Viva Ferrari World! For me, spending the day here was the highlight of our trip to Abu Dhabi. I went in with big expectations, and found most of them fulfilled.
I can now say that I’ve ridden the world’s fastest roller coaster, and enjoyed every minute of it. Wait, I meant second. The ride only took a few seconds; never found a better time to use the phrase ‘blink and you’ll miss it’.
Ferrari World is located in Yas Mall, which is equidistant, between Abu Dhabi and Dubai. I woke up early, not because the drive was long, because I wanted to spend maximum time there. Soon I was running through the mall, knocking down fro-yo signs and jewelry displays, my brother and cousin tagging behind me.
Luckily, there wasn’t much of a line; though there were a couple of early birds purchasing their tickets. There were big neon signs advertising the roller coaster. In the distance, through the massive glass window, I could see the tracks. I queued for the ride (ugh queue is such a weird word.) jumping with excitement as I neared the ‘coaster. Pretty soon, it was my turn. I got into the front seats, pushing down the safety strap and wiggled with joy as the countdown started. I high fived the equally enthusiastic lady next to me. Three…two…one…
I cannot describe what the ride felt like. We were yanked back and then pushed off onto the monster of a track. The ride was so fast that I could barely see anything going on. My stomach dropped and I was waving and yelling at the top of my lungs. My heart felt like it was sinking into my stomach. After a magnificent 360 followed by a straight drop and up again twice more, the ride finished. I staggered out, my hair looking like a birds nest.
After that, my cousins and I took part in a few more rides and games, frequently complaining that ‘it wasn’t fair you had to be over 5 feet to do go karting’. We drove round a mini Italy, booed all the lucky over-five-feet go karters, and took part in a training school, aka rock climbing/ obstacle course. I was stopped three or four times by different health officials, advising me to go to the hospital and sanitize myself as I had a minuscule scab from the roller coaster.
So, we escaped to another roller coaster before they could dial 911. It was a family race- pretty sure I won. Just saying.
We watched the shows at Ferrari world which seemed like fillers to me, not really that exciting compared to the rest of the park, and played cheesy arcade games before going to the gift store. After a thorough inspection to see if they had leather jackets my size (they didn’t by the way) we left Ferrari World (I had to settle on a souvenir mug).
The experience though was amazing, and I’d love to go again, wearing 12 inch high heels.
Picture on top: After the rollercoaster
Lower Picture: Rock climbing