De Oude Tufferbaan has opened again today after an overhaul. There’s new cars and interactive elements included now, including chickens! You can see in the video below:
Video by eftel1ngfan
I’m a little late posting about this, so you may have already heard…
Although not officially confirmed, Pandadroom is rumoured to be getting an update at long last. The attraction has been open since 2002, and had never been a fan favourite. The technology in Pandadroom has become very outdated, leaving the attraction feeling stagnant, and definitely something to miss out on a visit to the park.
The new film is reported to be called Fabula and will feature a bear and a squirrel, keeping the nature theme.
The gift shop and restaurant will also supposedly be given a revamp.
This year, The Bob coaster which is very close to Pandadroom, will close and be demolished, to be replaced with a double coaster called Max and Moritz.
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!
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.
Bobsleigh, The Bob or Bobbaan, whatever you like to call it, if you’re an Efteling fan, you’ve probably taken a ride on this Swiss sleigh ride. However, after 33 years in the park, there’s talk that The Bob might be leaving us.
In recent years, the attraction has had lots of downtime due to technical issues, and also has to be closed in the rain to prevent accidents. Efteling have said that they’re working on the future of the attraction, but that no concrete ideas are in place just yet.
I’m personally not a fan of The Bob, mostly because it is a very bumpy ride! Made smoother however, I could be converted. I suppose we will see what happens in the near future!
Although I realise that Spring has finally sprung (hooray!) and the Efteling tulips are almost in full bloom, I remembered that I had some wonderful Winter Efteling photos that I wanted to share.
Marianne sent me some photos back in January of a visit to Efteling on January 8th for her birthday. Better late than never to share them at least!
This year, Winter Efteling starts on November 12th, so maybe it is time to start planning a Winter trip now? These photos will surely inspire you…
Click the photos for a better look!
Thanks to Marianne for sending the photos.
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!