Theme Parks Dutch Style
The words ‘theme park’ tend to conjure up images of Disneyland, the infamous Runaway Train or, perhaps, the Tower of Terror……but there is a theme park tradition in Europe that tends to get forgotten in and amongst the ‘bigger is better’ scale of the US.
Spring in Efteling – the fairytale theme park in the south of Holland – marks the beginning of a new season with reopened rides, daily outdoor live shows and colourful spring flowers.
This month the park, which is open all year round, will shed its winter coat and celebrate the reappearance of the sun with the reopening of flagship rides such as Python and Piraña, while the park is coated in thousands of colourful flowers and spring greens giving it a fresh summery look.
In Symbolica, the Palace of Fantasy, which opened in summer 2017, all visitors can be granted an audience with King Pardulfus in style.
Highlights of the 2018 spring season in Efteling include:
The reopening of Python
On 31 March 2018, visitors will once again be able to relive their childhood memories with the reopening of Python – Efteling’s iconic roller coaster built in 1981 –after undergoing three months of maintenance.
Reopening of water rides
The return of the warm weather means visitors can once again risk getting wet on the park’s exciting water rides, which close during Winter Efteling. These include the Piraña river rapids – a 350 metre long wild water river ride, and the De Vliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman) – a spectacular water coaster that starts as an indoor roller coaster before plunging into a lake in the centre of the park.
Outdoor and indoor, Efteling is a unique European experience. You can even stay at the park’s hotel. The five person Hansel and Gretel suite located in the Efteling Hotel has recently been renovated with a fresh look. It is reminiscent of the gingerbread house in the fairytale, and features coloured windows, two double beds and a single bed, and is also home to the infamous witch and her cat. A one night stay in the room is priced from €545.50.
Here’s how to get there:
Travel by air
Flights to Amsterdam or Eindhoven are widely available from the UK, followed by short transfers by train, taxi, bus or car. For example, KLM offers flights from Leeds Bradford Airport and Manchester Airport to Amsterdam priced from around £90 per person.
From Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport take the train to Tilburg, changing at either Rotterdam Centraal, Breda or s’Hertogenbosch, and then from Tilburg station catch the 300 bus to Efteling, which stops directly outside the park and the Efteling Hotel. Single train tickets are priced from 18.90€ www.ns.nl/en. Single bus tickets are priced from 2.80€ https://9292.nl/en
Eindhoven Airport is a 30-minute drive from Efteling.
Travel by sea
There are ferry options with P&O Ferries from Hull to Rotterdam, DFDS from Newcastle to Amsterdam or Stena Line from Harwich to the Hook of Holland.
Travel by train / car
Efteling is a three-hour drive from the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle Calais terminal. Eurotunnel Le Shuttle has up to four departures per hour with daily crossings from Folkestone to Calais. Return Eurotunnel Le Shuttle tickets are priced from £46.
Theme Parks Dutch Style, 2nd March 2018, 14:02 PM