Valhalla delays ‘due to technical and logistical issues’

Valhalla, Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach owner Amanda Thompson has attributed delays with the reopening of the Valhalla ride to “technical and logistical issues”.

Citing the effects of both Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic, Thompson said that she was still “pushing every day” for the ride to reopen this year.

The indoor water and dark ride has been closed since the end of the 2019 season and has been undergoing refurbishment with a view to making the ride more operationally sustainable.

Valhalla was initially planned to reopen in 2021, but the coronavirus lockdowns were attributed to reopening being delayed by a year.

Valhalla refurbishment, August 2022
Work is still going on to the ride, which last operated in 2019

The park has been largely silent on Valhalla’s reopening date other than it being this year, and has generally not responded to queries on the matter.

However, this morning Pleasure Beach managing director Thompson responded to questions on the ride’s progress.

“I want it to open this year and I am pushing every day for it to open this year,” she said on Twitter.

“We just have delays with technical issues and logistics on parts etc. Brexit and Covid have caused so many issues especially re getting parts.”

Thompson added that the issue of procuring parts was affecting a number of rides across the Pleasure Beach, also stating there was “no update” on Valhalla’s reopening date.

This year, the Lancashire amusement park’s season is scheduled to end on 27 November.