Oblivion - 1998 (World First)
1998, when i was 6 or 7 (depends what month Oblivion was opened), i remember being in the room and the news was on. Then a report came on about a new ride at Alton Towers. It caught my attention. This ride, this coaster, a world first, a 90 degree plunge in to the Earth! At that age, i was not as obsessed or into Alton Towers as i am now and i said, "I want to ride that one day!" And that day came 7 years later on October 27th 2005.
Just stepped off my first time on Rita and then it was time for my first ride ever on the 180ft, 90 degree angle plunge into Oblivion. So we take a short walk over to X-Sector, and Oblivion is seen as you start to face X-Sector. I'de been to Alton Towers a few times before but didn't go on it :(. You can hear the sound of screamers from over 150 metres away and it does intimidate you. The look of the drop makes me want to back away. Before i know it, i am standing infront of the entrance.
The entrance queue is terrificly laid out and themed but is a rather long walk uphill :(. You go through small rooms which have a futuristic/armaggedon theme to it. Then you walk under the station whilst in the queue line and there are TVs with a man on who's objective is to intimidate you and it does work quite well. But what is more intimidating is the fact that the trains are above your head! So you make it to the station and before there's a queue bit where you feel caged in :lol:. A woman is speaking saying something involving, T minus 5 minutes. You are in the queue to the car and are ready to take your seats. The car have 2 rows of 8 therefore a capacity of 16 per car. There are usually more than 5 cars out per day which means queue's move quickly.
The gates open and the ride ops are kind enough to take your bag to the compartments near the exit provided :D. You pull your restraint down and buckle up. Shortly after, you are deployed. The chain hill is probably a minute long but can be fun as you are nearly on your backs facing the sky. You reach the top, and then you become scared. Round a small corner to the drop. You think you are just going to drop, but your not! You are stuck at the top for 3 or 4 seconds facing the big smoke filled hole. You are extremely scared here and then, ahh! You are released plunging towards the ground at 70mph in 3 seconds, through the smoke filled hole into the ground! Some people cling on for their lives, others raise their hands in the air! The drop is just fantastic, your stomach goes which forces you to scream whilst the adrenaline rushes through. Reaching the bottom at 70mph with the negative Gs on you!
You level off which pulls some fantasticly strong Gs on you which hit the 4.5 mark. You go shuttling through the ground whilst feeling dazzled. Up on a terrificly fun banked turn before going onto a small drop and rise up on the brake run. You are left dazzled and wondering where you are. Within 7 or so seconds you've experienced a 180ft vertical drop into the ground where you loose you stomach and then experience 4.5Gs and 70mph. It all happens so quick but you are just speechless. It takes a while for you to actually reach the station platform the get off but it is fun watching the other cars take the plunge. When you get off you walk next to chain hill and straight into an Oblivion shop which does try to get you to buy things.
So, need i say the good points? A terrific short ride with extreme thrills! I don't think there are any bad points but a small bother:
You have to wait a while to get off.
Oblivion is one of, if not the, most scariest, most intimidating ride in the UK in my opinion.
EXCELLENT review dan, thoroughly enjoyed reading it! Keep them coming. Phil