Watching the news report, reading the news reports, I have to admit, this ride sounds like another Thirteen, infact, it sounds even worse than Thirteen. One short drop and thats it, all over. Sorry but it sounds a complete let down excuse the pun.
Thing is, what were you expecting?
We've known all along this will just be a short drop ride. The ride itself is nothing exciting, but I see no reason for people to suddenly come out with negative views when it's been known all along what we were getting. I believe Alton Towers do not want this to be a 'ride' as such, but an 'experience'. It's meant to be looked at as a whole package, not just the ride element (which is sadly the only thing people will bother noting on).
I do agree with your views that Alton needs a decent ride though. Hopefully SW7 will make up for that!
When I ride Sub Terra next week I'm not going to concentrate on the main ride, I'm going to look at the whole 'experience'. The build up, how strong the storyline is, how well the staff do at staying in character, the theming, the quality of effects, the lift taking you back up to the surface... the ride itself is nothing exciting, although the whole experience could be fantastic, so that's what I will be focusing on myself.