There are "problems", yes. I never claimed that Alton Towers was perfect or anything.
However, I like Alton Towers a lot. I go there to have a good time. Yet, on what is supposedly an Alton Towers 'fansite', there are people who want to do nothing but moan about the place. Sure, you are correct, Alton Towers does have lots of issues if you want to see it that way. It is nothing compared to certain other theme parks as well. To be honest I personally do not care. I just wanted to speak out.
Can't people just enjoy it for goodness sake? It has got to the point at which I think the negativity is ridiculous, over exaggerated and deliberate. Look on the bright side perhaps? Every time I come on here, which is a lot less often now for obvious reasons, the website is littered with big negative assumptions and gloomy atmosphere. Skimming through this topic all I have seen is loads more of this angry mob-style moaning. I am not saying that anybody is wrong here, and there are many well made points (probably, I can't be bothered to read all of it). All of this "yeah yeah, I AGREE" rubbish, "PUT ME ON THE EMAIL!"... Some people are speaking is if it is their right to have Alton Towers.
Thank goodness I have not fallen into the trap and I still enjoy Alton Towers. Maybe you (not speaking to any particular people here) should find a new interest if you hate Alton Towers so much.
There could well be some thrust behind what you say, but I really don't think your view is in the majority. What you ought to remember is that people join this forum because they love Alton Towers
. As stated in my original post, I have been visiting since 1990 and Alton Towers is a major part of my life. Many of you may not know that I briefly worked there during a period in the 2007 season. I visited with family twice yearly right through the 1990's and, aside from a break in the early 2000's, I have been visiting regularly for the past six years.
I always try to look on the bright side and, yes - Alton Towers remains the best overall theme park in Britain - I don't think there are many, even of the 60+ people who clearly agree with the initial post who would disagree with that statement. I personally take offence at your suggestion that this is an "angry style mob" moaning. It simply isn't. Whilst there will be some people who perhaps don't construct their argument in a particularly effective way, and there will be those who indeed disagree (but, judging by the numbers, not many) I am afraid it's simply an inaccuracy to brush these sorts of threads off.
I can't disclose all my "oomph" behind every ounce of my original post, but I can assure you that it isn't only enthusiasts who are somewhat concerned about the direction the park is currently heading in, the entertainment, developments, upselling opportunities, ride sponsorships, maintainence/presentation and other areas.
As a fansite, that doesn't mean that the forum is full of blinded fanboys. Those forums are the very worst. People have very high expectations - Alton Towers created those for itself through the 1990's with legendary developments such as Nemesis, Oblivion and more. To retain that very high standard, the park need to continue to develop rides/attractions at that very same level. You are too young to perhaps understand the deeper roots of Alton Towers back in its first 20 years.
And just because people are worried about Alton at the moment - it doesn't mean they hate it. It doesn't mean they will completely cease visiting. It just means that with every visit, there's a slightly heavier heart and the quality of the day out isn't quite as high as it may have been.
Ohirome - I wish you were right about nobody outside of these forums caring. Please constructively contribute to the thread rather than just dishing out silly insults.