The story behind Symbolica is about Pardoes, the mascot of Efteling. He is the magic jester at the court of King Pardulfus, king of the fictional planet of Symbolica. Guests are invited for an official audience with the king, but Pardoes invites them for a tour through the entire palace instead.
"Symbolica: Paleis der Fantasie" is Dutch for "Symbolica: Palace of Fantasy".
For many years, De Efteling wanted to build a ride that revolved around the park's mascot 'Pardoes'. Originally De Efteling wanted to open a dark ride in 2012, called 'Hartenhof', with a ride system made by Vekoma. The seats of the car would have been mounted on a robotic arm, creating movement in multiple directions. Eventually, De Efteling decided to go in a different direction and opened Symbolica in 2017 instead.
Ride duration7 minutes
Number of vehicles34 vehicles
Seats (per vehicle/theatre)6 seats
Maximum speed4 km/h