This Halloween, Efteling is sharing a first look at its new haunted house attraction for 2024, Danse Macabre.
The replacement for Spookslot will feature a first-of-its-kind new ride system from Intamin, the park said today.
"The haunted spectacle full of dark twists will soon have visitors dancing to the music after which the attraction is named," Efteling said in a press release. Three rows of six-person pews will be perched atop each of six turntables, all of which will be mounted atop a larger turntable. When the adventure starts, the 108 riders will turn, tilt and dip with the on-board music.
Efteling will invite guests to get ready for Danse Macabre starting November 19, when the park introduces a sneak peek at the attraction's Charlatan family and their barrel organ, Esmeralda.
"After many years of travelling, Professor Dr. Virginie Charlatan and her husband Otto have finally moved to the creepy Huyverwoud Forest. Virginie, in particular, is certain that she has been preparing her whole life to end up in this creepy place," Efteling said.
The inspiration for the attraction, "Danse macabre," is an 1874 orchestral work by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, who probably is best known to theme park fans as the composer of the finale to Epcot's Impressions de France. Saint-Saëns' Danse macabre is on our sister site Violinist.com's Halloween playlist, if you would like a listen.
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With 19th century music, so... not exactly express anymore? ;^)
Seriously, though, I suspect this might become a prime example of how setting and theming can elevate what could be a simple spinning ride into a much more impressive immersive attraction experience.
Kind of like Disney accomplished by elevating (heh) drop rides with Tower of Terror. Or could have done to carousels with the Mary Poppins ride.
I expect the rotating of the attraction will be very controlled and in sync with the story. It also has a lower part if you look carefully so I expect the whole thing can go one floor down.
It's going to be very exciting to see how they translate Spookslot into this show.
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So a 21st century version of Musik Express.