The Big One dominates the skyline at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, and is visible from several miles away. At the time of its opening in 1994, the ride was the tallest and steepest roller coaster in the world, and it still holds the title of being the tallest roller coaster in the UK. A classic steel coaster manufactured by Arrow Dynamics, it sees riders seated in rows of two on trains that can hold up to thirty at a time.
After traversing the enormous, 213-feet-tall lift hill, riders plummet down the 205-feet, 65-degree first drop, hitting a top speed of 74 miles per hour. The ride is far from over at this point, with the circuit stretching for some 5,497-feet and snaking around large areas of Pleasure Beach. The second drop is taller than most roller coasters, and The Big One’s course features turns that are designed to exert extreme forces on riders.