On Monday, I shared with you the first post about our recent trip to Efteling and today I’m back with lots of information and photos of what it’s actually like inside the World of Wonders. It was such an amazing experience, I can’t wait to dive in!
Efteling is now almost 65 years old and was designed by artist Anton Pieck, with film-maker Peter Reijnders on hand with technical expertise. Since 1952 more than 125 million visitors have experienced the Efteling magic for themselves, making it one of Europe’s largest theme parks. As I have already explained the Efteling site comprises of the theme park itself and also the hotel, holiday village, theatre, golf course and business facilities. They are spreading the Efteling magic further via their theatre, TV and radio shows.
We arrived in the afternoon and by the time we had settled in and wandered to the park it was around 5.30pm, so most of the activities were closing for the day, but the incredible Aquanura was yet to start.
Aquanura is an incredible water show, the largest in Europe which uses fire and coloured lights. It’s totally amazing!
The following day we headed straight to the Fairytale Forest. What an amazing experience this was! Ava was totally enthralled as we weaved our way through the forest passing Pinocchio, Cinderella, the Dancing Red Shoes, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel & Gretel, Rapunzel, Tom Thumb, the Troll King, Snow White, The Little Mermaid, The Frog Prince, The Fairytale Tree (which speaks!) and many more amazing characters.
The park is quite large, so it’s wonderful that you can hire these pull along carts for €4 per day; Ava was certainly very pleased to have hers!
Dotted in amongst the rides and larger attractions there are various playground areas, which is especially great for the little ones.
Every inch of the park had the Efteling magic waved over it. The quirky rides and characters were all around.
We all totally adored the Gondoletta, which was a 20 minute boat ride. It was gorgeous and so relaxing, except the part where I went flying and hit the deck, banging my head, as I tried to get out of the moving boat onto the moving platform!
The Pagoda Thai Temple really was a sight to behold, what an amazing view of the park you got from up there.
There are also many exciting rollercoasters for older kids and adults, which we didn’t experience as we had a 3 year old with us.
Ava and I both love carousels and we were really spoiled as there were so many! We went to the indoor carousel and rode it three times back to back! Obsessed? Well, maybe a little.
Ava loved ‘Effy’ her Efteling souvenir toy.
There are many little cafés and restaurants dotted around the park, some came with pigeons!
Droomvlucht, the Dark Ride was totally amazing, I mean just look at the outside!
We all really enjoyed the Monorail and, as with all of the rides at Efteling, the publicised wait time was very generous and we were on it in no time at all!
I think one of Ava’s favourite rides was Monsieur Cannibale, the Spinning Cauldrons; it was so funny to see her whooping as we spun round and round.
I cannot really sum up quite how magical Efteling was and I totally recommend it to anyone out there who is looking for an exciting adventure for all the family. Thanks Efteling!
Disclosure: We were invited to Efteling in return for sharing our views.