Days Out Family Life Travel

Magical Mega Theme Park, Holland

Efteling is a unique theme park in South Holland with a fairy-tale atmosphere and a wide range of thrilling and enchanting attractions.

We decided to go over half term after hearing about it from some of the Dutch mothers at school who raved about it. I can totally understand why – it was absolutely magical and unlike anywhere we have been before.

The park is larger than Disneyland in California.  The USP is the Enchanted Wood – a walk that meanders through a magical trail of moving scenes, mini productions and old school tales. Walking round each corner we were delighted by fairy tale scenes such as Cinderella, Hansel Gretal and Rumpelstiltskin.


This Goblin that appeared from behind a red curtain raised a few squeals, especially wen the ground starts shaking. Talk about interactive experience.


Hansel & Gretal. The old lady pokes her head out of the window and says a few words – in Dutch!


The talking tree. Reminded me of The Faraway Tree!


A fire breathing dragon that swoops down if you try and touch the treasure trove of gold. Scary!

We stayed in the Efteling Hotel and were greeted in reception by a huge TV, a soft play and a bowl of sweets on the counter. After a 3 hour drive from Calais, this was a welcome touch.


The very cool hotel. Our room was in the far right orange dome overlooking the park.



A TV showing some of the attractions on arrival in the reception.



Our themed room – The Gold mine!’ It actually had an interactive piggy bank and a crown that spoke to you… not to mention ‘jewel’ encrusted bunk beds and gold gilded head board.

As hotel guests, we could enter the park 30 minutes before it opened, although the park is so huge, we didn’t have to queue. It had something for each of the children – the youngest (1) was catered for with rides and playgrounds and the older 2 (3 and 5) really got into the characters and stories.


Entrance to a ride


The new roller coaster that has just opened.



Live shows throughout the park.


Lots of opportunities to meet and greet the characters

Whatever age children you have, there is something for everyone. We went for 3 days and only touched the surface. The traditional fairy tales have come alive, my 5 year old is now an adrenaline junkie (as just made the 110cm height for the ‘big boy’ rides), the 3 year old into and my 1 year old daughter is actually aware and susceptible to a bit of ‘princess’. Wish me luck with that stage!


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