The Dutch council of State has given Efteling’s development plan known as ‘Wereld van de Efteling 2030’ – the ‘World of Efteling 2030’ – the go ahead.

Appeals against the development have been rejected, declared as unfounded by the Dutch Council, which means the plan is now definitive.

With the go ahead for the ‘Wereld van de Efteling 2030’ development plan, the framework for Efteling’s future is considered to have been established.

Construction activities will not begin immediately, despite the positive ruling. Large investments like this one are set to begin from 2022 onwards, due to the financial consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The first step planned by Efteling is the expansion of the eastern side of the existing amusement park.

Fons Jurgens, CEO of Efteling, shared his enthusiasm over the approval of the plan: “In 2015, in cooperation with the municipality of Loon op Zand, we started with the first sketches for the development plan ‘World of Efteling 2030’. Since then, there has been much and careful consultation with local residents, the municipality and nature organisations.

“The fact that the development plan is now definitive makes me very proud. For us, it really feels like the first giant step towards the future of the World of Efteling that we have in mind,” said Jurgens.