An economy-sized Ferrari Land theme park gets set to roar to life in northeastern Spain
If you’ve ever wanted to try out Ferrari’s line of luxury sports cars, Ferrari Land, opening April 7 in PortAventura, Spain, may be just the ticket.
For the record:
10:36 p.m. May 11, 2019An earlier version of this article stated that PortAventura, Spain, is an hour north of Barcelona. It is an hour southwest of Barcelona.
The 19-acre Ferrari Land will be about a third the size of the original Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi and about as big as a single themed land at PortAventura. The $140-million budget for the entire park is less than Disney or Universal spends on some individual attractions.
Doubters questioned the wisdom of the Italian sports car maker when the first Ferrari theme park opened in Abu Dhabi in 2010 amid the relentless heat and occasional sandstorms of the Middle Eastern desert. The world’s largest indoor theme park still boasts the world’s fastest roller coaster, the 149 mph Formula Rossa.
Just inside the front gate, Formula One race cars and engines will be on display along an entry promenade designed to look like an Italian village.
At the park’s central hub, visitors can tour a reproduction of the automotive production line at Ferrari’s factory in Maranello, Italy.
The imposing building will be wrapped in facades designed to look like Venice’s Piazza San Marco, Rome’s Colosseum and a Ferrari’s car hood.
The park will feature five rides: a launched roller coaster, a pair of drop towers, a miniature motorway, a race car simulator and a whip ride.
The twin Bounce Back drop towers will be themed to look like engine pistons with riders bouncing up and down in ride vehicles on the 180-foot-tall structures.
The 1,900-foot-long Circuit track will feature a driving course similar to Disneyland’s Autopia, with drivers climbing behind the wheel of miniature Ferrari cars.
The updated version of the classic whip ride travels around an oval course with a “crack the whip” effect at either turnaround. The simple ride consists of two opposing turntables with a cable loop that pulls cars around a slick track.
Visitors will access Ferrari Land from PortAventura for an upcharge fee, with visitors granted either daytime or nighttime admission to the new land.
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