Halve Maen

Ride
Halve Maen
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Efteling
Location Kaatsheuvel, North Brabant, The Netherlands
Park section Ruigrijk
Status Operating since April, 1982
Cost 3 million ƒ
Soundtrack No
Theme Nautic
Height restriction 1.2 m
Statistics
Manufacturer Intamin
Product Bounty
Designer / calculations Ton van de Ven
Hourly capacity 1200
Height 20 metres
Speed 54 km/h
Cabins 1
Animatronics 0
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Halve Maen is a Pirate Ship built by Swiss manufacturer Intamin currently located at Efteling in Kaatsheuvel, North Brabant, The Netherlands.

History

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]

Design

Halve Maen is the biggest Pirate ship in the world, it is able to seat up to 85 people.

Location

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

Etymology

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.

Theme

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.

Trivia

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

References

Articles on Efteling
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