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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.
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.