Big Mouth, the friendly guzzler, makes his appearance as a waste bin. The paper-gobbling attraction becomes world famous.
1959 Big Mouth arrives
1958: Swan Stick On arrives
1958: The Indian Fakir arrives
1957: Genoveva's coloured doves arrive
The Steam carrousel is put into operation and the Donkey is mounted on its pedestal in the playground. The number of visitors has now risen to more than 700,000 per year.
13:50 - 17:30
1956: Steam Carousel is built
1956: Donkey Pull My Tail arrives in the playground
1955: The Goose Girl arrives at the Anton Pieck Square
1955: The Sweet Invasion I is built
1955: In The North Pole snack point is built
1955: In The Horn Of Plenty snack point is built
1955: Pony Riding Arena is built
1955: The Stone Chicken arrives at the Anton Pieck Square
1955: Hansel and Gretel arrive
Beside the Anton Pieck Square (with a souvenir shop, puppet theatre, pump and gates), the Children’s Railway with pedal trains is put into operation.
1954: Witch gate is built
1954: Canoe pond is opened
1954: The Magic Love Well is discovered
1954: Anton Pieck Square is openend
1954: Childrens railway is built
1954: Kogeloog arrives
The Café-Restaurant, the swimming pool and the canoe and rowing lake are opened. In the Fairy Tale Forest, the castle acquires residents: Sleeping Beauty, the sleeping cooks and the sentries make their appearance. 411,671 visitors see the Red Shoes dance this year for the first time.
1953: First aid post was added
1953: Decorative pond was built
1953: Rowing pond was built
1953: Swimming Pool built
1953: Cafe-Restaurant opens
1953: Little Red Riding Hood arrived
1953: The Red Shoes arrive
The Fairy Tale Forest is opened on 31 May. Efteling now consists of some 65 hectares of nature, including water gardens, a playground, tennis courts and football pitches and ten fairy tales. These earliest fairy tales are: Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the Frog Prince, the Magic Clock, the Chinese Nightingale, the Talking Parrot, Longneck, the Gnome Houses, Mistress Holle’s well and Little Message. Anton Pieck drew the designs and Peter Reijnders was the technician who brought them to life. There are 222,941 visitors and an entrance ticket costs 80 cents (€ 0.36).
31-05-1952: Opening Fairy Tale Forest
1952: Tennis courts are placed
1952: Toddlers bath is built
1952: Souvenir shop is built
1952: Little message arrives
1952: Vrouw Holle's well is built
1952: The Gnome Village is built
1952: Longnek arrives
1952: The Naughty Princess arrives
1952: The Chinese Nightingale arrives
1952: Heralds square is built including The Frog King and The Magic Clock
1952: Snow White's cave is built
1952: Sleeping Beauty's castle is built
On 11 May, the official opening takes place of the Tea House and of the renovated playground with about 16 different items of play equipment. There are some 50,000 visitors.
1951: Opening Tea House
1951: Opening Large Playground
Efteling Nature Park Foundation is established. The objective of the foundation is “providing physical development and relaxation for the residents of the municipality of Loon op Zand and promoting tourism to and within the municipality, within the spirit of Catholicism”. On 25 August, the first spade enters the ground to dig a large lake. In the same year, paths, parking areas, tennis courts and sports fields are laid. The first Director, H. Peeters Weem, takes up his duties on 1 November 1950.