You've triggered me now man!
As a man who probably likes Valhalla even more than you do but also as a man grounded in reality when it comes to the industry I'm going to try to be unbiased.
Is Valhalla in it's current state anywhere near as bad as you're making out?
Valhalla by it's very nature is very hit and miss with effects per visit so here's what I took away from my end of season trip.
All the exterior stuff was running, including one of the flame throwers glitching out and going off every 10 seconds all day.
The on ride audio was all working and deafening in places.
First scene fire goblets were both on and scorching, plus the newly refurbished wolf thing looks amazing.
Shouty Odin bloke on the lift was turned on for the first time in a while.
Faux fire (steam room) was the best I've seen it ages.
The crashing through the wall before the turn table was akin to a car crash!
Scene at the top of the second lift looked stunning and all effects up there were running.
All the fire effects at the end were working and were insane.
Audio was off for shouty lift bloke.
Trommels on the lift weren't working but they hardly ever do.
The black out curtain missing so you could see outside during the backwards drop.
The ice room being the warm room, first time I've ever seen this so it didn't bother me, was exciting.
The mist you drop through wasn't working which is lame.
Water Vortex was off, I'd put that one down to being switched off for weather reasons but yes was a shame, that thing is awful but fantastic.
Hammers weren't drenching like I've known them to in the past, once again I've got a feeling this is intentional.
Water on fire effect as well as the ring of fire effect were both down but they are so rare to see working.
So it was a pretty standard showing in my eyes, few things down and a few things to get excited about.
The thing is though, Valhalla is such a fantastic experience even with X amount of things not working as originally planned it is still an awesome experience and easily one of the best dark rides out there.
Yes I agree with you, if Pleasure Beach kept Valhalla at the state it was in when it opened, then this awe inspiring ride would be be untouchable, I completely agree with you there. However as has been said already, in order to do that a constant and very expensive maintenance schedule would have to be implemented and as Pleasure Beach aren't Disney/Universal and even more so because of their historic money issues it just isn't possible.
I think it's completely unfair to say the money isn't being spent elsewhere either, because the rest of the park looks great at the moment and I don't want to think about the madness that's happening next year because I'll just get excited.
If Valhalla has upset you that badly, please go ride Tomb Blaster, that thing deserves to be torn down/burnt down right this second!