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Date Visited:
August 27, 2008
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Efteling Photos


The Netherlands' trademark theme park Efteling is said to have inspired even Disney Imagineers! Efteling is so vast and sprawling that you should really allow for two full days to experience all the rides.

Built into the surrounding forest, it is a peculiar mixture of 17th century castle garden and theme park, making for a proper fairy tale experience. The attractions fit seamlessly within this setting, with one attraction deserving particular praise for its excellence, even reaching Disney standards: 'Flying Dutchman', a mixture of roller coaster, flume ride and ghost train, begins slowly and eerily in a dark, fog-filled harbour before turning into a wild coaster ride. Ingenious!

Apart from that, flume rides, looping coasters, carousels and a standard river rapids ride await you (if you can find them). Efteling might make you feel a bit lost and confused because of the considerable distances between attractions and its long stretches of featureless forest.

Definitely one of the best theme parks in Europe!

Efteling entranceEfteling in the woodsEfteling lakeEfteling romanceFlying Dutchman signature rideFlying Dutchman queueExcellently themed!Flying Dutchman loading stationFlying Dutchman roller coaster sectionFlying Dutchman first dropSharp right-turnInto a black holeAnd this is where the Flying Dutchman turns into......a water ride!Looping roller coaster at EftelingCorkscrew up closeWhat's inside Villa Volta?Animatronic in the Villa Volta attraction queueThis was the world's first 'madhouse' rideRiders will face gravity-defying illusions in hereEfteling's famous crooked observation towerBobsled rideBobsled in actionQueue for Efteling's bobsled ride'Bird Rok' indoor roller coasterEfteling swingboatEfteling settingEfteling bazaarGiant sofaEfteling demonstrates lots of love for detail
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