Efteling reveals ride vehicles for its Symbolica dark ride adventure
The Netherlands' Efteling is showing fans a first look at the ride vehicles for its upcoming dark ride,
The park's fourth dark ride, Symbolica will be a trackless adventure through a fantastic palace, with three different ride paths through "secret corridors along magical rooms," with the ride path to be chosen collectively by the six riders in each vehicle.
Best case scenario? It's like Disney's Mystic Manor, with an element of Horizons thrown in. Worst case? Hey, it's another dark ride from Efteling, the influential Dutch theme park that's known for creating some fascinating dark rides, including Droomvlucht and Fata Morgana.
In addition to today's vehicle reveal, Efteling is running a monthly video series on the making of Symbolica. This month's episode features the scoring of the ride's original soundtrack.
And here are the previous two episodes:
Part 1 and Part 2. Symbolica opens this summer. Efteling has not yet revealed a more specific opening date.
Rate and Review:
I'm more excited about this than any other attraction opening this year!
I'm definitely intrigued by the idea of a trackless ride with a variable course determined by the riders. Why haven't the U.S. theme parks built something like this?
Just got back from visiting Efteling last week and this park is absolutely amazing! Symbolica's building is huge and beautiful, standing right in the middle of the park. It looks like it'll be a great addition to an already awesome park
Disaster Transport emotionally traumatized Cedar Fair's management, leading Dick Kinzel to vow never to try another dark ride again. Former Disneyland chief Matt Ouimet is in charge now, and we've seen him greenlight nice improvements to the dark ride stock at Knott's. But a ride like this costs maybe 10 times what a Cedar Fair park drops on a typical new coaster.
Looking forward to this. Efteling are known for their attention to detail, and this ride seems to fit perfectly in their mythical theme.
This ride costs "only" 35 million euro. It's the most expensive one Efteling ever build. Not sure what Justice League costs but they could spread the development costs and the medea costs over the many parks they can role the ride out to. Efteling only has one park.
Knott's either needs a year round scare attraction or a haunted shack replacement. Both should be dark rides, but the Iron Reef disappoints with how it is unreliable and slow loading.
Ouimet did state in an interview at needing to solve capacity issues before introducing a dark ride at Cedar Point when asked after the opening of Valravn last summer.
Love it! Echoing many sentiments above, this is what I'm most looking forward to in theme parks for the near future. This is without having seen Efteling in person, mind you, but it really does seem to be the world's best independent park, and one with a genuine theme and personality. They've nurtured their storybook appeal since before Disneyland opened, and by all evidence they've successfully modernized the park without undermining the charm. Really stoked on this!
Stinks for the single riders who will have little say over the vehicle course, but I applaud the advancement in technology.
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