We knew we definitely wanted to visit Ferrari world whilst we were in Abu Dhabi but none of us had bothered to do much research on it beforehand so we weren’t too sure what to expect. I was fully anticipating Ferrari world to be a lot like Alton Towers, a huge space, all outdoors with various fast rides dotted about. It turned out to be a huge indoor arena type of venue with a lot of family friendly rides and we ended up spending over half a day there.
It is huge, a lot bigger than I expected and its all nicely air conditioned. As you walk through, you’ll notice there are lots of different areas including play areas for the young babies and children, obstacle courses and indoor climbing for slightly older children, all sorts of rides ranging from kiddie friendly, to family friendly, to white knuckle and of course, lots and lots of cars. All Ferrari. The museum bit is really interesting and all the models are so immaculate. I’m not that into cars myself but they are all pretty stunning and my boys (including the biggest one) were floating on a Ferrari cloud for most of the day. There are a couple of Go-Kart tracks too, both for young kids and adults.
Ferrari world tickets
You can buy these online or you can buy them on the day. We went on a weekday and the queue was long but really fast moving so we weren’t too bothered. You can buy either a bronze, silver or gold pass and you can get either a one or two day pass. Personally, I think one day was enough for all of us but you can just as easily spread the Ferrari world fun over two days and go back for more if you’re a passionate sports car lover. I’m sure my husband might have done it if we weren’t with him! The bronze is probably what you’d class as a standard type of pass whilst the silver one lets you fast track through a few rides and gold pass lets you fast track through all of them. If you go on a weekday then I think the bronze is more than fine but I can imagine it must get really busy at the weekend and the silver of gold might be a better buy if you’re there for a limited amount of time.
Top Tip: The Ferrari world website has different offers through the year on tickets as does the Entertainer (which a lot UAE residents get, so if you know someone who lives there then ask!). You can also occasionally get vouchers and discounts through hotels or their supermarkets so its always worth checking as some deals offer a buy one get one free offer.
Kid friendly activities
Its very family friendly and there are a few really good things you can do with young children there. We’d already accepted that our one year old wouldn’t get to go on very much but the soft play there was perfect for him and he was happy in it for over an hour! Our 5 year old got to do the following:
• Play in soft play
• Play in the “car wash” (another soft play with a lot of twirly slides)
• Go on the child go kart rids
• Sit on Bennos “Great Race” – an interactive ride that goes around a track where you help complete activities with your remote controlled spanner
• Visit the gallery of cars to see all the very nice Ferraris
• Visit the museum and
• Go to the shows
• Sit in all the model cars
• Sit and ride in a real live Ferrari
• Go to the 4D cinema
Top Tip: As the baby couldn’t sit on some of these, one of us had to stay with him whilst the other adult sat on the ride with Z. They gave us a “baby pass” so that we could then fast track through the queue to go on again, which was a brilliant idea. And the 5 year old was thrilled to be going on things twice!
There is a very cool acrobatics show through the day at set times and is included in the ticket price. Make sure to decide which show you want to go to and plan around it. We completely forgot as we were running about the rides and having too much fun. We did make it to the Diwali show at the end of the day though and it was really entertaining. I think our 5 year olds jaw hit the floor a few times through it watching all the Bollywood dancing.
Other Top Tips for Ferrari world
• Do pay for a locker – you will get bored of carrying your bags about, especially if you have a baby changing bag. Its so much easier to just shove it all in a locker
• Go on a weekday! It is nice and quiet ..ish. And you’ll be able to go round everything without massive queues
• If you want to go on the white knuckle rollercoaster then get there early. The queues can last up to two hours later in the day once it starts to get busy. It’s a really quick ride but worth doing at least once if you can.
• Book the adult go-karts quickly. This one gets booked up quickly too.
Sit on even the slow family friendly ones even if you don’t have kids. They’re all a lot of fun and most tell you a lot about the Ferrari world and family.
If you find yourself in Abu Dhabi then you should definitely squeeze in a trip to Ferrari world even if you’re not a sports car lover. It’s well worth at least half a day there and we ended up leaving late evening with achey happy feet.