Efteling Park

Prizes and awards

Over the years, Efteling has received many national and international awards and prizes. The following is an overview of the most important awards and distinctions.


Dutch Interactive Award for Best Brand – Efteling App
The mobile strategy implemented by Lukkien was praised by the jury. “The jury compliments the effective manner in which various parties worked together to produce the end result. This case exhibits impressive results and great potential, particularly in the fields of user experience and functionality.”


ANWB: Most enjoyable day out in the Netherlands 2014
All of the nominated daytrips are rated by ANWB members based on the following criteria: price/quality ratio, atmosphere, staff, range of activities and facilities. Efteling scored the highest marks in almost all categories and received the most votes overall.


Diamond Themepark Awards
Efteling was named ‘Best Park’ by around 40,000 theme park enthusiasts in the Netherlands and Belgium. Efteling was placed second on a European scale but won in various individual categories: Most Attractive Park, Most Child-friendly Park, Best Events, Best Water Attraction (The Flying Dutchman), Best Attraction Concept (Dreamflight) and the E-Award for Best Website, Social Media and Apps.

2013 Zoover Award, general public award for best theme park in the Netherlands (also in 2012)
Zoover visitors gave Efteling an average rating of 8.7. In particular, the number of attractions, the park’s atmosphere and the friendliness of the staff were highly rated.

Sixth on the list of Strongest brands in the Netherlands (BrandAsset™ Valuator annual survey) After Philips, Efteling is therefore the strongest Dutch brand.

2013 The Netherlands’ second most inspirational brand, after IKEA – according to market researchers Synergie.
2013 Chosen as third best park n the world in the category of Best Landscaping by international trade journal Amusement Today.   
2013 ANWB Explorers (youth members): Netherlands’ best day out in 2013.
2013 The Netherlands’ most enjoyable Business Day Trip (according to trade journal Meeting Magazine).


Diamond Themepark Award: Efteling was once again named Best Park, as well as best amusement park, park with the best events, best catering and most attractive park. 
2012         THEA Award for Outstanding Achievement for the water show Aquanura (awarded by TEA2). The jury praised the way in which Efteling used sophisticated technology to create a wonderful spectacle of almost artistic beauty, in which well-known stories are brought to life.
2012 IAAPA1 Brass Ring Award (Food & Beverage category) for pancake restaurant Polles Keuken; the inaugural award for the theme park sector’s most innovative catering concept.

Zoover Award for the Netherlands’ best theme park.

2012 'Pluim van de Senaat' award from the Children’s Jury 2012 for the book Raveleijn by Paul van Loon. This industry prize is awarded by a jury of children. 
2012 Diamond Themeparks Award: Best Amusement Park in the Lowlands, in an online poll of approx. 50,000 theme park enthusiasts in the Netherlands and Belgium.  

Second in the category Best Landscaping, awarded by the international trade journal Amusement Today.

2012 100th Golden Film award for Fairytale Tree the Movie (100,000 visitors). 
2012 As in the previous year, Efteling is the Netherlands’ most-visited daily attraction of 2011 (NBTC - Netherlands Bureau for Tourism and Conferences).
2011 ANWB: the Netherlands’ best day out.
2011 Cinekid Kinderkast Award (fiction category) for the Raveleijn TV series.
2011 Misset Horeca Innovation Award for the Netherlands’ most innovative catering company.
2011 TEA2 2009 Theme Park Index – with more than 4 million visitors, Efteling is Europe’s third most visited park.
2010 IAAPA1 Brass Ring Award for Best Human Resources Campaign – Enchantment.

Fourth on the list of the Netherlands’ strongest brands (BrandAsset™ Valuator annual survey), making Efteling the highest entry by a Dutch company (after Google, Microsoft and IKEA). 

2009 Souvenir Award from the IAAPA1 in the category Best Toy (Fairytale Tree Theatre).
2008 Zoover Award for the Netherlands’ most child-friendly hotel.
2004 THEA Classic Award (lifetime achievement award) from the TEA2 for Efteling’s 50 years of excellence in providing uniquely designed attractions in a beautiful natural setting.  
2003  IAAPA1 Big E-Award for world’s best park show (Wonderful Efteling Show).  
2002 National Innovation Award for the PandaVision attraction (together with the Worldwide Fund for Nature).
2001 IAAPA1 Big E-Award for world’s best park show (Efteling on Ice).
1999 IAAPA1 Big E-Award for world’s best park show (Efteling Fairytale Show). 
1992 IAAPA1 Applause Award for world’s best park.
1972 Pomme d´Or – the most distinguished European award for excellence in tourism.

1IAAPA: International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions – the umbrella organisation for all (theme) parks worldwide.

2 TEA: Themed Entertainment Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions – a global association of designers, producers and suppliers of attractions and themed locations.

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