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Why do people go to theme parks?

By Robert Niles: Why do you visit theme parks? Obviously, if you've found your way through the Internet to a website called "Theme Park Insider," you're probably a fan or maybe an industry employee (or perhaps both!) But that doesn't explain why you chose to get into all of this. Show More Summary

Get ready for the New Year at Walt Disney World

By Robert Niles: Do you want to spend New Year's Eve with hundreds of thousands of other revelers, but not freeze in the cold in New York's Times Square? Then it's time to book that last-minute flight to Orlando and get ready to ring in 2018 at Walt Disney World. Show More Summary

Watch a young Theme Park Insider at work on NBC Wednesday night

By Robert Niles: If you will indulge a proud parent for a moment, I'd like to reward you with a sneak peek at some emerging Hollywood talent that might just end up working on theme park projects one day. If you're game, tune into the Golden Globes 75th Anniversary Special, airing Wednesday night at 9pm ET on NBC. Show More Summary

New 'Up' show to replace Flights of Wonder at Disney World

By Robert Niles: The Walt Disney World Resort announced this morning that a new live show themed to the Disney-Pixar animated movie Up will replace the Flights of Wonder bird show at Disney's Animal Kingdom next year. Flights of Wonder...Show More Summary

Fire strikes construction site in Anaheim's Downtown Disney

By Robert Niles: Multiple Twitter users this evening have posted video of what appears to be a fire at the construction site of the Splitsville restaurant in the Downtown Disney district at the Disneyland Resort. There?s a fire right now in Downtown Disney... Show More Summary

Six Flags planned the world's largest snowball fight... and irony won

By Robert Niles: A winter storm has brought snow to area across the southern United States (and even Mexico!) that rarely see any of the white stuff. The cold temperatures, snow, and ice in communities ill-equipped to deal with them have led to closed roads, power outages, and businesses closing across several states. Show More Summary

What to know before you go to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

By Jeff Siegal: Ah, Christmastime: trees, wreaths, stockings, presents, snow, and... Mickey?s Very Merry Christmas Party. It's the most wonderful time of the year! But Santa is not the only one with a list ? here is our list of the top five things you should know before you go to Magic Kingdom's hard-ticket after-hours event this holiday season. Show More Summary

Walt Disney World reveals more details about its new Skyway system

By Robert Niles: The Walt Disney World Resort this morning released new concept art and details about its upcoming "Disney Skyliner" aerial tramway that will connect Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios with the Caribbean Beach and Art of Animation and Pop Century resorts. Show More Summary

Shanghai Disneyland announces opening date for its Toy Story Land

By Robert Niles: Shanghai Disneyland today announced that its Toy Story Land will open this spring, on April 26, 2018. Theme park fans can expect a soft opening of the park's seventh themed land before that date, according to the park's...Show More Summary

How to speak both Disney and Universal like a pro

By Robert Niles: Millions of theme park fans visit both the Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando resorts every year. So it's understandable when some of us get confused and forget which resort we're in at a given moment. While the fun might just blend together for many fans, insiders know the many differences between the two resorts... Show More Summary

Do you need a Universal Express ticket at Universal Studios Hollywood?

By Robert Niles: Universal Studios Hollywood has replaced its "Gate A" Front of Line ticket with Universal Express. The benefits are the same ? the change really just brings the ticket's branding in line with the terminology used at Universal's other theme parks for its line-skipping pass. Show More Summary

Wildfires burn around Magic Mountain in Southern California

By Robert Niles: High winds whipped up raging wildfires across Southern California last night, leading to some dramatic images around Six Flags Magic Mountain today. Magic Mountain (photo by John Lazar) #RyeFire #ThomasFire More Summary

Is Disney's deal to buy Fox back on, and ready to close?

By Robert Niles: The Walt Disney Company is closing on a deal to acquire the film and television studios from Fox, according to industry reports. The news of a potential deal first leaked last month, but was quickly squashed by insiders. Show More Summary

Should theme parks charge fans more to go on their newest rides?

By Robert Niles: What's the best way for theme parks to manage demand for a new ride? In my Orange County Register column this week, I raise the idea that parks might soon try to make popular new attractions an upcharge for some period after their debut. Show More Summary

Let's talk about Disney make-overs and the psychology of splurging

By Robert Niles: Disney for years has been selling parents (and grandparents, and wealthy aunts and uncles) the opportunity to get their little girls dressed up as princesses at its Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutiques. Later, when the companyShow More Summary

What not to do when visiting Walt Disney World?

By Robert Niles: What's the stupidest thing you can do when visiting Walt Disney World? Not book your Fastpass+ reservations 30 days in advance? (Okay, 60 if you're staying at a Disney hotel.) Not calling six months in advance for dining...Show More Summary

Fans pack Universal's theme parks for new Christmas shows

By Robert Niles: Something amazing happened tonight at Universal Studios Hollywood. With Grinchmas kicking off today at the park, and the new Harry Potter castle show drawing fans, too, the crowd inside the park got pretty big by sundown. Show More Summary

Disneyland adds a single rider option on Space Mountain

By Robert Niles: Disenyland has added a single rider option for guests on its popular Space Mountain roller coaster. Our AJ Hummel discovered the new option on his visit to the park today: Space Mountain now has a single rider queue....Show More Summary

Universal Orlando introduces a new Marvel Character Dinner

By Robert Niles: Starting next week, you can dine with superheroes at Universal's Islands of Adventure. The Orlando park is introducing a new Marvel Character Dinner, starting December 7. The character dinner runs from 5-7pm on Thursdays through Sundays at Cafe 4 in the Marvel Super Hero Island land. Show More Summary

Universal Studios Hollywood gets into the New Year's Eve game

By Robert Niles: Universal Studios Hollywood announced today that it will host its first-ever New Year's Eve event next month. The California park will adopt the "Eve" branding of Universal Orlando's CityWalk event, running special entertainment in the park from 9pm on December 31, building up to a fireworks display at midnight. Show More Summary

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