Top win for Viking ride

Inside Valhalla at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, which has won a top award.

Inside Valhalla at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, which has won a top award.

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One of Blackpool’s iconic rides has been named as the best of its kind in Europe.

Valhalla – rated the world’s biggest indoor dark ride – was given the honour at the European Star Awards after a panel of international experts voted it one of the best on the continent.

Costing £15m and opened in 2000 by TV star Jonathan Ross, it is a high speed, waterborne ride which takes thrill-seekers on a journey into viking times through fire, water, snow, thunder and lightning.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach bosses were in Germany to receive the accolade from trade magazine Kirmes & Park Revue.

Valhalla underwent a £1m transformation in time for the 2012 season with a new façade being constructed featuring the world’s biggest man-made waterfall cascading thousands of tons of water every hour plus two huge griffins spouting fire.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach managing director Amanda Thompson said: “We are delighted to receive this accolade.

“Valhalla was a world’s first when it opened in 2000 and still amazes guests at the attraction today.

“We are constantly looking at ways of improving the experience for our customers, which is why we invested in it for the 2012 season, and it looks fantastic. We are very proud of the ride and we are very honoured to receive this award.”