Sunday, June 16, 2024

Efteling opens “Fabula” 4D experience in conjunction with Aardman

Efteling – the fairytale theme park in the south of Holland – has celebrated the official opening of its newest attraction Fabula – a 4D film adventure complete with a new themed restaurant.

Centered on the theme of nature, Fabula comprises a 3D film in a 4D theatre and features 4D effects, such as water, smell and wind. The show follows the story of a grumpy young bear who is taken on a tour of different habitats around the world. The new film has been created in collaboration with award-winning studio Aardman – also known as the producers of much-loved British shows Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run and Shaun the Sheep. 

The official international opening of Fabula took place at Efteling on December 7, 2019 and was attended by executives from Efteling, Aardman and the international press along with their families who were treated to an exclusive viewing of the show as well as a special presentation by those involved in its creation.

Speaking at the opening, Fons Jurgens, CEO at Efteling, said: “We are delighted with our newest attraction, which has been completed in just six weeks.  Working with Aardman on the production of Fabula has allowed us to combine the latest in film and animation technology with a new hospitality concept, meaning that the attraction is completely in tune with this time. From today, Efteling visitors can enjoy this indoor attraction 365 days of the year.”


Fabula features a pre and main show, each lasting eight minutes, where visitors watch the story of a grumpy young bear who does not get on well with other animals. As such, Klaas Vaak (Mr Sandman) decides to teach the bear some important life lessons by taking him on a magical tour of different habitats around the world. An inquisitive squirrel unexpectedly becomes scooped up in the adventure. The bear eventually gains a little perspective and learns how to be respectful towards other animals. The film is humorous, exciting and suitable for all ages to enjoy.

The attraction is centered on the theme of nature and incorporates a pre-show, a main show, restaurant and a play area where guests can play and eat in the themes of savanna, ocean and jungle. The existing restaurant and souvenir shop have been renovated to enhance the guest experience.  The investment for the development of Fabula amounts to 3.5 million euros.

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Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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