After much anticipation, Blackpool Pleasure Beach has officially announced that Valhalla will return in 2023. Following a £4 million investment, the UK’s wettest ride is set to reopen for technical rehearsals this April with some exciting new features.
Valhalla – The legend Returns
Blackpool Pleasure Beach confirmed that Valhalla is back for the 2023 season at their annual season launch on Wednesday 15th March. Often referred to as one of the Worlds greatest Dark Rides, the attraction is scheduled to reopen for technical rehearsals on Wednesday 12th April.
Featuring many of the exciting elements that made the ride so popular when it first opened in 2000, the team at Blackpool Pleasure Beach have hinted that there are some surprises in store now that the ride has been truly brought into the modern era.
See below for a video documenting the construction of Valhalla.
Journey to Valhalla
Riders can expect to be taken on a fantastical journey to Valhalla, boarding a longboat and journeying into a parallel world guided by a brave Viking named Ivàr. There, they will encounter the spirit of Odin and pass into the afterlife to try to make it to Valhalla. While on their journey, riders will get to experience the elements – fire, ice and lots of water.
Fans Won’t Be Disappointed
Amanda Thompson OBE, CEO of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, comments: “We know how long fans have been waiting for us to announce the reopening of Valhalla, and we’re confident they won’t be disappointed with our reimagining of one of the country’s best-loved rides.
“The team has been hard at work behind the scenes, and we can’t wait to have the famous Valhalla waterfall back on in the park once more. Guests will be able to experience the ride through technical rehearsals this April.
“Valhalla has well and truly been given the reimagining it deserves, now boasting some exciting new features and impressive sustainability credentials to help ensure the ride is more environmentally friendly – without compromising on the sense of adventure for which it’s been known for many years.”
An Enhanced Ride Experience
Adam Slevin, Director of Creative, Design & Experience at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, who has headed up the Valhalla project, said: “The reopening of the UK’s most beloved water ride has been a tricky secret to keep, so it’s fantastic to be able to confirm we will be bringing back Valhalla for the 2023 season.
“We are initially opening Valhalla for technical rehearsals which means that the ride may operate intermittently throughout the day and some elements of the attraction may not be functioning.”
“We appreciate our guest’s patience as we’ve carried out this huge project, working alongside countless industry experts to enhance ride experience and give guests a well-deserved surprise. The legend has returned to Blackpool Pleasure Beach and we couldn’t be more excited.”
Valhalla Reimagined @Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Valhalla opened on June 14 2000, at a cost of £15m. 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. 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 Construction of Valhalla
This TV documentary made in 2000 follows the construction of this epic ride featuring Geoffrey Thompson and the teams behind the ride.
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