068dd97f97fb5104f1f2fb28fc78487.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1352687740.782056.jpg.1ec57f4a7692f66e96968bc42d763fe9.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1352687775.068168.jpg.685603b144677465f0fe60b528217339.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1352687821.086613.jpg.c585a29b50b9a6e92ab3d6cf1f77e01b.jpg

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Yes you still get nice and wet.

I also got to try out the new soarin style ride. It was quite impressive. The screen is massive and in the back row you go really high.

 

As with all the other rides there is a problem with the screen and it looks blocky. But overall it's a pretty nice addition to the park.

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^You talked about Formula Rossa being rough. Is it just a rattle, or something more? This surprises me since Intamin rides are generally more smooth than other rides.

 

 

It seems to just be the back row. the other seats i tried seemed fine. I dont know if the wheels wear more at the back or what

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^Looks exact...hopefully the screen/projector/movie is at least somewhat better!

 

The Chinese "Soarin" knock offs were pretty blurry. It was strange encountering two different "Soarin'" ride systems in China (the one at Joyland was dfferent than the one at Happy Valley). I hope Ferrari World has good luck with theirs (they do have some interesting attractions at that park).

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http://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/on-stage/abu-dhabis-ferrari-world-turns-a-glitzier-shade-of-red

 

It has been just more than two years since the grand opening of the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi theme park. Since then, the host of attractions under its capacious red roof - most notably the jowel-ripplingly quick Formula Rossa roller coaster - have drawn a steady stream of thrill-seekers to Yas Island.

 

But now, mainly in an attempt to lure local residents back for return visits, the theme park is about to unveil some brand new rides and attractions.

The first of these is Red, a 25-minute acrobatic spectacular, which replaces the previous live stage show La Gara.

 

What is it?

 

Set in 1950s Italy, the show follows the rivalry between two young men vying to woo a beautiful woman.

 

The big-budget extravaganza has been produced by Thinkwell, a California-based theme park design company. This is the firm behind such popular attractions as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Resort in Florida and the Olympics' Spectator Experience show in London. Closer to home, it also created the Snow Play Zone at the Ski Dubai indoor ski slope.

 

Thinkwell's creative director Paul Haught explains how Red was conceived: "We were kind of inspired by the style and look of [Federico] Fellini films. "Then we thought about what is the core essence of Ferrari. From this we developed a storyline about boy meets girl and how various guys are competing for her hand. But basically we wanted to develop something that has not been seen in the region. It's different from a roller coaster and different from a dark ride."

 

Indeed it is, with acrobats somersaulting around the stage, gymnasts spinning in giant wheels and dangling from silk ropes, BMX bikers leaping around, as well as the slapstick antics of a comedy clown.

 

Ferrari fanatics longing to see some high-powered machines will not feel dissatisfied, as it features an appearance by an F1 racing car and the legendary 250 California.

 

The stars of the show

 

The show stars 15 different performers from seven different nations. These include the Polish acrobats Angelina Kogot and Luisasz Misztela, who are both champions in Acro Sports, a discipline that combines gymnastics and dance.

 

The duo, who perform the adagio routine in the middle of the show, were both recruited from the Cirque Éloize circus troupe in Quebec, Canada.

While the lifts and body balances appear physically tough, they insist it's routine for them. "What we do is not that demanding - we do a lot tougher stuff in Acro Sports," says Kogot. "The challenge is having to do it three or four times a day and not get injured."

 

Why change the attractions?

 

The park manager Andy Keeling insists that the park is fulfilling expectations in terms of visitor numbers. So, he claims, introducing Red is part of a larger scheme to keep the experience fresh and surprising for both local and overseas guests. "La Gara was successful, but it was done on a much smaller budget. But we found that our guests really enjoyed live shows, so we decided to go bigger and better," he says. "We've brought in elements of something that you might see in a Broadway or West End show. I'd say it has much more of a showbiz quality than before."

 

Coming next at Ferrari World

 

Keeling says that while Ferrari World has established itself on the tourist maps of the UAE, the team is now pushing to make sure the residents of Abu Dhabi keep coming back again and again.

 

"We have worked hard to show our guests that we are keeping Ferrari World alive. We've got a lot of surprises up our sleeves, including a new family ride opening very soon. Just watch this space," he says.

 

Red will be showing twice a day on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 3pm and 7pm, and three times a day from Thursdays to Saturdays at 3pm, 5pm and 7pm. The park is open from 11am to 8pm every day but is closed on Monday. Entry to Red is included in the price of entry to the park. General admission costs Dh225 for guests over 1.5 metres in height, and Dh165 for guests under 1.5 metres . Premium admission costs Dh325 for guests over 1.5 metres, and Dh265 for guests under 1.5 metres. Call 02 496 8001 or visit http://www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com for more information.

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Am I the only one that gets a slightly desperate vibe out of this? I don't know if there's just less publicity about the park generally so I just assume it's not a big hit but for a place with the fastest coaster in the world you' think they would be putting more substantial investments into the place.

 

Hopefully I'm wrong (I'd love to visit someday) but it seems this place isn't as popular as intended.

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Yeah, I'm not seeing how a stage show with acrobats is going to pull in more guests. It reminds me of when Disney brought the Electrical Parade to California Adventure to try and beef up crowds.

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Hopefully I'm wrong (I'd love to visit someday) but it seems this place isn't as popular as intended.

 

Someone else can correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that what happened was that Dubai was seen as this big worldwide tourism spot that was going to just expand like crazy and everyone would go there, and they started building all this crazy stuff, and then the worldwide economy basically stalled and the attractions that opened didn't really get anyone there. Universal, Six Flags, Paramount and Legoland, amongst others all announced plans to build parks. I think that the Ferrari park is a victim of having actually gone forward enough to get some stuff open.

 

The whole Dubailand idea was a pretty strange one. They had plans to build like 15 or so theme parks. With *that* much competition, I don't know there would have ever been enough tourism to keep the doors open on even half of those parks. Dubai was hoping for 15 million. By contrast, it's supposed to be about 50 million that go to Orlando, and that area supports 8 big parks (including Disney's two water parks).

 

The only thing that this park beyond a really special ride is that the others didn't happen, but it's theme does it no favors for repeat visits of locals. It was clearly built to entice tourists to stop there once, and since Dubai hasn't been getting those tourists, well...

 

I hope them the best. I'm amazed that this park actually made it off the ground, and I think that the wacky theme to it makes it really unique. Something tells me though that unless I get really lucky, I won't visit Formula Rossa unless it happens to move somewhere else for some reason.

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