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Glad you enjoyed it. I've never been interested in visiting this park as it just doesn't have anything I see as worthwhile to go for. Yes it looks stunning, but just not enough thrilling rides to entice me to spend money to go there. 

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It's my favourite park I've been to personally. I was won over when I got there as it's more than the sum of its parts. The rides are good but it's really the combination of fun, charming aesthetics and a lovely atmosphere. Where Thorpe is big on rides but small on everything else in between, Efteling has it nailed it where Thorpe fails. It's just so nice to just BE in.

 

Even on the rides, I find rides like Joris en de Draak more thrilling than most rides at Thorpe. It's got more of a kick than I expected. Air time galore! Baron is also great and Symbolica is one of the best dark rides I've been on.

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The park has more thrilling rides than, for example, Chessington does, easily. 

 

Between Baron, Joris, Flying Dutchman, Vogel Rok and Python, they've got a strong quintet of attractions which is fantastic for any family park. It seems weaker due to the UK bias towards thrill rides, and Efteling's want for more traditional experiences.

 

Of course, if pure thrills are what you are after, the overall spend it takes to do the park will put it lower down the list. But it's definitely a park worth it.

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No mention of the food? The food is fab, especially the pancakes :wub: 

 

Efteling is top tier park; anyone who doesn't like it has no taste or opinion worth talking about...

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34 minutes ago, Benin said:

No mention of the food? The food is fab, especially the pancakes :wub: 

I was a bit disappointed by the food on my last visit; Polle's was particularly disappointing to the point where I didn't eat a dessert from there...

 

But all my other experiences with the food on park had been flipping good tbf. 

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8 minutes ago, ChiapasC. said:

I was a bit disappointed by the food on my last visit; Polle's was particularly disappointing to the point where I didn't eat a dessert from there...

 

But all my other experiences with the food on park had been flipping good tbf. 

That's what happens though when you go to the restaurant expecting dry hot dogs and chicken nuggets.

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2 hours ago, ChiapasC. said:

I was a bit disappointed by the food on my last visit; Polle's was particularly disappointing to the point where I didn't eat a dessert from there...

 

But all my other experiences with the food on park had been flipping good tbf. 

 

Who eats a dessert a Polle's? The pancake IS the dessert!

 

It's all about the croquettes anyway...

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Polle’s is probably one of my favourite places to eat at any theme park. It’s not just the lovely pancakes there, but the amazing cosy atmosphere too, including the show in the middle of the restaurant that goes every so often.

 

Efteling is a park full of charm, character, dedication and history. It’s ‘essentially’ a national treasure for the Dutch and is just as much a nature park as it is a theme park (thanks to it’s beautiful location).

 

If you are one for ‘experience’ rides, charming attractions, fairy tales, dark rides and ‘natural’ settings, this is definitely the place for you. The landscaping, upkeep and attention to detail is comparable to Disney (in some cases maybe better). 

 

If you are one who prefers fast, thrilling and tall rides, Efteling may not be for you ‘so much’, but it’s definitely a park everyone should try and visit at least once in their lifetime. Even if they are not park enthusiasts!

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On 12/20/2018 at 8:36 AM, Benin said:

No mention of the food? The food is fab, especially the pancakes :wub: 

 

Efteling is top tier park; anyone who doesn't like it has no taste or opinion worth talking about...

It really comes down to what you're looking for in a park.

 

Efteling doesn't have a strong coaster lineup IMO.  Joris and Flying Dutchman are brilliant and Vogel Rok is fun, but apart from that I didn't really rate the others (Bob was closed).

 

Sure, the park has lots of quirky charm and theming, and I appreciate it for that.  But for some people, the coaster lineup is the number 1 priority when visiting a park, and that's fine.  It'd be absolutely wrong to dismiss the park as low-standard because it isn't suited to your individual preferences, but it's also very very wrong to dismiss people who don't like the park as people who have "no taste".

 

Blackpool is was to me a "top tier" park due to all the unique historic rides, but to others it's a park full of old coasters they don't really rate.  And that's fine, as long as you're happy to accept that not everyone shares the same opinion.  Sadly that seems too much for some...

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11 minutes ago, Coaster said:

It really comes down to what you're looking for in a park.

 

Efteling doesn't have a strong coaster lineup IMO.  Joris and Flying Dutchman are brilliant and Vogel Rok is fun, but apart from that I didn't really rate the others (Bob was closed).

 

Sure, the park has lots of quirky charm and theming, and I appreciate it for that.  But for some people, the coaster lineup is the number 1 priority when visiting a park, and that's fine.  

Europa and ‘worldwide’ Disney park’s say hi (Tokyo especially).

 

If you want a ‘magical’ and visually stunning park, then Efteling is definitely for you. If you want somewhere with good coasters, LiseberG or Cedar Point will be more your cup of tea.

 

There is no ‘one size fits all’ as parks are concerned.

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19 hours ago, Cedar Creek said:

Europa and ‘worldwide’ Disney park’s say hi (Tokyo especially).

 

If you want a ‘magical’ and visually stunning park, then Efteling is definitely for you. If you want somewhere with good coasters, LiseberG or Cedar Point will be more your cup of tea.

 

There is no ‘one size fits all’ as parks are concerned.

And if you want none of the above then Thorpe is where it's at ;)

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7 hours ago, Ivsetti said:

And if you want none of the above then Thorpe is where it's at ;)

I honestly can’t believe youwould day such a thing! 

 

I just adore the whole ‘rundown’ and ‘shipping container’ look the park has. Not to mention their consistency of theming and upkeep. 

 

I’ll just ignore those B&Ms for a moment.

 

Better bring the topic back to Efteling then, it has intruiging ‘waste disposal’ areas too.

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On 12/22/2018 at 11:29 PM, Coaster said:

It really comes down to what you're looking for in a park.

 

Efteling doesn't have a strong coaster lineup IMO.  Joris and Flying Dutchman are brilliant and Vogel Rok is fun, but apart from that I didn't really rate the others (Bob was closed).

 

I'd personally say the rollercoasters at Efteling have more personality than any other park in Europe. Perfectly tailored to the family audience, full of whimsy and quirkiness. Baron is a painfully average dive machine but everything that surrounds it elevates it to one of my favourite coasters.

 

Yes it doesn't have the big coasters but a lot of big coaster parks are completely soulless, lacking any magic or enthusiasm or anything that resembles pride.

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4 minutes ago, Mark9 said:

lacking any magic or enthusiasm or anything that resembles pride

I.e. Lacking anything that turns them from a mere amusement park to a proper theme park

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On 12/27/2018 at 11:51 AM, Ivsetti said:

I.e. Lacking anything that turns them from a mere amusement park to a proper theme park

Yes, just like a certain park this forum happens to be named after. 😉

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Some fabulous insight from Efteling on how they're planning on reducing queueing and waiting times... https://www.efteling.com/nl/blog/backstage/20190114-kortere-wachtrijen

 

Highlights:

-Longer opening times

-Better flow at main entrance and car park

-New system on Vogel Rok to allow 3 trains to run

-Purchasing of a 5th train for Joris in case one requires maintenance

-Introduction of SRQ on Flying Dutchman, following successful introductions on Bob, Baron, Symbolica, Joris and Python

-New version of the app that notifies you when a queue reaches a certain length 

-Since last year, they've adopted the UK way of closing queue lines (IE at park close, not closing them so the ride stops running at park close). This isn't as common in Europe as you'd expect

+More

 

The park are still preserving with their version of Reserve n Ride, making further adjustments. I've yet to use the system (visiting only on extremely quiet days since it's introduction), but it was experienced some problems during its time. It's nice to see them learning and trying with it, but I wonder if they're clinging onto false hope trying to get it to work.

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41 minutes ago, JoshC. said:

Some fabulous insight from Efteling on how they're planning on reducing queueing and waiting times... https://www.efteling.com/nl/blog/backstage/20190114-kortere-wachtrijen

 

Highlights:

-Longer opening times

-Better flow at main entrance and car park

-New system on Vogel Rok to allow 3 trains to run

-Purchasing of a 5th train for Joris in case one requires maintenance

-Introduction of SRQ on Flying Dutchman, following successful introductions on Bob, Baron, Symbolica, Joris and Python

-New version of the app that notifies you when a queue reaches a certain length 

-Since last year, they've adopted the UK way of closing queue lines (IE at park close, not closing them so the ride stops running at park close). This isn't as common in Europe as you'd expect

+More

 

The park are still preserving with their version of Reserve n Ride, making further adjustments. I've yet to use the system (visiting only on extremely quiet days since it's introduction), but it was experienced some problems during its time. It's nice to see them learning and trying with it, but I wonder if they're clinging onto false hope trying to get it to work.

Ah, a backstage blog..... Sounds familiar. 

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Didn't realise Vogel Rok wasn't running 3 trains at all tbh... All positive stuff though, I like the idea behind the phone notifications for queue times especially...

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3 hours ago, Benin said:

Didn't realise Vogel Rok wasn't running 3 trains at all tbh... All positive stuff though, I like the idea behind the phone notifications for queue times especially...

I don't know how long Vogel wasn't running three trains. The last time I rode it was July 2017 and it was eating the queue like no tomorrow.

 

If it had been for a significant period of time, then it wasn't that noticeable to operations. If it wasn't for that long, it's good they were able to sort out a solution so quickly.

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I believe around 2015 time was when Vogel Rock went to only using two trains due to a brakes issue, but has gone back to running three this year after a refurb. All they need to do now is fix the audio issues (I experienced last month) and the ride will be perfect. 

 

Loving the updates Efteling are doing right now, the things they are doing are what needs to be taken out at more parks. 

 

 

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