Will Efteling Move to a Queue-Free Park in the Future? Much Like Volcano Bay?


Efteling testing separate queue for Python

Beginning testing on one of their less-popular coasters, Python, Efteling has begun to test a queue-free wait system much like the Disney Fast Pass. 

Here you can book a time on your smartphone and return to the ride within your ride-slot.

Efteling is launching an experiment in which visitors can book their spot on a roller coaster for a specific time, without paying extra to do so. The amusement park hopes that this will make sure that visitors don't spend too much time waiting in line. "Waiting is the least favorite part of a day at Efteling, this may be the solution", the Kaatsheuvel park said, according to RTL Nieuws. 
Reservations wil initially only apply to the Python roller coaster. Visitors will soon be able to book a reservation for a certain time in advance, using the Efteling app or a machine that will be placed at the roller coaster. "You can put yourself in a time period", a spokesperson explained to the broadcaster. "The periods are 15 minutes long. Full is full, so you will never be in line for more than 15 minutes." This is not a so-called "fast pass", as is used in other theme parks abroad. "For that you have to pay a certain amount to skip all queues", the spokesperson said. Efteling customers don't have to pay extra to book their spot on the roller coaster. "We are an amusement park for everyone. We want everyone to be equal here", the spokesperson said. -nltimes.nl

While this isn't anything new to amusement parks as Disney has been using this system, it's great to see this park testing the fast pass and would be incredible to see a full-size park get rid of queues altogether. While this is still using a normal queue along side of this express lane, who knows what we'll see in the future.

Efteling is definitely a great park to do this at, it is already just as world-class as other parks and would be great for the park to move to this system before anyone else!

Volcano Bay works out because there is no standby line that is making the "fast pass" system fill up quickly, the entire ride is for the quick queue, which allows many more riders and can dedicate the entirety of the ride to the fast pass holders.

My only question is how early these reservations sometimes fill up. Can a ride be filled up at 3pm with 5 hours left till closing? That is the odd question remaining. You can read the whole article here.

1 comment:

  1. Not really any info pointed to queue free, universal Orlando is where you may see that first.