The World’s biggest indoor theme park starts the year with the opening of a big new Intamin made coaster – Flying Aces.
Finally, I had the chance to experienced it. Once under the huge red roof, I have also visited most of the other rides. Sit back, relax and enjoy this little tour.
The park is now undergoing major facelift to face the tough competition…soon to be open 4 theme parks in Dubai. ( 50min drive away )
New Italian theming is coming up and most importantly new rides are on its way ( more in PART 2 )
The main reason for my visit was of course the Flying Aces coaster. To experience the steepest lift hill and fly through the tallest ( 52m ) loop with a twist.
After long delay due to technical issues, the gate of the Hangar finally opened. I was happy to see one of the most detailed and themed queue line, easily comparable to best Universal’s or Disney attractions. The attention to detail, effects, sounds and different theming is excellent.
The queue line is designed as a walk thru country side with projections, TV’s behind the windows and ton’s of props, holographic projections, lots of rock work and fake greenery.
You will not see the coaster train until the very last minute, all you hear is just happy clapping and cheering. The last room has an instructional projection which in my opinion, is way too laud. The queue time was around 30min most of the day.
The ride itself takes off from an Airplane Hangar. You will be directly launched on to fast ascesing lift hill before the big drop towards the huge loop. “The Flight” is fantastic , smooth and quite long.
Well done Ferrari World.
⇒ For another great Flying Aces VIDEO click HERE
Let’s take a look at the other rides :
- Formula Rossa : the acceleration of 240km/h in under 5 seconds and 4.8Gs really does feel AMAZING! The queue line needs to be updated and the ride efficiency isn’t very good. Always longest waiting time from all the rides.
FioranoGT Challenge : duelling coasters racing on a flat track. For kids and not very comfortable. No queue all day.
Speed of Magic : Universal’s Transformer style ride, but without the Universal’s technology. 3D effects don’t work, projection is more like a video game and theming in between screen sequences badly painted.
Viaggio in Italia : so much potential, but let down by poor quality projection and dripping water from the spray effect diffusers. The ride is identical to Soarin in Disney Epcot, but with Italy themed flight video.
Made in Maranello : ride thru Ferrari Factory. Don’t expect Epcot’s Test Track. It would be ok to see this at a Car Autosalon but not in a theme park. Could be definitely replaced with something new.
Shows : there are 4 shows currently running in different times of the day. The good ones are Viva Ferrari with 2 dancers performing in/with a screen ( every 1 hour/45 min ) and RED, which is acrobatic show ( at 2 and 4 pm )
Car drive simulators & Kids play areas :
There is plenty of clean washrooms around the park, free water fountains and helpful staff. I was very pleasantly surprised, every single member of staff was cheerful, friendly and made me feel welcome.
The entire huge space has many unused areas and a lot construction is currently happening, so expect some de-tours.
Restaurants around the park offers mostly Italian food, but International selection is easily available. Couple of nice coffee shops with cozy seating to relax and of course shops to purchase some “black horse” branded memorabilia.
Before you plan your visit check on the website if you favourite ride is open that day !
- NEW RIDES
Big photo update about 2 upcoming rides in PART 2 … come czech back soon !