Loonsche Land Antlers Arrive

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It’s been a while since the last post here, but there is some very important news from Efteling that needs to be shared!

Efteling’s new accommodation, Het Loonsche Land, which opens in a few months, has taken a delivery of antlers.  The new holiday park is set to open on Efteling’s 65th birthday on May 31st 2017, and is costing €30 million to build.  You could buy a lot of antlers with that!

Antlers-Photo by vijfzintuigen.nl

Antlers-Photo by vijfzintuigen.nl

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Symbolica Progress (with English subtitles!)

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Happy New Year!

The year has finally arrived; 2017 is the year that Efteling will open its newest attraction: Symbolica!

Read past articles on Symbolica here and here.

Later this year, the park will welcome a brand new trackless dark ride, and we’re all very excited about it!  Here’s a little on the story of Symbolica (with English subtitles):

 

Here are some photos of how it is looking as of December 2016:dsc02432

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Roodkapje Reopens

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Little Red Riding Hood recently reopened after a very long refurbishment.  In fact, it was more of a total rebuild!  The new building is now up to modern safety standards, and looks refreshed and wonderful!

Video by Eftelwesley.

Halloween at Efteling

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So, Efteling aren’t massively into Halloween in the way some other theme parks are.  However, our friend Eftelwesley has put together a great video of all the scary and spooky things that you can find around the park all year round…

Efteling News Update

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It’s been a little over a month since our last post; time flies!  Since then, there have been a few news items trickling out of Efteling.

First off, the Summer evenings will be held on Fridays and Saturdays as from next Summer, instead of solely on a Saturday.  The park will be open until 23:00 instead of the current 00:00, but spreading the crowds out over two nights makes much more sense as the park gets pretty busy on these evenings.  This will bring the number of Summer evenings up to 17, with entertainment on all nights.

A new Eigenheymer location will open on Capricorn Square within the next couple of weeks, making it the third location in the park where you can pick up a twisty potato snack.  Yum!202528_10151121268488854_588357733_o

Hansel and Gretel is still undergoing some maintenance for another week, but when it opens we can expect to experience some sweet smells coming from the building!  A wonderful idea that totally fits with the story.  Sweet!

Symbolica is really starting to take shape, as you can see in Eftelwesley’s video below.  Of course, Efteling don’t just do theming, they do theming, so it fits in perfectly with the park and most importantly, with Polle’s Kitchen across the way.

 

And last but certainly not least, Bosrijk have started selling Bosrijk Brouw (beer).  Perfect!

 

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Vermolen Carrousel: The Oldest Carousel in the Netherlands

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14123434_890916424388479_1417992278_oWhen you think of Efteling, you probably think of big attractions like the Flying Dutchman, Baron 1898, or the Fairy Tale Forest.  However, tucked away in Anton Pieckplein you will find the Vermolen Carrousel, an often overlooked attraction, particularly amongst adults and thrill-seekers.  The carousel is the oldest in the Netherlands, and dates back to 1865.

The carousel was originally owned by Mr. Leander from Wageningen, who travelled around the Netherlands with it, including in his travels a visit to Kaatsheuvel in 1957.  After his wife’s death in 1900 Mr. Leander went on to marry Ms. Vermolen, whose children then took on the responsibility of the ride under the name ‘Brothers Vermolen’.  Later on, the carousel was run solely by Ben Vermolen.

In 1985, Mr. Vermolen was asked to take his carousel to the World’s Fair in Vancouver.  As there was already decades of tradition in his family of travelling the carousel around the Netherlands, he decided to send the original ride to Vancouver, and build a new one to continue travelling around the Netherlands with.  Everywhere the carousel has visited is documented in the canvas pennants on the ride.  In the new carousel, a Carl Frei organ was installed, whereas in the original ride a Richter organ was used.  After the World’s Fair was over, Vermolen sold the carousel and so it remained in Canada, residing in a shopping mall for 10 years.

In 1995 the ride was bought by Efteling, who had the task of restoring it to its former glory; it is also decided at this time to switch the organs, providing Efteling’s new purchase with a Carl Frei organ.  After a brief time at the Tilburg fair, Efteling temporarily install the Vermolen carousel on the grass where you will now find Winter Efteling’s Ice Palace.  It was moved to the Dwarrelplein outside the House of the Five Senses in 1997, and in 2000 it was erected next to the Laaf Village.  By 2004 the attraction has found its final home where it stands to this day, outside the White Horse on Anton Pieckplein.

This past winter (2015-16) the Vermolen Carousel has received a complete restoration at Efteling’s Gildehuis, which took around 4 months to complete.  The horses, sleighs and carriages have all been sanded down to their original wood and repainted, new lights were installed, the panels and canvases were renewed, a whole new steel frame was built and installed, and the organ has been completely restored, allowing it to produce up to 30% more volume.  A new control both has also been built alongside the ride.

This video shows some of the restoration work at Efteling:

Here are some photos and a video of this beautiful carousel, by our good friend Eftelwesley; please click on the images to see them in their full glory!

 

Efteling from the Perspective of a First Time Visitor

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Our friend Peter Bell recently visited Efteling for the first time, and had a lot to say about it! Click the image below to rediscover Efteling through the eyes of a first-time visitor!

Efteling 20 Years Ago

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1996So, 20 years ago this month was my first visit to Efteling.  I thought I’d share a few photos of the park from that trip, although there aren’t too many to share, as this was of course an era before everyone had a camera in their pocket!

That ticket on the left is my original ticket from August 1996.

If you are a regular visitor to Efteling, you can see that many things have changed in 20 years, and many things have stayed the same!  The square flowerbeds are (I think) where the Chinese Nightingale building now stands, you can also see Monsieur Cannibale before the roof was built on it, and you can just make out the rowing boats on the Vonderplas with Fata Morgana in the background.

Please click on a photo to scroll through the full size images.