i shant get into a flame war over who is right,
but the new side attractions whether water walkers, new p2p, lockers, slush have all come this year as alton have been directed to get as much money from each guest as possible. Hence towers street in a morning being like a battle not to be sold fast track, photos, drink refills, etc etc - have you not noticed the increase this year? Everyone else has, and staff have even mentioned the situation.
And alton knew long before the start of the season that dreamworks pulled out of the shrek ride because alton werent good enough for their branding. So they then randomly remove their only family coaster, and slap a wall over it "there is nothing to see here".
Surely it looks worse to have a ride SBNO than removed? I think SBNO reflects on a lazy park, removal at least suggests growth.
And Enterprise isnt much of a bigger attraction than Beastie was, 0.9 height, family based, ageing, back-up ride to the main one in the area. Id count them to be very very close right now.
I respect the points you are making, and fair play perhaps I am being harsh, but this is the brutal honesty of how the park is at present.