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The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

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Roller coaster

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.

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Upcoming refurbishments, rehabs and closures

We are not aware of any scheduled refurbishment periods for The Big One. Do you know of any upcoming "rehabs" that we're missing? If so - please contact us so that we can keep the list up-to-date.

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Reviews of The Big One:

The ride to ride at Blackpool
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)
on Thursday, October 10, 2013 19:17

The biggest thrill ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach and in my opinion the best ride to ride. On the whole queue time at the Pleasure Beach is good and with no front seat queues the park has a relaxed feel. If you want to ride the front people will willingly go ahead while you wait to take the front seat. If you are dreading the size of this and putting of riding, keep in mind that if the wind gets strong, the ride will close. It is always unpredictable the weather but worth looking at the forecast just incase. Also if it has rained for 3 consecutive hours the day before it will add to the number of people visiting the park. This is because of the rainy day offer where guests can return the next day for free.

With al this in mind it might be worth facing your fears early, you may enjoy the ride that much you will be kicking yourself you didn't go on it earlier. If you dare look at the top of the ride you will see views that are equal to going up the Blackpool Tower, although brief it's a mind blowing view. This ride is fast but doesn't seem like it when your on it, it's a long ride with all sorts of thrills. Some seemingly head chopping bits will get you ducking in your seat and some tilts on the side will get you wondering how far you can lean over without falling out.

Without a doubt a top ride in the UK

5
The Intimidator?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)
on Thursday, September 05, 2013 19:05

The Big One lives up to it's name. It's massive, and it looks very intimidating. I know, from my own personal experience, that gathering the courage to ride this coaster isn't easy. Believe me when I say this, it's worth it! As steep as the first drop may be, it's not the only good thing about this ride. The ride maintains a great deal of speed throughout, and with high banked turns, a tight banked helix and an unexpected dive underground for the ride photo, this ride is definitely one of the best rides, if not THE best ride, at Pleasure Beach!

5

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