Do Theme Parks Change, or do You Change?

Posted in Thrillz on Thursday, January 21, 2016
Author: Dion Verhelst

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Hey everybody! I'm Dion (Poofy), and I will be your host for the remainder of the period of time you spend reading my blogs. Themeparks, entertainment and music run through my veins, and I'm looking forward to entertain you. Without further ado, here we go!

Once upon a time...

Theme Parks, ah yes.. They have been a big red line in my life. From whenever I was a kid, I liked big fantasy movies with out of the world settings. I’m talking about movies like, the Neverending Story and Labyrinth. Can you imagine what I felt when my parents took me to the Efteling each year?

The Efteling is one of the top theme parks in the Netherlands, and they love theming. It goes beyond what most theme parks give you. Wherever plastic or concrete is used, the Efteling uses real bricks and wood. I still feel like this kid that I was each time I step into this park, and this is exactly what makes me a theme park geek.

I’ve visited other parks in the Netherlands too, like Hellendoorn, Duinrell, Walibi Holland and several others, but none gave me the same feeling.

Puberty Hits Hard
Then I grew older and stopped visiting the smaller kid oriented parks. Two remained, the Efteling and Walibi Holland. One for nostalgia, the other for the roller coasters and thrill rides. This is also the time when I finally got to visit Disneyland Paris (and my first rollercoaster ride in Space Mountain).

Daddy Time
And now, I’m a father nowadays, and I still try to visit the Efteling each year with my family. My daughter loves this park as much as I did when I was her age. And I love the sight of amazement on her face, the same way it was on my face back then. What makes me even happier is that she shares my love for theme parks already and it doesn’t matter how big the park is. She’s as enchanted in the Efteling as she is in a smaller park like Sprookjeswonderland.

And this brings us to the end of my first blog on, I hope you've enjoyed reading it and that I will see you next time around. Thank you for your time, 'till next time. And remember, fairytales DO exist...

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Dion Verhelst

Dion Verhelst

Guitarist, Pixel Artist, Web Designer/Front-Ender and on top of all that, family man. Dion loves entertainment, and what better entertainment than theme parks? For Thrillz he writes blogs and reviews about themeparks and themepark related products, and creates content for the social media platforms.

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