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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

Latest information regarding Coronavirus

Further to recent updates from the Government on the response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we have taken the very difficult decision to close Alton Towers Resort until further notice.

Have a short break booked when the Resort is closed?
Following the latest Government guidelines (issued on 10th May), and given the continued uncertainty about when we will be able to reopen, we are now asking guests with short breaks booked between 1st June up to and including 3rd July to move your booking free of charge. Please see the FAQs below for information about how to do this. Our teams will be moving bookings in date order, so please bear with us. We will get back to you as fast as we can, but we must prioritise guests whose reservations are imminent.

Have a Park ticket pre-booked when the Resort is closed?
Guests with pre-booked theme park tickets for dates when the Alton Towers Theme Park is closed will be able to use their tickets on any other day during the 2020 theme park season (excluding Fireworks events on 6th, 7th and 8th November). Further information for guests with pre-booked and promotional tickets will be published on our website prior to opening.

In our 40th Birthday season, we are determined to be here for you and your families, offering awesome thrills and fantastic memories, as we have done for decades and will continue to do for many more.
We’ll be sharing our full plans soon.
In the meantime, please keep smiling, clapping and supporting each other.

See you soon! #AltonTowersTogether

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