When you think of theme parks there are the usual contenders that roll off the tongue.
Disneyland- be it Paris or Florida, Legoland – and then the New Irish entry- Tayto Park. Rarely Efteling Park.
Roller coasters are the main attraction for families in Efteling for the most part, and to be honest, that was the reason we were going. But the only other rollercoaster theme parks we had ever visited were Disney and Lego land Windsor. And they have both gone down extremely well with all family members. So I got the tickets with some trepidation for Efteling.
I had found out about this park from a Facebook Group, and read the reviews at length. The park was about 1.5hours away from Maastricht, so we were planning it as a day trip. The cost of the tickets were €37 each, with parking extra at €10. BUT by buying the tickets in advance (we did it the night before) we got a substantial discount.
We arrived a little later than expected due to an accident on the road. As an aside travelling by car/ foot or bicycle in The Netherlands is EXTREMELY easy, so the road delay was unusual.
The parking was VERY well stewarded, and we were only a 10 minute walk from the park. There are maps in many languages, and although I knew from the reviews, and from their website, that it IS all in Dutch! I was concerned about tickets, especially the parking one, but the gentleman at the gate had excellent English and was VERY helpful at putting my technophobic mind at rest.
Herself had plotted out route, so we marched swiftly to a roller coaster at the rear of the park. A wooden roller coaster, two “racing” dragons, with full turns and twists. I had downloaded an app for the Efteling Park on my phone, and it was VERY handy for checking queue times.
We came off the ride, shook. We probably should of, in hindsight, done a less violent ride first! However, it was done, and we pulled ourselves together. It was AN excellent experience to be fair.
And that was the way the day went, we looked at the app, went to the closest ride with the shortest queue time. I did all, except one. It looked just terrifying.
We had brought sandwiches, but purchased some hot dogs and doughnuts to munch which were VERY good, and reasonable. We were lucky with the weather, which always helps.
We meandered around the park, there were some excellent rides, some not so good, but lovely trees etc and things to look at. On MY to-do list was a “pagent” for all the world. We had visited, a couple of times, the French park- Puy Du Fou. ( Which isn’t a park with rollercoasters, but lots of pagentry- romans, birds, jousting etc.) They had supplied the horses and birds for a good v’s bad pagent that we had to get tickets for, even though they were included. I just LOVED it, despite there being technical difficulties with the English. Of course, there were horses, fire, water, goodies and baddies!
All in all, it’s worth the trip. Will we go back? Maybe, but not next year. The roller coasters and rides were excellent, shorter queues as compared to Disney and Legoland. but the lack of English explanations were difficult at times.