As someone who up until know has been fairly forgiving of Merlin for The Smiler incident, this really rubs me the wrong way.
Closing rides for the season to save costs whilst raising the ticket prices then telling at best half truths to cover up why a significant number of them are being closed. 7 rides closed for the season, 5 family, 2 child rides. That's significant for a park which is liked because of the wide range of rides.
It's less noticeable when you're looking over the park map but once you're there with a family, especially one where everyone is too old for cebeebies, you realize how few rides some people end up going on. They're minor rides but they're still attractive ones for people who can't take the more intense rides.
If they're doing much needed emergency work like Disneyland Paris are doing (although even they staggered the closures) it's more forgivable but if they're primarily doing it to save money whilst charging £50 a ticket, it annoys me.
The Smiler was Merlin's screw up. Merin's a giant, rapidly expanding company they should absorb the costs, not make their loyal customers foot the bill.