To avoid confusion amongst visitors, people coming to the Efteling dressed as characters from fairytales, for example, will be refused entry from now on. The professional execution of costumes and makeup these days, even by amateurs, could cause 'normal' visitors to confuse these other visitors as paid Efteling actors, the park spokesperson, Femke van Es, says.
The usually popular theme park, the Efteling, has experienced a drop in visitors for the first time in seven years. Despite the pleasant weather, fewer people took to the fairy-tale park.
An American journalist has come under fire after a travel article of hers appeared in the Wall Street Journal criticizing the Efteling for, among other things, racist undertones.
The round-up of some of this week’s most noteworthy events and news stories features: the string of incidents at the end of the Netherlands-Russia year-of-friendship, a missing Amersfoort Labour councilor, the impact of heavy rainfall with millions in damages in its wake and Greenpeace' tireless effort to free their crew from a Murmansk prison.