Big One, Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Big One, Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Copyright: tourist board

Big One, Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Copyright: tourist board

Speed 4/5

Surprise factor 4/5

Fear factor 3/5

Vertigo factor 4/5

Overall 4/5


Don’t you think the Big One looks a bit lame after you look at The Smiler or Hurakan Condor? Well, dat ain’t da case. It’s actually really good and definitely worth going on. It’s like a mini-version of Shambhala.

I think it’s good in different ways, like how it twists round on the first drop, and how long it lasts. My mum also liked the views along the coast.

The only reason I don’t give it 5/5 is that it rattles a lot and it gave me a bit of a headache.


Launched 28 May 1994

Cost £12 million

Duration 3 mins

Maximum speed 74mph (119kph)

Maximum height 65 metres

Maximum drop 62 metres

G force 3.5

Inversions 0


Shambhala, PortAventura, Spain


Speed 5/5

Surprise factor 3/5

Fear factor 5/5

Vertigo factor 5/5

Overall 5/5


I was really excited about this rollercoaster because it had only been open for 4 months when I rode it, and it’s the tallest, fastest rollercoaster in Europe, with the longest drop. The reason it’s called Shambhala: Expedition to the Himalayas is that the drops are like mountains. It also crosses the neighbouring rollercoaster Dragon Khan several times. My dad nearly didn’t go on it because he had been watching YouTubes of it and he scared himself. At the end of the first drop it felt as if the tunnel was going to chop my head off. I think it was an optical illusion.


Launched 12 May 2012

Cost €25 million

Duration 3 mins

Maximum speed 83.3mph (134kph)

Maximum height 76 metres

Maximum drop 78 metres

G force 3.8

Inversions 0