You can lick your lips, rub your hands, but don't stand around waiting, either get your ticket to ride, or get straight into the queue. The queue splits into two immediately, and spirals its way up a hill, passing through and under the station. Brainwashing videos try to mess with your mind, with a panicky person fretting over why its called Oblivion. He's soon re-assured by a slightly calmer person, and so it continues. First time, its passable, then on it gets on your nerves.
The queue continues. It gets to a sputnik from where you cross a bridge into the station. The queue is split further so that four rows wait per shuttle, with two being let on at a time. The station is huge, the space isn't used too well though, and it seems quite claustrophobic.
A half decent dance track quietly plays, and monitors above play more hype. Once your shuttle arrives, the gates open, and you start the long walk across the length of the car. Bear in mind, each car is little under half as wide as a Top Spin, and once you find your seat, sit down, pull down the chunky (yet typically comfortable) restraint, and clip in the seat belt.
Once you're squashed into your seats by the seemingly efficient staff, the shuttle departs. Although the seats are reclined, this really can't be appreciated until you start the lift. Why it's so steep is unknown, what is known though, is that it feels vertical, and it's a mighty strange feeling.
The lift is quite unpleasant at the far sides of the car, the vibrations seem to be amplified here, but you will reap the benefits of sitting on the edge soon. The lift is of a normal speed, and at the top, the pace slows, as you turn around, past the Towers.
The view is great, and you have plenty of time to admire, as at this point, the car is veritably crawling. It's a simple trick, and it works. I must admit, it was at this point that my heart was doing twice as much work than it needed to.
Soon, the track disappears, before in no time, you tip forward, your whole weight falling squarely on the restraint, and as the track re-appears, you stop, looking down at the ground, at the people below, and, at the track fading out into a sea of mist.
And then, you drop.
The roar of the train, of the people screaming, the feeling as you float down in a stomach quenching moment is surreal. It takes no time, yet you have time to absorb many thoughts, and in a flash of white, you burst through the mist and into the dark tunnel.
All of a sudden, you seem very enclosed, everything seems very quiet, and as you begin to slump in your chair, you are heading skywards, before in a near blinding moment, you pop out into daylight, are thrown onto your side, as you make an elegant turn behind the two spin rides, dipping past the cameras, before you climb up and hit the brake run.
On the brake run, you'll do the usual euphoric things, you'll rhapsodise over the ride, over the drop, over one of the biggest rushes you'll have experienced on a coaster for, aw, ever. The tunnel and the turn are only there to get you back to the station. The drop is the only element left, so yes, it's a one trick ride, it's a good trick though, and as it stands, probably one of the best elements you can ask for on a coaster.
Oblivion to me, is like a Skycoaster from the comfort of a coaster train. It has the build up, this time in the form of a lift hill, an agonisingly slow turnaround, and the moments of torture on the edge. The rush is over in a second, and then there is the calm after the storm, in which you have time to reflect, and little else.
It works for me, and it works for many. I have seen some people really freak out just before we drop. In the end though, they love it, and will probably beat me back to the queue.
Although it's a great trick it uses for its one trick, the novelty will soon wear off. The drop comes as a huge surprise if you haven't ridden it before, after even a few goes, it still fails to un-impress. After a while though, you'll know what to expect, you will learn when you're going to drop, and you will probably become blase.
There is a moral to this story. Don't expect too much, it won't deliver it. It's a six second ride, nothing more. Don't queue for more than fifteen minutes for it. It's not worth it for a ride that short, however good it may promise to be. Go on with an open frame of mind and it will blow you away.