'Little-known theme park that's just as fun as Disneyland - and you can take a picnic'

Fairies at the park

A lesser-known theme park in the Netherlands is being hailed as 'just as fun as Disneyland' by thrill-seeking families. The best part? You can bring your own packed lunch instead of splashing out on pricey food on-site.

Efteling offers a perfect family getaway with two large complexes attached to an incredible theme park boasting over 30 rides, numerous restaurants and shops, its own theatre, and an enchanted forest to discover.

Tickets start from just €37, although prices fluctuate depending on when you visit. Children aged three and under can enter for free.

One satisfied visitor shared: "Efteling is the perfect outing for a family with small children or anyone wanting to have a good time. It contains a storybook trail through beautiful woods, an amusement park with great rides and carnival games and a huge playground.", reports MyLondon.

"As much fun as Disneyland at about the same entrance price. But it is permissible to bring in food and drink and picnic areas are provided so Efteing is much more pocketbook-friendly. It is beautiful and well-maintained. The perfect place to spend a perfect day".

There are numerous roller coasters to enjoy, including the terrifying Baron 1898, a steampunk-themed ride that propels you high above industrial chimneys before halting over a heart-stopping 37.5 metre, 90km/h drop straight into a steam-filled 'mine shaft'.

Another highlight is Joris en de Draak, a unique medieval-themed wooden roller coaster. This Dutch equivalent of George and the Dragon allows you to challenge the fire-breathing beast with your screams as you speed around the complex network of tracks.

If roller coasters aren't your thing, Efteling has plenty more to offer. The park's Droomvlucht transports you to enchanting worlds teeming with fairies, ghouls, and other mystical creatures.

The park also boasts a Thai temple that rotates at a height of 45 metres, offering stunning panoramic views across the park and surrounding countryside. Other attractions include riverboat rapid rides, a waterpark set in a pirate fishing village complete with waves, and a diorama of a miniature enchanted world.

For those seeking a more relaxed experience, the park offers a 4D cinema where you can watch their film Fabula, complete with immersive effects. There's also a steam train ride around the park, providing an easy way to see all the best bits.

To secure your tickets to Efteling, click here.