Valhalla is an indoor water ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The thrilling dark ride combines special effects, including fire and snow, and dramatic drops in what was Britain’s biggest privately funded millennium investment and one of the best water rides in the world.
Valhalla at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Riders are immersed in more than four minutes of high-speed action, seeing them engulfed by unforgiving elements including fire, water, snow and thunder and lightning. They’ll make the half-mile journey on a Viking longboat into a parallel world to reach Valhalla, experiencing plunging temperatures of -20°C and highs of more than 43°C.
You Will Get Wet, You May Get Soaked!
Don’t forget your ponchos, you will need them if you are going to experience the UK’s wettest rollercoaster.
The ride, whose famous tagline reminds riders “You will get wet, you may get soaked”, includes a reservoir holding over one and a half million gallons of water, enough to fill more than two Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Taking riders through roaring fires and freezing mists, Valhalla will test limits and evoke shock, surprise and excitement at every twist and turn as they journey towards the right to be hailed as a true Viking warrior.
Valhalla first opened on June 14 2000, and was Britain’s biggest privately funded millennium investment and one of the best water rides in the world. The ride closed in 2020 for a major refurbishment and it was originally set to reopen for Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s 125th anniversary year in 2021. The refurbishment suffered delays due to covid and lack of parts but was eventually completed and the ride reopened to the public at the start of the 2023 season.
Capacity – 2000 p/h
Original Cost – £15m
Est Cost Today – £Unknown
Length – 800m
Ride System Manufacturer – Intamin
Type – Boat Ride
Vehicles – 12
Passengers per Train – 8
Ride Duration – 4 minutes
Theme Park – Attractions Near Me – Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Year Opened – 2000 (as Valhalla) 2023 (as Valhalla)
Valhalla Official Reopening
When the ride reopened in 2023 following it’s £4 refurbishment Amanda Thompson OBE, CEO of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, said: “We’re delighted to finally be able to share a glimpse into all our hard work. The new ride is absolutely sensational and will definitely leave riders wanting more.
“Those who remember the original ride may recognise some of its best-loved features, but this reimagining of Valhalla offers a totally new immersive experience that will leave riders eager to return!”
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Set in a 42-acre site on Blackpool Seafront, Blackpool Pleasure Beach is Britain’s most ride-intensive amusement park. Offering over 35 rides and attractions including the UK’s only Nickelodeon Land, it really is a fantastic day out for all the family.
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