If you need some Efteling music to get you through the day, but don’t have time to listen to a full soundtrack, have a listen to this wonderful Efteling medley by Matthew Wakefield! Accompanied by some Efteling visuals, this is a wonderful arrangement that includes some of the best Efteling music.
As there can be no Ice Palace at Efteling this year, they have set up a ‘Winter Meadow’ instead. It includes food stands, merchandise stalls, and a fire pit. There is also a lovely sleigh which you can sit in and have your photo taken. It is in the same place as where the Ice Palace usually stands, so it is nice and spacious. Live entertainment such as the Lichtpuntjes and the Fire Prince and Snow Princess can also be seen here. See the video from Eftelwesley below:
Efteling have also introduced some covered seating to a few places in the park, such as on the Ton van de Ven Square, since you can only buy takeaway food still for the moment.
In other non-winter related news, November 30th is the last day to ride Polka Marina. It has been in the park for 36 years and has come to the end of its life. In summer 2021, a play area called ‘Nest’ will open. From the Efteling blog:
‘Between De Vliegende Hollander and the Game Gallery, Nest! Will open in the summer of 2021: a play forest with various play options for all children, with or without a visible or invisible restriction.’
I’m personally not sure about this change, although I’m sure that it will be great because Efteling do great with everything that they do! As the parent of a toddler, I really do wish that there was some sot of indoor play area for the little people, for the times when it is raining or just too cold outside.
A few weeks ago, Efteling debuted a new incarnation of Aquanura, featuring Dutch singer Guus Meeuwis. I have to be honest, I’d never heard of him before now. The show however, has definitely grown on me. The Carnaval Festival segment in particular is very catchy and gets into your head. This show also features Symbolica which was really nice to hear.
A lot of you who read this site will also follow us on Facebook. We have an Efteling UK page and an Efteling Fans UK group.
Now we have the first Efteling art for the group for Efteling UK! A special thanks to our creative centipede Anthony Hanssens, we now have our own group cover, based on and in the style of Anton Pieck.
I think you’ll agree that it fits perfectly and is beautiful!
Efteling merchandise has varied in quality over the years, from very good to very tacky! As an Efteling fan, there are quite a few things that I *wish* they would make available, so I’m going to make a few mini posts, kind of like an Efteling ‘wishlist’ of what I’d like to see to buy in the park.
Some of these things have been available before, so it’ll also be a bit of a nostalgia trip.
First up…Room spray! But I don’t necessarily want it back…
I would love for Efteling to make this into a candle, because to be honest, the room spray was a little bit too strong. And by a ‘little’, I mean a lot! One spray of one of those things and you were smelling it for the next week! It’s so strong that I’ve still got a couple of each left, they just seem to last forever!
A candle would be a nice subtle way of having the Fata Morgana and Droomvlucht scents in your home (and maybe some other scents too; gingerbread anyone?). There were once some oils for sale too, which were really nice, and a bit more subtle than the sprays, but I’ve not seen those on recent trips.
I’ve never managed a visit to the Anton Pieck Museum in Hattem myself, (it’s on the to-do list) but now would be a perfect time to go, because until the end of February 2021 they have an Efteling exhibition running. It is called ‘Once Upon a Time…’ and it centres around the early years of the park.
There are, as you’d expect, a lot of Pieck’s drawings included in the exhibition, of both concept art for various fairy tales in the park as well as drawings which show the inner workings of some of the stories such as Langnek and The Magic Clock. Alongside these drawings are various props (including a very large frog and a very small pair of gnome trousers) and some merchandise which has been available over the years (including 2019’s Winter Langnek jumper).
Also included are concept drawings for a haunted house, which would later become Spookslot.
Here’s a tour of the exhibition for those of us who can’t attend:
Over the years we’ve found a couple of Efteling things in charity shops in our local area. We found a Pardoes glass once, and another time we found a small Laaf clock. This was years and years ago though.
Then, within the last 10 days, we’ve gotten our hands on all of these things pictured below…
Good things come in 3s right?! Pardoes and the small Laaf are from charity shops, and the 3 bigger Laafs came from Facebook Marketplace about 3 minutes from my house. Score!
I’m interested to hear if anyone else has found any Efteling stuff on their travels around second-hand shops/markets etc.
Whilst spending a lot more time at home, one has to keep up their Efteling consumption! Part of this includes watching vlogs on YouTube. I’ll probably end up sharing a few that I’ve watched because there’s some really good ones, but I really enjoyed this one here by Marshall LeMert.
To avoid having too many people too close together, Efteling have made the queue lines stretch around the rides, here, there, and all over, including backstage areas. Take a look at these videos below. The Pirana one will really keep you fit!