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Efteling Baron 1898 Media Day

Tue Jun 30, 2015 3:06 pm

We were invited to go to Efteling today for the opening of their new coaster Baron 1898. Of course Efteling, being who they are, created a nice legend around this new ride.
The story goes that Baron Gustave Hooghmoed once found gold in this fertile soil. Now he has built a mine to delve this gold and become very rich. The earth spirits, appearing as white women (witte wieven in Dutch), tell him to leave the earth in peace. The Baron does not listen to them and is looking for miners to work in his mine. And so we as park guests can enter this mine and find out if we can survive the wrath of the white women.

The theming of this ride is awesome. There are so many details to look at and wherever possible authentic materials have been used alongside mist effects and video mapping. This creates a great atmosphere, as if you are entering a real turn of the century goldmine.
The ride itself is solid. It is a short coaster but the elements are nice, fluent, the helix pulls some G’s and to finish there is a nice little floater airtime hill. There are two preshows in the station building that are bilingual, Dutch and English. Another preshow is found after boarding the train and before going onto the lifthill.

I really liked the ride overall. I am a theming enthusiast, so the backdrop and story add a lot for me. I think the ride is perfect for Efteling to expand their ride offering to a more adventurous public. The park targets an audience of families and now they offer more for the daredevils every family surely has, while still maintaining the Efteling feeling.

But a picture says more than a thousand words, so here are a few.

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We got the key to the new coaster today
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But I had to dress up as a miner
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Looks like I did a good job
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I am part of the crew now
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I love an event with chicks
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The welcome was in front of the Efteling theater
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And a marching band was disrupting the festivities
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So the miners decided that we should follow the band to the mine
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Lots of noise
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Luckily the band knew the way and we did not get lost
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There were quite a few guests
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Efteling put up these big screens for people that were standing far away
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The placing of Saint Barbara, patron of miners around the world
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Baron Gustave Hooghmoed himself ushering us into the mine
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The first riders
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I can see myself!
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After exiting the mine it is custom you drink milk to cleanse your insides of the dust
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Efteling did a good job with the food at the event
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My lovely photographer showing us where the coaster is
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You can choose to be single rider or be fun and hang out with your friends
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When entering the coaster they will give you these tickets that indicate your row
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The entrance to the mine and the ride sign
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Signage
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Storage
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Even the garbage bins have been given a Baron 1898 touch
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Random bucket (or is it?)
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Yes, we will join and work in the mine
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This bell sounds every time a train goes down the shaft
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There are so many lovely details on the building
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The tower is just stunning!
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More miners going down into the mine shaft
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They look happy
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More happy riders
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We can fly!
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Going upside down
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Round and round
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Even the chimney works
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One last look at the mining complex
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We had a lovely day! Thank you Efteling for building this great ride!
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Last edited by cfc on Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:22 am.

Re: Efteling Baron 1898 Media Day

Tue Jun 30, 2015 3:57 pm

Great Opening Day EB! I wish I could get over there, and ride it now! :smile:

Am curious - are the loc-kers free, or needing a coin?

Re: Efteling Baron 1898 Media Day

Tue Jun 30, 2015 4:49 pm

amazing theming, and it looks like a hella-fun ride!

Re: Efteling Baron 1898 Media Day

Tue Jun 30, 2015 5:05 pm

It's not the biggest or fastest, but the theming and detail really make me want to ride that! Thanks.

Re: Efteling Baron 1898 Media Day

Tue Jun 30, 2015 5:37 pm

Such a stunning ride, and great photos. Thanks for sharing! Glad to hear it is a good addition to the park!!

I wish more parks would invest the time... (and money) to have rides themed this well. (Obviously aside from Disney, Herschend, Universal and a few others.) Theming can take what would not normally be an "amazing ride," and turn it into an amazing masterpiece.

Re: Efteling Baron 1898 Media Day

Tue Jun 30, 2015 7:46 pm

Thanks EB, I'll be adding pictures to the Park Index soon

Re: Efteling Baron 1898 Media Day

Tue Jun 30, 2015 7:47 pm

I love it when parks go the extra mile with their theming. It looks like Efteling has done a fine job.

Re: Efteling Baron 1898 Media Day

Tue Jun 30, 2015 10:49 pm

Awesome theming, looks like a fun ride. Great report EB.

Re: Efteling Baron 1898 Media Day

Wed Jul 01, 2015 12:12 am

Efteling have done a fantastic job with the theming on this new ride,looks awesome!

Re: Efteling Baron 1898 Media Day

Wed Jul 01, 2015 6:46 am

BackseatBoss wrote:It's not the biggest or fastest, but the theming and detail really make me want to ride that! Thanks.


My sentiments exactly.
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