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Efteling Baron 1898 Media Day

PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 3:06 pm
by vuurvogel
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.


Re: Efteling Baron 1898 Media Day

PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 3:57 pm
by Nrthwnd
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

PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 4:49 pm
by bert425
amazing theming, and it looks like a hella-fun ride!

Re: Efteling Baron 1898 Media Day

PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 5:05 pm
by BackseatBoss
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

PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 5:37 pm
by DoinItForTheFame
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

PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 7:46 pm
by larrygator
Thanks EB, I'll be adding pictures to the Park Index soon

Re: Efteling Baron 1898 Media Day

PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 7:47 pm
by cfc
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

PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 10:49 pm
by fatdaddy
Awesome theming, looks like a fun ride. Great report EB.

Re: Efteling Baron 1898 Media Day

PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2015 12:12 am
by mousch
Efteling have done a fantastic job with the theming on this new ride,looks awesome!

Re: Efteling Baron 1898 Media Day

PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2015 6:46 am
by coasterbill
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.