TTG visits the fairytale-themed Dutch theme park, now on sale with SuperBreak
As the rollercoaster thunders around the twists and turns of the track, my six-year-old niece sobs uncontrollably beside me. My natural instinct is to reach out and comfort her but the momentum of the ‘coaster forces me away from her as we lurch around a bend, and I can only shout: “Hang on, it’ll soon be over!”
Such is the effect of Efteling’s George and the Dragon rollercoaster on a plucky six-year-old. She only just measures up to its 120cm height restriction and she had no idea what to expect. When it finally grinds to a halt, her look of shock is quickly replaced by one of triumph. She rushes over to mum, and demands to go again.
I find myself counting my lucky stars that she’s not yet tall enough for the park’s newest ride, Baron 1898. If she had been 140cm, I’m sure we would be on it. A dive coaster, this has a vertical 37.5-metre drop, and the screams from those brave (or should that be foolish) enough to try it, echo right around the park.
The other ride we all avoid is the Python, which turns you upside down twice. But even taking these boundary-pushing rides out of the equation, Efteling still delivers a complete theme park experience for all the family.