Spookslot (Efteling)

Spookslot
Efteling Spookslot Exterior.jpg
Efteling
Location Kaatsheuvel, North Brabant, Netherlands
Park section Anderrijk
Status Operating since May 10, 1978
Cost 3,5 million ƒ
Soundtrack Yes, The Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saëns
Theme Celtic, Ghosts
Statistics
Manufacturer Efteling
Designer / calculations Ton van de Ven
Onsite construction Bouw- en aannemingsbedrijf Merkx B.V.
Product Walkthrough, Animatronic-show
Hourly capacity 1000
Height 20 metres
Animatronics Amount not exactly known
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Spookslot is a self-built walkthrough currently located at Efteling in Kaatsheuvel, North Brabant, Netherlands.

History

in 1966, Efteling opened Indische Waterlelies in the Fairytale Forest. This was the parks first animatronic-show, and became a huge succes, prompting the park to want an even bigger version. This would become the second indoor attraction (Stoomcarrousel was the first) outside of the Fairytale Forest, and pave the way for all future expansions.

The idea to make it a Haunted attraction was thrown around very quickly, and Efteling Designer Ton van de Ven got to work on the attraction, under supervision of Anton Pieck. Somewhere in development, the decision was made to turn it into a theater show, dubbed the Ghost-Opera. The original plans showed two theaters and a elaborate themed area around it, this got scaled down to one theater and a small scale area in front of the castle. [1]

Location

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

Etymology

Spookslot translates to Ghost castle, but Haunted Castle is the more accurate translation.

Theme

The attraction is themed as the ruin of a Celtic castle. The story of the ride tells us that this was the former castle of the fourth viscount of Capelle van Kaatsheuvel, who collected fairytales and story from around the world. The Witch Visculamia was his arch-nemesis, wanting to steal his story's. On one faithful day, the witch disguised itself as a young virgin, trying to make her way into the castle. But she was busted by the castle's gardener. She was sentenced to the stake in the east wing of the castle by the three judges of the duchy. With her final words, she screamed out a curse, dooming the king to never find his last story: his daughter Esmeralda.

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