Efteling plans to unveil a $24-million nighttime spectacular this year that features water fountains, flame-throwers, synchronized spotlights and symphonic music set to fairy tale stories drawn from the Dutch theme park's signature attractions.
Aquanura, which will be the third largest water show in the world, is scheduled to open on May 31 as part of the Netherlands theme park's 60th anniversary celebration.
The water show will be built by Los Angeles-based Water Entertainment Technologies (WET), which created the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas and the Dubai Fountain in the United Arab Emirates. Aquanura has already been drawing obvious comparisons to the World of Color water show at Disney California Adventure.
A 10-minute nightly performance of Aquanura will be based on the thematic stories behind some of the park's rides and attractions: the Indian water lilies puppet show, the Carnival Festival dark ride, the Raveleijn open-air arena and the haunted Spookslot castle. The show's story will also include elements from the Frog Prince fairy tale, with four oversized frogs spouting water into the lake.