Review: Spookslot

So as I’ve discussed in previous reviews, Efteling has a plethora of dark rides ranging from beautiful and magical to…well, really not. Spookslot is one of the oldest attractions at the park and has a pretty iconic musical score, as well as having the distinction and credit of starting the trend of dark rides at the park. Having never experienced the attraction before, I was eager to try it during this visit and see whether it lived up to the relative hype I had experienced online.

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I wasn’t sure what to make of Spookslot as I had no idea what form it would take – was it a ride, a walkthrough, or a combination of the two? These questions whizzed through my mind as we waited for the doors to open with a not very sinister goblin talking at us in Dutch. Finally we headed through to the next room and are greeted with standing room viewing areas similar to those found on the old Twister ride at Universal Studios, facing out over a diorama of the Haunted Castle. Looks like this is going to be a show, then.

Spookslot is actually a wholly animatronic show that uses a couple of nice effects like Pepper’s Ghosts and disappearing people, all set to the aforementioned classical music score which has been used in hundreds of things worldwide ever since. I reckon this was probably really cutting edge when it premiered in the 70s, but unfortunately it didn’t really have much of an impact today. It didn’t help that I kept waiting for the floor to drop as a finale like it does on Twister, which never happened, so there really wasn’t anything too exciting or – dare I say – spooky about this.

I’m sure there are people out there who would still to this day adore Spookslot. Those into classical music, maybe, or people with a fondness for animatronics. Or maybe even people who grew up with the attraction and still have a special place for it in their hearts. But if you’re not one of these people, then Spookslot is probably not going to appeal to you all that much. Charming, maybe, but spooky? Stick to Baron and Hollander instead.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the rest of your stay here at Along for the Ride.

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