Danse Macabre

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Danse Macabre
The official concept art of the ride.
Location Kaatsheuvel, North Brabant, Netherlands
Coordinates 51°38′55″N 5°02′54″E / 51.648747°N 5.048472°E / 51.648747; 5.048472
Park section Anderrijk – Huyverwoud
Status Under construction, expected to open 2024
Cost € 2,500,000
Soundtrack Audiocult
Theme Gothic - Horror
Replaced Spookslot
Manufacturer Intamin
Product Dynamic Motion Stage
Designer / calculations Jeroen Verheij
Capacity 6 gondolas seating 18 guests each
Hourly capacity 1250
Height 20 metres
Cabins 6

Danse Macabre is a simulator currently under construction at Efteling in Kaatsheuvel, North Brabant, Netherlands.


The ride was officially announced on 17 May 2022,[1] but it had already been mentioned on 24 January in the closure announcement of Spookslot. However, it wasn't named at this point, and no other details were given either.[2]

The ride type was leaked on 12 June 2022. The ride will feature a round platform containing the seats. This platform is able to move up and down, rotate and tilt in every direction.[3] The ride system and manufacturer where officially confirmed on 31 October 2022. The ride was a new concept made in collaboration between Efteling and Intamin. The ride was branded as a "blend between a dynamic show and a thrillride".[4]

The ride will take up Spookslot's former plot of land, but retain the theme and atmosphere of the former attraction. Efteling plans on making it the scariest attraction in the park, with a minimum age rating of 8 years old.


The ride system is branded as a Dynamic Motion Stage by Intamin, featuring 6 cars on a platform. The platform is able to rotate, tilt and rise up and down. The seats itself are also able to rotate and tilt. The system itself is highly customisable, able to fully immerse guests in the world of the supernatural.


6 gondolas. Riders are arranged 6 across in 3 rows, for a total of 18 riders per gondola. The gondolas are themed to church benches.


The story of the ride centers around Otto and Virginie Charlatan. The married couple travels around the world, something their family has been doing for generations. They take their wooden organ, named Esmeralda, along with them, wherever they go. It is said that the organ must continue playing to appease the dead, and lead them in their journey, this eventually makes them end up in Huyverwoud, the subsection or the Anderrijk area in which Danse Macabre is located in the park. Virginie thinks that her whole life has been a preparation to end up in the spooky place, a place where a dark power is at hand.

The organ used to be in the hands of Virginie's great-great-grandfather, who once played part in a music competition as a conductor, before dissapearing from the face of the earth, never to be seen or heard from again.


  1. "New hotel and renewed themed area in 2024".
  2. "New hotel and renewed themed area in 2024".
  3. "This will be the new Efteling attraction Danse Macabre".
  4. "Efteling onthult attractietype Danse Macabre in eerste aflevering Making-of".

External links

Articles on Efteling