Efteling

Efteling (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɛftəlɪŋ]) is a fantasy-themed amusement park in Kaatsheuvel, the Netherlands. The attractions reflect elements from ancient myths and legends, fairy tales, fables, and folklore.

Efteling
The House of the Five Senses, the entrance to the Efteling theme park
LocationKaatsheuvel, North Brabant, Netherlands
Coordinates51°39′01″N 5°02′53″E
ThemeFantasy - ancient legends, mythology, fables, folklore and fairy tales
OwnerEfteling Nature Park Foundation
OpenedMay 31, 1952; 69 years ago (1952-05-31)
Operating seasonYear-round
Visitors per year5.26 million in 2019[1]
Area72 ha (720,000 m2) : the park ; 276 ha (2,760,000 m2) : the resort
Attractions
Total36
Roller coasters6
Water rides4
Websitewww.efteling.com

The park was opened on May 31, 1952. It evolved from a nature park with a playground and a Fairytale Forest into a full-sized theme park. It now caters to both children and adults with its cultural, romantic, and nostalgic themes, in addition to its wide array of amusement rides including six roller coasters and four dark rides.

It is the largest theme park in the Netherlands and one of the oldest theme parks in the world. It is twice as large as the original Disneyland park in California and predates it by three years. Annually, the park has more than 5 million visitors. In 2019, it was the third most visited theme park in Europe, behind Disneyland Paris and Europa-Park.