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Dive Coaster

For the roller coaster at Chimelong Paradise, see Dive Coaster (Chimelong Paradise).
Dive Coaster
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The very first Dive Coaster, Oblivion at Alton Towers.
General
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Status In production
Installations 12
First installation Oblivion (1998)
Latest installation Western Regions Heaven (2018)
Statistics
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard

The Dive Coaster (previously called Diving Machine) is a steel roller coaster product built by Bolliger & Mabillard. It can be distinguished by its wide trains, seating six, eight or ten risers in one row.

Oblivion at Alton Towers, the first Dive Coaster, is also the first roller coaster to feature a vertical drop.

Since the opening of Oblivion other companies have built rides with drops steeper than 90 degrees but Bolliger & Mabillard remain the only company to build roller coasters with such wide trains.

History[edit | edit source]

A train on SheiKra in its original configuration, before it was converted to a floorless roller coaster

The first Dive Coaster to be built was Oblivion at Alton Towers, England, in 1998. However it didn't have a "true" vertical drop, but a maximum angle of 88.8 degrees to make sure that the wheels could stay in contact with the track. Despite this, it is still considered and accepted as the first vertical drop. Later Dive Coasters had spring-loaded wheels, keeping the wheels firm against the track and thus allowing "true" vertical drops.

Since then, eight more Dive Coaster installations have opened. SheiKra, opened in 2005 at Busch Gardens Tampa, is the first Dive Coaster to feature inversions. Griffon introduced floorless trains in 2007. The same year, SheiKra's trains were modified to be floorless.[1] All Dive Coasters built since have inversions and floorless trains.

When opened in 2015 Valravn at Cedar Point was the first Dive Coaster with three inversions and also the first installation to use vest harnesses instead of over-the-shoulder harnesses.

Design[edit | edit source]

All Dive Coaster installations hold the train at the top of the first drop for approximately three seconds. A small section of chain is used, which holds the train while pushing it very slowly over the edge.

Some Dive Coasters feature water brakes, where fins at the ends of the trains spray water over spectators.

Trains[edit | edit source]

Dive Coaster trains are unique in that they seat six to ten riders per row. The trains employ stadium seating, with each row raised higher than the one in front to maximise the view.

Installations[edit | edit source]

Name Amusement Park Country Train width Opened Status
Oblivion Alton Towers
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UK
8 March 14, 1998 Operating
Diving Machine G5 Janfusun Fancyworld
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Taiwan
8 March 29, 2000 Operating
SheiKra Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
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USA
8 May 21, 2005 Operating
Griffon Busch Gardens Williamsburg
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USA
10 May 18, 2007 Operating
Dive Coaster Chimelong Paradise
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China
10 February 7, 2008 Operating
Diving Coaster Happy Valley (Shanghai)
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China
8 August 16, 2009 Operating
Krake Heide Park
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Germany
6 April 16, 2011 Operating
Oblivion: The Black Hole Gardaland
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Italy
6 March 28, 2015 Operating
Baron 1898 Efteling
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Netherlands
6 July 1, 2015 Operating
Valravn Cedar Point
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USA
8 May 7, 2016 Operating
Flying Apsaras in Western Region Happy Valley
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China
6 February 10, 2018 Operating
Draken Gyeongju World
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South Korea
8 May 1, 2018 Operating
Valkyria Liseberg
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Sweden
6 August 10, 2018 Operating
Yukon Striker Canada's Wonderland
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Canada
8 2019 Under construction

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