Droomvlucht

Ride
Droomvlucht
Efteling
Location Kaatsheuvel, North Brabant, The Netherlands
Coordinates 51°39′09″N 5°02′45″E / 51.652374°N 5.045936°E / 51.652374; 5.045936
Park section Marerijk
Status Operating since April 8, 1993
Cost 25,5 million ƒ
Soundtrack Yes, by Ruud Bos
Theme Dreams
Rider height 100 cm minimum
Statistics
Manufacturer BHS
Translift
Product Suspended Dark Ride
Builder Pepping
Designer / calculations Ton van de Ven
Type
  • Tracked Dark Ride
  • Enclosed
Capacity 1750 per hour
Speed 1.8 km/h
Cabins 28
Track length 425 metres
Animatronics 73
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Droomvlucht (Dutch for Dream Flight) is a Suspended Dark Ride built by German manufacturer BHS currently located at Efteling in Kaatsheuvel, North Brabant, The Netherlands.

History

Initially, British manufacturer CPM was contracted for construction of the ride, however, they went bankrupt before construction could even start. Efteling even went to the United Kingdom to investigate purchasing the factory, but they opted to only buy the Droomvlucht prototype, with the intention of letting another manufacturer complete the ride. This other manufacturer ended up being German firm BHS München, however, they could only construct one track. The gondolas were manufactured by British firm Translift. These gondolas, built to the original design by CPM, proved not powerful enough to clear the track and thus Translift had to alter the design and build new ones. [1]

Design

Elements

The ride features six scenes and 73 figures.

Ride System

The ride utilises an inverted ride system, with a moving station. There are 28 gondolas, each with space for two adults or four kids. The track has a length of 425 metres, a height of 12,5 metres and a maximum speed of 18 km/h.

Scenes

Scene Name
1 Kastenrijk (Castle Realm)
2 Wonderwoud (Wonder Forest)
3 Elfentuin (Elf Garden)
4 Hemelburchten (Sky fortresses)
5 Zompenwoud (Soaking forest)
6 Droommoeras (Dream Swamp)

Location

The ride is located in the "Marerijk" area of the park, roughly translating to "Story Realm".

Common misconceptions

  • Droomvlucht is often credited as a Vekoma ride, but the company had nothing to do with the construction of this ride. This misconception stems from the track that seems to resemble a classic Vekoma track.
  • Droomvlucht is often the subject of debate, as many people claim it could be a roller coaster due to the giant helix at the end of the ride. However, the ride is officially not a coaster

References

Articles on Efteling
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