Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands,

Pinocchio - newest inhabitant of the Efteling Fairytale Forest

The Fairytale Forest in Efteling today welcomes a new inhabitant. This morning ‘The tale of Pinocchio’ was opened, and the first visitors to the theme park in the south of Holland started their search for the mischievous wooden puppet. Since 1952 the Fairytale Forest has grown from 10 to its current 29 fairytales, with Pinocchio as latest newcomer.

The original Italian tale by Carlo Collodi, about the mischievous wooden puppet who wants to become a real boy, is told over various scenes in Efteling. The scenes are based on elements from the original Italian tale, and the moral of the fairytale, that only good is rewarded, is given shape in the typical Efteling style.

Carlo Collodi Foundation
The design and building of the tale of Pinocchio was carried out in close cooperation with the Italian organisation Fondazione Nazionale Carlo Collodi. This foundation supervises the cultural heritage of Carlo Collodi, keeping alive the special tale of Pinocchio, and manages the Pinocchio Park in the village Collodi in Italy.

Where is Pinocchio?
Immediately upon arrival in Geppetto's workshop it becomes clear that Pinocchio and the carpenter have not been there for a very long time. Small forest animals have taken over the place, so visitors wonder: where is Pinocchio? They continue their search and meet the sly cat and fox who are also looking for Pinocchio. Visitors finally reach a small harbour where an enormous monster fish is laying in wait in the water. By using the interactive fishing rod it soon becomes apparent that Pinocchio can be found here.

The story of Pinocchio
The carpenter Geppetto longed for a son so much that he created a wooden puppet who he named Pinocchio. When a blue fairy brought Pinocchio to life, Geppetto was overcome with joy. But the gullible wooden puppet had a lot to learn before he could become a real boy. That's why his father sent him away to school. On the way, the sly fox and foolish cat persuaded Pinocchio to accompany them on all sorts of adventures. Every time he lied to Geppetto about it, his nose grew a few centimetres longer. One terrible day, Pinocchio did not return home after school and Geppetto began to search for him over land and sea…

About Efteling
Since the opening in 1952, more than 120 million visitors have experienced an unforgettable day at Efteling, in the south of Holland. Over the years, Efteling has grown to become one of Europe’s biggest theme parks, with a unique fairytale atmosphere, natural surroundings and a wide range of thrilling and enchanting attractions. Efteling is open all year round, and makes an ideal family short-break destination with the Efteling Hotel and the Holiday village Efteling Bosrijk just a stone’s throw away.

For further information please visit: www.efteling.com/en