Well, my reflections on Aquanura
Personally, I really liked the 60th Anniversary show. But being a bit more objective about it, it was pretty boring. It must have been even more boring if you didn't speak Dutch. Why did I still like it? Having worked there myself, it was just completely Efteling-like. The CEO already said in the beginning. I'm a CEO, not a professional tv-like host, but we just do everything ourselves. It more or less spelled: this is OUR 60th Anniversary and we are not ruining that by giving in to what a viewer might think of it.
Then Aquanura itself. I thought it was fabulous with a few minor flaws, for instance the transitions between the music. It was more or less what I expected it to be. The transitions between the music did ruin it just a tidy bit in the first part of the show. However, when Dance Macabre starts, you just forget about it
For the Dutch audience, the surprise of the night was that Mies Bouwman gave her voice to the introduction of Aquanura. She is, by far, the most important and immensely popular tv host The Netherlands has ever known. She is over eighty years old and usually not in for these type of things. Her English pronunciation ain't that good though, but I guess it's understandable. Overall, if you put it in context, for a park that for the first time made a serious effort to have such a show, I thought it was really good. I just wonder how it holds up in daylight.
Some comments on what has been said before:
I'm not too big of a fan of comparing shows when you haven't spend a day in the park beforehand. I think, especially for this one, which is all about the theme park experience, it's hard to judge its impact based on a video that you're watching at home.
I don't really care if there is a story or not. Aquanura is the story of your day at Efteling, it's about reliving memories. The displays symbolize the atmosphere of the rides they represent, although someones are better (Spookslot) than others (Villa Volta). The reason that the fountains are there is explained in the beginning and that's just it. I don't know if the 'golden ball' entertainment was just for tonight, I guess not, but probably the ball will be taken out of the goblet and that's just it then. There is no intention to re-enact the fairytale, it is just a variation on a small part of the fairytale.
I honestly don't understand why there should be any projections in the show. Projections of what? Of the rides, but why then? I mean, you just experienced them the same day. Furthermore, I think I would be annoyed by having a water screen going on and off the entire time, it takes the pace out of things. It will probably be just me, but I only truly enjoy the first part of WoC, until Aladdin and some parts afterwards as well (PoTC). Efteling doesn't even have world famous movies like Disney has, so I guess that only further proves my point that projections would not add to the experience. To me, it feels a bit like taking WoC and its characteristics and then mentioning everything it does and Aquanura does not. Such a comparison is then already flawed from the beginning.