I think it's been a great year for the Towers.
2016 marked Alton Towers' return after the Smiler incident in June 2015, and it's safe to say that Alton are back on the road to recovery.
As has already been said, Towers Loving Care is fantastic program and it's amazing to see some areas of the park which have been (relatively) untouched since they opened, finally repairing damaged and fading signs and returning some of the magic back into the park.
However, 2016's new additions were very up and down. Experiencing Galactica early on was a fantastic (although buggy) experience, however it seems that the ride is now quite a bit worse for ware with many of the headsets being glitchy and broken now, as well as huge queue times. However, it's a new thing and I'm positive Galactica will be improved some time in the near future.
I haven't actually had chance to eat at the Rollercoaster Restaurant (I can't say no to Woodcutters!), but I've heard mixed things about it. It's proven that it's very well themed, especially for the fans (plans/concepts/layouts/etc.), however reviews about the food have left something to be desired. I'll be able to come back with my own opinion soon, after I finally try it.
Very disappointed to hear about Hex, CATFC and N:ST's closures for this year. However, as I said before, TLC is a fanastic program and I'm very excited to see any new changes or improvements made when they reopen (hopefully) in 2017.
Scarefest was undoubtedly the highlight of the year. Altonville Mine Tours was a fantastic new addition to the lineup, and ToTT and Sub Species were just as good as last year (if not better). However, the scare zones seem to have been toned down a bit (especially with Freak Show). I'm not sure if this is just my different observation, or if this is something everyone's noticed?
Bit confused about SW8? It doesn't look like much of the Flume's theming has been removed since it closed, it's looking quite worse for wear now.
Roll on 2017!