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Efteling investing in inclusive play forest, Nest!

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Efteling is investing €2 million in a new inclusive play area suitable for children of all abilities to play together. Nest! is set to open at the theme park in the Netherlands in 2021.

The fairytale theme park in the south of Holland will open the new play forest area for its youngest visitors, and for children with disabilities, from early summer 2021.

Nest! will be located in the Ruigrijk area of the park in a small forested area. It will include elements themed to the coasters of Efteling.

It will replace the existing Polka Marina pirates carousel, and will offer a new activity for young guests as their older siblings and friends experience the bigger rides.

Polka Marina will make its final round on November 30 before permanently closing. However, it will still be on display during Winter Efteling.

Nest! will be a safe place where children can play and challenge themselves. The path that runs through and around the forest will be accessible for guests in wheelchairs.

Nest! will be themed to coasters of Efteling

Nest!, which will receive an investment of €2 million, will have a wheelchair slide and raised sandboxes, as well as quiet spaces for children.

Nest! is being built amid the trees between De Vliegende Hollander water coaster and the Game Gallery, with construction scheduled to begin in January 2021.

Earlier this year, Efteling released a virtual tour, allowing visitors to explore the rides and attractions together from home amid COVID-19.

Efteling, which started gradually reopening on May 20, previously teased its new family-friendly roller coaster Max & Moritz, which opened in June.

The attraction is based on the 1865 illustrated German story, Max & Moritz. In the rhymed tale, the two brothers annoy their village neighbours and get up to all sorts of mischief.

Images: Efteling

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A journalist specialising in entertainment and attractions, Bea loves theme parks (mainly Disney) and is particularly interested in things of a gothic, horror or fantasy nature.

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