Efteling Hits 5 million Visitors Target

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It was revealed at a recent Efteling staff party that in 2017, the park achieved it’s 2020 goal of 5 million visitors, having a massive 5.2 million people walk through the park’s gates. In 2016 there were only 4.8 million visitors; still a lot, but not as impressive as 2017!

Well done Efteling! 🙂

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Symbolica Now Requires a Boarding Pass

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Starting, I believe, this weekend, Efteling are testing a new system at their busiest attraction, and that is boarding passes.  You’ll need a boarding pass to ride Symbolica, up until 4pm, then you can queue as normal.  It is promised on one of the flyers they’ve been handing out, that having a pass means you will wait no longer than 15 minutes to ride.  That’s pretty cool considering that the wait for this attraction is horrendously long most of the time.  However, a lot of people on Facebook have commented that this system is too regimented, and means that instead of relaxing in the park, you have to be checking your watch all the time to see when your pass time rolls around.  You can get a pass from machines at Symbolica, or on the Efteling app.

I understand that, but I’m also one of the folks who wouldn’t stand 90 minutes or more to experience this attraction!  Speaking of which, it seems that the single rider line is still functioning without a boarding pass ( I recommend single rider if you don’t mind sitting with a bunch of strangers!).

These passes are just being trialled for now, but they could be proved to be very helpful, as nobody likes wasting precious Efteling time standing in an excessively long line!  The only negative outcome here would be if Efteling decide to do this with other attractions in the park, although no other attraction has a line quite as long as this one at the moment!

We’ll see how it goes!

Statues in Efteling

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Many of us have wandered from ride to ride at Efteling, noticing some elements of decoration on our way, and sometimes not noticing some at all! This lovely video by Eftelwesley shows us Efteling’s wonderful eye for detail in their figures/statues that are scattered through the park.  Many are easy to spot, such as the goose girl; others like the statues on top of the carousels are not so obvious.

There might be some here that you’ve never seen before!

New Efteling Theater Show: Caro

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From September, a new show will be offered in the Efteling Theater, entitled Caro. From the image Efteling have put out, it looks to be Cirque du Soleil inspired. The description reads:

From September this year, the new show Caro is at the Efteling Theater! Caro becomes a visual spectacle full of humour, dance, music and acrobatics for the whole family. The enchanting show brings visitors of all nationalities recognisable moments from their own life.

Information can be found here. Luckily, if you’re staying in Efteling accommodation you can get tickets for €7.50!

This one I really want to see!

New Efteling CD and the Fakir Returns!

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After a lengthy refurbishment, the Flying Fakir has recently returned from his well earned rest, looking better than ever!  Everything looks clean and new, and all of his tulips seem to be functioning correctly, unlike in past years.  You have to just love Efteling for taking good care of what they have; after all, now you’d never know that the Fakir is 60 years old!

Another delightful piece of news (well I got excited about it!) is that there is a new Efteling CD available.  New tracks include ‘welcome’ and ‘goodbye’, Efteling 65th anniversary (not sure how that one goes), and the music from Symbolica, which is a welcome addition.  Add this one to the shopping list!

With thanks to Eftelwesley.

 

The Sun Travel visits Efteling

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Prepare for a British invasion! The Sun Travel has posted an article about Efteling, and of course it shows Efteling in all its glory. 

Read it here

The only thing I can’t quite understand is this:

 ‘The latest, Symbolica, is a refreshing take on the haunted house and keeps you guessing with regards to what’s coming next.’

It never crossed my mind that Symbolica was is any way linked to a haunted house, thoughts?

I also did not know that Efteling is the size of 144 football pitches! 

The park may be seeing more Brits in the near future!

Muzikale Paddenstoel (Musical Toadstool) Ornament

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As Efteling fans, there have undoubtedly been times when we have walked through the fairy tale forest, wishing that we too could have a musical toadstool at home.
Well now you can! Efteling have been selling ornamental musical toadstools (albeit indoor ones, but that’s ok!) for us to enjoy when we can’t make it to the park. I was lucky enough for Santa to bring me one last month, and now it has found it’s home, so I gave it a whirl…

New Year, New News!

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Happy New Year everyone!

A new year seems to mean fresh Efteling news, so here’s a little look at what’s going on at the moment…

First off, the Python is being ‘renewed’.  It seems that the track, which has been standing since 1981, is receiving most of the maintenance, as in previous years the ride cars themselves have been replaced several times.  So for a while, that corner of the park will look a little naked, at least until March when it is due to reopen.

Elsewhere in the park, there’s the good/bad news that PandaDroom will remain open for at least the next 3 years, as a new contract has been signed with the World Wildlife Fund.  As visitors are aware, the technology used in the show is now rather outdated, with this 3D show opening in 2002 and not really changing since that time (hence the ‘good/bad news’).  It would be nice to see a new show here along the same theme, just more 2018 and less 2002!

And most importantly, Efteling is expanding!  Between Vogel Rok and Python, 8 hectares of land will be added, and a new attraction is expected to open here by 2020.  If you take a look at Google maps, it seems to be where the road ‘Horst’ is now, this is the road that Efteling Hotel guests need to cross to get to the park.

 

So, soon there’ll be more Efteling to love!  Well, in a couple of years, but until then we have more PandaDroom to enjoy! 😉

Lastly, thank you to my friend Eftelwesley for continuing to produce beautiful Efteling videos that we can all enjoy.  Especially this one below which is stunning!  Thank you for braving the snow!

Efteling Superfans!

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Efteling have started what appears will be a series of videos about their superfans.  This first video sees Efteling fan Frank with his back garden ‘Efteling’ that he has built himself.  It’s mightily impessive, and there’s also a surprise later on in the video.  Give it a watch, it’s really lovely!  Oh, and it has English subtitles!

You can submit yourself or a friend to Efteling to be their next featured fan by e-mailing youtube@efteling.com