Perhaps the most striking feature of the park is its enormous red-domed roof. Ferrari World says that the bright red structure is supposed to resemble a Ferrari GT body, but it might also be mistaken for a renegade mothership from a big-budget science fiction movie. (Then again, it's unlikely any "War of the Worlds" spacecraft that landed in the desert would sport a huge Ferrari logo, as does the park's dome.)
A hybrid Epcot-type pavilion/Six Flags-type amusement park/corporate hospitality center, Ferrari World showcases the legendary automaker through sophisticated dark rides and other cutting-edge theme park technology. It also reinforces Ferrari's racing legacy with coasters and other thrill rides. And it acts as an emissary of Italy by offering attractions and exhibits featuring the country's landmarks and culture along with Italian eateries.
In addition to Ferrari World, Yas Island offers the Yas Marina Circuit racetrack, which presents the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Future plans also include a Warner Bros. Theme Park, Yas Island Water Park, 20 hotels, a 500-store shopping mall, golf courses, marinas, and other projects.
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The World's Fastest Roller Coaster:
By comparison, Kingda Ka, the world's second-fastest coaster, reaches a top speed of 128 mph. The German coaster, ring racer (sic), is supposed to hit 135 mph when it opens (after a false 2009 start) in 2011. For more info about record-holding rides: The World's 10 Fastest Roller Coasters.
Formula Rossa was manufactured by Intamin AG of Switzerland. It uses a hydraulic launch system (similar to the launch system used for Kingda Ka), and accelerates from 0 to 100 km (62 miles) in 2 seconds.
The coaster climbs 52m (171 feet), and riders experience 1.7 Gs. Formula Rossa starts inside the indoor theme park, accelerates through the dome, travels outside the park, and returns to the loading station inside the building. The train's cars have been made to look like flashy red Formula One Ferraris. Because of the speed and desert sand, riders are issued goggles.
- V12- A dark ride that uses boats to travel through "12 cylinders of wonder."
- Made in Maranello- A motion simulator ride into Ferrari's factory.
- Viaggio in Italia- A Soarin'-type hang gliding simulator ride over Italy.
- Driving with Champions- Interactive 3-D show.
- The Pit Wall- An interactive experience that gives guests a chance to test their reflexes in racing simulations.
- The Racing Legends- A dark ride depicting the Ferrari story.
- Bell’Italia- Scale replicas of Italian landmarks.
Fiorano GT Challenge- A second launched roller coaster that features two tracks and racing trains. The coaster cars resemble Ferrari F340 Spider automobiles.
G-Force- A drop-tower ride that soars over 62 m (203 ft.) through the center of the indoor park's domed roof.
- Paddock- A behind-the-scenes auto racing attraction.
- Galleria Ferrari - A Ferrari museum with interactive exhibits.
- Junior GT - Driving school for younger children.
- Junior Grand Prix- Souped-up go-karts (toned-down racetrack) experience.
- Junior Training Camp- A children's play area.