the space next to Valhalla is just used for storage, but there was a
time when it had a ride that dated back to 1979. It was the water
chute, one of the earliest examples of a water ride, the pre cursor
of today's modern flume rides.
It was a simple ride with a simple oval layout. It consisted of a
hill lift, after which you'd do a u-turn in to the drop. The drop
consisted of running along a track that went in to the water
creating a splash, followed by a small upwards section. The upwards
section is the cause of some debate, on whether it counts as a
roller coaster or not. I personally would class the upwards part as
a roller coaster element, and would say enough of the ride is based
around a roller coaster element for it to count.
It didn't hold up that well compared to more modern
rides, but it was still a nice ride, and I'm glad I got a chance to
ride an example of a historic ride before they all went. In the end
the rides low popularity, that would have been hard to turn around,
meant it's days ended in 2003.
There are currently no other examples about, but the
Dreamland project has a water chute from another park in
storage, that hopefully will be resurrected as part of the save
Dreamland project, so people can continue to experience this piece