This is a very important point. The park wasn't even that busy on Saturday yet queues were massive. The park feels so much busier than it used to beacuase there are less attractions to absorb guests and those attractions that are open have poor throughputs. As it stands, Alton Towers cannot afford to have a successful season like 2010 or 2013 after The Smiler eventually opened. The park simply cannot cope with these crowds any more.