Fata Morgana, the forbidden city, also known as 1001 Arabian Nights (or “1001 nachten” in Dutch) is a dark ride in amusement park Efteling in the Netherlands. It was designed by Ton van de Ven and Jan Verhoeven and opened in 1986. 16- passenger boats pass through a fairy-tale style Arabian city that is populated by 140 animatronics. Only one transport boat is present in a scene at the same time. The ride begins in a twilight setting, showing a jungle and the skyline of a distant Arabian city. Upon entering the city, in the poor quarter, beggars and merchants call for attention. The next scene shows a prison and torture room, followed by a palace and a harbor with ships . Passing by a harem the real ride ends in the throne room of the pasha. Total ride time is 8 minutes, capacity of 1800 persons/ hour.
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