Monday, April 02, 2018

Efteling Tops Disney World In World's Best Theme Park Tournament

Efteling Castle

Theme Park Insider just completed their annual single elimination tournament to determine the "World's Best Theme Park". The event coincides with the NCAA's Men's Basketball Tournament, with each crowning a champion at the end. There was some tough competition, as many peoples favorite parks didn't make it into the finals. Such runner ups include Europa Park, Cedar Point, Islands of Adventure, Tokyo DisneySea, and Disneyland Paris. The finals pitted the World's most visited park, Disney World's Magic Kingdom, against last year's winner Efteling. And, to much surprise across the US, Efteling defended its crown.

 

Many people in the US, already spoiled with the plethora of amusement parks found across the Country, were quite surprised to see the all might Mouse taken down by a European theme park, and one that had many readers ask "What is Efteling?"
Efteling Theme Park - Netherlands

Efteling mascots

Efteling is located in Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands, which is about an hours drive outside of Amsterdam.  It is a fantasy-themed amusement park, with a colorful cast of characters created from "elements from ancient myths and legends, fairy tales, fables, and folklore.  It's first opened way back in 1952, when the Efteling Nature Park Foundation opened their first attraction "Fairy Tale Forest".  One interesting rumor that has been floating around for years is that Walt Disney traveled to Europe, and drew inspiration from Efteling.  We can't confirm whether or not that is true, but we can confirm that Walt opened his first theme park, Disneyland in California, just three years later.

Hmmmmm...

If any of our readers have been to Efteling, please share your experience with us in the comments section.






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