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Big One (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

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roller coaster
The Big One
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The Big One, taken from the promenade
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Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Location Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK
Status Operating since May 28, 1994
Statistics
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Type Steel - Hyper
Riders per train 30
Hourly capacity 1,700
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height235 feet
Drop213 feet
Top speed74 but can reach speeds of 85 if the wind is the blowing in the direction of the first drop. mph
Length5,497 feet
Inversions0
Steepest drop65°
Duration3:00
G-force3.5G
HELP

The Big One is a steel hyper roller coaster located at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK. The ride was formerly sponsored by Pepsi, during which time it was called Pepsi Max Big One. It is the tallest roller coaster in the United Kingdom and the tallest in the world when it opened in 1994. It was built by Arrow Dynamics.

The ride was designed by Arrow Dynamics and Allott & Lomax and manufactured by British firm Watson Steel.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

At some point in the 1990s, both the first drop and the turnaround were reprofiled. Some of the old track was reused in the facade for Vahalla, where it remained until the replacement of the facade during the 2011-12 off-season.[2] Big One track was also used in the facade for the Lost Dinosaurs of the Sahara ride at Pleasureland Southport, which was destroyed by fire in 2009.[3]

For 2012, the Pepsi Max branding was dropped from the name.

Design[edit | edit source]

Trains[edit | edit source]

2 trains with 5 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 30 riders per train. The ride originally operated with three trains.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

The opening in 1994 of The Big One, Shockwave at Drayton Manor and Nemesis at Alton Towers resulted in 1994 being celebrated by UK parks and fans as the "Year of the Rollercoaster".[4]

Photo Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Tallest complete-circuit roller coaster
May 1994 - July 1996
Preceded by
Magnum XL-200
Tallest complete-circuit roller coaster
May 1994 - July 1996
Succeeded by
Fujiyama