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.