Envisioning a magical world, Efteling and WET created Aquanura, a feature, which brings Efteling’s stories and their characters to life through mesmerizing choreography of water, fire, vapor and color. The largest performance fountain in Europe and one of the grandest in the world by WET, Aquanura also debuted WET's new colored LED lighting. Each lush performance is a symphony for the park, while paying homage to the historic destination and its rich fairytale culture. The lake is 15,000 square meters and holds WET’s grid-like, liquid labyrinth in its center, with platforms and varying vantage points for viewers on every side.
Efteling, one of the world’s most historic and beloved theme parks, wanted to create a spectacular entertainment show to commemorate their 60th anniversary, they sought a creative partner whose dedication to excellence paralleled their own, and whose passion for design would be expressed through cutting-edge technology to create experiences that would amaze and astonish audiences. They found that partner in WET. Aquanura reconnects adults with their most cherished childhood experiences—and creates life-memorable, magical moments for children.
WET employs over two hundred talented individuals, including designers, architects, landscape architects, graphic artists, motion designers, inventors, fluid mechanics engineers, special effects technicians, electrical engineers, choreographers, optical engineers, control system engineers, animators and illustrators. Each project is a true collaboration between all of these talents. WET carries out all aspects of its projects from concept to completetion. For Aquanura: Mark Fuller, Chief Excellence Officer; Peter Kopik, Head of Choreography; also served as lead designer for the project; Tony Freitas, Project Engineer, who served as the lead client communicator to fufill the project’s objective and deliver a WET-worthy masterpiece; and of course, the talented individuals at Efteling and talents who worked side by side with WET’s on-site parties.
Aquanura in the Efteling's debut symphony was comprised of a 10 minute preshow to excite passerby's and a grand show immediately following to entice park-goers, bringing them in to view the fountain's extravagant performance. Aquanura debuted a second 12 minute symphony in February of 2014, choreographed by WET.
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