I see The Big One is widely disliked on here, and I can see why. It's a big first drop and then it's pretty nippy in places, but doesn't offer much in terms of adrenaline. However, I am still something of a fan of the first drop, and I remember it being fantastic when it first opened. Sometime into the first or second season I remember some changes being made to it, and the ride suffering generally as a result. I remember the first drop as being sheerer when it first opened, and you really would get a scary feeling of being launched out of your seat. I was working at the Pleasure Beach that first season. A couple of times I saw it get stuck at the top of the turn that starts to bring you in. It took 45 minutes for workers to get riders down, and being that high up for so long must have been fairly unnerving. I mention that because I wonder if these incidents prompted the park to look at the dynamics of the ride and make changes to the first drop. I think they went back and flattened out the bottom of the first hill and added more of a bank to it, which spoiled it a bit and had a knock on effect on the ride elsewhere. They did have that early crash too, and they seemed to be very heavy on the brakes towards the end of the circuit after that occurred. So what started out as a ride with an incredible first drop that was then a bit flat but at least fast, turned into one with an altered first drop, which was braked down to a crawl at the end within the first year of opening. I can't have dreamt all of this, can I? Has anyone got any corroborative memories or information about this? Particularly with regard to alterations to the ride structure on the first hill. Cheers.