Theme Park Worldwide Efteling Vlogs

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I have been watching a lot of videos by this channel recently, Theme Park Worldwide.  You can visit so many theme parks from the comfort of your living room through these guys, and of course, there is an Efteling vlog on the channel!  A few in fact.  I thought I’ll share a couple here, but please do check out the channel, you can learn all kinds of things about loads of different theme parks!

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Fabula Trailer (Pandadroom Replacement)

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A short trailer for Fabula has arrived on Efteling’s YouTube channel. It’s only 40 seconds long, but gives a little look at the squirrel and bear characters that will be in the new attraction. Of particular interest to us in the UK, the studio animating the film is Aardman (Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run etc).

The renewed attraction opens later this year, and is costing Efteling €3.5 million; bargain! The restaurant Octopus will also be freshened up. From the Efteling blog:

The restaurant will have more seats inside and outside and a new menu with fresh and responsible meat, fish and vegan dishes

The last day guests can visit Pandadroom will be November 3rd.

Kogeloog Reopens!

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Kogeloog, a catering outlet that stands opposite Langnek in the Fairy Tale Forest, is finally reopening after 17 years of being closed.  Ice cream and a variety of drinks will be on the menu from the end of April through September, and there will be new seating available, as well as the benches that already face Langnek.

The tale which Langnek comes from is The Six Servants, which are illustrated on the walls (by Anton Pieck) alongside the serving hatch.  This catering spot originally opened in 1967, and whilst Kogeloog is the name on the top, (Kogeloog means Bullet Eye, hence the bust above it) the name above the hatch is ‘De Zes Dienaren’ (The Six Servants).  The bust on top of the building refers to the servant in the story who is ‘a man who wears a blindfold in front of his eyes because his glance is so powerful that it makes everything he sees split to pieces.’ Back in the 1950s there was a similar bust standing next to Langnek, which was removed a few years later, possibly because it didn’t make so much sense as

Kogeloog 1954, photo from Eftepedia.nl

regards the story!

The message in front of this statue read (not exact translation!):

‘This servant who used to make 
an army sniff with just one look 
is now, after all his glorious days, not 
even able to chase away a wasp’.

This indicates that he doesn’t have his special power anymore, in contrast to Langnek, but doesn’t explain why…This might be a reason that it was removed, especially since the new bust has a blindfold over his eyes, to stop him from causing any damage!

Take a look below at the other servants, as visible on the wall at Kogeloog…

 

 

 

Pandadroom Receiving an Update

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I’m a little late posting about this, so you may have already heard…

Although not officially confirmed, Pandadroom is rumoured to be getting an update at long last. The attraction has been open since 2002, and had never been a fan favourite. The technology in Pandadroom has become very outdated, leaving the attraction feeling stagnant, and definitely something to miss out on a visit to the park.

The new film is reported to be called Fabula and will feature a bear and a squirrel, keeping the nature theme.

The gift shop and restaurant will also supposedly be given a revamp.

This year, The Bob coaster which is very close to Pandadroom, will close and be demolished, to be replaced with a double coaster called Max and Moritz.

Pin Giveaway with Pinparade.nl

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With thanks to my friends at Pinparade.nl, I have several Efteling Steam Train Company pins to give away. These are an edition of 1,200, and have been released to celebrate 50 years of the trains, of which the first, Aagje, started it’s service at Efteling in 1969.

The giveaway will be taking place on Facebook, so please take a look on there for the page if you’re not already a fan! Just search for ‘Efteling Fans UK’.

Giveaway will end on March 24th 2019.

Pinparade on Facebook

Thank you Ronald and Pim!

Carnaval Festival Closure

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Happy New Year!

A new year means a new renovation schedule, and here’s the most intriguing one so far:

From early March to late May, Carnaval Festival will be closed for renovations.  While nobody outside of Efteling knows exactly what will be changed in the ride, some people in the theme park community believe that it might include altering some of the ‘racist’ figures in the attraction.  Whether you agree that racism is rife in the ride or not, it has been pointed out on several occasions that some of the ride’s figures are derogatory towards certain nationalities.

By the end of May we will know exactly what is getting changed; perhaps it is simply a Spring clean!

Until then, you can enjoy the ride as it is currently with this video: