Since the opening of the Fairytale Forest in 1952 in Holland, Efteling has grown to become one of the largest theme parks in Europe, with 4.76 million visitors in 2016. Efteling Theme Park Resort features various overnight accommodation options, a golf course, a theatre and a wide range of facilities for business events. With its TV series, children's radio station and YouTube channel, Efteling increasingly brings its fairytale experience into people's homes. The family musicals (in Dutch language) which Efteling produces can be seen in Efteling's own theatre first, after which they travel to theatres in the Netherlands and Flanders.
In 1952, Efteling started with 15 permanent employees. Today, 2,700 employees work at Efteling, transporting guests into a fairytale world, again and again.
In 2014, Efteling launched a new strategy aimed at developing the park in phases to become an international, multi-day holiday destination by 2020. The first and second phases of this investment strategy were completed with the opening of Baron 1898 and the expansion of holiday village Efteling Bosrijk (first phase) and the launch of the dark ride called Symbolica and Loonsche Land (second phase). The third and last investment phase will consist of an expansion of the park to the east by a total of 8 hectares where Efteling hopes to open its next new attraction in 2020. In the coming years, Efteling aims to continue to welcome 5 million visitors per year. To achieve this goal, the park will focus on offering guests an exceptional experience, both within the theme park and in the overnight accommodations.
Theme park Efteling (1952)
Over the past decades, numerous attractions, restaurants and shops have been added to the Fairytale Forest, dating from 1952. Despite this, its natural character has always been preserved. Visitors can still be surprised in the Fairytale Forest, but they also explore their limits on the challenging roller coasters, dream away with a ride on the enchanting family attractions, go round and round on nostalgic carousels and enjoy spectacular shows and intimate performances.
Efteling wants to continue to surprise its guests with new attractions and fairytales. Over the past few years, Efteling has welcomed a number of new attractions including: the dual-tracked roller coaster Joris en de Draak (2010), the parkshow Raveleijn (2011), the water show Aquanura (2012) and the dive coaster Baron 1898 (2015) have been added to the choice of attractions. Symbolica, Palace of Fantasy, opened it’s doors on 1 July 2017. The Fairytale Forest, which was the foundation of Efteling’s success has also welcomed a number of new fairytales such as Fairytale Tree (2010), The Emperor’s New Clothes (2012) and Pinocchio (2016) bringing the total number of fairytales in the forest to 29.
Since 2010, the park is open 365 days a year. Various events take place throughout the year, each offering a unique experience. During the summer months, guests can enjoy all the attractions, shows and additional entertainment into the early hours of the morning. In the winter Efteling transforms into a winter world of twinkling lights, bonfires and snow-covered pine trees for Winter Efteling. During the New Year's Eve party guests welcome the New Year while enjoying fireworks and a glass of bubbly.
Efteling Theme Park Resort
Since 1 May 2017, Efteling is welcoming guests in the new Holiday Village Efteling Loonsche Landbringing the total number of beds in Efteling Theme Park Resort to 3,000.
Efteling Hotel (1992)
Efteling Hotel is a child-friendly hotel with 122 rooms (450 beds), including 98 comfort rooms, 4 spacious Junior Suites and 20 enchanting themed suites, such as the Fairytale Tree Suite or The Flying Dutchman Suite. Children are treated as special guests at Efteling Hotel. They can, for instance, check in themselves or meet their favourite Efteling inhabitant. As well as offering a full range of accommodation facilities to guests visiting the theme park, the hotel also includes facilities for meetings, conferences and training courses.
Holiday Village Efteling Bosrijk (2009)
In the middle of the woods of Brabant and within walking distance of Efteling, you will find Holiday Village Efteling Bosrijk (1,550 beds). This spacious holiday village covers approximately 16 hectares of varied landscape with dunes, dense woodland and an open space. At its heart is a tranquil lake featuring a castle, home to Efteling Village Bosrijk’s most prominent resident: Mr Sandman. Visitors can spend the night in luxurious and atmospheric houses for a maximum of 8 people in the woods, at the water's edge or on the lively village square, in apartments for a maximum of 4 people in the Poorthuys or the Landhuys or in large Woodland farmhouses for groups of 12 to 24 people.
Holiday Village Efteling Loonsche Land (2017)
Holiday Village Efteling Loonsche Land (1,000 beds) covers an area of almost 8 hectares next to the theme park and the golf park. Hidden among the greenery guests will find a hotel and cosy holiday houses that guarantee a special natural experience because of their unique location above, on top of or under the ground. Guests can choose between Heathland Houses, Woodland Houses or Dune Houses for 6 to 12 people or a 5 or 6 persons room in the Loonsche Land Hotel. The 20 themed rooms outside the hotel, which are suitable for 4 to 6 people, are totally unique.
Efteling Golf Park (1995)
Designed by English golf course designer Donald Steel in 1995, Efteling Golf Park is a mixture of peace, space, nature and sporting challenge. The 18-hole course is 6.256 metres long and covers 116 hectares. The course has been awarded A-status by the Dutch Golf Federation (NGF) and is beautifully situated between the Loonse en Drunense Duinen National Park and the Huis ter Heide estate. It offers numerous practice facilities, including a 45-bay driving range, a par-3 practice course as well as practice greens and bunkers. Efteling Golf Park collaborates with the PGA-trained golf professionals of Golf Academy Brabant.
Efteling Theatre (2002)
The impressive Efteling Theatre, one of the largest theatres in the Netherlands, is located directly behind the entrance of the theme park. Alongside the stunning main auditorium, there are a grand foyer and the red plush Applaus Theatre Restaurant. The theatre is designed to be multifunctional and can be configured to stage theatre productions as well as business events. Since 2002, Efteling has been producing successful musical productions in cooperation with V&V Entertainment, Rick Engelkes Producties and Joop van den Ende Theaterproducties. Since 2009, Efteling also fully produces and directs in-house shows, such as Pinocchio (2015), the fairytale musical Puss-in-Boots (2016) and Sprookjessprokkelaar, the musical (The Fairytale Collector) (2017). These productions, which also tour throughout the Netherlands and Flanders over time, provide children from all over the country the opportunity to play a one-time guest role. From September 2018, Efteling will present the theatre show CARO: a visual spectacle full of humour, dance, music and acrobatics for the entire family. With this production, under the direction of Stanley Burleson, Efteling is taking a new path – one which fits with its international ambitions. This theatre show provides every visitor, whatever their nationality, with moments recognisable from their own lives.
Meetings & Events
The fairytale world of Efteling is an inspirational environment for business meetings as well as for training courses, conferences or workshops and informal events such as special events for business relations and enchanting staff parties for 20 to 16,000 persons. Each year, around 300 special events are held Efteling’s 27 atmospheric function rooms, along with a further 600 smaller (business) gatherings, each with its own unique experience.
Enjoy the wondrous world of Efteling in the comfort of your own home
Efteling wants everyone to be able to enjoy its wondrous world anytime and anywhere. Based on this desire, Efteling produced its first television series, Sprookjes (Fairytales), in 2004. This was followed by many other series and programmes which were broadcast in the Netherlands and also regularly abroad. The series are aimed at a wide audience. There are cartoons for the youngest viewers, such as Jokie and The Fairytale Tree, while teenagers can enjoy drama series such as Raveleijn and Pardoes. Over the years, game shows have also been produced, such as De Schatkamer and Erecode. In addition to this, in 2012, the first movie was launched: Sprookjesboom de Film (Fairytale Tree the Movie).
Through online channels, Efteling also brings its fairytale experience outside the gates of Efteling and into people's homes. For example, via the Efteling and Efteling Junior YouTube channel. There, fans will find on-demand Efteling videos such as on-ride videos, TV and YouTube series, short films and music videos. Efteling brands such as Fairytale Tree, Jokie, Raveleijn, Mr Sandman and Pardoes have their own YouTube channel. In 2016, Efteling launched a special kids platform: a multilingual, jolly and advertisement-free digital environment where children can endlessly amuse themselves with Efteling content. In addition, Efteling Kids Radio – the largest children's radio station in the Netherlands – offers a varied program on a daily basis.