When I last visited during the Scarefest event, Oblivion and X Sector was near enough empty the whole day. The longest the queue to Oblivion got was 20 minutes, and even though the throughput on this ride is pretty good and is high capacity, this is nothing :P It just seemed to me that the crowds were all over Forbidden Valley area, with X Sector failing to bring any large crowds in.
So I thought, why is this? X Sector has a great rollercoaster and two semi-decent flats - how does it not bring in any crowds anymore? It is because of the flat rides, I believe.
Theming on Oblivion is brilliant. X Sector generally looks exceptionally themed, though gradually getting worseand more run down every time I visit. Enterprise has absoloutely no story behind it - why the hell is it there? I may sound like a bit of a perfectionist, but I find it hard to enjoy a ride without decent theming and a story behind it - that is what fairs are for.
The reason Enterprise isn't a *great* ride any more is because it is a common sight on the fairground scene. It generally looks out of place, with the white against the black backdrop of Oblivion. It still gets decent queues (It was about half an hour during Scarefest, higher than Oblivion), but it has been done before. Then there is Submission.. don't get me wrong, Submission looks great as a ride. The colours are nice, and the idea of two of them going at a time is brilliant. But they never use the second arm - whether this is due to technical disabilities or whatever, I don't know, but Alton should have the money to repair it and get it going again. But still, this ties in with the overall problem that it just doesn't get decent queues anymore. Also.. uhm.. what is the story of the ride? What is its point in being there?
The Black Hole tent is an eyesore. It looks old, tatty and generally run down. The queue line was still in sight when I last visited (they may have removed this), giving off the idea that Alton just doesn't care about appearance in this particular area.
It may seem like I am moaning, but i'm just stating what others have said about the area and my own personal opinions. If they want to bring X Sector back up, then I believe that they need to: Sort out the theming on Enterprise. Get something done with the colours and give it a reason for being there. It still brings in decent queues, and will continue to do so for another year or so - this wont last unless they do something about it.
Get rid of Submission. Despite how much I love the ride, and how good it looks at nights and when both swings are going, it really is just a waste of space. It doesn't bring in decent crowds, and it looks so run down and... generally not looked after at all.
Sort out the tent. Put a good flat ride in there with lights effects - strobes, smoke, and a ride in complete darkness with unpredictable movements would really be interesting, and could work incredibly well if they pulled it off correctly.
Touch up Oblivions paintwork, perhaps theme it a little bit more. IDK how you could do this, but it would just generally seem fresher and better.
Build a nearby food court sort of place - I really do hate KFC :P
What do you guys think?