Also, by everyone saying it isn't as good as those parks we all know with no doubt are world class, means it isn't world class.
(I had already made that point, but it was completely ignored)
"No, it's not up there with the Elite"
"It's not the creme de la creme"
"It isn't up to that standard"
Choose a contradiction for your post as to why it's world class.
They all come with a BUT - which negates the statements validity.
It is, or it isn't.
I am not sure my and your opinions on how much we like Alton Towers are similar or differ, that's a preference, and largely subjective issue, but we agree on the fact it isn't world class. I personally don't believe truly world class is ever subjective. It's either best in class or not. World class stands above all others, it creates direction, provides inspiration, leads the way, and sets new standards.
Alton Towers.... Really? Come off it.
I love the place, it can be world class, it has some world class elements in the park that are not being suitably looked after, now for me it is a tier below, maybe at a push 2- so it's a great park, some great hardware, an unbeatable setting with huge potential still.
Let's not pretend it's not a fantastic(al) park, it is, but you can't have crap like Dark Forest, rotting patched up Log Flumes, a Maurer with rotting bits every where, it's signature coaster with the theme being left to ruin, a Gerst plastered in concrete, a 20 year old monorail that looks tatty with bland plain entrance buildings, dirty car parks, a hotel with basically ONE BAR, opening hours that are frankly an embarrassment at times, poor and decreasing food quality, every increasing in your face upsell and stickers/posters plastered everywhere, a mine train that can barely be run on a setting past YAWN, an accelerator with the most ludicrous theme I've seen for one - heck the dog fart would have made more sense than YOU MUST ESCAPE.... oh, you're back again, QUICK ESCAPE AGAIN... THERE - under that world class scaffolding!!
OK, one or two of those can be forgiven, but seriously, all those? Things that are frequently mentioned AND world class in the same sentence?