I think that alton towers need to introduce The Smiler to ERT as it would make a more pleasent queue line throughout the day. Also I think the park should open certain rides for longer, a different selection of rides each month or week, also the park may need to give Rita a touch up as all that scaffolding is so annoying as it's like a maze and is terrible to get around. First time goers would be really confused as the entrance is not clear anymore, it's also hard to see the entrance to Th13teen , that scaffolding's been there since 2012 when Rita's cable snapped. They need to bring the table and chairs back, they set a really good ambience in the area.
Yes! That scaffolding looked awful, if there is a danger from the cable snapping then a better looking more permanent solution should be added.
Also they struggled to get Smiler open for 10:30 last year even when it was due to open at 10am, so it is probably better to leave it off ERT this season and give it some time to bed in still.