In just 2 days, on November 11th, Winter Efteling begins again! It will carry on through December, January, and 2 days in February. With Winter comes many wonderful things, like fire pits, new merchandise, and entertainment, but most exciting of all is the new Winter food!
Here’s a little look at some of the things you can get hold of during your Winter Efteling visit:
- an apple dumpling with vanilla sauce at Restaurant Panorama or Station de Oost,
- make your own cake on a stick at the bonfires in Ruigrijk and outside Carnaval Festival,
- chocolate fruit/marshmallow skewers at Kogeloog opposite Langnek,
- waffle on a stick at Flierefluiter opposite the cross-country skiing track,
- warm waffles with mashed potatoes at Suykerbuyk,
- fresh stroopwafels at Capricorn Square and Ton van de Ven Square,
- luminous cotton candy at Seylend Frigate and the Suykerhuys,
- shortcakes and donuts at Diorama.
Also on the subject of food, this year when you buy an Unox sandwich you will receive a blue scarf, which I believe lights up (exciting huh?!) and a blue Efteling travel mug when you buy a hot Chocomel.
The rest of Winter Efteling is ready, with bonfires and food stalls all set up, as well as the Ice Palace, and even the monkeys who are usually having a water fight outside Station de Oost are now having a snowball fight! It is interesting to note that ice skating children now have their own section in the ice palace.
And now a final farewell to Pandadroom…
We said goodbye to Pandadroom this month, and on the last day, some fans of the attraction came together to sing the song in the pre-show. Here’s a video from Eftelwesley showing the sing-along!
With thanks to eftelingsestraat.nl
I have been watching a lot of videos by this channel recently, Theme Park Worldwide. You can visit so many theme parks from the comfort of your living room through these guys, and of course, there is an Efteling vlog on the channel! A few in fact. I thought I’ll share a couple here, but please do check out the channel, you can learn all kinds of things about loads of different theme parks!
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.
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!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! On November 13th, Winter Efteling arrived again, and with it came a new Ice Palace! There have been many photos posted online of the new Ice Palace, but the best way to explore it is through a video:
This new palace is much ‘cleaner’ compared to previous years, which were based around a woodland/rustic theme. The eating place looks like something from the Efteling hotel, very bright and tidy! There’s loads of places to sit, as per previous years, and Efteling mugs and hats are sure to be found when purchasing food and drinks. If only we had smell-o-vision, as in previous years the smell in the palace has been divine and very festive.
It’s so beautiful, when can we go back?!
With thanks to Eftelwesley.