One of the World's Most Anticipated Coasters Gets an Opening Date

December 20, 2022, 10:13 AM · It's happening. After all these years, it's finally happening.

Mission Ferrari has an official opening date.

The long-delayed, much-anticipated roller coaster will open at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi on January 12, 2023, the park announced today. Passholder previews start January 5.

“"We are very excited to unveil Mission Ferrari to the world," Ferrari World Abu Dhabi General Manager Deana Taylor said. "Fans are in for a truly memorable experience with a combination of immersive ride media and an exhilarating rollercoaster track that is unlike anything else in the region."

Mission Ferrari
Concept image courtesy Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

The SFX Coaster from Dynamic Attractions "combines cutting-edge technology with stunning scenic show sets, an exhilarating inverted loop, and state-of-the-art special effects," according to the park. Among the coaster's elements will be "the world’s first sideways coaster drop," Ferrari World said.

The Mission Ferrari opening kicks off what should be a big year for debuts on Miral's Yas Island resort, which will welcome the world's first indoor SeaWorld theme park later in 2023.

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Replies (11)

December 20, 2022 at 12:54 PM

Why do you continue to promote parks in the Middle East which seem to hold very little interest to those of us that frequent your site but you continue to overlook European parks?

December 20, 2022 at 1:15 PM

Fully agree with UKCoasterMan here. I have absolutely zero interest in ever visiting the UAE and would gladly trade any coverage of those parks with European ones instead.

I think for most people on this site it really doesn't matter what they build over there the majority of people will never go there for either personal, moral, or financial reasons but the European parks are a bit more in reach. For that reason I would hardly call this coaster "most anticipated"!

December 20, 2022 at 2:25 PM

So this coaster seems pretty cool. If it ends up looking even halfway as accurate as in the concept photo then this is major indeed. Its a coaster with some novel elements along with physical sets integrated into the ride. Seems like a winner to me! Ferrari World is rising up on my list of foreign parks to visit for sure.

December 20, 2022 at 6:22 PM

Why would one visit any of these parks? Dry wind on my cracked face, sand grit in my teeth and lashes for no head gear would be no thanks!

How about more on German British
, Spanish and Dutch parks ? ?

December 21, 2022 at 3:21 AM

stop complaining jesus y’all a bunch of bitches

December 21, 2022 at 3:39 AM

Jealousy and xenophobia arises again when it comes to certain parts of the world. One could say negative things about any area of the globe - too far, too cold, too gray, too wet.

December 21, 2022 at 10:44 AM

@JasonK -- I'm so tired of people calling it xenophobia when you call out countries that have such barbaric laws. For example Istanbul looks like an amazing city which I would gladly visit. Culturally people are more "homophobic" so I would obviously not hold hands walking down the road but it is not illegal to be gay there so I would have no problems visiting. I draw the line to countries that outright banned my existence so no its not xenophobia!!

December 21, 2022 at 11:23 AM

I'm a US citizen and a resident of Mexico. I don't get those complaining about world coverage just because they don't travel beyond 1K kilometers of home. My wife and I are in our mid-70s and have tickets to Ferrari World to ride Formula Rossa on April 7. This article gave us a huge surprise - we'll ride a second amazing coaster!! Anyone arguing against covering this changing technology wherever it surfaces is both ignorant and immature.

On the other hand, we support raising the cultural issue in Arab cultures - the vile mistreatment of women and those of non-traditional lifestyles. At our ages, we don't get a second chance at Ferrari World. We'll continue to wage our opposition to cultural abuses via our US politics.

December 21, 2022 at 2:21 PM

I do agree that a vast majority of the readers of this site are likely to be more interested in the parks of North America and Europe than those of Asia, and I do feel that there is a surprising lack of coverage of parks not connected to a major corporation (theme park or otherwise) on this site. That said, I feel there's way too much hate regarding coverage of Middle Eastern parks here. Sure, they might not be top tier destinations, but the UAE is becoming a destination worth considering for theme park fans. If the policies of the country are too off-putting to you, then that's entirely respectable, but hey...their country, their rules.

As for the coaster itself, I've gotta be honest...I almost forgot it was still happening. Back when it was announced, it was one of the most intriguing projects, but the constant delays combined with many other technologically advanced rides opening elsewhere in the industry have caused it to drop off the radar. In a world where switch tracks, tilt tracks, and drop tracks are becoming increasingly prominent and the line between coasters and dark rides is becoming blurred in some cases, is a sideways drop and immersive media that much of a wow? I certainly look forward to experiencing the ride when I eventually do a trip to that region of the world, but I'd hardly call it one of the world's most anticipated coasters at this point in time.

December 22, 2022 at 2:44 AM

December 22, 2022 at 6:08 AM

It really isn’t a case of xenophobia to be critical of barbaric regimes, nor should we treat it as a case of ‘their country, their rules’. No one should be supporting any country with such horrendous human rights issues, built via slavery disguised as migrant labour.

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