Fata Morgana is a classic tow boat ride, inspired by the tales of One Thousand and One Nights. Aided by a wizard, guests are transported through scenes including jungles, an Arabic marketplace, prisons, a Pasha's throne room and a treasure room guarded by a giant Djinn.
Development on Fata Morgana began in the early 80s and was to become Efteling's first dark ride. Five years prior to opening, Efteling already introduced a tow boat ride on one of its lakes, Gondoletta. It is rumoured that designer Van de Ven originally planned for Fata Morgana to be an expansion to Gondoletta (to be build on an island in the lake) but as the project grew in ambition, it could no longer fit on it and was moved to another part of the park. Nevertheless, Gondoletta turned out to be popular enough on its own and remains a stand alone ride to this day. With Fata Morgana still some years away from completion in 1983, it was decided to build Carnaval Festival for the 1984 season, for which the development was largely outsourced.
Designer Van de Ven took much of his inspiration for Fata Morgana from Anton Pieck's drawings for the first complete Dutch publication of One Thousand and One Nights (also known as the Arabian Nights). The sets and animatronics were almost entirely constructed in-house. Much of the development time was spent on finding a new and cost effective way to power the over 130 animatronics, for which Efteling ended op obtaining a patent. Some of the animatronics were outsourced to Hofmann Figuren, though most of these have been replaced with in-house build figures over time.
Ride duration8 minutes
Number of vehicles14 vehicles
Seats (per vehicle/theatre)16 seats
Ride length285 m
Maximum speed2 km/h