With a maximum speed of 68 mph (109 km/h), it is the third fastest roller coaster in the UK, behind Stealth at Thorpe Park and the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The prototype Dive Coaster model from Bolliger & Mabillard opened to the public on 14 March 1998 and was marketed as the "World's first vertical drop roller coaster". The cars accommodate sixteen passengers in two rows of eight with a tiered seating arrangement. On May 3, 2012, Alton Towers' lost its appeal to prevent The Ropers from taking their grievances to the high court, making way for a court battle at a later date. Since opening in 1998, Oblivion has scared and delighted 1700 Alton Towers visitors every hour that the theme park is open.Oblivion was built by Bolliger Mabillard, as the first ever dive coaster. The car reaches the drop and pauses facing over the edge for approximately 3 seconds. Marketing memorabilia was also released just before Oblivion opened, including its own brand of deodorant (which was re-introduced for the 2011 season). The car is then released, free-falling into the underground tunnel. Oblivion is a Bolliger & Mabillard Dive Machine roller coaster located at Alton Towers in Staffordshire, England. [13] He was arrested for a public order offence and the ride returned to normal operation the following day.[12]. Technical graphics are displayed on overhead screens, which change to play a final monologue upon dispatch. Plans & Concepts; Construction; Plans & Concepts The turn uses a horizontal chain mechanism not used on any other B&M dive coaster. After cranking brave thrill seekers 65ft up on a chain lift hill, they wait… before they drop! Oblivion, Alton Towers’ Secret Weapon 4, was the fourth of the Ministry of Joy’s experiments in X-Sector. It just hangs there for four bone-chilling seconds, that make your blood run cold enough to freeze. This included appearances on The Gadget Show, Blue Peter, news channels and cereal boxes. Riders get a full view of the hole which they will plunge into. [16], "Top 10: Britain's fastest roller coasters", "The Secret Weapons – Developing the Magic", "Stray guest causes safety incident on Oblivion", "Man rescued from Oblivion ride at Alton Towers", Oblivion at the official Alton Towers website, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The Ride, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Oblivion_(roller_coaster)&oldid=985710526, Roller coasters manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard, Roller coasters operated by Merlin Entertainments, Dive Coasters manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. [18] In 2015, following a major crash on The Smiler, the third queueline video with the two characters debating the ride's safety was removed. Neither he or guests on the ride were harmed following the ride cars being held at the boarding station. This is due to the trains lacking sprung wheel assemblies which would mean the transition from vertical to horizontal would be uncomfortable. [3], Oblivion's opening was accompanied by a large promotional campaign, including appearances on Blue Peter, news channels and cereal boxes. When Oblivion did open, it brought an entire new theme to the area. The roller coaster has a simple layout with a 180 ft drop at 87 degrees. He reportedly dropped into the hole from which the roller coaster track re-emerges from the underground tunnel, walked through the underground section and emerged on a ledge where the track enters the ground. The prototype Dive Coaster model from Bolliger & Mabillard opened to the public on 14 March 1998 and was marketed as the "World's first vertical drop roller coaster". The ride opened in 1998 amidst a large publicity campaign as the first vertical drop coaster in the world. You know you shouldn't look, but you won't be able to stop yourself from taking a peek at the colossal vertical 180 feet drop! An almost identical coaster, Diving Machine G5 was built in 2001. [5] Prior to its opening, memorabilia including its own brand of deodorant was available to purchase. The Energizer and Enterprise flat rides were moved to the X-Sector from other areas of the park to make it a major ride area. This iconic thrill ride saw the world’s introduction to the Dive Coaster. Oblivion is a steel roller coaster located at Alton Towers in Staffordshire, England. BH15 1LD, Theme Park: Today's Opening Times - Closed, Book your Santa's Sleepover escape this December. [12] Neither he nor any guests on the ride were harmed. The iconic Oblivion was the world's first vertical drop rollercoaster. It is the tallest and fastest roller coaster at Alton Towers. Here riders are batched into rows and board the ride cars. This meant a re-theme was needed, and thus the area was renamed X-Sector. To increase excitement even further, Oblivion had speakers in the, Although Oblivion was marketed as the first. However, much of the Fanta branding was removed after only a few months "following numerous complaints about the obtrusive nature of the brand". [11], On 8 May 2012, a reportedly suicidal 20-year-old man climbed over tall safety fencing and managed to access the underground ride area. https://www.altontowers.com/explore/theme-park/rides-attractions/oblivion It is themed around a sinister government facility, unlike the fairground theme Fantasy World had earlier. Putting your body through an intense 4.5G drop, Oblivion is amongst the highest g force roller coasters in the UK. In 2004, the "Don't look down" vocal was removed due to new sound restrictions on the park. Sign up to receive our fantabulous email newsletters... and get great offers and discounts! Find out more. Going where no ride had gone before, this is the world’s first vertical drop roller coaster. Needless to say, they lost this case. [6], The park area containing Oblivion was redesigned as 'X Sector'. The last remaining ride from Fantasy World, the Black Hole, had its tent repainted dark-blue and silver, replacing the original yellow and green striped pattern. As you’re held, overhanging the edge of the world’s first vertical drop rollercoaster, you get a moment to savour what is to come. Both rides were repainted, and Energizer was moved to Ug Land in 2001 under the name Boneshaker to make way for a new flat ride, Submission. 7 cars. In an attempt to make the world smile, the Lord of Darkness oversaw his most extreme of experiments, pushing candidates to their mental and physical limits.