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/