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Efteling Reviews and Guide
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The largest theme park in Holland, Efteling boasts a large array of classic attractions along with a sprinkling of modern thrill rides. The heart of the park remains Sprookjesbos (the Fairytale Forest), and it features a number of enchanting, story-driven dark rides that will appeal to young children. Adults won't feel left out, though, with the Flying Dutchman water coaster and Joris en de Draak wooden coaster offering pulse-racing excitement.
History: Efteling first opened in 1952, when its only attraction was the walkthrough Sprookjesbos. The fairytale scenes within drew large crowds, and the park gradually expanded its list of child-friendly activities. Eventually, management recognised the need to attract a broader audience, and the opening of the innovative Spookslot "haunted castle" in 1978 marked a shift in strategy. Still, Efteling has retained its charm, and boasts more dark rides that the vast majority of European theme parks.
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