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.
|Location||Kaatsheuvel, North Brabant, Netherlands|
|Theme||Fantasy - ancient legends, mythology, fables, folklore and fairy tales|
|Owner||Efteling Nature Park Foundation|
|Opened||May 31, 1952|
|Visitors per year||5.26 million in 2019|
|Area||72 ha (720,000 m2) : the park ; 276 ha (2,760,000 m2) : the resort|
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.