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Efteling theme park director Coen Bertens leaves after 23 years


years, the composition of the five- member board of directors of the Dutch theme park will change from the beginning of next year. Bertens, director of the Park business unit, will leave the Efteling organisation with effect from 1 February 2021.


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Bertens said: “Efteling is a dynamic organisation that moves with the times. This also applies to me; it is time for a next step in my career. I look forward


ith the announcement that Coen Bertens is to leave Efteling after 23


to inspiring others with everything I have been able to learn here in recent years!”


Under the leadership of Coen Bertens, Efteling has taken great steps in establishing collaborations with other theme parks, increasing cooperation between Efteling colleagues and enhancing the visitor experience. Bertens will remain responsible for the Efteling theme park until February, when he will officially pass on the baton to Nicole Scheffers, who will be the new theme park director. Koen


Efteling to open new play forest ‘Nest!’ in 2021


In more news Efteling, the fairytale theme park in the south of Holland – will open a new area for its youngest visitors from early summer 2021: a play forest called ‘Nest!’.


Located in the Ruigrijk area of the park close to other family rides and attractions and in a small forested area, ‘Nest!’ will be an inclusive area for young children of all abilities to play together. It will include elements themed to the various Efteling roller coasters so that the young visitors can still get a taste of the bigger attractions, which they’re currently too small to ride.


Replacing the existing Polka Marina pirates carousel, ‘Nest!’ will offer a new activity for young visitors, where they can play while their older brothers, sisters or cousins experience


the bigger rides. The play forest will also be suitable for children with disabilities to make it an inclusive area for children to play together. Created as an area for Efteling’s youngest visitors to prepare themselves for the bigger attractions, ‘Nest!’ offers a safe place where children can play and challenge themselves. The path that runs through and around the play forest will be accessible for guests in wheelchairs and there will be various play possibilities for children with visible and invisible disabilities. For example, ‘Nest!’ will have a wheelchair slide, raised sandboxes, as well as places where children can find a little more peace and quiet. The ‘Nest!’ play forest will be built amid the trees between De


Sanders will be appointed Hotels & Resorts Director, in addition to his current role as commerce, creation & development director.


As of 1 February 2021, the Efteling Board of Directors officially consists of four people: Fons Jurgens (chief executive officer), Daan van Baarsen (chief financial officer), Nicole Scheffers (theme park director) and Koen Sanders (commerce, creation & development and hotels & resorts director).


Vliegende Hollander watercoaster and the Game Gallery. Construction is scheduled to start in January 2021 and the play forest will open in the summer of 2021.


Polka Marina will make its final round on 30 November and will be permanently closed after that.


However, the attraction will still be on display during Winter Efteling. At the beginning of 2021 the carousel will be removed and paving will be applied on that spot.


An investment of 2 million euros is committed to the construction of the new ‘Nest!’ play forest.


Guests to start mining for gemstones


An all new experience has arrived at Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. Guests are invited to step into the frantic, chaotic, colourful Dynamite Gulch and experience the Dynamite Gulch Mining Company. It’s an opportunity for guests to learn first-hand the mining technique of the old west, and learn about gemstones from


across the world. “Littles ones, families and friends are invited to acquire a new skill and learn how to use a sluice to filter and wash soil away from their precious stones,” said the park in a press release. Sourced from 14 different countries


across six continents, guests will receive an educational gemstone ID postcard to take home along with their gemstones!


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