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Efteling have launched a mobile game called No-one Knows.
The idea is that you can use it to kill some time whilst standing in queues in the park, but it’s fun to play whenever or wherever!
Simply hold the phone against your forehead and the other person has to describe the character for you to guess. You can shake your phone to bring up the next card/character.
It’s kinda fun, and a good idea for those times when the lines for attractions do get a bit too long.
I’ve just been a little slow to update. So, in case you’ve missed any Efteling news, here’s what’s been going on!
First off, Winter Efteling has already begun, which means that the Ice Palace is now open for another season. It looks as beautiful as ever, and here’s a video from Eftelwesley if you need a little reminder of how wonderful it is!
There are a few new additions to Winter Efteling in terms of snacks this year.
The first being glittery cotton candy (I’m not sure about this one!), hot waffles which are available with hot apple compote, cinnamon sugar, whipped cream and ice cream (yum!) and luxury syrup waffles which you can customise yourself with chocolate and toppings.
It doesn’t stop at the food either; also available is coffee and hot chocolate with a choice of toppings: syrup waffle pieces, a gingerbread man, or marshmallows. All of these sit on a blanket of whipped cream!
Oh, and on the subject of food and drink, this year’s Efteling mug features Rider Thomas from Raveleijn.
Another addition to Winter Efteling this year is a ferris wheel which can be found opposite Bob in the Steenbokplein. Last year in this location there was a rodeo moose, so this seems like a much better choice for Efteling! It looks lovely, and it’s 6 gondolas provide a ride capacity of 24 people per ride. It will leave on January 31st, so if you want a ride, you have a deadline!
Moving away from the park, and the Efteling hotel is receiving a new themed room. It takes the place of the Northern Lights room on the 8th floor. The room will be themed around Raveleijn, and the children’s part of the room will be accessible via a secret passageway.
I’m still holding out for a Droomvlucht themed room! Although this one looks rather interesting.
Back to the park, and work has started on the next fairy tale in the forest, The Six Swans! Unfortunately last night some employees reported a gas leak, and it turns out that during construction, a gas pipe has been disrupted. Oops! On the plus side, by next Autumn we will have a brand new fairy tale to enjoy 🙂
That covers most of what has been happening over the last month. If anyone wants to send any photos to me please send them to our Facebook page: Efteling Fans UK, there’s lots more going on over there!
There are a couple of new attractions coming to the Fairy Tale Forest soon!
Firstly, a new talking tree (Babbelboom) will be installed in the forest between the Little Match Girl and the Emperor’s New Clothes.
This tree will speak directly to visitors in a similar way to the existing fairy tale tree, but the messages will be more personal. This works from the Efteling app, so visitors wishing to communicate with the tree will have to give permission on there first. I can’t wait to see it!
Another addition will be a whole new fairy tale! In fact, it will be the 30th fairy tale to be represented in the forest, with work starting on the construction this October, and the opening being in Autumn 2019. The Six Swans by the Brothers Grimm is what we have to look forward to, and it will be located between Snow White and Cinderella. A moat will surround the building, and small children will be able to take a ride on one of the six swans around the attraction, whilst larger guests can view a scene inside of the castle.
There’s always something new to see!
There’s some maintenance going on at Fata Morgana! The ride and it’s shop will be closed for renovations for 5 weeks (from September 3rd), although the changes will be more technical than cosmetic. The boats will undergo repairs, as well as the electricity and lighting being renewed and the plants in the first and last scenes being replaced.
One thing the guest will notice however, is the face-lift that the shop ‘De Bazaar’ is going to receive. The design coordinator Annette Vishers says:
“It will be a store that does justice to the theme of Fata Morgana. Not only because of the Arabic elements, but also because of the new thematic presentation of the souvenirs. With large objects as real eyecatchers. During this maintenance we immediately pick up the facade of the store. Everything is repainted in the original colors and we add extra decorative elements.”
Hopefully, the souvenirs will improve in the shop too! (I doubt it).
Here’s the artist’s impression of how the shop will look:
We’ve all been there, you head over to a ride in a theme park and once you get there, you find that the ride is closed, just temporarily. Breakdowns happen of course, but this downtime can cause unhappy visitors, which isn’t what a theme park wants.
The possible solution to this problem is an AI that can hear machine failure, such as that in a rollercoaster. It makes it easier to find the problem, as the machine locates exactly where the malfunction is, meaning less time spent by maintenance staff looking for the issue, and therefore less downtime for the ride.
Read more about the technology here.
Thank you to Leon van Horssen for sending the article.
Longer days, nighttime entertainment and lots of cool treats, it is Summer at Efteling! The park opens until 8pm every night except from Fridays and Saturdays, when you can stay and play until 11pm!
Oh, and speaking of treats, a delicacy has arrived at Ton van de Ven Plein: Ice Donuts (Ijsdonuts). It consists of a chunky donut stuffed with ice cream and a topping which you can choose yourself, all for €3.95. Yum!
It’s not something you would anticipate, but some magical telescopes have been installed next to the Gondoletta lake.
If you like magical beasties, this is the place to see them! When you look through the viewer on the telescope, you’ll get to see what you can’t see with the naked eye. I wonder how long they’ve been flying about up there without us knowing…
Video by Eftelwesley.
The Bridal Dress of Genoveva is not a fairy tale that springs to mind straight away when you think of Efteling, as you cannot always see it. That is because this fairy tale lives, in the form of a flock of multi-coloured birds.
Well, not any more.
As from today, the birds will remain their natural white colour. The fairy tale is actually one of the original tales told in the park, opening back in 1952, when they decided to spray the pigeons in different colours. Part of the story includes the tower where the birds live, which is located behind the Snow White building. This could not always be clearly seen due to ivy, but after the recent renovation of Snow White, the ivy has been removed and it is much easier to see the birds flying in and out of their home.
Efteling have said in a Facebook comment that this change has nothing to do with how the birds were coloured, as that has always been done in a cruelty-free manner, but that they think that the white birds better represent the natural theme of the park. There have been comments online however, that questioned the dying of the birds for entertainment purposes.
To me, it isn’t necessarily a change for the better, as it was always fun to see the coloured birds, however I’m sure we can all learn to appreciate them in their natural form too!
Don’t know the story? Here it is:
Prince Arthur would marry the beautiful princess Genoveva.
Often the couple went out walking and then the prince said: “Look, the yellow of the buttercups and the blue of the cornflowers and ooh … That red of the poppies … All those beautiful colors should be in your wedding dress, dear Genoveva.” An old weaver lived in the land of Prince Arthur. Only she could make the princess’s wedding dress. Unfortunately, the old woman had become blind. “I can not help you prince, my hands can do it”, she said, “But … I can not see the colors anymore.”
The prince returned sadly to the palace and the old woman went to feed her pigeons. She cried with grief.
A wise owl heard of the story and said to the birds: “You know the colors right? Can not you do something back for the old woman? “The next day the old weaver was mourning at her loom. “Now I knew what green was,” she sighed, and immediately she felt that a little bit of hair pushed a strand of silk between her fingers. “And now the blue of the sky.” Together with all the birds, the woman worked on the carpet and shone with happiness. When the dress was ready, she let the prince come. He too was happy. “My bride will be the most beautiful in the country.” And the birds? They had been so busy with all the colors that their feathers had been colored.