The Pepsi Max Big One totally dominates the Blackpool skyline, and still looks visually impressive even by todays 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 gs.
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 youve ridden something better, the Pepsi Max is still a force to be reckoned with.