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Work took place on the ride during covid, lots of it, that is what I heard from a senior member of staff.A bit harsh. I think she wants it open more than anyone because she is frustrated about all the delays, baring in mind it should have been finished and open over a year ago.
Delays caused mainly by Covid (Lockdowns and social distancing meant no work could take place), and Brexit (supply chain issues for materials and parts) have meant that it still isn't open, but Amanda is still hoping to have it open this year. Looks like it will probably miss the stated Summer 2022 opening time though, unfortunately.
Yeh I know work will have taken place during covid, but social distancing will have meant that not as much as they would have liked to have done will have been able to.Work took place on the ride during covid, lots of it, that is what I heard from a senior member of staff.
It is more recently that things have apparently ground to a halt.
If the time and effort of planning the ice show went into redeveloping Valhalla, it would have happened.
The park owner has had other priorities.
She has virtually admitted it won't open this year.
There is zero chance of it opening this summer, there is little chance of it opening in the autumn.
According to Amanda, yes it is.
Wasn't Shockwave out of action for a lengthy period? Probably more to do with the previous ownership running out of money for a lengthy period thinking about it.It just occurred to me. Drayton Manor have what? Atleast six Intamin installations atleast. No issues in getting parts whatsoever.
Given the rumoured bad air between Pleasure Beach and Valhalla since 2000. What is the possibility that they are using a different less experienced company to supply and amend hardware?
It certainly would explain why there are delays when other parks seem to get parts just fine.
I am not convinced. Certainly an interesting point to consider though. Either way I would put that down to bad planning in itself. As if they were using a lesser contractor, they should have planned around that and planned for potential delays when dealing with such a complex piece of equipment.
Even with that being the case, it would surely be the case that all hardware modifications would have been specified and done as one project/order?There are definitely some changes to the ride system, they have moved the console and altered the turntables.
The park have a long history of hacking away at ride hardware and introducing their own quirks, Valhalla is no exception.
Didn't they make modifications to Ice Blast which S&S weren't happy with?I personally imagine the latter, that is the Pleasure Beach way...a tradition of bodge, budge and patch it up.
The whole park is held together with additional welds, and gaffer tape that has been rendered over with a four to one mix of sand and cement.
It is just that they prefer screwfix in China, and the Brexit administrator on the Beach has gone off on long term sick due to very long covid.
One of our party at the weekend started to dismantle our National train...WHILE WE WERE IN IT!
Large parts of the park are held together with bailer twine and poundshop cable ties.