Efteling Search for Pinocchio Children

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Pinokkio

The next musical to take place in the Efteling Theater will be Pinnochio (Pinokkio), and Efteling are currently looking for 1,300 children to fill the roles.  This is the 13th production by Efteling (including shows before the theater was built) and shows begin on September 20th.

It has been a good few years since the theater produced a show solely based on a well-known classic story, the last one being Cinderella back in the 2007-2008 season.

Here’s the video (for our Dutch-speaking friends) giving you all the information you need should you have a child who wishes to be in this musical:

The (Golden Tulip) Efteling Hotel

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Does anyone remember when the Efteling Hotel was a part of the Golden Tulip Hotels group?  It was many years ago now, but while sorting through some old papers we found this leaflet advertising Efteling merchandise (click images for a closer look).

Golden Tulip Golden Tulip 2Check out the Swarovski jewellery!  The celebration cakes also look really nice, and who can pass up Laaf beer?!  We also found some old maps which state that Efteling is the ‘funniest’ day out in the Netherlands.  What a strange word to use to describe Efteling!

Efteling Plans Expansion

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According to Brabants Dagblad, Efteling are wanting to do away with the road between the Efteling Hotel and Vogel Rok/Efteling Hotel guest entrance (Horst).  It’s only a narrow road, but the question is, why do Efteling want to bridge the gap between their two properties?  If they do, Efteling will all be on one piece of land without any gaps; but is that road so much of a gap?

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Road between Efteling Hotel and the park.

 

We cant be sure what Efteling would do with that extra piece of land (maybe a nicer entrance to the park for hotel guests?!) but according to Brabants Dagblad, ‘Efteling will explain the future plans for expansion eastward on March 26 at the city council.’ 

Efteling also have their eye on the Rabobank building across the street from the Efteling Hotel.  This is a space which would most likely be used for offices, instead of or possibly as well as the office/workshop behind Carnaval Festival.

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!

 

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