Robert Niles

Published: April 17, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Thanks for that report, Michael!

That's rotten news on the Formula Rossa, though. Any word on whether that's an ongoing maintenance issue? (Also, if you have any photos, please e-mail them to me and I'll paste them into the post.)

David Brown

Published: April 18, 2011 at 2:14 AM

Almost every other review I've read of Ferrari World has had the same problem with Formula Rossa being closed for 'maintenance'. Either it's the worst designed and run ride in the world or else there's another reason why they can't be bothered to open it. I'd think twice about visiting the park because of the slim chance of riding the coaster that, let's face it, is the main reason most people want to go. It's a bit like Universal having Hogwarts and Forbidden Journey closed half the time.... Unthinkable.
Tony Perkins

Published: April 18, 2011 at 4:00 AM

I'm still waiting for the Soarin' Over Italy ride to open before vising and I live in the region. I think the park ran short of funds at the end and evidently it shows in some of the rides from the reviews I've read. Hopefully with oil at over $100 per barrel there will be enough funding to set this park right finally.
Robert Niles

Published: April 18, 2011 at 7:36 AM

There is a reason why the "coaster war" moved outside the United States. U.S. parks finally figured out that there's more money in building fun, reliable coasters (*cough* B&M *cough*) than in throwing money after finicky designs to chase records.

If Formula Rossa isn't running, its top speed is zero. What kind of record is that?

Michael Owen

Published: April 18, 2011 at 12:48 PM

The sign outside the park that stated Formula Rossa wouldn't be running was a large print out with the the park branding and everything else, which seems to suggest the problem may be a long-term one.

I know someone heading to the park over the course of the summer so I'll be sure to ask them if they experience the same problems.

I'm still in Dubai at the moment without the proper software to send over photo's, but I'll be sure to post some when I get home on Wednesday.