Efteling Fairy Tale Forest Article on Micechat

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We’ve done it again!  Another article of ours has been published on Micechat.  It is the first of two parts, talking about the Fairy Tale Forest.

Click here to take a look.

Test Runs of Baron 1898

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A few videos have appeared online of Efteling’s test runs of their new dive coaster, Baron 1898.

It is thought that the coaster will open in July, to coincide with the Summer.  Those of you familiar with a similar coaster at Alton Towers called Oblivion will notice that the cars on Baron 1898 do not take a brief pause at the highest point on the ride.  Possibly it will stay like this when it opens, or maybe it will also make a brief stop at the top.  Either way, what goes up must come down, so there’s not much need to delay the inevitable ;)

Video by looopings.nl

Efteling Close Webshop

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The final nail has gone into the coffin of the Efteling Webshop.  It had been coming for a while by the looks of the items (or lack thereof) on the site.  The site had not been shipping to the U.K for a few months now, and the supposed ‘1001’ items in the store had dwindled dramatically.

It is a shame, but on the other hand, surely this is more of an excuse to visit Efteling, right? ;)

Laaf Selling and Buying Queries?

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Recently we have been receiving an increasing number of queries about the value of Laaf ornaments.  Whilst we’re happy to help identify a Laaf or help with other information about the figures, we simply cannot provide a value for them.1140_big_1

 

They haven’t been made for a good few years now, so there’s no set value for them.  Also, we’d hate to predict a price, and then for the seller to get nothing near that price!  These little Laaf folk are basically worth whatever someone is willing to pay for them.  Something else to consider is that Laaf folk come in many sizes, from thumb-sized Christmas tree ornaments to toilet roll holders that reach over 3ft!  Of course, the size of the Laaf will often determine the price you will receive for it.

Laaf Coin

Laaf Coin

If your Laaf has its passport, its coin and a serial number on the bottom, you’re looking at a genuine Laaf which may bring more money than a one without those things.  Having the original box is also a bonus.

Please check completed listings on eBay if you’re considering selling your Laaf, as this will give you a rough idea of the price you may get for yours.

If you still have a question that needs answered, please consider contacting Efteling from their website here.

Remember, a Laaf is for life, not just for eBay!

 

More English Efteling Videos?

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The video in question was actually uploaded in the middle of last month and we didn’t notice!  Efteling uploaded a commercial in French, German, Dutch and English.  The question is, will it ever make it to U.K TV channels?  Also, will there be any more of these English videos for the U.K fans?  The language is signified by a small flag on the corner of the thumbnail for each video on Efteling’s YouTube channel, and resembles the ones you would find on their park maps.

We hope to see more in the future!

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

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