Adventure Realm

Ruigrijk is the adventure realm, and is home to:

Baron 1898,

The Flying Dutchman (De Vliegende Hollander),

George and the Dragon (Joris en de Draak),


The Old Tuffer (D’Oude Tuffer),

Polka Marina,

Half Moon.

Baron 1898 was opened in July 2015 and is Efteling’s first dive coaster.  The ride is themed around Dutch mining in the 19th century.  Guests fall 37.5 meters at 90km p/h, at an angle of 87 degrees.  Visitors to Alton Towers will recognize this attraction as being very similar to Oblivion.

The Flying Dutchman is based on the story of Willem van der Decken, the captain of ‘Den Hollander’, who braved the elements against all advice, and caused his ship to be turned into a ghost ship, doomed to sail the seas forever.  The ride is an indoor/outdoor coaster, and you may get wet!  The ride is very dark inside and includes a sudden stop, however, it does not disappoint true thrill seekers.  It also boasts wonderful theming outside, a feast for the eyes and a perfect subject for lots of photos!

George and the Dragon is a duelling wooden rollercoaster which opened in July 2010, replacing another wooden rollercoaster called Pegasus, which had a single track.  Based on the tale of Saint George, guests choose a side, either fire or water, in the hope of slaying the dragon.  George is not present in the ride (I think the guests are supposed to be George) however there is a rather large dragon situated in the middle of the tracks, and he looks rather angry!  In my personal opinion, this is a must-do, and although I hate to speak ill of the dead, it is 100x better than Pegasus!

Python is a double loop corkscrew rollercoaster which has been open since 1981 (in fact, it shares its birthday with Disneyland Paris), and is looking pretty good for its age!  The photo to the left was taken in 1996, and since then the coaster has new cars, which are a darker red and have scales, to look more like a real python.  Apparantly if you visit on the afternoon, your ride will be faster, because the oil on the tracks is more slippy due to the heat.  It does not have as much theming as the other rides in the area, however remains very popular amongst dare devils.

The Old Tuffer may sound like the name of a train, however this attraction is your chance to drive a car!  I guess that appeals mostly to small people, and though the ride is on a track, you do have to steer the car yourself.  This ride is much more relaxed compared to the rides above (depending on who is driving!)

Polka Marina is a carrousel which gives the impression of being at sea, as the track goes up and down like waves all the way around.  In the middle is a little man with an umbrella, who is being kept up by a whale who is squirting water, and that man has been stuck there since 1984!

Half Moon is a sailing ship which rocks back and forth, creating of course, a half-moon.  This is definitely for those in the family who do not have a weak stomach, and is situated near Polka Marina and The Old Tuffer.

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