After the official event at which Ferrari’s vice-chairman Piero Ferrari pressed the symbolic starter button, Ferrari Land has now also opened its doors to the public.
This is the first Prancing Horse theme park in Europe and the second in the world after Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. It occupies an area of 70,000 square metres within the PortAventura World resort, about an hour away from Barcelona.
Ferrari Land is obviously for fans and enthusiasts of the Italian supercar marque, but above all, it is a place where families can have fun and at the same time explore the storied history of Ferrari.
There are 11 attractions on offer. The most spectacular is unquestionably Red Force, the highest and fastest vertical accelerator in Europe, at 112 metres high and with a top speed of 180km/h reached in just five seconds. It delivers an unforgettable experience for thrill-seekers. (Ferrari has another unforgettable accelerator, the 812 Superfast.)
Racing Legends and Flying Dreams are two of the park’s most innovative experiences, allowing visitors to fly (literally) through the heritage of F1 and GT.
Ferrari Gallery is an interactive journey through the history of the marque. Visitors can have a go at a pit stop or experience the excitement of driving a GT car with Maranello Gran Race, and there are also plenty of simulators for adults and children.
Finally, anyone wanting more thrills can try Thrill Towers – two towers in the shape of a piston for an experience of the thrill of free fall.
Ferrari turns 70 in 2017.