There are some great themed and dark rides at Efteling theme park in the Netherlands. Themed around “World of Wonders” the theme park was originally a sports park that opened in 1935. It wasn’t until the 1950s that the park began its slow transformation into a fairytale and “world of wonders” experience.
Fata Morgana Dark Ride Video
Fata Morgana, the forbidden city, is a dark ride that was opened in 1986. Here is a ride video by Efteling from 2014:
Fata Morgana Ride Experience
After boarding a boat, guests travel through a jungle where they come upon a wizard who casts a spell granting guests access to the forbidden city, Fata Morgana. Guests then travel through the city, including the district, market, prison, harbor, palace, and treasure chamber.
Fata Morgana Description
Here’s how Efteling describes the ride:
“Hundreds of treasures are glittering in the dark. And while the Sultan surrounds himself with women and precious gems, the dark cellars are filled with criminals and rats. Spend some time on the water and discover scenes from the Far East. The boat takes you through neighborhoods of poverty and wealth where a giant protects the Sultan’s most precious possessions: gems, jewelry, and gold coins.”
Fata Morgana Ride Info
Year Opened: 1986
Ride Time: Approximately 8 Minutes
Hourly Capacity: 1,800 guests
Animatronics: More than 140
Designers: Ton van de Ven and Jan Verhoeven
Ride System Developer: Intamin
Music: Ruud Bos