Efteling have officially confirmed that Baron 1898 will be opening on July 1st. Loopings, who previously reported that they suspected that would be the opening date , have confirmed the information on their website
The dive coaster has been testing with its first train since the 8th May. The 2nd of three trains arrived at the start of this week, and train three is due to be delivered on 1st June.
Work is also continuing around the ride area. Lockers have been placed next to the ride for guests to store their belongings whilst on the coaster, and a pizza and milkshake restaurant is located near to the exit of the ride. Although a seemingly odd choice, the decision to offer milkshakes links in nicely with the theme of the ride as workers in the Dutch miners would enjoy a drink of milk after a long day working in the mines.
A test seat has also arrived on site which will be located in front of the ride entrance. There will also be not one, but two pre-shows inside the station building helping to build up the atmosphere before you embark on the coaster itself. For those who are curious about what is inside the building but don't want to ride the coaster, there is rumoured to be a 'chicken exit' to enable you to leave before the boarding station.
I am getting more excited for this coaster with every update I see. Can't wait to ride it later this year
[All images taken from loopings.nl]