This past Saturday (19’12’15) the Santas were on the run once more! The run is organised by Q Music, and the money raised goes to the Netherlands Food Bank.
Our friend and seasoned Santa runner Liselore Rem has very kindly shared her photos with us once again, so here’s a little look at the Santa Run 2015. Also see below for EftelWesley’s video of the Santas raving away!
There was quite a turnout!:
Santas do Baron 1898:
Many of you may be familiar with, or will have used Walt Disney World’s magic bands. These bands serve as park ticket, room key and Fast Passes, as well as allowing you to buy food/drink, merchandise and sync up photos you have taken in the park.
Well, Efteling have decided that this may be the way forward where park tickets are concerned. Director of Efteling Fons Jurgens has said that within the next few years Efteling will be following this trend of going ticket-less, although it will be an alternative to a magic band. He has also pointed out that Efteling have been more concerned with keeping up with technology rather than pushing forward with it, something which he would clearly like to change.
Admittedly, having something like a keyring to give to guests which would serve as a park ticket and room key for Efteling accommodation would be quite handy! You could probably also sync up Raveleijn tickets to it and restaurant reservations.
The future is coming!
We’ve been quiet for almost a month now, did you miss us?!
Of course, there have been a few pieces of news trickling out of Efteling in this time, including more recently, an overhaul of the Indian Water Lilies. It was in need of a dust, as you can imagine, and there was also a new ‘witch‘ added. There is a new narration which is actually an old narration from several years ago, which fans are very happy to hear! You may also notice a clearer sound, and a difference in the soundtrack at the very end. Oh, and those geese, have definitely been through the wash!
In other news, somebody burned the fries at a cart behind the Efteling Theater. When we say ‘burned’, they caught fire, along with the whole cart by the look of things. Oops!
Pinokkio continues to progress, however there is no exact date for it’s opening yet.
Finally, we now know when Efteling’s new nature park will welcome it’s first guests. In early 2017, construction should finish on the site which is located next to Efteling and Efteling Golf Park, which will cost a mere €30m to build. This is one phase in Efteling’s plan to become a more international destination by 2020, when they hope to welcome 5 million visitors per year.
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Cast your minds back to 2010, when you most likely first heard of ‘Hartenhof’. Hartenhof was to be Efteling’s new attraction back in 2012 for the 60th anniversary of the park. The ride was to be based on the world of Pardoes, who used to be the park’s mascot, and would have been themed similarly to Polle’s Keuken (which thankfully Efteling decided to build!).
When construction never began, it became clear that the attraction wouldn’t be opening in time for the Jubilee year, and eventually the ride got delayed until 2013. Still, nothing appeared to take shape, until now!
Now, the new ride has had a name change to ‘Symbolica’; apparently this is more ‘international visitor-friendly’. The most interesting feature of Symbolica is that it is reported to be trackless. The ride system will be supplied by ETF Ride Systems, who are responsible for Disney’s Toy Story Midway Mania attraction, as well as rides in Phantasialand and Walibi Belgium, and they also designed the system on which Efteling’s ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ operates. For those of you who have been to Disneyland Paris recently, you may have experienced Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy, which also uses trackless technology. We recently visited the attraction, and as our first trackless experience, it was a very smooth ride, and very futuristic in a strange way!
A trackless ride system would certainly put Efteling’s Symbolica up there with the other trackless attractions around the world, and with the ride costing tens of millions of Euros (more than any other Efteling attraction), we can surely expect something absolutely amazing when the attraction arrives by 2020.
The intentional break:
Dancing every day can really take its toll on you, so you can imagine how the little ladies in the Indian Waterlilies feel after dancing for months upon months at a time. For this reason, (and maybe also because the whole place could do with a really good dust and a scrub) the attraction is closed until the beginning of November.
The unintentional break:
Speaking of closures, the flying Pagode is down again, literally. Since last month, the Chinese Pagode has been grounded after experiencing technical difficulties, which it is no stranger to; the attraction was closed only a few months ago for the same reason. According to Efteling’s website, it is unknown when it will fly again 😦
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