Efteling 2017

(13 Posts)
YippieKayakOtherBuckets Tue 21-Feb-17 23:02:45

With great excitement, we've booked a short break in Efteling for May half term. We're taking 3 yo DD and staying in an apartment in Bosrijk.

I've trawled lots of MN threads whilst planning the trip but I thought it would be good to get all of the insider knowledge on one thread. Is anyone else going this year?

dailystuck71 Sat 25-Feb-17 08:06:34

Place marking!

Banderchang Sat 25-Feb-17 14:10:08

We went last year and loved it. Very jealous! We stayed in the hotel for 2 nights so I don't know how the village works. DS was 7 and his favourite part was the Ravelijn show so don't miss that. Favourite rides were Piranha, Droomvlucht and Flying Dutchman. We want to go back, it was fab!

Wolpertinger Sat 25-Feb-17 16:23:31

It's fabulous! Your DD will love the fairytale forest.

As two middle-aged people with no children, we also loved it, and Ravelijn grin

Get video of the dancing waterlilies. Also make sure your phone is fully charged before you go in as they really really want you to use the app and there are v few maps - ask for a paper one when you go in as well.

IAdoreEfteling Thu 02-Mar-17 16:27:38

I am going op, well done, your going to LOVE THIS PLACE. Its wonderful smile I have stayed in Borsick Twice and am going back this year and I never normally return anywhere, my heart felt at rest once it had been re booked grin. We are staying in Borsick again but also in Loonsche Land (new). We are going for a week, and visiting Amsterdam one day and The Hague and Delt another.

Is there anything in particular you want you know? Our youngest DD was 2 nearly 3 the first time, and 4 nearly 4 the last time and will be 4 nearly 5 this year AND I CANT WAIT. A new ride is opening up too which looks wonderful.

IadoreEfteling Sun 12-Mar-17 19:17:45

Bumping so it doesnt fall off.

Sejal1 Wed 15-Mar-17 13:11:46

So glad to find this thread! Single mum just booked trip for me, my parents and my 3 year old, but got bamboozled by website and only booked day tickets. Please advise: would you recommend staying in Amsterdam and just going through for the day? Or should I see if I can change my booking and get a hotel package stay? How easy is travel to and from the theme park? Detailed info greatly appreciated.

IadoreEfteling Fri 24-Mar-17 21:49:35

@sejal1 whats the main purpose of your stay?

Ie to see Amsterdam with something thrown in for little one?

Or - Efetling?

Personally I love Amsterdam as well so you could easily enjoy that, have day trip to E, find your feet there, then plan return trip and stay at E? I personally prefer The village Borsick (sp) o stay in over the hotel, the hotel is on the other side of the park, near the road and you have to cross a road to get into the park, where as Borsick is in a wood, all on site. Its not the distance, the hotel is seconds from the park its the atmosphere and feel of the wooded accommodation....

However if you had budget to stay in a suit in hotel I would consider that.

I stayed at park and not traveled to and from Amsterdam but from trip advisor it seems very easy, someone people have had very long trips via bus and train etc and said it was OK.

So, this time perhaps visit for the day - and check it out, next time stay in Loonsche or Borkisck.

Or do three nights in borsick, its family friendly I have seen whole families with grannies there etc.

NaturalBlondeYeahRight Mon 27-Mar-17 21:49:59

Thought I'd join in as just booked a long weekend in the Easter holidays with teens. First visit, staying in a woodland house and driving up from Calais. Mumsnet loves this place so I'm really looking forward to it. Anyone been to the town nearby 'Breda'? Supposed to be pretty.

PenguindreamsofDraco Wed 29-Mar-17 08:51:06

We're going over Easter, entirely as a result of recommendations from MN grin

We're staying in the hotel for 2 nights. Is it like Disney where you get extra time in the park if you're staying there? Are there shows in the evening after the park closes?

Hulder Wed 29-Mar-17 12:23:33

Not sure but there is a light and fountain show which you basically can't enjoy unless you are staying/leaving at the last minute.

IadoreEfteling Wed 29-Mar-17 22:26:52

natural woodland houses are just lovely!! You will love it, so peaceful and relaxing. Not been to Breda but yes looks very pretty, we had lots of good intentions to visit near by towns the first time but literally could not leave the park.

yes extra time but I guess as its not as busy as disney you dont get same amount of extra time.

We do get out for that extra half hour however not many things are open, for us its more to get in the queue for stuff that opens at normal time, to get dd 9 on the rollers. She usually is able to go on them to her hearts content at that time up to 11ish, when we would walk round enjoy - do other stuff then head back to little pool area and accmd. ( but hotel doesn't have pool) Its not as manic as Disney we have been peak times and it still felt very pleasant not crowded and using the E app, were able to plan the rides for dd - ie early am and then later as park emptied to get her on.

Not sure about shows at Easter, there is the water show, Pinocchio restaurant - check its open - they have a little sweet show....but in summer they have shows on Saturdays, lots of stuff going on then and park open till midnight.

IadoreEfteling Wed 29-Mar-17 22:30:19

By the way I am gutted on my first visit I handled a very beautiful 25 euro - fairy tale book ( blue) with original illustrations by Anton pieck whose style dominates park.

I didn't buy the bastard, thinking it would be there next time I went back and its not! For some bizarre reason they have decided to stop printing it - they do a red one which is the more obscure fairy tales eg, the little figures that top the gates to the fairy tale wood but not main ones that we are not that familiar with here - like Long Neck angry.

Its made me sooo cross! Especially as they are working to make it more accessible to English speakers.

BTW they leave little books out for the dc on arrival, if in ducth ask for Eng version they usually have - ( little pamphlet thing)Please complain about blue book I want it!

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