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Ride Profile Valkyria takes flight


Liseberg celebrated the opening of new B&M dive coaster Valkyria earlier this summer, with guests gathering at the Swedish park to watch a ribbon cutting ceremony before enjoying their first ride. Park World takes a closer look at this record-breaking roller coaster…


Figures of Fun


Length: 700 m / 2,296.6 ft Height: 47 m / 154.2 ft Drop: 50 m / 164 ft Speed: 19.8 m / 65.2 mph Inversions: 3 Ride cars: 3 cars per train; 3 trains; 18 riders per train Rider restrictions: 132 cm or 7 years old


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ith a drop of 50 metres, Valkyria holds the title of the highest and longest dive coaster in Europe. Manufactured by Swiss coaster giant Bolliger &


Mabillard, Valkyria is Liseberg’s biggest ever investment, and was custom designed for the park. The construction of Liseberg’s largest, most complex


attraction to date started September 2016, with the ground work, including digging the tunnel, requiring a significant time period.


A ride with a difference Taking the place of the Kanonen (Cannon) coaster, which had been at the park for ten years, Valkyria seats 18 riders in three rows. It is composed of a variety of elements which all provide a different and unique experience to the guests, B&M’s Sophie Bolliger told Park World.


Legs dangling free, guests take a nail-biting 45-degree climb


before finding themselves 47m up in the air. “After reaching the top of the lift, the passengers have time to enjoy the panoramic view before the vehicle slowly tilts forward at the edge of the drop and stops,” Sophie reveals. “The passengers are stopped at the edge of the drop for approximately two seconds with their feet dangling in the air, unable to see the track below them and facing down the upcoming 50-m drop.” They rush downwards at 105 km/h – a vertical dive face


first, 50m down to plunge into an underground tunnel. “A majestic Immelmann follows, simulating an aerobatic maneuver which includes a half loop followed by a half roll, as well as a horseshoe element; a zero-g-roll which is combined with a parabolic curve, to create a weightless feeling for guests. An eight-curve offers dynamic changes in direction, whilst a barrel roll provides a last surprise element before the ride cars return to the station.


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