Sunday, December 22, 2019

Blackpool Pleasure Beach to Close Valhalla for 2020 Season for Major Refurbishment

© Blackpool Pleasure Beach
England's Blackpool Pleasure Beach has announced that they will be closing their iconic water flume ride, Valhalla, for the 2020 season in order to complete a total refurbishment.  Details as to exactly what they have planned are slim, with the park only saying it will be given a "reimagining during the 2020 season."

Valhalla is planned to reopen in 2021 in time for the park's grand 125th anniversary year.

Fans of the ride should be please as Valhalla has been known to have many of its fantastic effects not working in recent years, having opened in 2000.  One has to wonder if these exact effects will return in 2021 or if the "reimagining" will include brand new replacement effects.  Either way it is nice to see the park decide to double down on the ride, which is massive and I'd assume expense to operate, instead of retiring it.

If you haven't had the pleasure of checking out Valhalla, here is an unofficial on ride movie of the experience from a few years ago when more of the effects were working.  The fire at the end is super intense and I hope that's not changed during the renovations!