Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands: The Dutch theme park Efteling, located in the southern Netherlands, is to open its new attraction ‘Symbolica: Palace of Fantasy’ in summer 2017. Symbolica will be a ‘dark ride’, an indoor attraction for the whole family, and similar to other Efteling attractions such as ‘Droomvlucht’, Fata Morgana and Carnaval Festival.


The new attraction will revolve around the interplay of reality, dream and fantasy. Symbolica will form part of Efteling’s 65-year anniversary celebrations and is planned for the centre of the park.

Host in the Palace of Fantasy will be Pardoes the magic Jester. Visitors are invited to rediscover their imagination on an adventure through the magical, hidden rooms of the Palace. A maximum of six people will step into a carriage and then choose one of three different routes. Each route will offer a different adventure with interactive elements through the Palace of Fantasy.

Symbolica is being constructed in the centre of the park next to ‘Polles Keuken’ pancake restaurant. The attraction’s construction will cost approximately €35 million. Fons Jurgens, President and CEO at Efteling, explains: “Symbolica will be the largest and most expensive Efteling attraction ever. By constructing Symbolica, we are renewing and expanding our range of attractions en route to becoming an international destination with 5 million visits per year.

Symbolica will be an attraction for the whole family. Because visitors of all nationalities and generations use their imagination. This dark ride will help Efteling to maintain its distinctive edge and its position at the top of the list of European theme parks, not only through unique and characteristic storytelling and thematisation, but also through our close attention to detail in every aspect of the attraction. Every ride will guarantee wonder and amazement and excite the imagination in a new and different way”.

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