Oblivion is located at Alton Towers Resort in the beautiful Staffordshire Countryside. The £12m ride was the world’s first vertical drop roller coaster.
Oblivion at Alton Towers
Oblivion was the world’s first vertical drop roller coaster when it opened to the public on 14th March 1998. The roller coaster has a simple layout with a 180ft drop at 87-degrees. As each car reaches the drop it is held by a holding chain for a maximum of five seconds, giving the rider a clear view of the long drop, before a brake is released allowing the car to drop into the tunnel. Each car features two rows, with the back row being slightly raised in order to give passengers a clear view of the drop.
Top Speed – 109km/h 68mph
Cost – £12m
Length – 1220ft 371m
Height – 66ft 20m
Type – Steel Dive Coaster
Inversions – 0
Theme Park – Alton Towers Resort
Year Opened – 1998
Descend into the Unknown
Alton Towers Secret Weapons
The roller coasters at Alton Towers Resort often claim title to World’s First elements. Alton Towers Resort often give as little away as they can when building these new rides, giving them Secret Weapon codenames. As the construction of the ride progresses marketing campaigns are launched giving thrill seekers little insights into what is to come, this always leads to lots of speculation on Social Media. During construction Oblivion was referred to as Secret Weapon 4.
Alton Towers Secret Weapons Timeline
Secret Weapon 1: 1991 – Arrow Pipeline Rollercoaster (Never Built)
Secret Weapon 2: 1992 – Arrow Pipeline Rollercoaster (Never Built)
Secret Weapon 3: 1994 – Nemesis in Forbidden Valley
Secret Weapon 4: 1998 – Oblivion in X-Sector
Secret Weapon 5: 2002 – Air in Forbidden Valley (rebranded as Galactica)
Secret Weapon 6: 2009 – THIRTEEN in Dark Forest
Secret Weapon 7: 2013 – The Smiler in X-Sector
Secret Weapon 8: 2016 – The Wicker Man
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Originally posted 2019-02-15 14:14:40.