2015 - Baron 1898 / Dive Coaster - Under Construction - (10/17/14) Efteling has confirmed the plans, name and an incredible theme for their new B&M Dive Machine opening in 2015. The coaster will be called Baron 1898 and it’s got a fantastic looking almost SteamPunk theme to it. This may be the best themed B&M coaster I’ve ever seen… really… never seen anything quite like it if the final 18 million Euro product looks anything at all like the concept art shows.
Baron 1898 is themed back to the era of Dutch mining in the late 19th Century and will feature a 37.5 meter vertical dive down underground into a mine shaft. This will feature the newer narrow six seat wide trains, the same used for Krake. Guests play the part of miners working for the greedy mine owner, Gustave Hooghmoed. He has been warned however by the Witte Wieven (white spirits, female ghosts from Dutch legends) not to take the gold from the mine, and these spirts keep scaring away his workers, which is why he has recruited you to ride the mine train, cursed by the spirits.
Nothing is known about the rest of the layout, which isn’t going to be made public until early 2015.
(10/4/14) It seems construction has indeed started on Efteling’s new Dive Coaster last month, which is now very busy in the ground prep phase for the project and pouring concrete for a tunnel. I’m told that the layout is expected to dive into the tunnel and enter into a large Immelman inversion, then a helix spin before coming to an end. You can find construction site pictures posted to Themepark.nl and Vijfzintuigen.nl.
(10/3/14) Efteling’s website confirms that the Dive Coaster plans are still in the works, and even shows off a layout and a location in the park where it will go. However... as I have yet to even hear a peep about any sighting of construction in the park for this project, I do have to wonder if it might get delayed until 2016.
(4/22/14) According to this article Efteling is planning on adding a “Dive Coaster” to the park with a 37.5 meter (123 foot) plunge. Based on the size, I wouldn’t be surprised if this is another mini (6 across) Dive Machine from B&M, much like Krake at Heide Park. The article also mentions that the park’s Bosrijk bungalow hotel will be expanded to add an additional 400 beds.
???? - Hartenhof - Delayed / Status Unknown- (5/7/13) It has been awhile since we’ve heard much of anything about the delayed Hartenhof attraction for Efteling. While I’m not really sure of the cause of the delay, I have been told a bit more about the ride system that the park intended to use back when they wanted it open by 2012.
The artwork previously uncovered as belonging to Vekoma does seem to be the real deal. Efteling wanted to create their own dark ride experience that would have offered a similar experience to that of Universal Orlando’s Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride. As seen, this was intended to be a much more beefy platform, able to hold and toss around 24 seats all at once instead of just four, which meant fewer cars on the track at once. It is possible this issue alone may have been the cause of the delay as they were wanting a ride system as swift and nimble as the Harry Potter KUKA arm system, but with six times the capacity per vehicle. I don’t know if they’ve been forced to go back to the drawing board on this system or if they have elected to simply go an entirely new route. Hopefully we’ll know a bit more later this year.
(1/10/13) This may be a bit old, but artwork from a pattent from Vekoma showing off what is said to be the prototype ride system for Hartenhof at Efteling was posted to Themepark.NL a few months ago. All said and done, it looks like a bigger and very high capacity version (24 riders) of the Kuka robotic arm ride system used on the Harry Potter ride at Universal Orlando.
If that wasn’t good enough, eagle-eyed spies watching an episode of Megastructures detailing Vekoma’s construction of a Giant Inverted Boomerang coaster spotted a prototype version (one chair) of this new Efteling ride car in the background behind a bunch of cobra themed coaster cars and posted it here.
Speaking of Hartenhof, I’m told that it will be at least 2015 at the earliest until we see this attraction open. However a preview reel for a new television series staring the park’s characters that we will see in the attraction when it opens can be seen below. The ride will use a number of the same locations, as well as the big domed observatory / library that you see at the start of the video.
(7/22/11) According to News Parcs, the Hartenhof attraction plans for 2013 have now been delayed until 2015 because they have become a little more ambitious. However the restaurant project for 2012 is still said to be on the way.
(1/15/11) A great collection of model shots of Efteling’s new Hartenhof attraction building can be found here.
(12/17/10) Construction for Hartenhof has begun it seems, as the site has now been walled off. From what I’m told the outer themed portion of the area around it will open first, but the ride may not be ready until 2013. You can find current construction pictures here.
(7/22/10) I’m told that the ride system for the new Efteling dark ride will actually be from Vekoma and should be something very unique that is inspired by the Pandora’s Box ride concept hardware Vekoma designed a few years ago, but never actually built anywhere. It’s not a true Pandora’s Box… just based on a similar concept.
Pandora’s Box was kind of an odd idea of having a ride car able to move along a track around the outside perimeter of a structure divided into different show scenes. However the riders could not only move sideways around the edge... but up and down as well, moving from floor to floor. For this new version... ignore the robot arm looking seats. I’m told to think of this more like a large moving cabin of seats. More on this when we find out.
(5/28/10) Efteling has announced a major new dark ride project that will open at the end of May 2012 and be themed to the park’s mascot, Pardoes, the Magician. The ride will be located near the front of the park at the end of Pardoes Promenade and be themed as Hartenhof, the castle home of the the father of Pardoes’ girlfriend Pardijn. The estimated cost of the ride is 42 million Euros. According to the story at Eftelist, the ride may feature a Mack ride system and possibly used Augmented Reality technology.