The Six Swans, Efteling’s 30th fairy tale in the fairy tale forest, opens tomorrow. Visitors can walk through the attraction or take a short ride on a swan boat which takes you inside the building. There are (of course) six swan boats to ride in, all with slightly different details around their necks. The tower of the castle building is 15 metres high, and you can find it between Snow White and Cinderella in the fairy tale forest.
I don’t condone too many spoilers; it is nice to discover new things for yourself, however if you would like to see a walk-through which was filmed by Efteling, then see the video below!
There will also be a pin available to buy tomorrow to celebrate the opening of The Six Swans, which ca be found at Den Ouden Marskramer. Pins are a limited edition of 1,000 and are also limited to 2 per person.
It is only 1 month until visitors to Efteling can ride on the park’s newest attraction: The Six Swans. Located in the fairy tale forest next to Cinderella, guests will be able to take a ride on one of these beautiful swans, which have arrived at their new home today. I can’t wait to see it up close!
The 30th fairy tale in the fairy tale forest is due to open next autumn, and construction has been coming along very nicely on the new attraction. The Six Swans will house a small ride, where visitors can board a swan for a trip around the building’s moat. Eftelingsestraat.nl have some great first photos of the boats behind the scenes at Efteling, presumably getting ready for their decoration.
Click here to take a look at the beautiful new boats!
For the last few years, Efteling’s focus has been on getting more international guests to visit the park. As a result of that there have been a few changes here and there, including advertising more here in the UK and providing more information in different languages in places such as their YouTube channel.
As part of these ongoing tweaks, the apartments of Bosrijk will now be classed as hotel rooms. Changes to the Poorthuys and Landhuys apartments include room cleaning service every day (you’ll get clean towels and they’ll make your bed I think!) and breakfast included in your room rate. Another major change which could be classed as a good thing, is that you can now arrive and depart on any day of the week, whereas before, you could only come and go on Monday, Wednesday or Friday. There will also be changes to the seating area, and the dining area will be removed (you’ll have to eat your pizza on the couch!).
“There will be a completely new interior in phases, with the seating area becoming more spacious and more comfortable,” (from looopings.nl)
All of these changes apparently fit the international guests better. The only thing I personally am not looking forward to is losing the dining area. They sell small food items at the shop like cereal and pastries, but where will you eat them if you’ve got no table?! Of course if you’ve got free breakfast you won’t need it for that, but if you choose to eat dinner in your room then you’ve got a problem.
This change apparently effects everything booked after today, so if you’re already booked up, the changes shouldn’t effect you. Enjoy your table!
Today Efteling turns 67! As a present, the windows at the House of the Five Senses have been given a makeover, and basically, they look beautiful! Here’s one photo but please click the link to see the rest! Thanks to Eftelingsestraat.nl
Carnaval Festival has been closed for around 3 months for a little refurbishment. There have been several changes made to the ride, and in my opinion it is looking really rather good!
Things have been mentioned in the past by various sources that some of the scenes were a little on the racist side of things. Whether they were or not, some of these scenes have now been altered, although in some cases only slightly! The African, Chinese and Japanese scenes have been changed slightly, and the pirate at the end of the ride has been removed to make way for Jokie and Jet. The Japanese man at the end of the ride is also looking slightly different and there are some general tidy-ups throughout the ride like the frogs at the start, who look a lot fresher. The music has been tweaked too (don’t worry it’s mostly the same stuck-in-your-head-all-day track!).
Here’s the video:
Oh, and remember when the vehicles stopped now and then? Well they still do, but now you get to have a little wiggle in your seat to a fanfare until it starts back up again! It makes stopping so much more exciting! 😁
In addition to the ride changes, the store at the end where you buy your on-ride photos is now called Confetti, and has been given a face-lift which looks much brighter and more in-keeping with the shop next door.
All in all, everything is looking great!
A short trailer for Fabula has arrived on Efteling’s YouTube channel. It’s only 40 seconds long, but gives a little look at the squirrel and bear characters that will be in the new attraction. Of particular interest to us in the UK, the studio animating the film is Aardman (Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run etc).
The renewed attraction opens later this year, and is costing Efteling €3.5 million; bargain! The restaurant Octopus will also be freshened up. From the Efteling blog:
‘The restaurant will have more seats inside and outside and a new menu with fresh and responsible meat, fish and vegan dishes‘
The last day guests can visit Pandadroom will be November 3rd.