I really love the flume and think it is a very fun family ride for all ages. I think that a re-theme would be a good idea, but i dont think the bath tubs are too bad and are quirky and funny. I also dont think the clash of themes is too bad, as The Flume is kind of off the side of mutiny bay and the attractions and facilities around it like the mexican cantina and courtyard arent that Piratey anyway.
I really cannot see the Flume being removed for years to come, its an incredibly popular family ride and it almost always has at least an half hour queue minimum. It gets riders "just wet enough", as in it get you wet, but doesnt get you soo wet that it ruins your day (unlike that appauling ride known as battle galleons).
All Alton need to do is to update the systems (as they seem to have a lot of problems with the lift hills breaking down) and repair/ revamp some parts of it, to make the ride look well looked after and fresh, like giving the boats a good clean and repairing some of the floors in them, although pirate themed boats also wouldnt look bad!
Long live the Flume !
MIND THE DOORS PLEASE
MIND THE DOORS