Big One
Big One (Pleasure Beach Blackpool) - OnRide

Big One (Pleasure Beach Blackpool) - OnRide

Park Pleasure Beach Blackpool
Location UKBlackpool, England, UK
Status Operating
Opened May 28, 1994
Height restriction
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Type Steel- Hyper
Riders per train 30
Riders per hour 1,700
Lift/launch system Chain Lift
Height 213 feet
Drop 205 feet
Top speed 74 mph
Length 5,497 feet
Duration 3:00
Steepest drop 65 degrees
Maximum g-force 3.5G

Big One is an Arrow Dynamics hyper roller coaster located at Pleasure Beach Blackpool in Blackpool, England. The ride cost £12,000,000 ($18,000,000) to build and was sponsored by Pepsi. It is the tallest rollercoaster in the United Kingdom, and was the tallest in the world when it opened in 1994.


  • The ride was the tallest, fastest, and steepest in the world when it opened in 1994. All these records have been taken from it, but it it is still the tallest rollercoaster in the United Kingdom, but it is no longer the fastest as Stealth in Thorpe Park is the fastest at 80 mph.
  • The ride has suffered two crashes. One in July 1994, just weeks after its opening, and one in August 2000. These crashes were only minor, and so were the resulting injuries, but they made international news. There was also a breakdown (not a collision, so no injuries) on 4 April 2016.
  • The Pleasure Beach leaflet incorrectly says the ride's speed at 87 mph, when it is actually 74 mph. The leaflet also exaggerates the ride's height, stating it as 235 feet. The correct figures have been stated by Ron Toomer, the ride's designer, who (unlike the park) has no reason to exaggerate these figures.
  • The ride's height restriction is 52 inches or 4 ft 4in
  • The opening in 1994 of The Big One, Nemesis and Shockwave resulted in 1994 being celebrated by UK parks and fans as the "Year of the Rollercoaster".[1][2]

Preceded by

Magnum XL-200

World's Tallest Complete-Circuit Roller Coaster

May 1994–July 1996

Succeeded by


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  1. link, 2015-04-14