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Valhalla

d n s u
Posted: 6/16/00 at 1:03:43 PM
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OK so I've finally ridden the ride.. but first some facts:

Cost 15m to build and 4.50 to ride.
Temps range from -20 to 110 degrees C
Manufactured by Intamin who worked on Jaws at Univ Studios.
Takes 35,000 sq feet of gas per hour to power the flame effects.
Gas bill is 250,000 a year.
100,000 gallons per min of water is pumped through the ride.
2000 people an hour on a 6.5 min journey.
25 longboats in all each carrying 8 passengers.
Valhalla's reservoir holds 1.5 million gallons of water.

Now the ride itself...If you don't want to get wet buy a mac for 60p..I got soaked whilst waiting for the ride to leave the station (which was built by Sergei Volov from Petrozavodsk, Russia and is magnificent!!!).

I'd rate as the highlights the backward flume (a la Maelstrom at EPCOT) and the Grand National like humped flume towards the end..

If you don't like Force 10 Gales blowing in your face then avoid..I lost my breath and admit to panicking a bit in the Cold Zone..

Beware the falling trees and water that spurts up when least expected,, logs come tumbling down towards you..They say you go thru a blizzard but I don't remember it..maybe it was when I was struggling for breath..I don't remember seeing too much of the lightning either but this is a ride you will have to ride more than once just to see what you missed first time around!.

As you start the ride , you ascend a spinning tunnel..then brace yourself..

Some people were disappointed..some people were not.. I loved the ride and YES I did get VERY,VERY WET!

Re: Valhalla by Graeme Graeme Profile at 6/16/00 3:58:42 PM

Thanks d n s u, it's nice to know the details.

Hey, why don't you back me up over the TRAUMAtizer tunnel?

Graeme.

> OK so I've finally ridden the ride.. but first
> some facts:

> Cost 15m to build and 4.50 to ride.
> Temps range from -20 to 110 degrees C
> Manufactured by Intamin who worked on Jaws at
> Univ Studios.
> Takes 35,000 sq feet of gas per hour to power the
> flame effects.
> Gas bill is 250,000 a year.
> 100,000 gallons per min of water is pumped
> through the ride.
> 2000 people an hour on a 6.5 min journey.
> 25 longboats in all each carrying 8 passengers.
> Valhalla's reservoir holds 1.5 million gallons of
> water.

> Now the ride itself...If you don't want to get
> wet buy a mac for 60p..I got soaked whilst
> waiting for the ride to leave the station (which
> was built by Sergei Volov from Petrozavodsk,
> Russia and is magnificent!!!).

> I'd rate as the highlights the backward flume (a
> la Maelstrom at EPCOT) and the Grand National
> like humped flume towards the end..

> If you don't like Force 10 Gales blowing in your
> face then avoid..I lost my breath and admit to
> panicking a bit in the Cold Zone..

> Beware the falling trees and water that spurts up
> when least expected,, logs come tumbling down
> towards you..They say you go thru a blizzard but
> I don't remember it..maybe it was when I was
> struggling for breath..I don't remember seeing
> too much of the lightning either but this is a
> ride you will have to ride more than once just to
> see what you missed first time around!.

> As you start the ride , you ascend a spinning
> tunnel..then brace yourself..

> Some people were disappointed..some people were
> not.. I loved the ride and YES I did get
> VERY,VERY WET!

Re: Valhalla by d n s u at 6/16/00 7:05:02 PM

> Thanks d n s u, it's nice to know the details.

> Hey, why don't you back me up over the
> TRAUMAtizer tunnel?

> Graeme.

I don't remember a tunnel...but maybe they added one since the opening week..Although it's smooth its a bit too intense for me..I prefer The Cyclone..

Southport Pleasureland

ReTRAUMAtizer by Graeme Graeme Profile at 6/17/00 5:57:54 AM

I'm certain that's exactly what happened. I realise TRAUMAtizer was running before they added the tunnel, because it shows on the "Coaster Crazy" video. There is a sunken rectangle at that point.

Yes, Cyclone is lovely. What a brilliant, well-balanced amusement park, eh? I just can't think what they now need. I'd go for a custom "corkscrew" like Millennium Coaster.

Graeme.

> I don't remember a tunnel...but maybe they added
> one since the opening week..Although it's smooth
> its a bit too intense for me..I prefer The
> Cyclone..

Southport Pleasureland by d n s u at 6/20/00 2:14:58 PM

> I'm certain that's exactly what happened. I
> realise TRAUMAtizer was running before they added
> the tunnel, because it shows on the "Coaster
> Crazy" video. There is a sunken rectangle at
> that point.

> Yes, Cyclone is lovely. What a brilliant,
> well-balanced amusement park, eh? I just can't
> think what they now need. I'd go for a custom
> "corkscrew" like Millennium Coaster.

> That would be great..and now that the owners seem to have managed to get rid of the tenants (There appeared to be a bit of a battle going on over cash or tkts to pay for rides..Some rides advertised the fact rather bluntly that 'Tkts aren't needed on this ride'..) they seem to be investing a lot in the park...I remember back in 1984ish when they introduced a Looping Star but it only lasted one or two seasons..Anyone else remember it or ride it? What happened to it?

Southport Pleasureland

Re: Southport Pleasureland by Graeme Graeme Profile at 6/20/00 2:26:41 PM

Looping Star? Was that a Schwarzopf or a Pinfari? Don't like those Pinfaris - they rumble and the loops are over as soon as they've started. I'd rather ride a good non-coaster like a pirate ship. Anyway, that's irrelevant!

Thanks for the (brilliant) website. It makes me happy to know that 911 rode TRAUMAtizer before me!

Pleasureland is definitely my favourite seaside amusement park. Sure, I'd recommend Blackpool over Southport to a tourist anyday, but I love TRAUMAtizer and the Cyclone is the very definition of "smooth but thrilling".

Graeme.