Oblivion at Alton Towers has the distinction of being the first dive coaster ever built.  Manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard (as is the case with all existing dive coasters), it stands 65 feet tall at ground level.  The train consists of two rows seating 8 across for a total of 16 riders.  Prior to dispatch, the riders see a video designed to scarify.   The train ascends a 65-foot chain lift hill and upon reaching the drop, hangs over the drop for about five seconds before plunging 180 feet at a an 89-degree angle into an underground tunnel.  From there it rises up into a right overbanked turn before returning to the station.

The ride is short but sweet.   The drop is awesome although I would have welcomed a second drop with hang time such as can be enjoyed on later B&M dive machines.  However, considering that Oblivion was innovative and the first of its kind, I can’t complain.  Also, it features a single rider queue, which enabled me to get on quickly.  4 out of 5 stars.  For more information about rides at Alton Towers, visit https://www.altontowers.com/