I’ve just returned from a pretty amazing press trip to PortAventura World in Spain. 365 Tickets invited me to join them for the opening of Ferrari Land, which officially opened on Thursday. The formula one themed park is a brand new addition to the PortAventura World complex.
PortAventura World is one of the biggest destination resorts in Europe with five themed hotels, a water park and now Ferrari Land which is the only one of it’s kind in Europe. PortAventura is also around an hour away from Barcelona in the holiday resort of Salou. During my trip to PortAventura World, I stayed at the wild west themed Hotel Gold River which I’ll go into more detail in another blog post.
Thursday morning saw the grand opening of Ferrari Land and we all descended on the park for the highly anticipated opening ceremony. It was all pretty spectacular with dancers, fireworks and music whilst the park were officially opened by Piero Ferrari cutting the ribbon. Ferrari test driver Marc Gené was also in attendance talking through the attractions.
After the ceremony, we got to explore the park and also catch the first brave souls riding on Red Force. The Italian routes of Ferrari shine through with incredible buildings dotted around the park inspired by Italian landmarks such as the Coloseum. There is also plenty going on around the park with daily shows and in between all of the excitment you can grab a bite to eat in one of their restaurants or food outlets. We visited Ristorante Cavallino which is a table service italian restaurant serving delicious pizza and pasta dishes. I was in food heaven with all delicious snacks such as waffles, slushies and ice cream!
The star attraction of Ferrari Land is their vertical accelarator called Red Force. I’m not going to lie, the thought of going on this made me feel sick. It’s the fastest and tallest ride in Europe and you speed along at 112mph to the top of the 112-metre high track before plummeting back down to earth. The whole experience is literally over in 20 seconds. After watching the ride from the grandstand, I eventually plucked up the courage to ride this and I absolutly loved it. The ride wasn’t even finished before I declared I was going round again!
Standing next to Red Force were the Thrill Towers which resemble giant engine pistons. One being a free ball tower and the other named the bounce-back tower. Maranello Grand Race isn’t the most high octane ride at Ferrari Land but it certainly is a lot of fun. Drive your very own Ferrari around the track or even race with friends. For little one’s, there is also the junior championship and the podium playpark.
Inside the giant Ferrari shaped building in the centre of the theme park, you’ll find the Ferrari Experience. Offering two different simulator experiences; Flying Dreams & Racing Legends. Flying Dreams is very similar to Soarin’ at WDW as you take to the skies to fly along some legendary sights such as the Monaco Grand Prix Track and the streets of Rome. Racing Legends places you in the driving seat of a Scuderia Ferrari as you experience what it’s like to be a Formula 1 Driver.
A massive thank you to 365 Tickets for inviting me along to the Ferrari Land opening. I’m not a huge Formula 1 fan (although I did go to the Monaco Grand Prix last year!) but I thought that the park was still really fun. There’s something for everyone in the family, whether you are a Ferrari fan or not. I found it really interesting to learn more about Ferrari whilst enjoying some of the exciting rides. There will be many more posts and Vlogs about my trip coming soon.
Are you a Formula One or Ferrari fan? Would you like to visit Ferrari Land? Have you been to PortAventura World?