Theme parks exist because adrenaline junkies and adventurous “YOLO” people exist. And the same goes for Ferrari. The Italian automaker exists because there are people out there who crave speed, adventure and fun -- all rolled into beautifully crafted vehicles. But what happens when you combine ridiculous theme park rides and Ferrari? Well, we’d say it’s one heck of a roller coaster ride.
Introducing Ferrari Land. Yes, you read it right. And if you’re thinking La La Land, then you’re getting it wrong – there’s no dancing and singing in this place, just plain screams of thrill and excitement. Ferrari Land. The name itself sends chills of excitement all over your body and elicits goosebumps down your arms. Yes, this adrenaline-inducing place exists, so get ready to be blown away as we take you deeper, through the gigantic red and silver arch adorned with the iconic Ferrari Logo.
Ferrari Land is nothing close to the likes of a 19th century traveling circus with weird ushers riding miniature Ladas, leading customers to the Prius roller coaster that would quietly take them through a Starbucks drive-through. But then, a Lada or a Prius roller coaster could probably draw us inside. The Spain-based theme park is actually a haven for adrenaline junkies, theme-park enthusiasts and of course, Ferrari fans. Ferrari Land covers more than 750,000 square feet of space at the PortAventura World resort in Salou, located on Spain’s Costa Dairada along the majestic Mediterranean Sea.
It features 11 park attractions but the Red Force is the highlight of the whole theme park. The Red Force is by far, the highest and fastest vertical accelerator in Europe which features F1-shaped cars, catapulting riders from 0 to 112 miles per hour in five seconds and then sends them skyward at 367 feet. Just imagining it takes your breath away, right? I bet nothing would stop roller coaster aficionados (especially if they are also Ferrari fans) from experiencing this epic ride.
But if you’re the one who wants to keep it low key with theme park rides (we won’t judge, promise) – or if you’ve been through every nerve-wrecking ride there is to offer in the place and want to relax before heading back to the hotel – then there are other Ferrari-themed activities that the park offers. There’s the Racing Legends and also the Flying Dreams ride which actually stays true to its name as it sends people flying through F1 and GT history. There’s the Ferrari Gallery, too, which offers an interactive experience for visitors who want to know more of Ferrari’s history. There are also driving simulators for those who want to experience driving classic Ferraris.
In 2010, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi was opened which makes Ferrari Land in Spain the second Ferrari-based theme park. The former was awarded at the 2015 World Travel Awards as Middle East’s top tourist attraction.
Ferrari Land was officially opened to the public on April 14, with no less than Ferrari Vice Chairman Piero Ferrari present at the said event, kicking things off by symbolically pressing a big red “start” button. Surely, this destination will be found in everyone’s automotive bucket-lists, adding to the growing itinerary of go-to places for automotive enthusiasts.