We came across a peculiar video of the Carnaval Festival song playing in Studio 1 at Walt Disney Studios park, in Paris. We’re not sure of the reason why, but here it is!
Recently, we had a little rant about the Dream Flight shop at the exit of the ride. Basically, there were almost no souvenirs that related directly to the ride, as in they are selling very generic fairy statues, unicorn figures etc. However, this is not the only place that is suffering from a bad case of drab merchandise! Another one which springs to mind is the Fata Morgana shop, which you will also pass through as you exit the ride.
Now, unless you visited Efteling specifically planning to buy incense, a pretty scarf, an ornamental elephant or a hookah, then there isn’t anything of much interest here. The only ‘Efteling’ things you will find here, are room sprays, which are very nice, but not a redeeming feature of the shop. Sometimes we wonder, does anyone actually buy any of these gifts? Although, the image of someone sitting on the Python whilst nursing their hookah is quite amusing, it does not make a lot of sense to buy one of these and then cart it around with you all day!
Why do we keep moaning about merchandise? Well, you can buy incense and elephants anywhere, so why buy one from Efteling? Wouldn’t you be more inclined to buy a nice t-shirt, or some Fata Morgana-related ornament, which you can’t buy beyond the park? Here, you used to be able to buy Pardoes on flying carpets! We’ll dig that photo out some time 😉
So, the top and bottom of it is, where is all the Fata Morgana and Dream Flight-related merchandise? We only ask for a little!
As we were having our morning glance over Facebook, we came across a video that a couple of other Efteling fan sites had shared on their news feeds. Naturally, we had to give it a watch, and after watching it, we had to share it. It is a 1:25 scale model of the Fata Morgana by Rick van Riel, which took 4 years to create. Everything down to the lighting has been thought about, and the ride’s characters are currently in production, as you will see in the video. The video is just over 10 minutes long, but it is well worth a watch; prepare to be amazed!
If you are a customer of the Efteling Webshop and you live in the U.K, you will be familiar with the shipping costs being 12.99€ for any item that you have delivered, whether it be a pin or a garden ornament. Today, however, we have just noticed that the shipping costs have been reduced to 6.99€!
Happy days. You still get free delivery in the Netherlands and Belgium if you spend over 35.00€ too. Needless to say, we have a package on the way!
As a side note, the new items in the Efteling Webshop include some lovely watches in a variety of colours, as well as fairy tale shampoo and shower gel.
Check them out here.
…at least in the U.K it was. We learned last year that the Dutch have a similar celebration at a different time, but of course any day is a great day to make pancakes! We cracked out our Polle’s Keuken pancake mix that we bought back in August last year; it comes complete with a chef’s hat and a wooden spoon!
As much as we wish that we could share the lovely taste of the pancakes with you, we can’t, but we suggest that everyone should buy the mix if they get the chance to! You can buy it at the entrance shop, or at Polle’s Keuken.
Laaf Lastpost volunteered to model the chef’s hat, but declined any involvement in the making of the pancakes.
Did you know that Efteling has Instagram? We didn’t, until today. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Instagram, it is a photo app, which allows you to apply different filters to your photos. Here’s a couple of ours:
If you have Instagram and you would like to follow them, click here.
We’ve recently mentioned some of the drinks that you can find in Efteling that will keep you nice and warm in the winter months. And now, onto the food!
In particular, Grootmoeder’s Keuken. Here you can get sandwiches which contain:
meatballs with cabbage and red onion sauce, satay and meatballs with pickles and fried onions. If that didn’t make you hungry enough, we’ve shared a photo too!
Grootmoeder’s Keuken is located between het Witte Paard and the Carousel. There are a few places to sit nearby, or you could cross the train tracks and eat your sandwich while you take a stroll through the Fairy Tale Forest.
Another good place for hot food is the Unox cart which is located in front of the Flying Dutchman building. Hot sausages in buns make for some very tasty hot dogs!
One last one for now, and that is the ‘Cheeky Monkey’ Döner Kebab counter in the East Station building, near the Python. Here they serve Turkish pizza, and of, course, döner kebabs. There is a ton of seating inside and outside of the station too.Plenty choice there for food on chilly days!
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On March 4th, the price of a one day ticket will rise from 33.00€ to 34.50€ (tickets bought online are around about 1€ cheaper). You will pay that price as soon as you hit 4 years old, under 4s are free. Senior Citizens and disabled visitors also get a discount. Prices went up by 1€ last year, and 3€ the year before! At the moment, 34.50€ is roughly £30.00.
Are these acceptable price increases? This may put things into perspective a little:
An Alton Towers day ticket is £45.00 (online price varies between £15.00 and £33.75, but the latter is the price for the majority of the season).
A Disneyland Paris day ticket for Disneyland Park only, is £52.00 and £47.00 for children (aged 3-11).
Europa Park is about on par with Efteling, with 34.00€ for a day ticket.
And so we come to the conclusion that even with a 1.50€ price increase, Efteling’s entry price is not totally unacceptable. Especially when we bear in mind that the park is open for 365 days a year now!
With information from loopings.nl