Oblivion at Alton TowersSubmitted by Nick Sim on Monday, May 28, 2012 19:45
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Bolliger & Mabillard
Opened in 1998 at a cost of £12 million, Oblivion was the world's first vertical drop rollercoaster. A Bolliger & Mabillard Dive Machine, the ride dominates the futuristic X-Sector area of Alton Towers.
Riders board wide trains which feature two rows of eight seats, before climbing up a very steep lift hill. They are then held at the top of the 180-feet vertical drop for around four seconds, before plunging into a hole in the ground. The ride hits a top speed of 68 miles per hour at the base of the drop, and then races around a wide bend before hitting the brakes at the end of a short 1,222-feet circuit.
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Upcoming refurbishments, rehabs and closures
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Reviews of Oblivion:
Simple but amazing. How can an 180 foot drop produce such a thrill. Actually how can't it? The lift hill creates suspense and the military environment puts you on edge. You reach the top and you can see the drop getting closer. Now you are over the edge, ready to drop: 3,2,1, free fall into the smoky pit. A simplistic but atmospheric approach, the free fall can be compared to nothing else. Alton's best coaster IMO
This ride really scared me! I had a plan of keeping my eyes closed for the drop, but I failed miserably and I really couldn't help looking down! It is a lot taller when you're on it than looking at it from the ground.
Oblivion's que section starts with a futuristic theme, with a tv and This crazy man saying, "Don't go any further, it's dangerous!" Then as you get to the ride you get in the car/coaster thing, and are heavily strapped down. After saftey checks the ride starts and you begin your acent. When you reach the top the car turns on a corner and just as you think you're about to drop... you come to a sudden stop and 3 seconds after you are dropped down a vertical drop as a camera flashes and take your picture. You are dropped underground, and the caR speeds upwards round another curve (and another camera flashes taking a second pictuer of you) and that's the end of OBLIVION..........