Efteling's new Raveleijn park show: an exciting spectacle From 30 April onwards, Efteling will present an entirely new Raveleijn park show, in partnership with French theme park Puy du Fou, a leading player in the field of park shows within Europe. During the 20-minute show an exciting spectacle unfolds with horses and ravens appearing in the gigantic open-air arena. The show features amazing and astounding stunts, along with special effects based on water and fire. The original story from 2011, by Efteling and Paul van Loon, remains the basis for the new show: five children are magically transformed into fully grown riders on horseback and join forces to fight the cruel Count Olaf and his fiveheaded monster, in order to liberate the city of Raveleijn. Several performances are staged each day.
The exciting spectacle of Raveleijn Since the opening of the magical city of Raveleijn, in 2011, almost 2 million people visited the original park show. The public also became familiar with the story through the television series and the book by Paul van Loon. Efteling’s President and CEO, Bart de Boer, is delighted with the new show: “The partnership with Puy du Fou has been an unqualified success. The show is filled with pace, excitement and action. Visitors will not only see the magical gate but also the metamorphosis of the children into fully grown riders and much more. They will certainly appreciate the spectacle of actors, water and fire.”
Efteling’s Aquanura water show wins TEA Award
Efteling was named as the winner of the TEA Award for Outstanding Achievement in the United States on Tuesday evening (13 November). The theme park received the award for its Aquanura water show, which opened on 31 May in honour of the park’s 60th anniversary. This prestigious award for outstanding quality and innovative projects in (theme) parks is handed out once a year by TEA (Themed Entertainment Association), the international association of designers and developers of attractions and themed locations. The official award ceremony will take place in April 2013 in Anaheim, California. Representatives from the entertainment sector congregated in Orlando, Florida, this week for the annual meeting of the IAAPA, the umbrella organisation for (theme) parks worldwide. Speaking from the United States, Efteling’s Chairman and CEO, Bart de Boer, reacted enthusiastically to the news: “We have received many complimentary responses to Aquanura from our visitors over the past few months, but this recognition from our fellow professionals is the crowning achievement for our work!” In its report, the jury drew attention to the way in which Aquanura adapts existing technology and puts it to use in ways that are uniquely evocative. Artistry and beauty take precedence over spectacle, bringing emotionally engaging stories to life.
Efteling Village Bosrijk officially open This evening saw the official opening of the gateway into Efteling Village Bosrijk, a new holiday park right next to the theme park in Kaatsheuvel. A fairytale firework display greeted around 1,000 guests who are combining their stay with a few days visiting Winter Efteling. Woodland Cottages, Village Cottages and apartments have been built in typical Efteling style on the edge of the dunes of the Loonse en Drunense Duinen national park. With the opening of Efteling Village Bosrijk, the World of Efteling has become an attractive short-break destination for stays of three or four nights, thus widening the Efteling’s appeal to visitors from further afield in the Netherlands and neighbouring countries. With the investment totalling € 52 million, Efteling Village Bosrijk represents the biggest and most expensive project in the park’s history. The spacious 17-hectare property offers diverse scenery including sand dunes, wooded areas, water and a village green. There are 99 detached Woodland Cottages and 26 linked Village Cottages (sleeping 6-8) with the use of natural building materials such as wood, stone and sand creating an authentic feel. The distinctive Gatehouse houses 24 apartments (sleeping 4) as well as all the central facilities including reception, the ‘Eethuys’ (Grand Café) and the ‘Badhuys’: a small indoor swimming pool with a baby and toddler pool with toys for the children to play with. The 54 apartments (sleeping 4) in the Manor House offer views over the Efteling Golf Park or over Efteling Village Bosrijk. There are eight specially adapted cottages and apartments for disabled guests and six for guests with respiratory difficulties, as well as 18 VIP cottages and apartments.
Efteling opens 365 days a year From 1 April onwards, Efteling will be open every day of the year. For the first time in the theme park’s 58-year history, it will no longer close after the autumn or winter holidays, but will remain open all year round. The decision for yearround opening was influenced by the increasing number of visitors to the World of Wonders in recent years, the success of the Winter Efteling and the realisation of the new holiday park, Efteling Village Bosrijk. Seven League Summer and Winter Efteling will remain important ingredients of Efteling’s year-round programme. On 1 April, Efteling will become only the second theme park in Europe to permanently open its doors. The new, interactive attraction, Fairytale Tree, will open in the Fairytale Forest this spring. And a further expansion will follow on 1 July, with the opening of the new, wooden, racer rollercoaster ‘Joris en de Draak’ (George and the Dragon). The permanent opening of the theme park provides many new challenges and around 200 extra staff in various disciplines were recruited earlier this year. As President and CEO, Bart de Boer, explains: “With more than a decade’s experience of Winter Efteling, the theme park’s attractions, catering outlets and numerous facilities are fully prepared. Any maintenance necessary during opening hours has been meticulously planned to cause minimum disruption to visitors’ enjoyment. At the same time, we continue to develop new Efteling attractions, like Fairytale Tree and the new, wooden, racer rollercoaster ‘Joris en de Draak’, thus ensuring an even spread of visitors throughout the park. We are 100% ready.”