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Park Update


Like a fairytale


In a chat with Efteling CEO, Coen Bertens, Park World finds out what makes this theme park in the south of Holland so special…


How has the industry - and what guests are looking for - changed since you first opened and why? When Efteling opened the Fairytale Forest in 1952, the theme park was a daytrip destination, mainly receiving guests from the surrounding area. Over the last 67 years, Efteling has become ‘Efteling Theme Park Resort’ - an international short- break destination with hotels and holiday villages. In regards to the industry as a whole, I believe that many parks that opened around the same time have evolved in the same way.


Talk me through your attractions for ‘the youngest’; ‘the whole family’ and those you call ‘daredevils’? Efteling offers a wide range of attractions suitable for all ages and all are charmed by the Fairytale Forest which is


home to 29 fairy tales based on stories written by the Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Andersen. Younger visitors will love attractions such as the Steam


Carousel, the Laaf monorail and the Pedal Trains, as well as our unique dark rides such as Carnaval Festival, Dreamflight and Symbolica, and our one-of-a-kind Efteling playgrounds that are dotted around the park. Daredevils will enjoy getting their dose of adrenaline on


rollercoasters such as the steel roller coaster Python, watercoaster The Flying Dutchman, the indoor coaster Vogel Rok, the wooden racer roller coaster George and the Dragon, and the dive coaster Baron 1898. Rides such as the river rapids ride Piraña, madhouse


Villa Volta, the Haunted House and Steam Train will keep the entire family entertained.


Which are your most popular rides and experiences and why? Fairytale Forest brings all the favourite European fairytales to life, which visitors from all over the world recognise, it is therefore one of our most popular attractions. Guests love the forest’s unique design set in natural surroundings. Other firm favourites also include the dark ride Dreamflight during which guests are transported through a world of dreams and fairytales, where fairies and forest animals come to life, and the themed dive coaster Baron 1898, which seamlessly combines design with a thrilling experience. Guests value and enjoy our rides because of their Fairytale theme and the fact that they tell stories from a long time ago.


MARCH 2019 47 FUN FACTS


Did you know that Efteling started as a sports park, that the paper gobbler 'Holle Bolle Gijs' only appeared in the theme park in 1959 and that dive coaster Baron 1898 was opened in 2015?


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