The 2014 Theme Park Insider Tournament: Fata Morgana vs. Droomvlucht
Published: March 12, 2014 at 10:54 AM
Pieck died in 1987, but much like the Disney theme parks outlived Walt Disney, Efteling continued to prosper in tribute to the park's original guiding artistic force. Today, we will feature two of the park's dark rides that have won high ratings from Theme Park Insider readers.
Fata Morgana opened in 1986, one year before Pieck's death. Set in a Moroccan-style palace across a reflecting pool from the park's entrance, Fata Morgana is an indoor boat ride that recreates scenes from 1,001 Arabian Nights. You're the protagonist in the narrative on this ride, caught in a Forbidden City, then blasted out of prison. But instead of hightailing to safety with your second chance, you stick around and help yourself to the kings' harem and treasures before, well, let's just say everything goes dark in the end.
Time for some on-ride video. The ride action starts at 4:45:
Droomvlucht opened in 1993, Efteling's 12.5-million-Euro response to the opening of Disneyland Paris the year before. Translated as "Dreamflight," Droomvlucht takes riders through an elaborately decorated world of fairies, trolls, and fantasy landscapes. You ride in suspended vehicles through five scenes: Castle Realm, Wondrous Forest, Fairy Garden, Heavenly Strongholds, and Squelch Forest.
Let's take a ride on Droomvlucht. Ride starts at 1:50:
So what do you like: Fairy tales whimsy, or dark action epics? Suspended tracks, or boat rides? You can't choose both in our vote, so just pick the one you'd run to first if you ever get the chance to visit Efteling.
The poll is open for 48 hours, and campaigning via social media is encouraged! If you've been to Efteling, we'd love to hear your trip report in the comments.