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“So much better than Disney”
Review of Efteling

Efteling
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US$42.80*
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Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Kaatsheuvel
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Discover Holland's hidden gem. Efteling is a unique theme park with a fairytale atmosphere, natural surroundings and a wide range of thrilling and enchanting attractions, making it the ideal family short-break destination!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 24 June 2014

It's a Dutch institution for a reason: Efteling still leaves you feeling like you left a magical world once the day ends.

Whereas Disney sucks energy, money and the will to live with the commercialism, noise and extremism, Efteling is wonderfully subdued and well ... magical. There are oases of peace and tranquility next to stunning and wonderful rides, and there's no need for a good vs/ evil back story behind every attraction.

The work they do to keep everything in good condition shows and the gardens are simply magnificent.

Negatives? Well they should include the parking in the cost of the tickets. It feels wrong to have to pay extra. Lines can be very long and the food is quite expensive... but nothing like the rip off prices from Disney.

It's for young and old, there really is something for everyone. Teenagers now prefer Wallaby world because it's all rollercoasters - send them on their own.

For a family day out, Efteling is much better.

3  Thank Richard K
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

Spent an amazing day at Efteling with my family and only saw about a 3rd of the whole park because we had two small children with us, but what we did see was fantastic. Everyone from the oldest, 60's to the youngest, 2, had a wonderful time. The quality of the workmanship in the exhibits was very well done and appealed to young and old. The park was clean, the washrooms were clean and the service at the two cafes we ate at were very good. We got there shortly after it opened and stayed till it closed around 6pm. It was June so there were not many line ups. I have heard that if you come in the summer, to expect a lot of long lineups. Some rides we were able to go onto several times with little or no wait. You can bring your own lunch if you like but there are also several places to eat around the park. We also saw the live show, Ravelijn which was fantastic!
At the end of the day, they provide a spectacular water show similar to the one in Las Vegas at the Bellagio. Make sure you stay and watch it. The only complaint I would have was that one had to pay $10 euros for parking for the day. I would prefer that they just included the parking in the cost of the ticket. Apparently there is also a hotel on site....not sure about the quality of it as we didn't stay there but certainly handy if your from out of town.

Thank AstridBe
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

We visited with friends ages 25-33 and had a great time. The labels are quite mistaking though, while it supposed to be really scary, it misguides you to go to the Spookslot which supposed to be a "hair-raising performance". well, it's not. not recommended. For real excitement go to the Python (double loop roller coaster), De Veliegende Hollander (the waiting line is pretty long and dense but it's a nice ride), Joris en de Draak (double wooden roller coaster - do both Water and Fire). The Vogel Rok (a rooller coaster in the dark) is also nice but can cause a little nausea. Also do the Pirana, only at the end as it gets wet.
The lines go pretty quick but downloading the app is a good idea to see where to go when.
Pay for the parking while still being in the park to avoid the waiting line at the end, it is 10 euro per car.
Very good experience (:

Thank FunTravellover
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

My family and I visited the Efteling for the third time recently. It really is a great day out for the whole family - rides for the daredevils and those not as adventurous as well as shows, a fairy tale forest and much, much more. It is a great idea to go when it's a weekday outside of school holidays - the waiting time for rides was negligible compared to our pervious visit where we had to wait for nearly 1.5 hours for the most popular roller coaster - this time it was 10 minutes max! The new water show aqualuna was lovely but in my only complaint there was traffic gridlock upon exiting and no direction to help the flow from park staff.

1  Thank Sydneygirl0572
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

This is the best park to visit. If you are young you can visit the fairy tail park and enjoy the rides.
If you are a little older you still can enjoy both and get thrilled in the big rides.
The waiting rows are acceptable during weekdays and outside holiday season.
The food is good but you can take your own as well.
They have an need Golf course nearby. If you want to drop you childerer for a day and have some fun yourself on the golfcours.

3  Thank Wil M
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