Port Aventura adding a Ferrari themed area for 2016

Posted Friday, March 14, 2014 8:49 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Ferrari has announced plans to open its first theme park in Europe, bringing the prancing horse to the PortAventura resort near Barcelona. Due to open in 2016, the 75,000 metre square Ferrari Land promises to include Europe's fastest and highest vertical accelerator and a 250-room hotel in the shape of an F1 front wing, billed as Ferrari's first five-star hotel. The project, involving an overall investment of €100m (£83m), will be built by private equity firms Investindustrial and KKR, under licence from Ferrari.

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Friday, March 14, 2014 12:28 PM

I'm a little confused, and maybe I don't know Port Aventura well enough, but will this Ferrari Land be a themed area within the existing park with a hotel attached or will it be it's own place with a separate gate? The article says a new theme park is coming to Europe, but to Port Aventura resort, and I'm just reminded of initial reports that claimed Harry Potter was getting his own theme park in Florida when really... well, you know.
The article also states that this park will be 1/3 the size of the original, which I think is largely indoors, so maybe that means... Ok I still don't know.

And what's a vertical accelerator? The rendering shows the building with slot car type things on the roof that I assume is a ride-like attracion and I wonder if that's it.

The place looks really cool, though. Not that I have plans of going any time soon.

Friday, March 14, 2014 1:15 PM
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^ Vertical accelerator? Check out Screamscape's blurb. There are a couple of additional renderings showing a TTD style launched coaster.

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Friday, March 14, 2014 3:01 PM

Doesn't the park already have a very large, Intamin drop tower? Building three drop rides (attached to the coaster tower) that were smaller than the original one seems unlikely, no?

Wondering if:

1) the original tower gets taken down, in lieu of the three new higher rides, (assuming as Screamscape alludes, that this could be a Kingda Ka clone) as it appears that the Ferrari land is behind the far back left corner of the park (11-12 on a clock dial), and that's where the current tower is

2) The rendering is actually incorrect, and those three tower rides have already been excised from the plans?

Last edited by CreditWh0re, Friday, March 14, 2014 3:26 PM

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