De Vliegende Hollander reviews
Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for De Vliegende Hollander, a roller coaster at Efteling. (The minimum height to ride is 47 inches.)
Written by A. P.
It is a themed attraction which excists in different parts, based on the mysterious myth about the gost ship: De Vliegende hollander (The Flying Dutchman). The attraction contains a walkthrough, dark-ride, watercoaster and splash area.
The story is about captain Willem Van Der Decken. He was a captain of one of the trading ships of the Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie; VOC (East India trading Company). The VOC was trading with Dutch colonies, such as indonesia. lots of herbs and building materials were shipped to Holland, but also illegal treasures were hidden inside the VOC ships.
The following information can be a spoiler for those who want to be surprised by the attraction and the experience of it.
The first area is a walkthrough/waiting area where you can see scenes out of the story. Here you will walk trough the burned house of Captain Willem Van Der Decken. His house is large but robbed. In the library you will see a mirror. time and time again Willem van der Decken appears in this mirror while he is reading his letter to his wife Catharina. On the desk beneath the mirror you'll see this letter, written by Willem to inform his wife that he is sailing whatever happens. On the wall there is a large painting with an opening in it. Trough this secret passage you will enter another world, where Willem stores his smuggled treasure from the far East. Willems ghost is still around. Once in every while the ceiling starts to burn again and Willem screams that whatever the rules are, it doesn't mather is it's easter, what he wants, happens. He will be sailing even if it is untill the end of time.
This attraction houses a lot of special effects, like open water, projections and waterveils. The attraction is underpowered by a soundtrack composed by Rene Merkelbach
Most of the attraction is realised by Efteling itself. The track is designed by Kumbak and the sloops are build by Steelweld. It is also the most expensive attraction ever build in the Efteling.
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