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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 10
First installation Oblivion (1998)
Latest installation Valkyria (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 up to ten riders 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

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. All Dive Coasters built since have featured inversions and floorless trains.

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


Installations

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
Valkyria Liseberg
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Sweden
6 2018 Under construction
Western Regions Heaven Happy Valley
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China
6 2018 Under construction
Draken Gyeongju World
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South Korea
Unknown May 2018 Under construction
unknown Canada's Wonderland
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Canada
Unknown 2019 Under construction

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