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10 Facts About “Oblivion” at Alton Towers

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Oblivion at Alton Towers
Oblivion at Alton Towers

Here are 10 fun and fascinating facts about “Oblivion” at Alton Towers.

1. World’s First Dive Coaster:

  • “Oblivion” opened at Alton Towers in 1998 as the world’s first vertical drop roller coaster, setting a new standard for thrill rides.

2. The Terrifying Plunge:

  • The coaster features a straight-down vertical drop of 180 ft into a dark hole in the ground, reaching speeds of up to 68 mph.

3. The Hold and Release:

  • Riders are held at the top of the drop for a few suspenseful seconds, heightening the anticipation before the heart-stopping descent.

4. Mind-Bending G-Forces:

  • Riders experience a G-force of 4.5 as they plummet into the depths of the earth, feeling a sensation of weightlessness and intense acceleration.

5. Themed Experience:

  • “Oblivion” is themed around a mysterious and ominous drilling operation, with a dark and industrial atmosphere that adds to the anticipation.

6. Intense Immersion:

  • The ride’s theming includes mist effects, sound effects, and a tunnel that creates a sense of being swallowed by darkness as riders plunge into the hole.
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7. Short But Intense:

  • Despite its short duration, lasting only about 1 minute and 15 seconds, “Oblivion” packs a punch with its intense drop and rapid descent.

8. Record-Breaking Ride:

  • When it opened, “Oblivion” held the record for the steepest roller coaster drop in the world, a record that stood for several years.

9. Thrill-Seeker’s Paradise:

  • The ride quickly became a favorite among adrenaline junkies and coaster enthusiasts, drawing visitors from around the world to experience its intense drop.

10. Iconic Status:

  • “Oblivion” remains one of Alton Towers’ most iconic and popular rides, known for its adrenaline-pumping drop and unforgettable thrill factor.

Bonus Fact:

  • The name “Oblivion” was inspired by the feeling of oblivion, or the state of being completely forgotten or unknown, reflecting the anticipation and mystery of the ride.

Oblivion continues to be a must-ride attraction at Alton Towers, offering a thrilling and unforgettable experience for those brave enough to take the plunge into the unknown depths below.

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39 COMMENTS

  1. Always liked oblivion but went on Holiday to USA last year and the Griffon, Busch Gardens, Virginia, similar ride only bigger & longer puts Oblivion in the shade

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