Valhalla ride to remain closed during 2020

Valhalla, Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach has announced that the Valhalla water ride will be closed for refurbishment during the 2020 season.

The enclosed dark ride, which opened in 2000, was the subject of unconfirmed reports earlier this year indicating that it would be taken out of service for overhaul.

Today the Pleasure Beach said it was “proud” to announce that Valhalla was being given a “sprinkling of magic Christmas dust”. It added that the ride would be “reimagined” before reopening during the 2021 season.

The ride traditionally has high maintenance and operation costs across the Lancashire amusement park’s 10-month season. It uses large amounts of petroleum gas and electricity for its numerous and varied special effects.

In a Twitter post earlier this year, Pleasure Beach managing director Amanda Thompson said that the park would try to make the ride “way better” but that the ride must be more sustainable.