Symbolica in August 2017
|Opening date||July 1, 2017|
|Attraction type||Trackless darkride|
|Manufacturer||ETF Ride Systems|
|Capacity||1400 riders per hour|
|Vehicles||Fantasievaarders (fantasy floats)|
|Riders per vehicle||6|
|Riders per row||3|
Symbolica is a trackless dark ride at Efteling theme park in the Netherlands, which opened July 1, 2017.
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Efteling is a fantasy-themed amusement park in Kaatsheuvel in the Netherlands. The attractions reflect elements from ancient myths and legends, fairy tales, fables, and folklore.
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Construction started on January 11, 2016. With a cost of €35 million, it is the most expensive project ever at Efteling.
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The story is of Symbolica is all about visiting king Pardulfus, who lives in Hartenhof (court of hearts). While the visitors await their audience with the king, a character called Pardoes (a jester who is Efteling's main mascot) appears. Pardoes then guides the visitors through hidden parts of the palace.
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Before the visitors can enter their Fantasievaarders (Fantasy floats), there is a pre-show with two animatronics. A staircase magically opens and the visitors are directed to the boarding station. Here, they can choose one of three different routes: Heldentour (Hero tour), Muziektour (Music tour) and Schattentour (Treasure tour). The castle consists of eleven scenes, where each of the three routes attends nine scenes. Below are the eleven scenes:
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