Efteling have Updated their Accommodation Pages

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For a long time, the main part of Efteling’s website has looked a lot different from many of the other pages.  Some of the site was updated, the rest was not, for example; the booking accommodation pages were still the same as they had been for years.  Until now!  Those pages have finally caught up with the rest of the site, and they look wonderful.  Aside from looking good, the pages function better, and there is a better explanation of amenities and what is included in the price of your room.  There are also better explanations of what can be expected of each themed room (very important if you’re planning on spending the extra cash to stay in one of these rooms).

Here’s a little look at the new pages:

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Things are looking good!  Oh, on the plus side, this is the English Efteling site.  I know, I know, they’re spoiling us!  And another thing that us Efteling geeks might like to get excited about…wait for it…They have made a nice map showing how to get to Efteling from the U.K!  Exciting times!

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Efteling are Planning a New Holiday Village

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Speculation on the wonderful world wide web is pointing to Efteling opening a second (nature) park south of the existing park, called The Loonsche Land.  It actually sounds a lot like Bosrijk, as it will be built with a ‘natural look’ in mind, and includes holiday villas and houses on stilts, alongside an actual hotel with 70 rooms.

There will also be a reception building and restaurant.  Other than news of accommodation and a restaurant, there isn’t too much information on this venture at the moment, but hopefully there will be a little more to it than just those things.  Efteling doesn’t usually disappoint, and there’s sure to be some more solid new son!

 

 

Efteling Have Done it Again!

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Spoilers a-plenty here, you have been warned!

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Yesterday (01’07’15), Efteling’s newest attraction, Baron 1898 Dive Coaster had its grand opening to the public.  We’ve posted a few updates on the ride already, but finally, we get to see it in all its glory!  First of all, you may want to get yourselves acquainted with the story of the ride, by watching this video (with English subtitles! Hooray!) :

Something else we English-speaking folk have to be happy about here is that parts of the speech in the ride are in English, as well as having English written on screens alongside the story as it is being told.  Thank you Efteling!  After almost 20 years of experiencing Villa Volta and trying to fathom out what was going on in the pre-shows (whilst trying to look like you’re totally into the story), this is an absolute dream.

So aside from the ride, what Efteling is really good at getting right is theming.  Of course, this ride is no different; the theming is wonderful, and like the rest of the park, the ride looks like it could have been standing there for years already, as it fits in so well with its surroundings.

The crowning glory (in our opinion) is the audio animatronic of the Baron.  We did post a photo of him recently, but in the video below we finally get to see him in action.  His movements are so fluid, and he kind of makes Hugo van den Loonsche Duynen from Villa Volta look like a mannequin.  Can you imagine this space in the queue without him?  It would be very bland.

In that video you also get to see the pre-show.  Did we mention there’s a lot more English in this attraction? ;) The queue is great, the projections are amazing, the animatronic is fantastic, but what about the ride?  That’s a hard one to draw a verdict on through a computer screen, but here’s Efteling’s official on-ride video of the coaster itself:

There’s a lot of long stretches of track, but once you’re over the main drop, it seems like an exhilarating ride which we can’t wait to visit!

 

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Pinokkio Restaurant

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Pinokkio restaurant header 1129x311From July 18 the Efteling Theatre restaurant will be transformed into a Pinocchio themed eatery called Constanzo’s Marionette Theater .  The theatre restaurant has seen many themes come and go, but this one sounds like one of the most interesting.  Apparently Constanzo’s puppets provide ‘fun and entertainment’, while his family serve you.  Interesting!  The food on offer is of course, pizza and pasta, and the restaurant is open 17:00-19:00 until August 30th.

The Pinokkio musical starts at the Efteling Theatre on September 9th.

Bosrijk 2.0!

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The new accommodation in Bosrijk is now open for guests!  These buildings hold 12-24 guests, so are perfect for large families or groups.

You can find more information on Efteling’s site here, including plans of the accommodation and contact numbers.

Here’s a little look around the new area, with thanks to Eftelwesley.

A Glimpse of Baron 1898 Animatronic

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You are all aware by now that Efteling are to open their first dive coaster on July 1st.  We all knew that the ride, as per its name, is a dive coaster which sends riders vertically straight down into a hole before bringing you back up again into a normal coaster.  What we didn’t really know, was that the ride is to have its own audio animatronic, in the form of Gustave Hooghmoed, the Baron himself!  In the newest ‘Making of’ video from Efteling, we get a short glimpse of him, and he looks fantastic! Gustave Hooghmoed

You may remember a while back that we were wishing and hoping that Efteling would put an audio animatronic of the Captain into the Flying Dutchman.  Alas, it is not to be, but Baron 1898 certainly hasn’t gone wrong on that count.  It definitely gives more life to the ride and helps tell a story if you have a ‘person’ in there.

The animatronic of the Baron has been created by Garner Holt Productions, an American company who produce a lot of animated figures for Disney theme parks.

In Efteling’s newest video, we also get to see some of the theming that is taking place in and around the ride; the finishing touches that help to tell the story.

We can’t wait to see it!

Efteling Appear in National Geographic

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Efteling have placed a two page spread in the July/August edition of National Geographic magazine (Traveller edition).  What a surprise to see them in there!  Thank you to Ryan for pointing this out on Facebook and taking a photo.  Naturally, a copy had to be bought!  So here’s a scan (which has been pieced together, so excuse any lines that don’t match up!) of the advert.

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Click to read text!

As you can see, it gives a fairly clear view of where Efteling is situated, as well as pointing out ferry routes and airports.  They’re definitely fishing for thrill-seekers judging my the coaster photos at the bottom, however, Sprookjesboom with the little girl on the main picture give a vague idea of the fairy tale theme (which is mentioned in the text).

It would be great to see a full article in the future, taking a better look at the hotel and Bosrijk, and maybe featuring Aquanura.

The Efteling word is spreading!

 

With thanks to Ryan M.

10 Things Not to be Missed in Efteling…In English!

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Thank you Efteling!

Now the English-speaking visitors to Efteling can get an idea of the top attractions in the park, without having to decipher Dutch.  The video can also be viewed in German and French.  Très bien!

Baron 1898 Music Makes Appearance

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We’ve been waiting a while, calmly, patiently, to hear the music that accompanies the new Dive Coaster Baron 1898.  Well, in episode 8 of ‘The Making of Baron 1898′, we finally get to hear an excerpt from the ride’s music.  Written by René Merkelbach, who also wrote the music for George and the Dragon and the Flying Dutchman, the score is inspired by the brass bands of the mining era.

Bring out the orchestra!

The Brussels Philharmonic recorded the music, and as expected (because obviously we Efteling-lovers have high musical standards now ;) ) it sounds great!  The video only shows a small portion of the final music, but it sounds dramatic and upbeat, a little like Joris en de Draak, and it fits perfectly with Efteling’s back catalogue of attraction music.

New Fairy Tale Coming in 2016!

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Next year we will see the addition of a new fairy tale to Efteling’s fairy tale forest… Pinocchio!  The Efteling Theatre’s newest production also happens to be Pinocchio, showing later this year.  The new fairy tale will be placed between the Red Shoes and Little Red Riding Hood, where an old food counter stands which hasn’t been used for some time (In de Noordpool).

We look forward to it!

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