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Pepsi Max Big One, Blackpool Pleasure Beach - Review

Pepsi Max Big One - Review

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Ride Facts and Info

Arrow Hyper coaster, opened in 1994 as the world's tallest and fastest roller coaster. The ride has 3 trains, each with 5 cars containing 3 rows of 2 seats. Restraints consist of individual racheting lapbars.


Ride Layout

The station is about 30 feet off the ground, and when the train leaves it makes a small drop into a right-hand turnaround, and enters a tunnel designed to look like a large Pepsi can. The train then climbs up the lifthill to a height of 213 feet above the ground, or 235 above sea level, which is how tall BPB advertise the ride as.

The first drop makes a 90 degree turn to the right at an angle of 65 degrees as it plunges down to the ground. The next hill (and most thereafter) is angled at less than 45 degrees. A banked left-hand turnaround follows the second hill, which leads into a drop, and a couple more hills.

The sixth hill arches over the midway entrance, and the drop that follows turns to the left before rising up onto the midcourse brakes. A small drop follows before the train rises up and takes a downward helix. The train then dives under the midway into an underground tunnel and rises back up onto the brake run, before taking a left-hand turnaround back into the station.


Ride Evaluation

The Pepsi Max Big One totally dominates the Blackpool skyline, and still looks visually impressive even by today’s standards, especially at night when the whole ride is floodlit. The ride also interacts with several of the parks other rides by passing over, under, and by them, which makes the ride (and other rides) all the more exciting.

The first drop is great; riding in the front the track appears to disappear and you feel like you are going out to sea, then all of a sudden you are whipped round and find yourself hurtling down to the ground below. Riding in the back, particularly on the left-hand side, the drop is pretty fierce and delivers some good negative g’s.

Aside from the first drop, the remainder of the ride has no airtime, and is pretty forceless, but is an enjoyable experience nonetheless as you travel round the park at considerable speed over some gentle hills. The ride is a little bumpy in parts, particularly on the turnaround and helix, but the find the rest of the ride quite smooth, apart from the awful midcourse brakes, which slow the ride right down.

Overall the Pepsi Max is a good ride, but most coaster enthusiasts will probably find all but the first drop a little disappointing. However, judging by the long lines, the general public find the ride very thrilling, and until you’ve ridden something better, the Pepsi Max is still a force to be reckoned with.

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  • Blackpool Pleasure Beach - Review

    Scoreboard
    Ride Experience:  8/10
    Theming:  6/10
    Landscaping:  7/10
    Queuing Area:  6/10
    Station:  6/10

    Overall: 

    8/10

    Information
    Times Ridden:  8
    Best Seat:  1:1
    Best Part of the Ride:  First drop
    Popularity:  100%
    Satisfaction:  80%
    On-ride Photo:  Yes

    Riding Sensations
    Airtime:  Low-Medium
    Lateral G's:  Low-Medium
    Positive G's:  Medium-High
    Out of Control:  Low-Medium
    Intensity:  Medium
    Discomfort:  Low-Medium

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