Alternative Realm

Anderrijk is the home to:

Fata Morgana,

Bob Sleigh (Bobbaan),

Panda Dream (PandaDroom),

Piranha (Piraña),




Fata Morgana means ‘mirage’, and has been open in Efteling since 1986.  This is essentially the park’s answer to Pirates of the Caribbean, and even the boats will look familiar to any Disney veterans.  The story is that of 1001 Nights, and here you will encounter belly dancers, carpet sellers, magicians, tigers, and many more!  In fact there are 104 characters within the attraction, which I would class as a must-do.

Bobbaan, or ‘Bobsleigh’ is a teeth-chattering ride along a track which is painted white to look like snow, though years of vehicles flying down the track has caused it to lose that illusion.  The theming is nice, the outside looks very much like a building you would find up in the Swiss Alps, and there is some joyous yodeling playing over the sound system.  Not one of Efteling’s best, but it is worth a ride at least once.

PandaDroom or ‘Panda Dream’ in English, is a 3D film about the effects of global warming on the animal kingdom, and was partially paid for by the WWF.  It doesn’t seem to fit in so well with the general theming of the park, however it is certainly not a bad attraction.  It also has a really cool indoor play area and well themed restaurant which you experience after exiting the theatre.

Piraña is the token water ride, which is almost expected of a major theme park, and although it has a theme all of its own (Pre-Columbian cultures), it works rather well.  It was opened in 1983, making it the first rapids ride in Europe, and it goes without saying, that you will get wet!

Spookslot is Efteling’s answer to a Haunted House.  Opened in 1978, guests can see this spooky show every 10 minutes.  It is set in a monastery garden, where all kinds of ghosts and ghouls dance to the tune of Danse Macabre.

Aquanura is a water show which takes place on the lake in front of Fata Morgana.  It cost a huge €17,000,000 to build, and is a product of WET Design,  who have created water features all over the world and are probably best known for The Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas.  This is a must-see!

Symbolica is Efteling’s newest attraction, located on the Efteling Brink, next to Polle’s Keuken pancake restaurant. This €35,000,000 trackless dark ride takes visitors on a journey through the Palace of Fantasy with Pardoes the Jester, ending with a meeting with the King at a grand feast! Another must-do attraction!



3 thoughts on “Alternative Realm”

  1. The Aquanura show is indeed Epic! But Efteling is almost finished creating a second Aquanura show. Little is known yet, but visitors sometimes get to record new tryouts for the new show. Without music, and thus visitors watch their movies and place several tracks of the Efteling’s themes, and eventually put their findings on youtube. I really hope the original show remains, and that the new show will be an addition, not a replacement.

  2. Jitske said:

    Awesome page, but Spookslot is missing!

    • I’ve just gone around each page checking to see where it was, and apparently, it has been missed out completely! Thanks for pointing it out!

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