I'm not trying to turn this into Alton fans vs Thorpe fans. If nothing else, I don't consider myself a fan of any
park. I think of myself as a thrill ride fan regardless of where the ride is.
However, I do find it interesting that "Thorpe fans" happily admit when the park screws up, while "Alton fans" get angry and defensive, or start making excuses whenever anyone
is critical of the park.
One minute its "us enthusiasts over-hyped it and only have ourselves to blame." The next its "Well the opinion of the general public doesn't count because they don't know what they are talking about".
If you like the ride, good for you. I respect your opinion and hope you enjoy it. Yes, I'm not there today and I can't fairly judge it until I get on it. But to dismiss any negative view as coming from a "hater", "Merlin basher" or "Thorpe fanboy" is hardly fair. Let people think what they want to think. Let people voice an opinion without fear of being lynched. The whole point of a forum is to exchange views. Not everyone is going to agree with you.
And to those people who are about to reply "I'm not a fanboy, I slated X addition", this isn't aimed at you