De Oude Tufferbaan Reopens

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Photo by eftel1ngfan

De Oude Tufferbaan has opened again today after an overhaul. There’s new cars and interactive elements included now, including chickens! You can see in the video below:

Video by eftel1ngfan

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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 The technology in Pandadroom has become very outdated, leaving the attraction feeling stagnant, and definitely something to miss out on a visit to the park.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:

New Efteling Mobile Game

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Efteling have launched a mobile game called No-one Knows.

The idea is that you can use it to kill some time whilst standing in queues in the park, but it’s fun to play whenever or wherever!

Simply hold the phone against your forehead and the other person has to describe the character for you to guess. You can shake your phone to bring up the next card/character.

It’s kinda fun, and a good idea for those times when the lines for attractions do get a bit too long.

You Can Meet Pinocchio!

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He made it out of the whale!

Efteling is now giving visitors the chance to meet Pinocchio, and he’s actually quite charming.  He is a puppet, controlled by a performer, but he’s still really cool!

Take a look:

Video by EftelWesley

There’s Been Lots Going on in Efteling!

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I’ve just been a little slow to update.  So, in case you’ve missed any Efteling news, here’s what’s been going on!

First off, Winter Efteling has already begun, which means that the Ice Palace is now open for another season.  It looks as beautiful as ever, and here’s a video from Eftelwesley if you need a little reminder of how wonderful it is!

There are a few new additions to Winter Efteling in terms of snacks this year.

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The first being glittery cotton candy (I’m not sure about this one!), hot waffles which are available with hot apple compote, cinnamon sugar, whipped cream and ice cream (yum!) and luxury syrup waffles which you can customise yourself with chocolate and toppings.

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It doesn’t stop at the food either; also available is coffee and hot chocolate with a choice of toppings: syrup waffle pieces, a gingerbread man, or marshmallows.  All of these sit on a blanket of whipped cream!

Oh, and on the subject of food and drink, this year’s Efteling mug features Rider Thomas from Raveleijn.

Another addition to Winter Efteling this year is a ferris wheel which can be found opposite Bob in the Steenbokplein.  Last year in this location there was a rodeo moose, so this seems like a much better choice for Efteling!  It looks lovely, and it’s 6 gondolas provide a ride capacity of 24 people per ride.  It will leave on January 31st, so if you want a ride, you have a deadline!

 

Moving away from the park, and the Efteling hotel is receiving a new themed room.  It takes the place of the Northern Lights room on the 8th floor.  The room will be themed around Raveleijn, and the children’s part of the room will be accessible via a secret passageway.

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I’m still holding out for a Droomvlucht themed room!  Although this one looks rather interesting.

Back to the park, and work has started on the next fairy tale in the forest, The Six Swans!  Unfortunately last night some employees reported a gas leak, and it turns out that during construction, a gas pipe has been disrupted.  Oops!  On the plus side, by next Autumn we will have a brand new fairy tale to enjoy 🙂

That covers most of what has been happening over the last month.  If anyone wants to send any photos to me please send them to our Facebook page: Efteling Fans UK, there’s lots more going on over there!