Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Free entry into Ferrari World

This past weekend was the last weekend of Ramadan, which meant Ferrari World's offer of "Free Entry" was going to end.  Needless to say, I wanted to take full advantage of it!
But first, we had to carefully wake the grumpy "bear" a.k.a. Charlie:
We thought we had parked close to the entrance but had to actually walk a bit through the mall to get there.  Bobby was obviously not so happy about this but we made it!
Nice!!! Yup - didn't take long for Charlie to wake up with all this excitement!
Impressive structure inside.  It actually looks very similar to the structure inside Kuala Lumpur International Airport:
These Ferraris are stunning! Somehow Charlie didn't share the same enthusiasm about this one:
So many of them!!!  Ooooohhhh....
There is also the fastest roller coaster here called Formula Rossa.  It is a "launched" roller-coaster that reaches a speed of up to 240km/h or 150mph. YIKES!!! And zero to 60mph in 2 seconds...!!!  There's a viewing area and when the ride was launched, you can really hear how fast it is going.  Quite amazing!
We found this soft-play area.  Graham and Charlie were thrilled of course!
Thumbs up!
Once that was done, we visited the one of many souvenir stores. Too bad these cars were not working on the track.  The boys love this stuff!
Did I already mention how massive this place is??!  Just found out that Ferrari World is the world's largest indoor theme park - sprawling at a massive 200,000 square meters or get this... 2.15 MILLION square feet!!!
And they managed to put a ride inside of that tornado-looking structure.  It's called the Turbo Track, which features a vertical climb and zero gravity fall:
video
No... neither Bobby or I got on the ride.  I get too nervous about hurting my neck!

I was THIS close (yes, visually me putting my two fingers really close together :-P) to getting into this Formula 1 race-car simulator.  But some dude got ahead of me and we really didn't feel like waiting. Maybe another time then, although I do have my Jaguar driving experience coming up tomorrow. Woohooo...!!!
There's a ride for the younger kids, where they sit in a car that goes around Little Italy.  The ride didn't seem all that exciting so we just walked along the route. I'm happy to say that the boys already saw the Coliseum in real-life! Yes, mom bragging moment here :-)
This was very similar to Mini Europe (in Belgium) where Graham and Charlie got to drive little cars:
And also drive little boats.  It was a good thing there weren't a lot of people so both boys got their turns:
Okay, onward to another section of the park.  Vrroommm vrooommm...!!!  Yes, it actually did make those sounds!
What a classic!
I am glad we came during an off-peak time/season:
We were just about to leave when there was an announcement about a show. Of course we had to stay and watch!
How is it these theme parks always make you walk through the souvenir shop before exiting??!
Anyone wants just the front end of a Ferrari????
It's only for USD 17,696!!!
After a very quick meal (*never going back to Buca di Beppo ever again!!), we are off to get some gelato.  They make such pretty gelato flowers here:
Somehow Charlie got the lucky draw of the straw here as his gelato flower was extra big!
All in all a good night! I guess we can't really complain as we only spent less than USD 20 today for almost 4 hours in the mall. What a late night though - it was already about 9:45pm and we were just back in the car to drive home!

I did make up for the spending the next day though at the same mall as there were lots of Eid holiday sales going on.  Can't beat those Buy 1 Free 1 offers and also was so determined to find a new swim outfit. Although note to self, never go swimsuit shopping with just Graham and Charlie! :-D

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