For me there is a level of magic in the air and it starts as soon as you get on the monorail.
The monorail is your first ride of the day and the music/audio introduces you to the park and gives you updates of what is happening and what to see.
Then you get to the main gates which still look well maintained.
Towers Street, the view, the music all work for me. The Box office looks very good, the only thing in towers street which does not work is the way the shops are laid out, from the outside it looks like all the individual shops are closed, like most UK high streets, but in reality there is a busy shop behind it.
Each area has its themed music and identify, in many cases you know where you are by the music.
Alton may not have the biggest and fastest rides, but the selection of rides it has works very well and the theme and layout works for me.
Yes there are many areas to improve, but overall Alton ticks all the boxes for me, I would give it 9 out of 10. It would get 10 our of 10 if they upped the theming a little and improved the ride/park maintenance. But when I compare it to Thorpe, I would give Thorpe 4 out of 10, due to poor maintenance, lack of theme (chart music blasting out), constant ride breakdowns and the fact the place needs a good lick of paint. To add one train operation way too often and the feeling that Thorpe just create queues so they can sell more fast track tickets.
So for me the Magic is there, it just needs a little fine tuning. An improvement would be actors in the Th13teen queue for Scarefest and a choice of green lights not white bright flood lights in the dark forest. The fact the maintenance staff were still hanging up temporary lighting during Scarefest and when we got out the monorail, there were no lights outside the golf leading up to the main car park was a little dangerous.
If you go down to the woods today