Symbolica

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Symbolica
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Symbolica in August 2017
Efteling
StatusOperating
Cost 35,000,000 [1]
Opening dateJuly 1, 2017
General statistics
Attraction typeTrackless darkride
Manufacturer ETF Ride Systems
Capacity1400 riders per hour
VehiclesFantasievaarders (fantasy floats)
Riders per vehicle6
Rows2
Riders per row3
Duration7 minutes
Single rider line availability icon.svg Single rider line available

Symbolica is a trackless dark ride at Efteling theme park in the Netherlands, which opened July 1, 2017. [2]

A dark ride or ghost train is an indoor amusement ride on which passengers aboard guided vehicles travel through specially lit scenes that typically contain animation, sound, music and special effects. Appearing as early as the 19th century, exhibits such as tunnels of love, scary themes and interactive stories have been the subject of rides under the original definition.

Efteling fantasy-themed amusement park in Kaatsheuvel in the Netherlands

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.

Netherlands Constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Europe

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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.

History

Originally, an attraction called Hartenhof would be constructed on the site of Symbolica. The project was postponed multiple times, until it was renamed Symbolica. Construction started January 11, 2016. [1]

Story

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.

Jester historical entertainer

A jester, court jester, or fool, was historically an entertainer during the medieval and Renaissance eras who was a member of the household of a nobleman or a monarch employed to entertain him and his guests. A jester was also an itinerant performer who entertained common folk at fairs and markets. Jesters are also modern-day entertainers who resemble their historical counterparts.

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Ride experience

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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The ride time is approximately seven minutes.

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References

  1. 1 2 "Efteling brengt nieuwe attractie Symbolica in zomer van 2017". Efteling.nl. January 11, 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  2. "New in 2017". Efteling . Retrieved 16 September 2016.