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An Oblivion ride car drops 180 feet from the world's first vertical drop

The world’s first vertical drop rollercoaster

Oblivion beckons you to face your fears. As you’re held, overhanging the edge of the world’s first vertical drop rollercoaster, you get a moment to savour what is to come.

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!

Prepare yourself - the drop into Oblivion is imminent.

View of Oblivion at Alton Towers Resort's drop, the world's first vertical drop rollercoaster

Don't look down!

Putting your body through an intense 4.5G drop, Oblivion is amongst the highest g force roller coasters in the UK. This iconic thrill ride saw the world’s introduction to the Dive Coaster.

Going where no ride had gone before, this is the world’s first vertical drop roller coaster.

View of Oblivion at Alton Towers Resort's drop, the world's first vertical drop rollercoaster

Taking Shape

Oblivion, Alton Towers’ Secret Weapon 4, was the fourth of the Ministry of Joy’s experiments in X-Sector. Following The Black Hole, Enterprise and Energizer, Oblivion was designed to surpass its neighboring thrill rides.

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. A near 90-degree drop sees this steel roller coaster giant plummet deep into the ground below.

Thrill Seekers Top Tip: Embrace the force of gravity and let your arms and legs hang beneath you.

Close-up of guests falling face-down on Oblivion at Alton Towers Resort

Ride Information

The iconic Oblivion was the world's first vertical drop rollercoaster. That's a 180 feet drop, straight down!
It’s no surprise that the rollercoaster gains unrivalled momentum, because an Oblivion shuttle weighs the same as a large elephant.

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. After cranking brave thrill seekers 65ft up on a chain lift hill, they wait… before they drop!

Ride Stats

  • Location: X-Sector
  • Maximum Height: 60m
  • Top speed: 110kph
  • G-Force: +4.5G
  • Track Length: 373m
  • Duration: 1:15
  • Capacity: 1700 riders per hour
  • Can you ride?
    You must be at least 1.4m to ride

It just hangs there for four bone-chilling seconds, that make your blood run cold enough to freeze.

Theme Park Insider

Have a short break booked before 25th April? We can move your stay date with no extra cost!

Further to recent updates from the Government on the response to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, we have taken the very difficult decision to close Alton Towers Resort as a precautionary measure.

For guests with short breaks arriving up to and including 25th April 2020, we have relaxed our usual terms and conditions so you can now reschedule your break to another date in the 2020 season with no additional cost*

Please visit the Manage My Booking site and complete the booking amendment form, including your booking reference and the preferred date you would like to rearrange your booking to. Our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

We look forward to welcoming you to Alton Towers Resort soon. Thank you for your patience.

*Subject to availability, please provide 3 alternative dates in order of preference, dates allocated on a first come first served basis. Please note – if you have booked a partner Hotel (a Hotel off site), most will honour the price you booked at, however there are a small number which cannot, we will let you know based on the dates you choose.