If, like us, you’ve been waiting patiently for updates on Efteling’s latest spooky attraction, look no further. Danse Macabre will open on 31st October 2024 – Halloween.

The timing could not be any more perfect. The Danse Macabre (AKA the Dance of Death) is a music genre from the Late Middle Ages. This grisly attraction takes inspiration from the music, inviting guests into the Capelle van Kaatsheuvel Abbey, where a dark and twisted dance is about to begin.

Alongside the opening date, Efteling has shared new details and images of the ride, including the grand organ that sits inside the chapel.

About Danse Macabre

Danse Macabre is a blend between a dynamic show and a thrilling ride – similar to Hex at Alton Towers. The ride system involves a crane and turntable in a feat of advanced engineering. 

Each turn, 108 guests will sit across six choir stalls inside the spinning chapel, where they will move to the music of the Danse Macabre together. The room itself is 20 metres tall, adding to the attraction’s grandeur. 

Outside, in the Huyverwoud Forest area, the entrance to the attraction is also taking shape. A grand bridge is dotted with sly eyes peeking out over branches. Very creepy.

The engineering team has designed the entrance using weather-resistant hardwood. However, they’ve also had to consider that Efteling is built on a nature park, so all trees must have a certain parameter free around them. 

Tim Nusselein, Strategic Project Manager, said: "I can't wait to stand at the exit and experience what everyone really thinks of it. We have been working on this as a team for a few years. We really think it will be great, but that remains to be seen. Ultimately, the visitor will decide!"

You can watch the full announcement video below (warning: it’s in Dutch, so pop the subtitles on!)