|The park has upped the ante in thrills with the addition of Braon 1898 (Gerstlaeur Eurofighter) and Joris and Draak (GCI dueling woodie). Vliegende Hollander is an exhaustively themed Water Coaster building on the legend of the Flying Dutchman. |
But the park will never walk away from its fantasy based origin., Theming is something Efteling does very well with their indoor family rides. Symbolica: Paleis der Fantasie, continues the tradition of these rides such as Droomvlucht (Dream Flight), Fata Morgana (1001 Arabian Nights), Carnaval Festival (similar to It's a Small World), and Villa Volta (Vekoma Mad House). Within Carrousel Paleis is both an ornate (and fast) carousel along with an indoor water organ. The grounds are immaculately manicured and can be viewed from the park train, Gondeletta (tow boat ride), or from above in the Pagode (Flying Island).
In the middle of the park is a kid's area with walkthrough houses from famous fairy tales.
|Being in the Netherlands you can always find pancakes and fries at Efteling. Most of the orders at the quick-service places give you a heaping pile of fries on the side. You can also find sandwiches, pizza, and salads at various locations in the park.|
|With so many indoor attractions, the park is open year-round, with longer hours in July and August. |
|Established Seasonal events|
|Winter Efteling runs from December through February. During the Winter Efteling almost all attractions are opened, except the Python, Pirana, and Boating Lake. Bobbaan, D'Oude Tuffer, De Vliegende Hollander, Half Moon, and Joris and the Dragon are open when the weather allows it.
|Access & Location|
|By car from the Netherlands:|
follow Dordrecht-Breda (A16), exit 's-Hertogenbosch (A59), follow Waalwijk/Kaatsheuvel (261), follow signs to Efteling
follow 's-Hertogenbosch (A2), follow Gorinchem-Breda (A27), exit Waalwijk (A59), follow Waalwijk/Kaatsheuvel (N261), follow signs to Efteling.
By train and bus:
take the train to 's-Hertogenbosch. There are bus connections to Efteling from here.
From Den Haag/Rotterdam/Breda/Maastricht:
take the train to Tilburg. There are bus connections to Efteling from here.
More information: http://www.ns.nl/cs/Satellite/travellers
|Efteling Hotel is a four-star hotel, that appears as a floating palace. If you are traveling with family and prefer the comforts of home, Efteling Bosrijk Village offers multiple cottages and apartments that sleep four to six people. The park's newest and third lodging option is Holiday village Efteling Loonsche Land which has multiple fantasy like set-ups. The park's website also lists partner hotels in the area.|
|Virtual Queue Options|
|Raveleijn is the park's newest and grandest shows, a medeival tale with horses and fire. You can rent headphones to hear the story in English. |
Aquanura is a water fountain show set to music
Spookslot is a multi-sensory show telling the story of a haunted monastery. Although non-Dutch speakers will not understand the words, you can still appreciate the visual and lighting effects.
Within the Carrousel Paleis there is a separate room that houses a water organ, an illuminated fountain that dances to a soundtrack.
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