Baron 1898 Progress

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This Summer, Efteling will open their newest attraction, a Dive Coaster called Baron 1898.  Efteling have been releasing videos on their YouTube channel updating everyone of the progress being made on the coaster, and this is the latest one:

It’s coming along nicely.  This is what it looked like on our visit back in December:

December 2014

December 2014

It isn’t even finished yet, and you can see how well it is going to blend in with the other attractions, particularly the Flying Dutchman beside it.  This is something Efteling gets right every time, the theming!  When this is finished being constructed, it will look like it’s been there for years, just like every Fairy Tale and every ride they build.

Baron 1898

Efteling on National Holidays

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Forgive us if this is old news but, National Holidays are offering trips to Efteling!  The up-side is that you don’t have to find your own way there.  The down-side is that it’s a coach trip, and the Netherlands isn’t too close (although if you live in the South of the UK you’d probably not find a problem travelling by coach, but we’re really far away!).  The trip is called The Magic of Efteling and this is what you get:

  • Coach travel throughout
  • Reserved seating on your holiday coach
  • Three nights bed and continental breakfast at the NH Hotel, Waalwijk
  • Inclusive admission on two days to the Efteling Park.

So, hard lines if you’re wanting to stay in the Efteling Hotel or Bosrijk, but we’re just pleased that the Efteling word is spreading!  Can I get an Amen?!

Here’s all the info

Efteling gets a ‘UK Country Manager’

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It’s about time, surely!  Claire Hancer has previously worked for Disneyland Paris, and is now in charge of spreading the word about Efteling here in the UK!  This is part of Efteling’s initiative to host 5 million visitors by 2020, and they are particularly concentrating on gaining these guests from other countries.

 

Flying Dutchman Silhouette

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Has anyone else noticed, that there is a silhouette of Captain Van Der Decken on the roof above the lift hill in the Flying Dutchman? Well there is one there now, and it’s kinda cool! It still would be nice to have an audio animatronic of the Captain in there, but this will do for now ;)

Chilly Pigeons

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It can get pretty cold in the Winter in a place like Efteling; particularly in the Fairy Tale Forest.  It’s not just us humans that feel the cold either.  These poor little pigeons were all puffed up and huddling together trying to keep warm in the doorway of the Kleyne Klaroen.

Kleyne Klaroen

Efteling Tours in English in Dutch

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No, that isn’t a typo!  It was pointed out to us by our friend Milena that Efteling have added walking routes and mystery tours to the English part of their site.  Apparently these have been on the Dutch part of the site for a while now.  Awesome, we thought, something new and interesting!  Well that’s what we thought at first.  The problem being that even though these tours and routes are on the English language pages, they are all in Dutch!  Nobody has translated them.  It’s a shame because it’s a neat idea.

So, either we best all start learning Dutch (not that I’m knocking that notion at all) or these can just be disregarded completely.

Come on Efteling, show us some lovely English routes and tours!

Efteling to get a Website Makeover

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It’s about time!  Although a few years ago, a lot of the pages (including the home page) were given a new look and became easier to use, much of the rest of the site was still running on the old design.  Most importantly, the booking system is still functioning on the older pages, which, if you’ve ever booked an Efteling visit online, you’ll know it can be a complete nightmare.  Many a time we have searched high and low to find the ‘My Efteling’ page, only to have to do a Google search to find it.  There has also always been more information on the Dutch site than on the English site which we’ve never really understood!

Basically, things on the Efteling site are definitely ready for a makeover!

 

Raveleijn Part 2?

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There is going to be a second Raveleijn book released at the end of May, titled Raveleijn and the Gang of the White Feather (Raveleijn – De bende van de Witte Veer).  Of course, this begs the question ‘will there be a different show at Efteling to accompany the book?’.  It’s early days of course, however, surely it makes sense to refresh the show at some point in the future using the second book as the basis for it.

We’ll see!  Here’s what to look for in May:

Raveleijn White Feather

 

Q-Santa Run

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The Santa run was back in December, but who says we can’t still be in the festive spirit?!  Our friend Liselore ran again this festive season in the Q-Santarun, which was raising money for food banks in the Netherlands.  Here’s a few photos from the event.

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Click here to check out the full post about the event by Liselore, in Dutch (if you have Chrome it should translate automatically).

Villa Volta Winter Illusions with a Rogue Speaker!

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We were excited to see the Villa Volta illusions more than any of the others.  It didn’t disappoint! One thing that was slightly annoying however, was the generic Efteling music playing in the background on a speaker next to the attraction…at the same time!  So, dramatic as the illusions were, the naughty speaker to the right was a bit of a distraction! Either way, they were still enjoyable.  Here’s the video, complete with Efteling staff sneaking out of the front door and of course, the rogue speaker ;)

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