ABOVE PHOTO: The climactic scene of Symbolica includes a large ballroom filled with sweets and populated by animatronics created by Garner Holt Productions. Photo courtesy Efteling.
Symbolica was built in the tradition of our dark rides – it is a palace, and the interiors and characters were designed by our own staff, based on our own park tradition. The show you see inside is a whole new experience, of course, taken to a whole new level – but built in a similar style to Dreamflight or Fata Morgana.
For us at Efteling, the groundbreaking technology is used to make fantasy come alive through special effects. What the fantasy does to its surroundings and what it does to our guests in Symbolica is something our guests can’t experience elsewhere in Efteling.
The story starts with the book “Symbolica,” that the founding father of Symbolica, Mr. Henny Knoet, created and left to Efteling before he died. We built on that tradition and created a story around one of our famous characters, Pardoes. We made this palace a good home for him so he can play with fantasy and lead the guests – which makes a joyful ride.
Absolutely – but if I tell you they are no longer secrets. But you have to look very closely when the fantasy twinkles appear, you have to pay attention and see what happens then. •
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