Im not sure how wearing Smiler Merch is disrespectful, its not like you visiting them in hospital wearing it. I understand that what has happened is horrible but I think it gets taken way too far. I still wear my Smiler Hoodie, and although I can see it happening, I dont think the Smiler should be rethemed. At the end of the day, it had its theme for two years before that accident and its quite clear that its not meant to be related to the accident. I think by going to the extreme of remove all references, then it will get the media's attention more, unless they are retheming the ride.
When an Audi crashes on the road, you don't see every other Audi not being driven out of respect. The only thing Alton Towers should do out of respect is close the ride (which they have) and stop the Smiler marketing (which they have) to prevent it being in everyone's faces directly after the accident. However if you visit the resort then you should expect to see Smiler references seen as thats where the ride is located.
Their are many reasons why IF the ride is allowed to re-open it will need to be re- themed
ive seen mention off the smile (that is based on the bat wings)
the sound track ... ha ha ha ha
the medical aspect of the ride
but no one has picked up that because Merlin have misused the word Marmalize with in the ride that is the worst part of the theme
the meaning of the word Marmalize or to Marmalize means to beat someone up badly if I said I was going to Marmalize someone it would mean im going to coarse them serious physical harm !http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/marmalize?q=marmalise