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Robin Hemerik

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  1. It just dawned on me! I am going to Amsterdam March 13-18! I always heard Efteling is amazing.... should I be making this a must do? Can I do a day trip where I come down, and get back to Amsterdam the same day? Is it worth it in March? Help!


    Yes, go there! It is amazing any time of year. Unfortunately you will miss out on either winter or summer activities that time of year. It would be a full-on day with about 4 hours worth of commuting (door to door both ways) but hey, how often do you get the chance... The park closes at 6 PM that time of year, so you will be back in Amsterdam by 8PM.

  2. The Efteling updates PandaDroom: attraction finally gets new film and a different name

    (Google translated from Loopings.nl)


    The Efteling has plans for a large-scale renovation of PandaDroom. More than seventeen years after the opening, the attraction will finally be provided with a new 4D film. There will also be another name: Fabula. Various insiders report this to Looopings. The fairytale park does not want to confirm the news yet.


    A conscious choice was made for a name that could also be pronounced by international visitors. Fabula's slogan becomes 'Dream of the Animal Kingdom'. Just like the current film, the new film is again all about nature. The souvenir shop and the restaurant at the exit will also be renewed.


    SEE ALSO: Efteling replaces Bob with new double family roller coaster: Max & Moritz



    The exact closing date of PandaDroom is not yet known. More work will take place later this year near the attraction. The Bob, which is right next to PandaDroom, will be demolished from September to make way for the double family roller coaster Max & Moritz. Efteling is investing 15 million euros in this.


    People have been talking about renewing PandaDroom for years. In fact, a new film was planned for 2016. That ultimately did not go through. Last year it turned out that the contract with the World Wildlife Fund (WNF) would in any case be extended until the end of 2020.



    Efteling fans have not had a good word for PandaDroom since it opened in 2002. Whereas other Efteling attractions have the purpose of immersing visitors in another world, viewers here are consciously confronted with problems in the real world. These are successively melting ice sheets, trawl nets on the seabed and logging in the jungle. The public is then encouraged to become a member of the WWF for a fee.


    In addition, the special effects and 3D technology have become quite outdated over the years. The call for the closure of the dated attraction has therefore become increasingly louder in recent years.



    Efteling does not want to comment on the leaked plans at this time. "We will come later with more information about the future of PandaDroom", says a spokeswoman.


    2019 seems to be the year of the new attractions. De Oude Tufferbaan and Carnaval Festival are currently closed for major renovations. Altogether, these costs amount to almost 5 million euros.

  3. That's a shame. I suspect they will approve the East-Side expansion in December.


    Everyone has a right to be concerned about their living environment and I don't want to attack on the person, but these particular individuals don't seem very well-informed. Moving into a house bordering the Efteling in 2007, and then complaining about noise from a ride that has remained largely unchanged since 1986.


    In her defence: luckily no-one lives next to Carnival Festival, that would warrant insanity!

  4. Awesome! Glad they found a way to keep the attraction and still pay attention to the psychological impact of stereotypes.


    Me too. I love Efteling but those stereotypes have stood out as a negative in reviews for years - that, and the many smokers.

    The Asian dolls remind me of WW II and anti-immigration propaganda from the fifties, it's that bad.


    They need to do this if they want to attract more international tourists. Same for Mr Cannibale (although that character represents a cannibal, is there such a thing as a non-stereotypical cannibal?)

  5. Holy cow, those expansion plans look massive. I thought it was just going to be the strip next to the hotel.

    (I kind of get the objection from the neighbors now, but hope they settle down)


    Love the Babbel tree!


    I think Efteling could use a good drop tower. Kind of like Disney's Tower of Terror.

    Perhaps a big spooky windmill or something?


    They can also do with a nice pub or something, for the overnight guests. How awesome would it be to finish your day in

    a medievel, fantasy-style pub and grab a nice cold Efteling beer.

  6. Hello everybody!

    Sooo I'll be going to Efteling the 12 and 13 june, do you guys have any suggestions? I'll be staying at the Efteling Hotel...

    Any good places to eat? The site states that you can eat at the efteling restaurants even after closing time, so can you still go around the park, but not the attractions?

    Thank you all!


    I can recommend the pancake restaurant Polle's Keuken. Fantastic pancakes, not too expensive and great theming (Google for pics).


    It's in the centre of the park, next to symbolica. I think guests are allowed to stay after closing time if already seated, however not sure if you can book a table for after oark closing hours.

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