201704 Efteling - Fairy Tale Forest
The Fairy Tale Forest (Sprookjesbos in Dutch) is a 15-acre (61,000 m2) wooded section of the amusement park Efteling in the Netherlands, where a number of well-known fairy tales and fairy tale figures are depicted by animated statues and buildings. Most of the figures are inspired by the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and Charles Perrault.
The Fairy Tale Forest was founded on the work of R.J.Th. van der Heijden, Peter Reijnders and Anton Pieck. Van der Heijden conceived of the idea in the 1950s to boost tourism. He asked his brother-in-law Peter Reijnders, a filmmaker and amateur inventor from Eindhoven, to recreate a fairy tale theme park Reijnders built. Reijnders chose artist Anton Pieck, whose visual style had been inspired by Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac, to add the artistic elements.
It took roughly two years to develop and build the first ten fairy tales: the Chinese Nightingale, the Talking Parrot (or "the Naughty Princess"), the Castle of Sleeping Beauty, the Gnome Village, "Number One" (referring to the toilets), the Frog King, the Magic Clock, Mother Hulda's Well, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Long-neck.
The Fairy Tale Forest has 25 scenes. Some include specific events such as Little Red Riding Hood at the door of her grandmother's house; while others are more general, such as Dwarf Village. There are three types of fairy tale scenes: indoor scenes with a commentary telling the tale (such as the Indian Water Lilies); structures too small to enter, but which can be viewed by visitors through the windows (Little Red Riding Hood's grandmother's house); and open-air attractions, such as the fountain for the Frog King or the Talking Parrot. In some cases, the tale is presented via electronic voice-over; in other cases the tale can be read from a book provided nearby (usually in Dutch, English, German and French).
There are ten scenes based on Brothers Grimm fairy tales: The Wolf and the Seven Young Kids, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstilskin, Mother Hulda’s Well, The Six Servants (Long-neck), Rapunzel, The Frog King, The Wishing-Table and Sleeping Beauty. Three scenes are fairy tales from Mother Goose’s Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault: Tom Thumb, Little Red Riding Hood, and Cinderella. Five scenes are from Hans Christian Andersen tales: The Emperor's New Clothes, The Red Shoes, The Little Mermaid, The Nightingale and The Little Match Girl. The tale of the Indian Water Lilies was written by Fabiola de Mora y Aragón. The remaining scenes either do not have a matching tale (such as Dwarf Village and Holle Bolle Gijs) or a tale was created afterwards (such as the Flying Fakir and the Magic Clock).