The ride opened in 1998 amidst a large publicity campaign as the first vertical drop coaster in the world. If the Ropers won their case, Oblivion would potentially have to be shut down, and demolished. The car is then released, free-falling into the underground tunnel. 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. [3] Details about Oblivion were not revealed until March 1998. This meant a re-theme was needed, and thus the area was renamed X-Sector. Marketing memorabilia was also released just before Oblivion opened, including its own brand of deodorant (which was re-introduced for the 2011 season). The iconic Oblivion was the world's first vertical drop rollercoaster. [5] The only surviving ride from the former area was the Black Hole roller coaster, which was externally redesigned to suit the new theme. It is the tallest and fastest roller coaster at Alton Towers. Needless to say, they lost this case. Alton Towers Resort Operations Limited ("ATROL") operates Alton Towers Resort as an agent for and on behalf of Merlin Attractions Operations Limited.ATROL Registered Number: 06127441. It is the tallest and fastest roller coaster at Alton Towers. [12] He reportedly entered via the tunnel exit portal and walked underground, emerging on a ledge around the entrance portal. Thrill Seekers Top Tip: Embrace the force of gravity and let your arms and legs hang beneath you. [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,, Roller coasters manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard, Roller coasters operated by Merlin Entertainments, Dive Coasters manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Find out more. [1][2], Throughout 1997, the park's 'Fantasy World' area was closed and all its former rides removed, except the Black Hole. This involved noise made by the park, especially rides near the boundaries, including Oblivion. Technical graphics are displayed on overhead screens, which change to play a final monologue upon dispatch. 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. [6], The park area containing Oblivion was redesigned as 'X Sector'. Putting your body through an intense 4.5G drop, Oblivion is amongst the highest g force roller coasters in the UK. The queue line spirals upwards around a mound and passes through abstract buildings at various levels. The ride opened in 1998 amidst a large publicity campaign as the first vertical drop coaster in the world. This page was last edited on 27 October 2020, at 14:19. [12] Neither he nor any guests on the ride were harmed. Here riders are batched into rows and board the ride cars. In the heavily stylised videos, the sinister figure explains at length the supposed physical and psychological effects of riding on Oblivion. However, much of the Fanta branding was removed after only a few months "following numerous complaints about the obtrusive nature of the brand". 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! Oblivion beckons you to face your fears. 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. 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. To increase excitement even further, Oblivion had speakers in the, Although Oblivion was marketed as the first. The layout is the same, but Diving Machine G5 has a 0.5 deg steeper drop and a slightly longer track length. [10], For a brief period in April 2011, the ride was sponsored by Fanta. On 8 May 2012, a 20-year-old man climbed over safety fences and accessed the underground ride area. In 2004, the "Don't look down" vocal was removed due to new sound restrictions on the park. 7 trains with 2 cars. BH15 1LD, Theme Park: Today's Opening Times - Closed, Book your Santa's Sleepover escape this December. 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. Oblivion is a Bolliger & Mabillard Dive Machine roller coaster located at Alton Towers in Staffordshire, England. 14th March 1998. [7] Alton Towers moved and rethemed two existing rides from other areas of the park to open with X-Sector, Energizer and Enterprise. Front seat Oblivion Roller Coaster POV Alton Towers - YouTube This is due to the trains lacking sprung wheel assemblies which would mean the transition from vertical to horizontal would be uncomfortable. [5] Prior to its opening, memorabilia including its own brand of deodorant was available to purchase. The car reaches the drop and pauses facing over the edge for approximately 3 seconds. [3], Oblivion's opening was accompanied by a large promotional campaign, including appearances on Blue Peter, news channels and cereal boxes. 7 cars. The queue then splits and crosses caged bridges into the station building. Following The Black Hole, Enterprise and Energizer, Oblivion was designed to surpass its neighboring thrill rides. Through the buildings, an unnamed man stood in darkness (played by actor Renny Krupinski) briefs riders from overhead television screens. [4] The "SW4" codename stood for "Secret Weapon 4", after Nemesis' codename, "SW3". 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. Poole. An almost identical coaster, Diving Machine G5 was built in 2001. Although adapted from scientific fact, his monologues are deliberately exaggerated with hyperbole and dry humour. Prepare yourself - the drop into Oblivion is imminent. [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. Oblivion's opening was accompanied by a massive publicity drive. [14][15] The car slowly ascends 60 feet at a 45-degree angle to build tension, then levels out and travels slowly through a turn towards the drop. The turn uses a horizontal chain mechanism not used on any other B&M dive coaster. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Oblivion is a steel roller coaster located at Alton Towers in Staffordshire, England. ATROL Registered Office: Link House. A near 90-degree drop sees this steel roller coaster giant plummet deep into the ground below. Plans & Concepts; Construction; Plans & Concepts