Halve Maen


Halve Maen
Location Kaatsheuvel, North Brabant, The Netherlands
Park section Ruigrijk
Status Operating since April, 1982
Cost 3 million ƒ
Theme Nautic
Rider height 1.2 cm minimum
Manufacturer Intamin
Product Bounty
Designer / calculations Ton van de Ven
Capacity 85 per cycle
Hourly capacity 1200
Height 20 metres
Speed 54 km/h

Halve Maen is a Pirate Ship built by Swiss manufacturer Intamin currently located at Efteling in Kaatsheuvel, North Brabant, The Netherlands.


Halve Maen opened one year after Python, both where build to attract a younger, thrill-seeking audience to the park. This was the first thrill-ride to be themed. The original plans where to open worlds first Rapid River in the park, but the park decided to wait and see the first one getting build in Six Flags AstroWorld. After seeing this ride, the park decided to push back the rapid river, in order to design it further, including more theming, this later became Piraña.

In order to be able to open a new ride that year, they decided to ask Intamin for a flat ride. But the park doesn't settle for just a normal flat ride, and decide to buy the biggest model possible.[1]


Halve Maen was the biggest Pirate ship in the world upon opening, able to seat up to 85 people. It no longer holds this title nowadays, as Meisho Amusement Machines Super Viking (Meisho product) seats 96 people.


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


Halve Maen is Dutch "Half moon". This was also the name of a VOC ship, this was the ship that discovered what is now known as New York.


The ride has a Nautic theme. It features a small harbour town as backdrop, the queue is, while inside these buildings, not themed. The area around the ship is themed like a beach.


The building on the far left of the backdrop is called 'Taveerne d'Ouwe Liefde' (Dutch for 'Tavern of Old Love'). At night, a red light can be seen behind the windows,making this building a old fashioned Brothel.

The ride in 2012


  1. "Halve Maen on Eftepedia".
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