I believe the AT is worthy of the resort title. Ok its a small resort as you said, but it has all the makings of a resort. This path can only be good for AT, i mean the resort will just expand and become a better resort. And the title 'resort' sounds well good. 8)
A Resort is place where you can stay overnight (so Thorpe isn't obviously) but american resorts like Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando have more than one park. Something Alton is unlikely to do unless they obtain more land and the surrounding residents all disappear mysteriously.
Alton is a resort, but it is way to expensive to stay in the hotels, listen to this for 2 rooms, for 2 nights and 4 people and 2 days enrty into park it cost £1140. That is way to much it should be alot cheaper to attract more people.
It is a resort (a pricey one at that) as its possible to have a couple of days there and stay overnight. It would be quite possible to go to the park one day, do cariba creek the next and then have a final day on park before going home. I'm sure if there was not the current local issues then AT might try and expand and make a bigger resort. This might include a cinema/restaurants/nightclub or even a golf course! It would be interesting to see if one day AT do try and expand but i cannot see it happening for a good few years yet.
I also think you couldn't really stay their for a week. I thought staying in Splash Landings for a weekend was too much, I rode everything i wanted to go on in the first day, I actually just spent the second day going on Duel ten times and sitting outside Coffee corner drinking coffee and eating a bag of ten doughnuts. As you can tell I was bored that half term. I went to Cariba Creek that second morning but my family went off back to the park so I headed off with them, soon disappearing.
Alton Towers should add more to make it a more longer term resort ,if you get what I mean.
AT is definately a resort. Port Adventura has 1 park, 1 waterpark and 2 Hotels, and they are classed as a resort. Personally I wouldn't stay any longer then 2 nights, but alton is, on European terms, a holiday resort. Alton will probably expand. I also reckon the old sign will stay until the new acess road is built.
Don't forget the conference facilities which make it appeal to businesses.
What started off as a wicker basket selling 'lesuire pack' in the 80's has grown into a thriving theme park and now into a resort. We have Tussuads to thank for this of course as they have brought a real sense of quality and enjoyment to the park.
I think so too. Just the monorail station near the hotels. A street with proper restaurants, bars, shops and the like. It would bring in some more pounds from day guests and would give hotel guests more choice.