Oblivion: General Discussion

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  1. AT86

    AT86 TowersStreet Member

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    I’m pretty sure that building has been there since the 80s, so you are unlikely to find any planning application related info online.
     
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    Photos might be your best bet probably. :)
     
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    Love this idea. Something along the lines of an Initiation Facility aimed at older children who are too small to ride Oblivion and The Smiler. A smoke and mirrors maze sounds ideal, and a preshow solves the batching and overcrowding problem perfectly. Plus it’s be somewhere new to escape the rain whilst everyone’s waiting for Thirteen to open.
     
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    Essentially it would be a more family-friendly, accessible and less staff-heavy version of Black Mirror Labyrinth at Thorpe (which is basically a glorified mirror maze).
     
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    There’s a mirror maze at Portaventura that was a welcome diversion that garnered a consistent 5/10 minute queue this weekend. It was well themed and a great diversion from larger attractions. I’ll knock up some concepts when I’m home from my trip, until then if anyone finds a good reference for the building layout do let me know!
     
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    I shall look forward to it!
     
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    Only issue would be Blivvy's photo kiosk. Wouldn't that have to be moved as it feeds into the arcade?
     
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    According to Google Maps, the main body of the building is 40m x 13m.
     
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    Bear in mind that it includes Blivvy's photo kiosk as well.
     
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    Edited out as I missed Rick's post.
     
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    Had a front row ride on Oblivion yesterday and it cemented by opinion that if you’re after nothing else but fear, intense thrill and anticipation, it has to be Oblivion. It packs the biggest punch on the park and for many it’s where they draw the line and refuse to ride it.

    Operations were slick too. It was on 2 stations and 6 trains and the queue was being eaten.

    Yesterday’s ride confirmed that it’s my favourite coaster, and it wouldn’t feel right visiting the park and not riding it. Sorry to all the Nemesis fans!
     
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    Bump!

    So as I was lying in bed last night trying to get to sleep (I’m doing dry January so didn’t have the help of my usual Saturday wine ), I was wondering how on earth Oblivion ever got planning permission what with Alton Tower’s stringent “below tree height” planning restrictions. I was 7 years old when Oblivion opened and I remember going for regular walks in Dimmingsdale with my family - for those that don’t know the area, this is the area of woodland walks to the left of Farley Lane - and you could easily see Oblivion towering above the trees from miles away. In fact, you can still see Oblivion from this area and other areas to this day, which got me thinking how on earth planning permission was ever granted? The views from the top are insane and are my favourite views from any Towers coaster, but this invariably means the ride can be seen from miles around.

    It’s also my favourite thrill ride on park. You just don’t get the sense of vulnerability and isolation on any other ride as you do after reaching the summit of Oblivion’s lift hill.
     
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    I’ve always thought this as well. the ride is also fairly noisy and being above the tree line the noice is not absorbed at all.

    Amazing ride though. Still waiting to breakdown at the top of that lift though so I can admire the views !
     
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