World's first roller coaster to combine at least 6 queues, into 2 stations, have long barely moving lines, yet somehow still manage to send out empty trains.
Scaling back the VR seemed like it would have been a good idea, given the lower interest in it in the previous year and general unreliability of it. But of course, as soon as it got reduced to the back 3 rows, guests suddenly wanted to experience it.
I wonder if the increased interest in the VR was caused by Alton Towers' success in getting people back into the park, who perhaps hadn't visited for several years, so the VR was new to them?
I don't see the VR going next year, unless its reliability is deemed too far gone. It drew people in and is still a marketing point for people who haven't ridden it. Once people get bored with it again this season or next, maybe they'll re-theme it all again.