Blackpool Pleasure Beach will reopen Valhalla in 2023

New artwork for Valhalla (© Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

Valhalla is one of the most legendary boat dark rides. The attraction at Blackpool Pleasure Beach is notorious for its wetness and loved by fans for its overall themed experience. The park closed the attraction for an extensive renovation in the 2019 season. Re-opening the fan-favourite dark ride has taken longer than expected, but was confirmed for the upcoming season during the park’s annual season launch that was held yesterday.

Valhalla originally opened in 2000. Riders journey through various scenes and environments from Norwegian mythology. The attraction was famous for travelling through rooms ranging from +40°C (104°F) to -20°C (-4 °F) temperatures. The dark ride contains a log flume ride system by Intamin Amusement Rides.

The park has not been clear on why the refurbishment of the attraction took so long, beyond some supplier delays. During an interview at the IAAPA Expo 2022 in London, CEO Amanda Thompson said she was hoping it would still open at the end of the previous season, but that did not happen.

Yesterday, at the annual season launch, the park confirmed that the attraction will reopen during the upcoming season. An official opening date has not been set yet, but technical rehearsals will be held, starting in April. In a recent tweet by Thompson, she expects the rehearsals to start after 7 April.

Teaser video for the reopening of Valhalla (© Blackpool Pleasure Beach on YouTube)
Valhalla during its refurbishment in August 2022 (© Dark Ride Database)