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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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 CARO Show Efteling