I agree, the Monorail is integral to the Alton Towers experience, however, I do feel it's a shame that the windows look like a microwave.
For people coming to the park for the first time, it could be such a better introduction to the park, taking them through the different areas they will encounter throughout the day. Also, it would be great for people exiting the theme park as they would be able recap on their day on the park, while viewing the park from above. Hopefully Merlin know this and the new evacuation platforms are a sign that the trains are being given some attention. Maybe we can expect to actually have some decent views of the park from the Monorail in the 2018 season. I personally think it's a real possibility.