Lots of Construction!

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , ,

In our last post we talked about the updates that are happening in Fata Morgana right now.  It’s due to open again at the start of October, but that’s only the beginning of the construction going on in the park. The bulk of the work is of course the installation of the new dive coaster near to the Flying Dutchman.  Recently, they have chopped a corner off the Gondoletta lake so that they can move the path over that currently exists there, allowing more space for the coaster.  There isn’t a whole lot to look at yet ride-wise, but construction is definitely underway!  Here’s a video taken by Eftelwesley yesterday:

In addition to a new coaster, Bosrijk is currently in the process of receiving 18€ million worth of new accommodation.  The sign outside reads:

‘We’re continuing to build on dreams…Expansion of Efteling Village Bosrijk’.

bosrijk2

Concept art for the new accommodation.

Construction is set to finish in mid-2015.  Click here to see how it’s coming along.

Also getting some TLC is the house of the five senses.  Mainly the roof.  That thatched roof must look it’s best since it’s the bold and beautiful entrance to the park!  Efteling are currently fixing some bald patches (that happens when you get older, even to thatched roofs) and most likely removing a lot of moss that has being growing there for a while.  It is mainly the Efteldingen store that is covered over at the moment.

Next up: Villa Volta.  As pointed out last year by looopings.nl, Villa Volta’s exterior had seen better days.  Basically, crumbling and cracking in the walls etc was making it look like less of a magnificent mansion and more like a haunted house.  Well at the moment, the maintenance walls are up!  We can only hope that they will take down these horrible signs while they’re there…

Last but not least…well, we actually don’t feel too excited about this last one in honesty.  It seems as though there’s an Aquanura 3 on the way to Efteling.  Yes, 3…already.  Some WET employees (the guys who created the show) have landed in Efteling and have been testing some new sequences out at the Vonderplas.  It seems very early for phase 3 of the show considering that part 2 only started earlier this year (with preview shows at the end of last year).  Also, most of the music from the park has already been used in the first two shows, so that does leave the question: which music will they use next?

It has been pointed out that this could be a show specifically for Winter Efteling, but that’s pure speculation.  It’s a mystery for now, so we’ll wait and see!

The Pagoda is also listed as reopening at the end of October.

It was said when the new CEO of Efteling, Fons Jurgens came along, that he would be concentrating more on maintenance of what was in the park rather than adding new things.  Well there’s a bit of both going on at the moment and that’s great!

 

We’re still hoping for a Spookslot overhaul too, and it is closed for 5 days in November, but that’s only time for a mere dust! ;)

 

Fata Morgana gets an Update

Tags

, , , ,

Bazaar

Fata Morgana is 28 years old now, and sometimes it feels like it could do with a refresh.  The ride has had a number of small changes over the years, inside and out, including new masks for the characters and many changes to the building itself.  The main difference with the ride will be new boats, which we’re quite interested to see.  Although details of the changes are sketchy at the moment, it seems that the changes will be more ‘enhancements’ than massive differences in the ride.  For example, the lasers in the Tilt Room were originally red, then they were changed to green, then this year they were changed back to red…so we’re expecting small changes like that.

There are many small details which have become noticeable after riding, such as limbs not seeming to be attached to the figures properly, effects not working or figures simply looking very rigid and dated.  Although we’re not expecting the animatronics to change, (there’s 104 of them!) it would be nice to see them get a little TLC.  In fact, not long ago, we’re sure that the Tiger got a new fur coat!  Check out this old video of the ride to get a closer look at the figures, you can see that many have not changed over the years.

Next, maybe Efteling could sort us out some Fata Morgana themed souvenirs for the Bazaar, instead of hookahs and random jewelry!

Official Efteling On-Ride Videos

Tags

, , , , , , , ,

There are plenty of on-ride videos of different Efteling attractions available on the internet, but now, there are official Efteling ones available!  Obviously these are massive spoilers for anyone who hasn’t visited the park yet, but for the rest of us, they simply help us to get our Efteling fix in HD (actually, the videos are also available in 4K resolution :o )

Here’s a couple of the best ones:

 

Pagoda Closed for at Least Another Month

Tags

, , ,

The Pagoda has been having a rough time recently.  A couple of weeks back, a leak was discovered in one of the cylinders that keep it running, obviously not a good thing to happen!  It is now thought that the attraction will be closed for another 4-5 weeks while the part gets replaced.  300

 

The Pagoda, has had 27 years of going up in the air, so it is understandable that it would require a little rest at some point!

Souvenirs at Efteling

Tags

, , , , ,

We’ll admit it, we’re suckers for souvenirs, but only if they’re really nice souvenirs!  We posted recently about Efteling’s web shop no longer delivering to the UK, which made us a little sad.  However, it seems that the online store has reduced its range of stock massively.  The ‘new’ section has items from quite a while ago, and its slim pickings unless you’re after crockery, Sprookjesbos items or Jokie paraphernalia.

Take us back to the days of items like these:

DSCF0385

Efteling Clogs!

Tags

, , , , , ,

…and other typical Dutch souvenirs.  If any of you have visited parts of the Netherlands other than Efteling, such as Amsterdam, you will be familiar with the barrage of clogs, tulips and other Dutch paraphernalia that adorns the souvenir shops.

Did you ever think ‘I wish I could get traditional Dutch souvenirs themed around Efteling’?

Well now you can!

Photo from vijfzintuigen.nl

Photo from vijfzintuigen.nl

Clogs, clog money boxes, clog keyrings, pencils wooden tulips, the works!

That’s a lot of clogs.  But we like them; they’re different at least, and they’ll make a really nice present for your Efteling-deprived friends back at home.

The Belgians are Coming!

Tags

, , , ,

Efteling has seen a 25% rise in Belgian visitors than there were in the same period last year.  That’s a lot of Belgians!

They also claim that there has been a rise in the number of guests visiting from Germany, France and Britain.  You’re welcome, Efteling!

Apparently the accommodation+park tickets options are just right for us foreign bods.  Shame about the transport from wherever you fly to/sail to.  It would be great to have an Efteling shuttle just like Disney do (oops, did we say the ‘D’ word?!).  Struggling on and off trains and buses with suitcases and kids isn’t ideal!

In other news, if you are residing anywhere outside of the Netherlands or Belgium, don’t try to buy anything from the Efteling webshop, as they won’t ship to your address any more.  Personally, we’ve spent a lot of money with them over the last couple of years when they started shipping to the U.K, so it’s a bit of a shame.  Nevertheless, that’s only a better excuse to visit the park and stock up on Droomvlucht room spray!

Info from vijfzintuigen.nl

Ice-Cold Treats in Efteling

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Although the weather is very changeable, both the U.K and the Netherlands have so far had a little bit of sunshine!  Of course, when the weather is hot, what better way to cool down than with an ice-cream or an icy drink?

In Efteling, there is no shortage of these things!

Just the other day, Efteling posted a photo of their new Chocomel Frappe cart, where you can purchase…well, a frappé!  As is standard in Efteling, the cart is beautiful, and we’re sure the frappés are too!  We are left wishing for a Fristi cart of the same nature now ;)

Can someone send us one over?

Can someone send us one over?

Back on July 31st (we’re a bit late to the party on this one) a Magnum pop-up shop appeared in the park, where you can create your own Magnum.Magnum  We’ll spare you the photos of the ice creams because they’re too delicious-looking, but the store is there until August 10th, so make sure to pop in and create your own Magnum.  You get a choice of all kinds of toppings and sauces; it’s pretty magical :)

 

A pot of happiness!

A pot of happiness!

Also, don’t forget the happiness stations!  There are two in the park, one at Polle’s Keuken and one at het Witte Paard.  You can create your own little pot of happiness here, with ingredients such as a range of different fruits and sweet treats, all swirled together with Wall’s ice cream.  Yummy!

Of course, there are many more cool snacks available at Efteling!

At den Suykerbuyk you can grab yourself an oubliehoorn, which is absolutely delicious!  There is a wide range of ice cream to choose from, and lots of choice of different fruits to go inside your over-sized ice cream cone.SAM_0157And how about popping into Polle’s Keuken for a cold treat?  It’s not all pancakes pancakes pancakes in there!  Oh no.  They have ice cream too!  Perfect if the heat is getting too much and you need some well-earned air-conditioning.  It’s only polite to buy some ice cream whilst in there…

ijs1We could probably carry on talking about the many wonderful cold treats you can find in Efteling, but I’m sure those few are enough for any Efteling visitor to handle in one go ;)  Bon appétit!

 

Where’s the Captain?

Tags

, , , , , , ,

Here’s a random thought for the day.

As much as we love the Flying Dutchman, we do think that it could have a little ‘more’ to it.  It has a beautiful exterior and fits in so well with everything else around it.  Once inside, even the queue is wonderfully themed, particularly the boarding area.  However, aside from the ship front at the start of the ride, there simply isn’t much in there to look at.  Of course, at heart it is a coaster, but what with all the theming on the outside and all the way along the line, you’d think they’d carry that on once inside the actual ride.  Ok so we’re not asking for a whole re-telling of the story of the Flying Dutchman in the actual ride (we’re told that whilst waiting in line) but it would be nice to have more of a ‘wow’ moment while you sit in your little boat in the darkness; as unfortunately, a mist projection just doesn’t really cut it.

CaptainVDD

What we would LOVE to see is an audio animatronic of the Captain himself.  He could stand at one side and say something dramatic to the people in the boat, do some impressive lifelike movements, and then we’d be on our way outside down the drop.  We think he’d look great in his fancy uniform with his long flowing hair!  After all, he is the star of the show.

What with all the new attractions Efteling has had in recent years as well as the extension of Bosrijk which is currently ongoing, it would be great to see some little additions to enhance our favourite rides even more.

If anyone has been to any of Disney’s theme parks, think of something along the lines of the auctioneer in Pirates of the Caribbean.  How cool would it be to have the ‘real’ Captain inside the ride?  Here’s the POTC auctioneer:

Maybe one day our dream will come true ;)

 

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 600 other followers