ride is a curious hybrid of dark ride, roller coaster and water ride. It
also has a part with elements of a walkthrough scenic attraction, it's known
as the queue. I say this because it has one of the most extravagantly
decorated queue lines about, seeing you go through the rooms of a large
harbour fort, until you come to the spectacular loading area.
loaded it's on to the dark ride area, and here the word dark feels very
appropriate. It sees
the boat drifting slowly through a dark misty room with only a few lights.
Although this does create a moody atmosphere, it felt to me like someone was
trying too hard be clever. Apart from a few exciting parts on the hill lift,
I thought this section fell a little flat. It's a shame because it would
only take a few simple models of rocks in the water, and pieces of shipwreck
to make this section feel more complete.
it's on to the water coaster section. The coaster section is
but still fun, and features a highly banked curve halfway through. After
this section you then splash down in to the water. You don't get as wet as
you might think here, as a lot of the water is directed away from the boat.
the boat transfers back to the station. I think this section suffers from
being too long, as not much happens, and it takes quite a while to get back
to the station. This is a bit of
come down after the excitement of the coaster section.
it, this is a good ride, but it's a shame it's not better. With the effort
that has gone in to the theming, Efteling is deserving of a World class
ride. Unfortunately it doesn't reach these standards, but it's still a good
ride worth doing at least once if you visit the park.