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Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby JordyC » Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:01 am

TR 1: Toverland - September 2014
TR 2: Duinrell - June 2015
TR 3: Efteling (Opening Day Baron 1898) - July 2015
TR 4: Drievliet Family Park - July 2015
TR 5: Hansa Park & Heide Park Resort - September 2015
TR 6: Walibi Holland (Lost Gravity) - March 2016
TR 7: Holiday Park, Europa-Park & Plopsa Coo - June 2016
TR 8: Liseberg - August 2016
TR 9: Efteling - February 2017 (below)


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Hey everyone!

On February 2nd 2017, I visited my home park Efteling. It was my first time visiting this year, and also my first theme park of many in 2017. It has always been and will always be one of my favourite parks. I visit this park many times a year, but never actually did a decent size trip report from it. Until now! So sit back and relax, and I hope you enjoy my trip report from the always beautiful Efteling.


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It still is one of the most recognizable entrances of any theme park -- Welcome in the Efteling!

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As soon as you enter the park, you will see this stunning view. This is also the place where the evening watershow Aquanura is held.

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The frogs will make the pond come to life at night, resulting in a magical show.

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It is the park's 65th anniversary this year. And unlike most parks, the Efteling does care about that. They are building a massive new ride that is opening in 2017. But I bet you already knew that..

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Most of the winter decoration was still in place. Even the bird on top was especially dressed in white.

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Beautiful and stretched out entrance plaza. Guests gather here in the morning before the opening of the park.

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First look at the new for 2017 dark ride; Symbolica.

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"Have an audience with the king", this summer.

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A lot of work has been done since I was here last time.

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There is a massive building behind the castle.

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I am sure this will be an amazing new attraction for the park. I can't wait to ride it this summer.

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In case you're wondering, this is their cash machine. Yes, you heard it right.

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Lurking through the trees, it's the Baron!

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What a beautiful park it is.

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Some miners getting ready for the dive into the mine.

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The White Women will do anything to prevent you from taking their gold.

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Did you find the gold?

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Luckily they were able to escape from the White Women.

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Looking straight down into the mine, getting ready for descent.

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Is it just me or is it kind of weird that the Zero-G Roll starts left after a left exit of the Immelmann?

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An underneath lift hill shot.

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The queue for this ride was pretty much non-existent that day, like almost every other ride. The last 2 hours of the day, you literally didn't need to enter the queue anymore, they let you enter from the side. I had never seen that before with Baron.

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Zero-G Rolling over the pathway.

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A better look at the mine Baron 1898.

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Some more miners going up, getting ready for their descent in the mine.


This ride has some of the best theming that I've ever seen. You really are getting more hyped up with every preshow you see, it's so immersive. The ride itself is good, but nothing mind blowing. Yes, the drop in the mine with the fog in it is fantastic, definitely my favourite part of the ride. But after that, it's pretty much your standard Dive Coaster. Don't get me wrong, I really really like this coaster. And IMO, it is the best coaster in the park. But it lacks that extra thing that, for example, Lost Gravity has with its unique layout. It might not be the best coaster out there, but I think it's pretty safe to say that it's one of the best themed coasters in Europe.

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Piraña was closed for its annual maintenance.

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It is a great family rapids ride. Nothing special, but just good fun.

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De Vliegende Hollander was still closed. Later that day they were testing it, so it should open soon.

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Next ride was Bob. It's an Efteling classic, isn't it?

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I am not a big fan of these bobsled coasters. Nonetheless, it's good fun.

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This is the little gaming area of the park. I don't know what to think about this really. It doesn't feel very Efteling, does it? But I understand why they did it.

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It's been awhile since this ride was operating when I was in the park. I have to take advantage of that.

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Another family ride.

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It's a very big ship, and you get some fantastic airtime on the top.

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Just one of the many beautiful restaurants here at the Efteling.

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Rise of the Fountain of the Apes.

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Next up was Python.

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Yes, I know. It is a classic ride with a great history, but it has zero theming. And that would be okay at another park, but not at Efteling.

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Python going through one of its loops.

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Corkscrewing around.

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I am always relieved when I enter this part of the ride and I am still alive.

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Joris & De Draak was next.

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That's actually just the time you need to walk to the station. No queue at all.

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Who will win: Fire or Water?

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Charge into battle against the dragon!

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"The brave who defeats the dragon, receives 1001 ducat." It sounds better in Dutch, believe me.

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Does this count as a Quadruple Down?

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I caught myself laughing like a teenage girl when we hit the brakes. It's such a crazy ride.


Joris & De Draak is an awesome wooden coaster, and the fact that it duels makes it even better. It isn't the smoothest GCI that I've ridden, but I don't really care. The looks you give the people in the other train when you are climbing the lift hill, until the moment when you hit the brakes and laugh at the ones that lost the race (unless that's you, then you try to ignore them..), is just absolutely great fun! I still prefer Troy and Wodan over this one, though.

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The stunning looks of DVH.

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It is so well themed. Shame it was closed.

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I really love this view.

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Another look at Symbolica.

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Even the fountain on the backside of the building looks fantastic.

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There's a massive building behind that castle.

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A look at their 4 major coasters.

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Another Efteling classic, Vogel Rok. I don't really like this ride.

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Carnaval Festival, Efteling's version of Disney's It's a Small World. I am still stuck with that song in my head..

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Some kiddie rides and a playground in this area of the park.

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It's full of little buildings like this. It is great to walk through this area of the park.

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Villa Volta, one of the best Madhouses out there.

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The ultimate Efteling classic, Droomvlucht. Really, I can ride this all day long.

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Raveleijn was closed as well. It's a shame, because it's a fantastic show with horses.

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This are the bins at the Efteling.

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There's a big carousel in there.

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A visit to Efteling is never complete without a walk through the fairytale forest.

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This tree tells multiple fairytales to the kids.

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Keeping an eye on the fairytale forest from above.

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The newest fairytale, Pinocchio.

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It's time for the magical nighttime fountain show of the park; Aquanura.

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Let the spectacle begin!

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It still is one of my favourite nighttime shows.

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Fire is always a bonus!

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It is beautifully lit up at night.


Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed it!
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby cparkes92 » Tue Feb 07, 2017 1:37 pm

How was the weather? I'm guessing it must be decent as most of the rides were open
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby JordyC » Tue Feb 07, 2017 2:44 pm

cparkes92 wrote:How was the weather? I'm guessing it must be decent as most of the rides were open


Exactly, the weather was pretty decent. It was clouded all day long, but it didn't rain at all that day. It wasn't too cold either, 8C (45F). As long as it's not freezing, the park tries to keep the coasters open which is awesome. DVH was closed for maintenance, but in this weather it would have been open as well.
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1. Taron - Phantasialand 2. Helix - Liseberg 3. Expedition GeForce - Holiday Park 4. Schwur des Kärnan - Hansa Park 5. Blue Fire Megacoaster - Europa-Park 6. Goliath - Walibi Holland 7. Silver Star - Europa-Park 8. Balder - Liseberg 9. Lost Gravity - Walibi Holland 10. Flug der Dämonen - Heide Park

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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby firewalk13 » Tue Feb 07, 2017 4:00 pm

Beautiful trip report, thank you! Visiting Efteling is, admittedly, on my bucket list.
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby JordyC » Wed Feb 08, 2017 3:10 am

firewalk13 wrote:Beautiful trip report, thank you! Visiting Efteling is, admittedly, on my bucket list.


Thank you! And to be honest, it should be on everyone's bucket list. ;)
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1. Taron - Phantasialand 2. Helix - Liseberg 3. Expedition GeForce - Holiday Park 4. Schwur des Kärnan - Hansa Park 5. Blue Fire Megacoaster - Europa-Park 6. Goliath - Walibi Holland 7. Silver Star - Europa-Park 8. Balder - Liseberg 9. Lost Gravity - Walibi Holland 10. Flug der Dämonen - Heide Park

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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby cfc » Wed Feb 08, 2017 5:57 am

Great trip report! Efteling is, indeed, unique, and I need to get back there someday.
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby JordyC » Wed Feb 08, 2017 10:54 am

cfc wrote:Great trip report! Efteling is, indeed, unique, and I need to get back there someday.


Thank you! Yes, it really is. Every reason is a good reason to get back to Efteling. :p
<< Quality Over Quantity >>

1. Taron - Phantasialand 2. Helix - Liseberg 3. Expedition GeForce - Holiday Park 4. Schwur des Kärnan - Hansa Park 5. Blue Fire Megacoaster - Europa-Park 6. Goliath - Walibi Holland 7. Silver Star - Europa-Park 8. Balder - Liseberg 9. Lost Gravity - Walibi Holland 10. Flug der Dämonen - Heide Park

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Efteling - February 2017 || Liseberg - August 2016 || Holiday Park & Europa-Park - June 2016 || Walibi Holland - March 2016

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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby CoasterNerd45 » Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:27 pm

Hello JordyC, I would like to use your photo of Villa Volta for another theme park site that I participate in. The site is lacking details of Efteling in general, more specifically, photos. This would help greatly to expand the site... (Would have pm'ed you, but somehow the feature isn't enabled for my profile?)


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