Hotel rates appear to still be going crazy.
First weekend in May, for 2 adults, already with passes:
These rates are around the same price, if not slightly more, than I got last October at the Hard Rock Hotel, at Universal Orlando, during Halloween Horror when the hotels across the Resort were at capacity. Bearing in mind Hard Rock Hotel gives you unlimited express passes (fastrack), and the rooms are significantly larger and nicer. Whereas my last two Alton Towers Hotel rooms have had cork stuffed in the spyglass hole as someone had removed the spyglass from the door, the air conditioning barely worked, and the room smelt of sausages from the kitchens in the morning.
For the first time I'm actually now searching for off-site accommodation.