Both rides presented are great but Fata Morgana is clearly an Arabian version of Pirates of the Caribbean. That doesn't make it bad, in some regards it's even better but it's not original.Droomvlucht is original. Again the rider will make up the story as they travel past beautifully detailed scene's. The video doesn't come close into capturing the beauty of the scene's and the swirling downwards is actually exciting.
There are a lot of problems with Efteling. Smoking in line is ok, in the winter the park is hardly inviting and the upkeep is something to be desired. During school vacations waiting times of 4 hours are normal but there are some truly unique rides and experiences to be had there.
I'll go with Droomvlucht just because of the cool lighting during the "star scene" but neither attraction is all that appealing to me.
I think comparing either attraction to its Disney counterpart misses the point. No, neither is as strong when it comes to narrative or whimsy. But I was taken by the dark, mystical tone of each experience - which I'm sure is amplified if I were to actually be there in person. The Efteling folks sure know how to create a mood. Plus, the layers of detail in Droomvlucht's scenes are incredible. But, was anyone else disappointed that the final, circular scene (pretty cool in terms of track layout) didn't have anything more interesting than Gollum doing the hokey pokey on the forest floor?
I have to say the end of Droomvlucht is fantastic, it may be light on visuals (unlike the rest of the ride) but it is kind of fast and exhilarating at that point.
I have been to many theme parks (including several disney and universal) and have found the Droomvlucht to be one of my favourite rides in the world, it is fantastic, detailed and
when i got off that ride and felt a sense of wonder and awe that i have not felt on a ride since i was a child (i am 33 and was on this ride only a few months ago).
It was a truly magical ride in a truly magical park.
Fata Morgana is a totally different attraction. It actually tells the story of coming out of an oasis into the poor parts of an oriental city with its beggars, moving on to the markets and contrasting this with the wealth and richess of the sultan. Then the ride gets darker with the Djin, crocodiles and the dungeon and even a tunnel room which is turning on its axis.
Although Fata is the older attraction, it seems less dated to me than Droomvlucht, which has become a bit too kitchy to me, whereas Fata still provides this feeling of grandeur. It's a long varied boat ride and the attraction has been completely refurbished last year.Droomvlucht's transportation system never had this smoothness of flying (but neither does Peter Pan's Flight at Disney).
Both feature music written especially for the ride and are masterpieces in itself.
I visited both Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney World but none of its attractions ever came close to the magic happening in Fata Morgana or Droomvlucht. If you're visiting the Netherlands (or Belgium for that matter): do go visit Efteling it has many more rides of very high quality. Its latest addition is a Water Spectacular called Aquanura build by WED who made the fountains of the Bellagio.