Enter into a cursed mans' house if you dare and listen to the story this mysterious house has to tell you. Then enter into another room where Hugo van den Loonsche Duynen will tell you the story of how he was cursed after looting a church and stealing holy artifacts. He felt a hand on his shoulder & was cursed with the words "Where up is down and down is up he shall never find peace again"
This attarction creates the illusion of being upside down so if you suffer from motion sickness this may not be one for you. There is no height restriction and we took Han's niece in & she loved the experience, children are more fearless, it was us adults that were screaming. This is a covered attraction with no disabled access. The story beforehand is all told in dutch & takes about 10 minutes in total before you enter your final destination. Great music plays on this attraction & sets the mood
This giant bird rollercoster is linkled to the story of Sinbad the Sailor when he was hiding in a giant birds nest and mistook an egg for a rock.
The bird rok rollercoaster ride is extremely fast with sudden stops, again thrilling music plays in the cart. Your flight is in complete darkness and you'll encounter laser flashes of light see the bird before your eyes. I must admit to feeling a little green and pale afterwards but it certainly gets the heart beating fatser.
Children must be 1.2m high and fearless, It is a covered attraction, not suitable for people suffering from epilepsy with the flashing lights.
This was my favourite ride it takes 6 at a time whizzing round corners at 60km p/h the ride lasts 2min 10sec and if you have waited a long time in the queue it may seem dissapointing but there are plenty of thrill corners to be had. The track is 524 metres in total & its a bit of a bumpy ride making it all the more fun.
The attraction is in the open air so its closed in the winter. There is no height restriction so the whole family can enjoy
Take a journey high up into the stars, as you glide past a fairy kingdom be sure to wave at the fairies and elves. Your carriage will take you through a wood with a golden waterfall and a the troll marshes. All the while beautiful background music surrounds you with a tingly feeling. Dream flights is a chance for the whole family to dream with their eyes open.
This is a enclosed attraction and can seat 2 adults & 2 small children in a carriage.
The waiting queues can be fairly long when busy but we were lucky to jump straight on.
There is no disabled access
Be prepared for your child wanting to go several times Han's nephew loved it
Your children will love this attraction which enables you to visit many different countries. Some of the countries visited are France, Alaska, Africa, Portugal, Italy & many more. Friendly puppets dressed in the traditional dress display these nationalities in a cheerful manner. Travel though on a little cart two to a cart with carnival music in the background.
On 1 April 2007 this new long awaited attraction opened at De Efteling & I suspect I am the first vt'er to take the voyage.
Captain Willem van der Decken sailed out of the harbour against the rules and never returned. His ship was cursed to sail the seven seas forever, will you be so lucky to escape the curse of his Ghost ship (Sounds like Pirates of the Caribbean).
You travel in a boat through the dark reaching a height of 22.5m then travel at 70km p/h another 420m making a huge splash into the water. The actual ride is fairly short & my dutch friends were a bit disappointed at this because the attraction has been hyped to the max and its the most expensive attraction at the park.
Children must be 1.2m tall at least & they do enforce this strictly.
**Update** Sept 2007 The Flying Dutchman attraction has temporarily closed due to malfunctions it should re-open in the New Year this may mean I am one of the only vt'ers to have taken this ride!!
This is not a scary attraction at all but rather one that will give you a birds eye view of the park. The thai style temple looking Pagoda takes you up to 45m turning ever so slowly so you can view the whole park. You can only really see the big attractions as the rest are well hidden in the woods.
Travel through the 1001 Arabian nights in a boat taking in sights like the Hareem, the Belly dancer, look out for those crocodiles and beggers lurking in the dark.
It is fairly dark inside with Arabic music playing & can be a bit frightening for the children. The Boats hold about 20.
There is no such thing as a height restriction in De Efteling but if you are less then 1.5m you'll enjoy the experience even more as you can't see over the top of the hedges. Find your way through the maze dodging the shooting sprays of water as you cross the bridge - I got a bit wet much to the childrens delight. There is a statue that talks to you as well as many other exciting adventures to be had.
The question is do I go left or do I go right??
I was a bit apprehensive when Han suggested a visit into the Haunted Castle as all my memories of being scared out of my wits in the ghost train in South Africa came flooding back. But I put on a brave face & went through the dark passage to wait for the doors into the attraction to open and to be honest the dark corridor was the scariest part.
It is basically a show of skulls, graves & ghosts doing a dance called the Dance Macarbe set to music a bit dissapointing and not scary at all.
This ride was really fun but you do get very wet if you are not careful, mind you even if you are someone is bound to get wet trousers (any which way). There are 6 persons to a raft and you travel towards waterfalls & through rapids. Watch out for non waterproof cameras!!
In between the tall trees you'll discover the characters from your favourite fairy tales and perhaps discover a few new ones.
Be careful the witch doesn't see you at her sweet house where Hansel & Gretel visited.
Dodge past the short tempered fire breathing dragon.
Rupunzel lets down her long hair (what no ladder) & see who climbs up it.
Long Neck can see everything over the tree tops & he'll tell you a story in Dutch.
Lots of other fairytale characters await the Indian Water lilies will enchant you and the little match girl tells you her said tale.
On a fine day you may fancy taking one of these little gondala boats to give your feet a rest and perhaps enjoy a picnic while you float alongside the ducks and banks of tulips.
This trip takes approximately 30min so enough time to get your breath back
This is a 3D Imax experience in close collaboration with the World Wide Fund for Nature.
There is a wildlife documentary for viewing before you enter the IMAX theatre.
The 3D effects make it very real and I jumped when the snake came straight at me. As well as the visual effects they include some additional effects to make you jump.
After many long journeys, Sinbad the Sailor reaches a deserted island: Flight through the darkness¦ An ominous wind starts blowing. It is not a cloud! It is a gigantic bird.It is Bird Rock! Sinbad shivers, hidden in the bird's nest. He unwraps his turban, ties it round himself carefully and ties the other end to the bird's foot. The powerful Rock bird spreads its wings. With a shaking Sinbad clamped to its foot, it flies off above the rainbow, far over the horizon, in a hair-raising flight. Bird Rock has landed in Efteling.