I was there on the Sunday and I have to say during the day time it really wasnt that bad, apart from a few idiots around doing stupid things like queue jumping, smoking, etc (but you get that any day with chavs, etc).
However once the evening arrived it was a completely different kind of place, and I would say for the first time ever at Alton I didnt feel that safe, when we heard reports that there were fights near HEX, TOTT was closed and paths were blocked, etc. In the end we did get on TOTT but there were a strong presence of security around (when there wasnt really any presence the night before) and even a police woman at the enterance to TOTT.
I think the main problem was there did seem to be a lack of security around, there were plenty around TOTT, but not really anywhere else. When we left at the end of the day I didnt see any security or anything around the monorail or near the hotels. When we were queueing for the monorail it could have quite easiorly turned into a bad situation, but luckly for us there didnt seem to be any trouble. I have never seen our group run so fast off the monorail before! Compared to somewhere like Thorpe where we went last week, which seemed to have a massive amount of security around the park and the mazes, compared to Alton who had very few. I would much rather on the one or two days a year these "travellers" visit Alton really up their security around the park, even if it doesnt give off that family friendly imagine, it would probably make people feel much safer.
I certainly wouldnt recommend visiting the park during Easter Sunday or the first Sunday of scarefest, espeicially if you have young children or a family. Unless of course you are a good fan of the circus and a very strange group of people.
Who needs scare actors or zombies when you can just watch the Gypsies go around the park in their scary outfits?