Could This Be the World's Best-Themed Dive Coaster?
The Dutch theme park Efteling today announced its new attraction for 2015, a Bolliger & Mabillard Dive Coaster called Baron 1898
As you can see from the illustration provided by the park, Baron 1898 might be the world's best decorated and most themed Dive Coaster when it opens next summer. Themed to a mine founded by "Baron Downfall" in the late nineteenth century, the coaster is now under construction near "The Flying Dutchman," as seen in this promotional video from the park.
This isn't your typical roller coaster promo video, which makes sense given that Efteling is in no way a typical iron park. There's no talk of specs, of airtime, of inversions, in this video. Instead, designers and managers talk about storytelling, and the need to devise a compelling narrative for the attraction.
Longtime Theme Park Insider visitors will remember that Efteling is home of some of our readers' favorite dark rides outside the Disney theme parks, including Fata Morgana and Droomvlucht. Baron 1898 promises a unique blend of theme and thrill that should add to the parks' appeal among theme park fans.
There is a bit lost in translation. The name of the baron is Hoogmoed. When you translate that literally it are 2 words hoog = height and moed = courage (that translation is the same meaning in Dutch as it is in English. But "hoogmoed" together is translated into "arrogance". There is a Dutch saying that goes like this "Hoogmoed komt voor de val" translated "Arrogance comes before the downfall". The falling in this is also appropriate for the ride.
Great stuff. I love how the folks at Efteling approach theme park design.
I'm so excited! I'm heading to Europe next year! Do you know if they have any expected completion dates at this stage?
This ride is scheduled to open in July 2015.
There's not much here to see yet, but the renderings certainly look impressive. Yet another fun and exciting overseas attraction I will never get to visit. *Sigh*
July 2015, perfect, I'll let you all know how i find it :-)
Here you can find the illustration in a much larger resolution to see all the details:
We go almost every year, 3 weeks today we go. I'm so excited for this next year.
The first theme park I ever visited - glad to know they're still doing great things!
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