I would like to see the whole area overhauled and re-themed into the Mutiny Bay theme, add some water cannons into the lake, maybe some rockwork to disguise the channel. And bring the Blade or a new Pirate Ship into the lake.
Isn't this meant to be Alton Towers, the park that does things a bit different?
Are we suggesting that the ducks and bathtubs is a better touch. I'd go for the cliche any day :)[/quote]
Back when they first did the retheme (2004) it looked prettty fresh and unique for a flume ride, but the key difference then is that it actually worked with the area, which at the time was Merrie England.
In the right setting (as someone has mentioned CCL), the theme would be awesome, particularly if it was indoors where the theming can't get green from algae or sun bleached. The problem now is we have the park's oldest ride, complete with dirty concrete, dank tunnels and half rotten wood - but patched and dressed up as a fresh, funky bathtime ride.
But, despite the bleached theming feature on the lake, the Flume isnt really tacky at all. The gold/brass painted metalwork, taps and showerheads as well as the old fashioned red bathtubs all add up to one quintessentially british style ride, which you accept at face value and nothing else - a bit of fun.