I have to admit that I’m a huge rollercoaster fan and therefore I expected a lot. Honestly, I’m disappointed! I’ll write a summary at the bottom for those who don’t have the time to read the entire article.
The park itself is really nice. The way they build the entire facility and integrated all attractions is pretty amazing. The whole park is obviously focused on Ferrari and Italy and I think it looks amazing.
The attractions are nice.
Formula Rossa, the fastest rollercoaster in the world, is definitely worth trying. I went on it several times and really loved it.
The dueling coaster “Fiorano GT Challenge” was also interesting. It has several launches and is pretty neat as well.
G-Force is a regular spaceshot tower. The guy who ran the attraction really liked how scared everyone was and therefore went a couple times more than he was supposed to. I thought that was amazing.
Bell’Italia is a nice, relaxing attraction for everyone. You basically sit in a car and it shows you different towns in Italy. It’s basically an exhibit recreating several skylines and buildings in Italy.
V12 is a water ride. You sit in the little boat and it takes you on a journey through the V12 engine. It obviously starts with the gasoline coming into the motor, goes on to the cylinders and ends with a big bang at the exhaust. It is well developed and a nice water ride
One of the funnest rides was Speed of Magic. It’s a 4-D journey following a wonderful story. It’s supposed to be for kids but I probably enjoyed it more than all the kids in the ride. It’s pretty new and therefore includes an amazing technology. Sometimes I didn’t even know if I was watching a screen or foam objects. Loved it.
They also had a show called “Red”. It’s an acrobatic show with fun characters and one of the most amazing “clown”-pantomimes I’ve ever seen. They did a great job.
But enough about the positives sides.
I honestly have to say I wouldn’t go to the park again. If you like rollercoasters, go once and try Formula Rossa. If you just try to do something in Abu Dhabi, there’s lots of other stuff to do.
The entrance fee for the park is way too expensive. It’s not worth the money
The lines were way too long. I know it’s not really a point to have an opinion on because it’s not their fault that the park was full but still, the work effort was ridiculous. It took them almost two minutes to board the train of Forumla Rossa and let them go out.
They also didn’t bring out the second train until the afternoon even though we already had to wait for almost two hours. I talked to another guy waiting in line and we both decided to talk to the staff about their work effort and they unfortunately didn’t give us a pleasant answer and just talked their way around it.
During the entire day, they had several kids coming to the park. I think it’s great that kids go to amusement parks but unfortunately they didn’t behave the way they’re supposed to behave. They cut in line, pushed people to the side and were really rude. I talked to staff members about it and wanted them to say something but unfortunately they just looked away.
What I also find really unfortunate is that they offer VIP tickets. They are not that much more expensive but I thought I didn’t need it. What they do is basically pick out the people with the VIP bracelet and then put them on the rides. Since the price doesn’t differ that much from the regular ticket, the VIP is nothing special. At Formula Rossa, the VIP people still had to wait 1.5 hours while the others waited almost 4. Also they sometimes don’t have particular entrances for the VIP people and therefore they just squeeze themselves through the regular line.
Also the food in the park is really expensive. I know it’s an amusement park but I’ve seen parks that are way cheaper than Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.
But the weirdest thing during the day were all the technical inspections. I went to the park right when it opened and headed right towards G-Force. It was closed because of technical inspections. Then I went to Formula Rossa. It was closed because of technical inspections. Then I went to the dueling coaster. It was closed because of technical inspections. Half of the rides didn’t even open until 2 hours after the park had opened and the water ride was closed almost all day. Formula Rossa was shut down 3 times during one day because they had some kind of technical issues. I don’t know what they were doing but I think they should check the rides before the park opens.
So after having such an unpleasant experience I decided to talk to customer relations. The guy I talked to was really friendly. He kindly listened to all my bad experiences and recommendations and asked me what he should do now. I didn’t really know what to say since I was so upset and he kindly gave me a VIP bracelet for the rest of the day.
So all in all I wouldn’t go to the park again. I hope the park changes in the future and I hope they offer more rides for the money.
+ great rides
+ awesome theme
nicely executed design (Ferrari exhibition, etc)
understanding customer relations
not enough rides
expensive entrance fee (they have awesome rides but should offer more for the price)
VIP-Ticket system (too many people buy VIP ticket and therefore it’s nothing special anymore. VIPs still have to wait for quite a while and non-VIPs have to wait even longer