No no no, I really hate that idea. I know what you mean about the forest taking over the area, but the idea that you can just chuck any old theming in but with tacky vines stuck on them and pass it off as good theming is awful! The Dark Forest idea is brilliant, just look at all the original concept art. It has atmosphere and looks magical in a creepy way.
Apart from Rita being slightly vined-up, there is NO sensible reason why the original Dark Forest theme was altered into a trashy, confusing Ug Land/Thunder Rock Ralley take over thing. I am pretty sure that idea was simply the result of a half-hearted retheme and if I don't see proper, clear, quality Dark Forest theming over the next years then I am going to scream. :evil:
Come on, Alton Towers! Dark Forest is going to end up like X Sector if there is not a strong theme!
PS Very sorry for booing you, Blaze! It was an involuntary reaction, I feel mean now!
Ah, don't worry about it :P
Dark Forest isn't really a ruined Ug Land/Dark Forest, there is hardly anything left of it at all, really it's just the loud speakers and other small details, so you wouldn't really know what the old area was like if you have never been before, there is just enough to suggest the forest is taking over and it is quite a sinister effect. The concept went on about how the forest was alive and taking over the Corkscrew's space, so the concept hasn't changed that much, it's more the details that changed, for example the original mood board said there would be diggers and stuff. The area has little resemblance to what was there before, it's more of a take over of a theme park land, rather than that particular one, and they have added new touches which are all about the forest, nothing to do with the old area, not even as a refference or anything like that, and given the place a totally different look, so UL/TTR is well and trully dead. Don't worry about it, as with Thirteen, it is better in the flesh than discussed over an interweb, at least in my view, and if you go back to the topic where the retheme was revealed to be a take over, I was not exactly in favour before I saw it.
I get your point, though, and actually agree with you in the respect that the points you made are things I agree with, but fortunately they did better and avoided these mistakes.