There is always a lot of discussion amongst Efteling fans about which Fairy Tales they would like to see in the park. There is a lot of choice, if you take a look through the stories of the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Andersen, and those are just the tip of the iceberg!
However, one that we have been thinking about (particularly in this cold weather!) is The Magic Porridge Pot; also known as Sweet Porridge. It was recorded by the Brothers Grimm in the 19th Century. Here is the basic story (taken from Wikipedia):
There was a poor but good little girl who lived alone with her mother, and they no longer had anything to eat. So the child went into the forest, and there an aged woman met her who was aware of her sorrow, and presented her with a little pot, which when she said, “Cook, little pot, cook,” would cook good, sweet porridge, and when she said, “Stop, little pot,” it ceased to cook. The girl took the pot home to her mother, and now they were freed from their poverty and hunger, and ate sweet porridge as often as they chose. Once on a time when the girl had gone out, her mother said, “Cook, little pot, cook.” And it did cook and she ate until she was satisfied, and then she wanted the pot to stop cooking, but did not know the word. So it went on cooking and the porridge rose over the edge, and still it cooked on until the kitchen and whole house were full, and then the next house, and then the whole street, just as if it wanted to satisfy the hunger of the whole world, and there was the greatest distress, but no one knew how to stop it. At last when only one single house remained, the child came home and just said, “Stop, little pot,” and it stopped and gave up cooking, and whosoever wished to return to the town had to eat their way back!
Imagine the fun Efteling could have with magic porridge! Maybe they could even create a miniature town with porridge running through it…And, how about selling magic porridge for Winter Efteling?
Just a few thoughts that we have been having, thank you cold weather for the inspiration!
We would love to hear your thoughts, and what Fairy Tale would you like to see in Efteling?