The Big One is located at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in North West England. Formerly known as the Pepsi Max Big One, this large steel roller coaster once held the record for being the tallest roller coaster in the world. The Big One remains the tallest roller coaster in the UK.
The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
When The Big One opened to the public on 28 May 1994, it held the record of the tallest roller coaster in the world. It held this record until July 1996, when Fujiyama opened at Fuji-Q Highland in Japan. At a height of 213ft (65m), The Big One remains the tallest roller coaster in the UK. To really experience the height of the Big One you can also take an escorted climb to the 235ft summit of the lift hill.
Top Speed – 119km/h 74mph
Cost – £12m
Length – 5497ft 1675m
Height – 213ft 65m
Type – Steel – Hyper Coaster
Inversions – 0
Theme Park – Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Year Opened – 1994
Construction of The Big One
Designed by Ron Toomer and manufactured by Arrow Dynamics, The Big One’s construction began in 1992. The tubular track and supports were airlifted from Bolton to Blackpool and stored at nearby Blackpool Airport. When construction of the ride commenced, the south of Blackpool promenade was closed and pieces of the structure were stored on the road adjacent to Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The large foundations and main supports were initially constructed and once completed, the tubular track was fitted.
The Pepsi Max Big One
The roller coaster first opened as Pepsi Max Big One on 28 May 1994. When it debuted, it held the record for being both the tallest and steepest roller coaster in the world The Big One’s height record was surpassed in July 1996 when Fujiyama opened in Japan, but The Big One remains the tallest roller coaster in the UK. Following the 2011 season, the Pepsi Max branding was removed from the ride, however, a tunnel before the lift hill at the beginning of the ride remains in the shape of a Pepsi Max can.
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