AD – We were gifted accommodation entry into the theme park and tickets to the show to write this blog post – Review CARO Show Efteling. We paid for our own meal.

Review CARO Show Efteling – while staying at Efteling we booked to see their new show CARO. Having looked on their website I thought it would be a good gap fill. Since we were there anyway and so it would be something to do in the witching hour before bed. I am so glad I did it because the show deserves way more than this. It is a magical mix of story telling and circus performance. With huge moving animals it really captured the boys imaginations. Even the three year old stayed glued to the performance. CARO is preformed in the Efteling Theatre.  This  near the entrance to the park.

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Eating in Pinokkio’s

Since we were there all day I booked a pre theatre meal in their pizza and pasta restaurant Pinokkio’s. Our meal was booked for 4.30pm with the show beginning at 6.30pm. This worked perfectly for us. We had planned to nip outside to see the water fountains around 6.15pm  when they started. Because there was such a long queue to get back into the the theatre. We watched  the fountain show through the windows to the bar. The area directly outside the theatre  bar is roped off. I expect they open the doors in the warmer weather, so that you have a chance to see both the water show and the theatre show.

Review CARO Show Efteling

Review CARO Show Efteling

Pinokkio’s is located inside the theatre and has a reasonable simple menu with a handful of options. This is in keeping with the other restaurants we tried. I really liked that the kids menu was basically the adults but in smaller portion size. This worked well for Monkey who is not a fan of children’s menus generally. The layout of the room outs a stage at the centre. Here they had placed squash urns. For 4€ the kids could have unlimited drinks in a souvenir plastic cup with lid, which  could be taken through to the theatre. The boys really enjoyed filling them up with all the different colours.

The price of the food

Our meal came to 82€ with a half litre carfe of wine, two beers, unlimited soft drinks for the boys and two starters and four main courses. Starters on the adult menu were between 5-10€ and main courses 9.50€-14€. Children’s prices for mains were around 50% of the adult price. When you compare this to the price of a meal in London even on a theatre deal its not bad value considering we also had alcohol.

Entering the theatre

I was confused by our tickets that had consecutive even numbers. We were a little concerned that this meant that we wouldn’t be sitting next to each other. Of course we need not have worried, one side of the theatre is even numbers and one side of the theatre is odd numbers. You will need to make sure you enter through the right door. The stage is in the centre of the room so no matter where you sit you get a good view of that is going on.

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Review CARO Show Efteling

The story is about the circle of life and is designed around a Carousel.  With the main character Oscar being part of the audience initially. He finds the key to the memory carousel and travels back through time to all the great moments of his life.

From the story..

We see Oscar and his friend Eva. They play, dance and laugh their way through life. Time passes. Oscar and Eva watch themselves growing up in the big mirror. They become teenagers, Oscar goes on a journey into the great wide world. But in the end he returns to his true love Eva. They get married and welcome their daughter Kate..

Time passes by. The young family is busy. Eva can’t cope with the merry go round of life anymore… and then silence. Little Kate comforts her father. Dancing along, they try to pick up their lives again. Kate grows up. She makes Oscar happy with a grandson who’ is the spitting image of him. The circle of life has gone the full circle. Oscar is grateful. The memory carousel has shown him the beauty of his life..

All images © 2018 – Robert Aarts Photography – All rights reserved
Images © 2018 – Robert Aarts Photography – All rights reserved
All images © 2018 – Robert Aarts Photography – All rights reserved

Our experience

The show obviously touches on some significant life events. The family bereavement was very well portrayed and Kipper did ask the question where the mummy had gone. But only in passing. Although it is something to be aware of with young children but should not distract from the rest of the show. Which is jovial and full of humour with lots of acrobatics and dancing. The music and costumes really add to the experience. Many of the carousel members looking like they had stepped right out of the festival of the masks in Venice. Some school children were guests  of the show and got to perform in the show itself.

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You are not allowed to take pictures or videos during the show. Efteling have supplied the photos included in this post. It lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes and there are no intervals. We really did enjoy the show and I would take the children to see it again. It is essential that you book both the show and restaurant, by staying on site then you can do this online. Theatre tickets only costs 7.50€ per person for those staying at one of the Efteling accommodations. Which after seeing the show is an absolute bargain. Alternatively you can buy combined theme park and show tickets from 57€ or show tickets alone for 25€. Booking can all be done on the Efteling website.

Have you seen the CARO show? What did you think?

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Review Efteling CARO Show

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30 Comments

  1. paula cheadle Reply

    What a wonderful story, I bet you were all amazed, I know I would be. Love the photos of the show.

  2. It sounds like the whole evening was wonderful.

    Great value for the meal and also the theatre.

    I imagine it was quite moving but spectacular x

  3. Priscilla Stubbs Reply

    There is so much more going on than when I visited a very long time ago and that is a pretty amazing show

  4. This show sounds spectacular! I’ve never gone to a show like this but its definitely something I want to do! Caitylis x x

  5. Melissa Cushing Reply

    This looks like a spectacular show for the entire family. Love the pictures and all of the bright colors and that pizza looks delicious too!

  6. Lyndsey O'Halloran Reply

    Sounds like a really wonderful show. I like that it isn’t too long and that’s great for children.

  7. Reading your reviews of Efteling I’m surprised at how affordable it is – the food in particular. It justifies going even more!

  8. This looks like an amazing show, the costumes reminded me of Circle du Soleil! I would love to check this one out.

  9. Looks like a great show but my 6 year old is very sensitive so not sure how he’d cope with the mum dying. I really love that the children’s menu offers similar to the adult menu, I always find kids menus so samey, it would be nice to give the kids the opportunity to try something new. Glad you all had a fun time xx

  10. I’ve heard so much about Efteling, I’d really like to visit some day. The show looks amazing.

    • Lyndsey cooksey Reply

      What a great looking show! Never hear of Carp before. Cor that food looks good too!

  11. That looks like a beautiful show, I am sure my kids would love it and great that it touches on real life events too

  12. We love watching the circus when we travel and would love to watch the Caro Show as it is interesting how they have incorporated the memory carousel story around the show

  13. Jay Aguirre Reply

    Wow this looks like an absolutely incredible show. They really went all out with the production value! Looked like a fantastic time.

  14. The show looks like it would be a lot of fun to go to. If we every make it out there I will have to be sure to take my daughter.

  15. How colourful and fabulous. I had not heard of it previously. Always pleased to read your excellent reviews with great tips.

  16. I have not seen the Caro show but it looks great, I love the effect of the rain!

  17. Carly Belsey Reply

    Wow that show looks really colourful and wonderful. Perfect for all the family. That pizza!!! Yummy

  18. Jeanette Leighton Reply

    Looks like a great show very entertaining I’m sure my family would love this

  19. Zena's Suitcase Reply

    We would definitely book to see this show if we make it to Eftling. I’m a huge fan of live circus anyway and this looks like a wonderful show to see

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