Yes X-Sector needs work but I don't think it is the best themed area on park. I mean Old McDonalds Farm Yard/Storybook Land, Forbidden Valley, The Dark Forest, CCL, Katanga Kanyon and all superior to the drab that is X-Sector all corrugated steel and pipes it looks like an industrial estate. Oblivion isn't that well themed I would say that Nemesis, Th13teen and RMT are better themed than Oblivion and that is just at AT. I would say it is fourth or even fifth not really the best is it? :)
I fail to see how Forbidden Valley is well themed. Granted, there is the Nemesis gun near the entrance and a few rusty looking buildings, but it has lost a lot over the years. Ripsaw is looking in a sorry state, same for Blade and all we have is a generic Fish and Chip shop and a few kiosks. Even the Nemesis monster looks pretty meh these days.[/quote]
I would say that they are probably on par with each other on theming level but I would also say that as an area Forbidden Valley looks better visually than X-Sector but this is mainly down to its location. Your right in saying that the flats in FV look poor but so does the ones in X-Sector. The Fish and Chip shop is something that I find annoying. I really don't like it at all it spoils the area. One thing I will say though is that where Enterprise has a little shack Ripsaw has a lorry. Where Blade has a shed with what appears to be blades on top Submission has a box. Now these are just little niggles but you get at what I am saying. I would say that FV is more pleasing on the eye because of the location where as X-Sector's drab-ness is more clear compared to FV until you get up close and personal with the Nemesis monster.
The only corrugated steel in X-Sector is on the roof of the lockers and the shed thing by Oblivion's entrance - hardly "all" as you say.
Yes you’re right. But the station building is extremely imposing as it is all made out of corrugated steel and the pipes don’t help too much with the effect. There are other buildings in X-Sector that are not made of corrugated steel and look fine.
If we look at the present, Oblivion is a pretty poorly themed ride. In the past this was not the case. What saves the area is the drop zone, however even the Rehydrator has been ruined now. Its infuriating how little work X-Sector would need to look great again. If they painted the track, pressure washed the concrete, replaced the rusty wires and brought the themed bins back it could look good as new.
ALL areas of the park could benefit from tree removal too. Since they were planted in the 90s, all the many fir trees in the park have grown HUGE. You would be surprised how much theming trees cover up, if they were chopped back or removed a lot of the park would feel more open, light and airy. Most notably the ones at the top of Towers Street and along the shop fronts, along the Adventureland path, the Oblivion queueline and Forbidden Valley around Blade and the Skyride.
Alton Towers are not allowed to remove too many trees because of strict rules against them. Personally I love the foliage and the trees there they give a forest feel that no other park can give it all adds to the personality of the park.