PandaDroom (Efteling) entrance sign.jpg
Sign at the entrance to PandaDroom
Location Kaatsheuvel, North Brabant, The Netherlands
Park section Anderrijk
Status Defunct
Operated March 28, 2002 to November 4, 2019
Cost 23 million €
Theme nature
Replaced by Fabula
Manufacturer nWave
Designer / calculations Marieke van Doorn - Karel Willemen - Sergej Karnet - Piet De Koninck
Product 3D-Movie
Capacity 1440 per hour
Animatronics 5

PandaDroom was a 3D-Movie made by Belgian studio nWave located at Efteling in Kaatsheuvel, North Brabant, The Netherlands. It was replaced by another 3D movie called Fabula.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

PandaDroom was conceived in a collaboration between WWF and Efteling, with WWF sponsoring the attraction. The attraction would focus around animals, and the consequences of human activities on their habitats. The total cost of the attraction would be 23 million euro's, with WWF paying 7 million of it

WWF pitched the idea to the Efteling, and Efteling accepted, mostly because they where still looking for a new attraction for the parks 50th anniversary.

When designing the attraction, Disney's "Its Tough to be a Bug" served as a big inspiration, combining a standard 3D movie with practical and special effects.[2]

Film[edit | edit source]

The film had both a pre and main show, although the pre-show wasn't animated while the main show was.

The pre-show took place in a big cave, with tree roots spread around the room. This room contained no seats, guests where expected to stand up. The pre-show itself consisted of video's of actual animals in the wild, these video's where backed up by a supporting music track, these tracks changed through the years.[3]

Music tracks used in the pre-show[edit | edit source]

First year Last year Music track Artist
2002 2003 You are so beautifull Joe Cocker
2003 2006 The morning has broken Cat Stevens
2006 2012 The miracle Queen
2012 2019 Custom composition Réne Merkelbach

After the pre-show, the doors to the main theater would open. This room did have seats, and guests where expected to put on their 3D glasses. The film started on the north-pole, with a family of polar-bears playing in their ice cave. This cave would start to collapse, and the family would start to slide down the ice and end up on a small ice chunck, drifting away into the ocean.

The second scene was the ocean, here we would meet a turtle, the turtle meets various underwater creatures before they all get scared away by a fishing net, destroying everything in its path.

Last but not least was the jungle, where guests would come face to face with a snake, This snake would slowly come towards the guests, preparing to attack, he doesn't get to attack though, as he is being thrown down the tree by a couple monkey's. These monkey's would then start to play baseball with a few fruits. Their fun game would be interupted by the loud sounds of chainsaw's and the tree they are all standing in would start to fall. On this moment, a large physical tree would come down from the ceiling of the theater.[4]

When exiting the theatre, people enter the "Dierenwereld" (Dutch for "animal world") an indoor playground, which ended in the 'Octopus' Restaurant. This playground features a few animatronics, one of a Panda, one of the orangatang, one of the Turtle, one of a lion (that wasn't featured in the movie). and one of a polar bear.[5]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

PandaDroom is dutch for "PandaDream" although the official English name for the attraction and film is "Pandavision"

Location[edit | edit source]

The ride was located in the "Anderrijk" area of the park, roughly translating to "Different Realm".

Response[edit | edit source]

PandaDroom received mostly negative reviews on opening, with people stating that the theming looked unfinished, as well as the entire experience just feeling like a big WWF ad. In its later years, the movie got criticized for its terribly aged animation, as well as the showbuilding being a huge unthemed eyesore in the park.

PandaDroom was the least favorite attraction in the park of most fans / enthousiasts, and, besides its opening, never had a long line.

Other Parks[edit | edit source]

PandaVision (the name of the movie itself) was sold to many different Theme Parks by nWave, most notably to Europa-Park, being the first movie to show in their, then new, 3D cinema

References[edit | edit source]