Park News - (7/18/21) Efteling talks with BlooLoop about the development of the park over the years, as well as a peek at where they are going, now that the park’s 2030 development plans were finally approved in June. This includes a map of the overall site, with several future areas marked for expansion or “Uitbreiding” of Efteling Park in various directions.
(6/3/21) Efteling has won approval for the theme park resorts 2030 master plan, detailing how they would like to expand the resort over the next decade. Specific attractions are not mentioned, but they do show expansion sites for the park to use behind the Reizenrijk area, next to the Efteling Hotel and on sites currently used for overflow parking. Based on past rumors, it sounds like the expansion plans once intended for 2020 may be the first ones to be worked on in the near future, which was to add a new expansion land, possibly connected to the Reizenrijk area.
(5/14/21) Efteling has confirmed that the theme park hopes to reopen guests on May 19, 2021. Compared to many parks in Europe, Efteling was one of the lucky ones who was able to reopen in 2020 for a time before closing down again at the end of December. While the current plan is to open on May 19, the park won't get the final approval to reopen until May 17.
There will be some serious restrictions when the park reopens however, which will cause ALL of the park’s indoor attractions to remain closed for the time being. Given that Efteling has a good number of indoor rides and attractions, this will have a major impact on the overall experience of visiting the park.
(4/30/21) Theme Park Portal has posted a new report about the reopening plans for Efteling. According to the report tickets to visit are now available starting May 11, 2021. Follow the link to read up on the park’s reopening plan details, which attractions will be open and more.
(1/13/21) Efteling has announced that due to the extended lock-down orders in effect from The Netherlands government, the theme park will be forced to remain closed through to at least Tuesday, Feb. 9th. Under this current timeline the earliest Efteling will open for the 2021 season would be Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, but keep in mind that the lockdown orders could be extended again as this date gets closer.
2021 - Nest! - (10/15/20) Efteling has announced that they will open “Nest!” in 2021, a new all-inclusive play area that will be suitable for children of all ability levels to play together. “Nest!” will include areas and activities themed to some of the park’s roller coasters and will replace the existing Polka Marina flat ride, built amid the trees between De Vliegende Hollander and Game Gallery.
The Polka Marina will take the final rides on Nov. 30, 2020 and be retired for good after 36 years. You can see a video preview from the park showing off the area it will be coming to and some descriptions and art of how it will look.
Winter 2021 - Sinbad - (6/25/21) Efteling will open a new attraction this winter. According to the tweet “Big plans for Reizenrijk! Adventures Maze and Monsieus Cannibale become Archipel and Sirocco! In winter of 2021, both attractions will open with a new theme of Sinbad de Zeeman, from the stories of 1001 nights!” Considering the location, this will fit right in nicely with the nearby Vogel Rok indoor coaster ride.
???? - New Attraction - (10/15/20) With the announcement of “Nest!” for 2021, it seems that the previous 2020 plans that were already pushed back to 2021 way back in 2018, have likely been pushed even further back. Stay tuned!
(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...