I think the park looks lovely this year, And other than x-sector which for obvious reasons seams a bit cramped and untidy, it was impressively tidy. Staff all seemed really fun especially on Air. (even jokingly trying to throw me off when I answered there calls of "are you having fun?" with "no") I can imagine X-sector getting a nice new lick of paint and a good jet washing for next year. Infact x-sector will be the place to be next year and it's going to get a lot of attention world wide, so Alton towers will definately give it a nice Botox section I think. But all in all my experience went without a hitch. Oh and I absolutely loved Sub-Terra. I think it's a wonderful addition to the park.
Have to kinda agree and disagree here, yes some areas of the park are looking good this year, but i still feel some areas are been overlooked, and yes
X-sector: will get its make over this year,
Towers Street: its the main entrance and peoples first impressions for the park, and sadly year on year gets little to no attention, and needs a good refurb/re-paint.
Forbidden Valley: good points are obviously that money has been well spent on both Sub-Terra and Ice-age which are now both good additions for the park, and both areas received some much needed maintenance with Ripsaw been refurbed, theming around sub-terra repainted (BUT PLEASE REPAINT NEMESIS' STATION - a monster isn't supposed to be covered in moss and dirt)
Dark Forest: have to admit still needs work in my view, and when they decide to get a new flat maybe they will add more theming.
Katanga Canyon: I love the theming except Mine Train's queue line theming could do with replacing as its kinda gone past it when it just broken pieces of wood/metal which used to be a carriage, but still is one of my favourite areas,
Flume: it really needs some work, there is no where near enough paint to cover up the fact it needs some serious work. It can't be good having the boats dragging along the channels??
Duel: The work that has been done over the seasons to improve the ride is working, and hopefully it will again play a part in Scarefest celebrations.
Mutiny Bay: When i was there last, i did notice some parts of theming damaged (chests around sign by Sea-Life) but the area mostly is still going strong.
Farm: Can't really comment as don't really visit
Spinball: The Station was looking really grubby could of done with a bit of a clean up..
So there are in my view some areas Towers can tackle however year on year they are Improving, Sorry for lengthy Post...