Efteling News!

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There has been a lot going on in the world of Efteling lately…

On May 31st, Efteling celebrated its 65th birthday; and with that came the opening of a new exhibition in the Efteling Museum: 65 years of Efteling.  Included in the exhibition is a very cool interactive map of the park, as can be seen in the videos below:

As part of the park’s 65th birthday celebrations, new accommodation, Loonsche Land opened on May 31st and will soon be joined by the park’s newest attraction, Symbolica, which opens in July.

Take a look below to see how Symbolica is coming along.  You get a great view of the roof garden from Pagode, as you can see all of those 800 solar panels!  Eftelwesley’s video also shows us the area around the attraction, including the queue.

 

Here’s a brief look at Loonsche Land from my friend Eftelwesley…There are loads more of his videos of the new resort at his site here

First impressions of the new vacation park are that it looks a lot like Bosrijk, but it just isn’t!  It does look beautiful though, and I’m sure that many of us Efteling nerds will be planning ‘research trips’ in the near future.

In other news, Pandadroom is finally getting a new film, hurray!  So far we know that the new film will be based around Klaas Vaak (The Sandman, or as Google translate likes to call him, the Sand Cauliflower), but little information is known at this time.  Let us just hope that the restaurant Octopus remains mostly unchanged, as it is such a relaxing place to chill out.

There is also a rumour that Efteling, in conjunction with Europa Park, are looking into creating a flight simulator ride similar to that of Soarin’ in Disneyland and Walt Disney World.  We look forward to that, if it ever comes into being!

And last but not least, gefeliciteerd to Eftelwesley on his 10,000 subscribers!  Thank you for sharing your Efteling videos with us!

Personal Messages from Symbolica

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As the opening of Efteling’s newest attraction grows closer, the park ramp up their marketing, and it’s totally cool…

E-mails were delivered today to Efteling fans for a chance to win one of several prizes: 

200x 6 Efteling tickets for June 30 include sneak preview Symbolica. 
• 12x accommodation for 5 people in the Efteling Loonsche Country Hotel, including unlimited access to the Efteling.
OJ Punctuel, Lackey of His Majesty King Pardulfus, is sending out invites to the palace, and once you enter the competition you will receive a lovely little personalised video from him (some are subtitled in English).

The newest episode of The Making of Symbolica has also just been uploaded to Efteling’s YouTube channel.  We’re getting more and more excited to ride!

https://youtu.be/fYH49wXkfzE


Efteling Tulips

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Back in November, I bought these little bulbs from Efteling:

 

Five months later and they’ve finally popped their lovely furry heads out:

 

After all, being Efteling tulips they were always going to be very unique!

Efteling Introduce a Stricter Smoking Policy (Hurray!)

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From April 1st this year, Efteling has set down some new rules on smoking.  The action is long overdue, but smoking in attraction queues has finally been banned; our prayers have been answered!  Smoking in the Fairy Tale Forest is also discouraged, but the rule will not be enforced here as it is in the other queues.  Three smoking areas have been installed in the forest, and the decision to use them or not is entirely up to the individual, so it is between you and your own conscience!

Of course, this new rule will only work if it is enforced by staff.  As seen in other parks, such as Disneyland Paris, many a time an employee will pass a visitor with a lit cigarette and do absolutely nothing.  Therefore, only time will tell if the new rules will work.

Either way, it is a much-needed step forward for Efteling!

Pancake Day!

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Laaf Lastpost, ready to make pancakes.

Laaf Lastpost, ready to make pancakes.

Today in the U.K it is pancake day!  The Dutch will be celebrating at another time, but for now, let us take a moment to talk about pancakes…IMG_1185

Of course, we wish we were at Polle’s Keuken to celebrate this happy day, but alas, no can do!  If you’ve never been to Polle’s before and would like to try it out, check out our review here.

While you’re in there, you can pick up some of Polle’s pannenkoek mix, to give your pancakes that ‘Efteling’ touch.  Scroll down for your Polle’s Keuken fix, and see the menu to get some ideas for your own pancakes!

Happy Pancake Day!

 

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The ‘Oven’

Hot Cherries

Hot Cherries

 

 

The 'Oven'

The ‘Oven’

The Menu.  Click for a closer look!

The Menu. Click for a closer look!

 

Video by Eftelwesley.

Loonsche Land Antlers Arrive

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It’s been a while since the last post here, but there is some very important news from Efteling that needs to be shared!

Efteling’s new accommodation, Het Loonsche Land, which opens in a few months, has taken a delivery of antlers.  The new holiday park is set to open on Efteling’s 65th birthday on May 31st 2017, and is costing €30 million to build.  You could buy a lot of antlers with that!

Antlers-Photo by vijfzintuigen.nl

Antlers-Photo by vijfzintuigen.nl

Symbolica Progress (with English subtitles!)

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Happy New Year!

The year has finally arrived; 2017 is the year that Efteling will open its newest attraction: Symbolica!

Read past articles on Symbolica here and here.

Later this year, the park will welcome a brand new trackless dark ride, and we’re all very excited about it!  Here’s a little on the story of Symbolica (with English subtitles):

 

Here are some photos of how it is looking as of December 2016:dsc02432

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Roodkapje Reopens

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Little Red Riding Hood recently reopened after a very long refurbishment.  In fact, it was more of a total rebuild!  The new building is now up to modern safety standards, and looks refreshed and wonderful!

Video by Eftelwesley.

Halloween at Efteling

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So, Efteling aren’t massively into Halloween in the way some other theme parks are.  However, our friend Eftelwesley has put together a great video of all the scary and spooky things that you can find around the park all year round…