Park News - (2/1/19) According to a local news report Efteling has announced that they will “overhaul the appearance” of some of the park’s African and Asian characters that some might deem as being examples of racist stereotyping on the park’s Carnaval Festival ride. The dark ride will close for three months for an update that will include a redressing of certain figures in the ride “criticized for yellow face and black face stereotypes.”
Based on the video below of the existing Carnaval Festival ride, you can see that it does offering a stylized dark ride experience that one may compare to Disney’s it’s a Small World attraction, featuring characters of many world-wide cultures, but most with a similar cartoonish exaggerated style to them. Upon viewing the footage, you can see this exaggerated styling goes up a notch when passing through the Africa and China scenes.
(3/17/18) The addition of the new Symbolica dark ride really paid off for Efteling it seems, as the local news reports that The Netherlands theme park recorded an annual attendance of 5.18 million guests for 2017, up from 4.76 million from the 2016 season, hitting an all time record high. Congratulations to Efteling, and while I haven't visited it myself, it is near the top of my list of international parks to visit someday in the future.
(10/6/17) Rumor has it that Eftleling may have decided the fate of the Bobs coaster, with 2018 rumored to be your last chance to ride. For now we’ll have to wait to see if the park makes an official statement to back this up.
(9/15/17) According to this article, Efteling began a new test program back in August allowing guests to book a time to ride the park’s Python roller coaster, free of charge. They say they are working on allowing guests to do this through the park mobile app, or through a machine placed at the entrance to the coaster, reserving a slot during the day where you wont wait any more than 15-minutes for your ride.
Anyone know if they have added the mobile app part, or added any more rides to the program by now?
(9/13/17) An interesting posting to Loopings claims that Efteling may be experiencing increasing downtime issues with the park’s old Bob coaster (1985 Intamin Bobsled). While they have not threatened to remove the ride yet, there are rumors that they may be forced to retire it sooner than later and may be looking into option to repair, renovate or even replace the old coaster. To me knowledge only a handful of these rides were ever built in the mid-80s, and there are currently only three running still today. (Other than Bob, there is La Vibora at Six Flags over Texas and Alpine Bobsled at The Great Escape)
If replacement is an option, I believe Mack Rides still offers their version of the bobsled coaster concept for sale, and built their last new one in 2001 for Parc Asterix. I’ve ridden the version at Europa Park and Kings Dominion and find them to be quite fun family coasters with fast loading and much better capacity due to the long trains.
2018 - Rebuilt Python - (4/6/18) BlooLoop reports that Python at Efteling reopend to guests on March 31st after being completely rebuilt over the past several months with new modern track design, allowing for some tweaking and smoothing of the elements and design features of the coaster to improve the overall ride experience. You can watch the POV of new version of Python below.
(1/22/18) An article in the local news mentions something interesting about Efteling. Assuming the Google Translation is accurate, they say that the park will be tearing down The Python coaster and then rebuilding it again between now and March 2018, just in time to reopen to guests on March 31st. Python opened way back in 1981, so the coaster is quite old, and from the sound of it they will be replacing most of the old track with new track I assume, for an improved experience.
2019 - The Six Swans - (9/27/18) According to Themeparks-EU, Efteling has announced that they will open a new fairy tale attraction at the park for 2019, this one themed around the Brothers Grimm tale of The Six Swans. Look for it to be located between Snow White's cave an Cinderella's house. This new fairy tale attraction will differ from the rest at the park, as being the first one that will be combined with a small ride experience on swan shaped boats after traveling through a castle structure.
2020 - Max & Moritz Coaster - (10/10/18) I’m that that Efteling has confirmed that a new coaster is planned to take the place of the current Bob coaster in time for the 2020 season. This will apparently be a new dual-tracked coaster themed around Max & Moritz, a “well-known German visual poem about two naughty boys”. The new coaster will reuse some of Bob’s Swiss theming and re-use the current station building structure as well.
Look for Bob to remain open through to Summer 2019 however, and then construction on the new coaster is set to begin sometime in September 2019 at a cost of about €15 million. Follow the link over to Themeparks-EU to see more details about the Max & Moritz coaster, including concept artwork.
2021 - New Attraction - (10/10/18) According to the report posted at Themeparks.EU, Efteling former 2020 plans have been pushed back to 2021. This will see a new attraction expansion on the east side of the park, near the hotel, that will include a new themed area that will become part of the Reizenrijk area of the park.
(1/20/18) Efteling is ready to begin moving forward with a dramatic plans to expand the park into new land as part of their "World of Efteling 2030" masterplan. According to a new post at BlooLoop, they have come to the government to ask for permission to begin working on the first phase of this expansion in order to prepare the 3 hectares site for a new attraction they wish to open in 2020.
According to a map shown, the first phase site will be across the back road of the park, right next door to the Efteling Hotel. This makes me wonder if the 2020 attraction, may be part of the New Coaster rumor we heard a few months back predicted for 2019... as the location given for the coaster (somewhere between Vogel Rok and the Ruigrijk area) is also exactly where the future 2020 to 2030 expansion site lies. Stay tuned...