|Watch the on-ride POV|
|Manufacturer||Bolliger & Mabillard|
|Type||Steel - Floorless - Diving|
|Riders per train||18|
|Propulsion||Chain lift hill|
|Top speed||90 km/h|
It was confirmed in a newspaper interview with park CEO Fons Jurgens that Efteling would open a new Bolliger & Mabillard Dive Coaster in 2015. On October 15, 2014, Efteling announced that the name would be Baron 1898.
On June 30, 2015, Baron 1898 opened to preview ticket holders and the press. The following day, the roller coaster opened to the public.
Baron 1898 has a single-rider queue. At the front of the queue, riders are given a ticket that specifies the row in which they will sit. A pre-show is then played before boarding.
The coaster is located in the "Ruigrijk" (roughly translating to "Thrillrealm") area of the park.
Baron 1898 is themed to a nineteenth-century gold mine. The story of the ride tells about Baron Gustave Hooghmoed, who struck gold in a cave, and decided to build his mine there. Nobody wanted to go down into the mine however, because it is haunted by "Witte Wieven" (a ghost-like creature in Dutch folk-lore). The Baron now "hires" guests to dig the gold up for him, using the elevator to get down into the mines (a broken elevator with a test seat is located next to the queue). The Witte Wieven tries to sabotage the elevator by snapping the cable, making the guests plummet into the mines. (so, canonically, the guests basically die)
The coaster's concept art
The drop of the coaster
View of the loading station
The coaster's immelman
The coaster's zero-g-roll
The coaster's bunny hill
- "New Efteling dive coaster Baron 1898 opens to the public" (in English). Efteling. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
- on the Roller Coaster DataBase.