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Introducing Robert's rules of theme park operations

By Robert Niles: Many theme park fans idolize designers ? and that's wonderful. The creative minds who design theme park attractions deserve the adoration of fans for the experiences they develop. Great design work can elevate a theme...Show More Summary

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the birth of the Wizarding World

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By Robert Niles: Today marks the 20th anniversary of the debut of the world's most compelling modern entertainment franchise. On June 26, 1997, Bloomsbury published Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in the United Kingdom. The book would come to America the next year, under the title Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Show More Summary

Plans filed for site work at Walt Disney World's France pavilion

By Robert Niles: The Reedy Creek Improvement District today filed a permit with the South Florida Water Management District for a project that covers the entire "back of house" area behind, and next to, Epcot's France pavilion. "TheShow More Summary

What are the best theme park restaurants in the world?

By Robert Niles: What is the best place to eat on a theme park vacation? Theme Park Insider readers have been rating and reviewing restaurants at top theme parks and their associated hotels, and on July 4, we will reveal the winnersShow More Summary

Disneyland moves to eliminate paper Fastpass tickets

By Robert Niles: The Disneyland Resort today took the next step toward eliminating paper Fastpass tickets. Disneyland visitors still reserve Fastpass ride reservation return times the same way ? by inserting their admission ticket into Fastpass machines at attractions around the two parks. Show More Summary

Which new attractions will win the 2017 Theme Park Insider Awards?

By Robert Niles: On July 4, 2017, Theme Park Insider will announce the winners of the 16th annual Theme Park Insider Awards, honoring the best in the world's theme park industry. Determined by the collective ratings of More Summary

Paramount withdraws from London theme park resort plan

By Robert Niles: A plan to build a multi-billion-pound theme park just outside London, on the banks of the Thames, is in danger following the withdrawal of the park's top IP partner. London Paramount was to be a £3.2 billion theme park resort on a 535-acre site on Swanscombe Peninsula, in North Kent. Show More Summary

Disney World expands beverage options on the Disney Dining Plan for 2018

By Robert Niles: The Walt Disney World Resort has revealed some changes for the Disney Dining Plan next year, and there's a significant new benefit... that might not be welcomed by all Disney visitors. Starting next year, meals ordered on the Disney Dining Plans will include alcoholic beverages, where available. Show More Summary

How Tom Sawyer created a template for today's top theme park lands

By Robert Niles: This past week, the theme park world celebrated an anniversary of the opening of the first fully-immersive themed land based upon an enduring entertainment franchise. It wasn't Cars Land (opened June 15, 2012), or The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (opened June 18, 2010). Show More Summary

Theme park fans find magic in the illusion of flight

By Robert Niles: At their most compelling, theme parks grant us the power to do the incredible. They allow us to travel through time ? from the moment of extinction for the dinosaurs to a future when space is a tourist destination. They move us through enchanted portals into a wizard's universe or a cartoon playground. Show More Summary

Shanghai Disneyland celebrates its first birthday

By Robert Niles: Shanghai Disneyland celebrated its first birthday today, wrapping up a wildly successful first year in which the park welcomed more than 11 million visitors and won a slew of industry awards. A huge crowd packed Shanghai...Show More Summary

Disneyland announces return dates for its Rivers of America attractions

By Robert Niles: For more than a year, Disneyland's Rivers of America attractions have been closed as the park dug a new route for the northern portion of the river to create space for its upcoming Star Wars land. While Star Wars land...Show More Summary

The ultimate Disney dream match-up? 'Frozen' and a dessert party

By Robert Niles: There seems to be nothing that has warmed the heart of Walt Disney World managers more over the past couple years than Frozen... and dessert parties. So perhaps it was inevitable that Disney would find a way to bring the two together. Show More Summary

End the day with a dose of magic, at Universal's new Hogwarts Castle show

By Robert Niles: If there's a defining character to the Harry Potter franchise, it is persistence. Now, I'm not just talking about the persistence of a group of idealistic students, fighting to rid their world of evil. I'm also talking...Show More Summary

What are the top 10 attraction queues at American theme parks?

By Robert Niles: Waiting is a necessary annoyance at theme parks. If you don't have people waiting at a ride's load platform, the operators either have to send vehicles empty or at less than full capacity... or hold the circuit to wait for a car's worth of people to show up to ride. Show More Summary

Walt Disney Company completes take-over of Disneyland Paris Resort

By Robert Niles: The Walt Disney Company today announced that it has purchased more than 97 percent of the shares of Euro Disney SCA, the holding company that officially owns the Disneyland Paris Resort. Earlier this year, Disney made...Show More Summary

What will Walt Disney World do next to transform Epcot?

By Robert Niles: The Walt Disney World Resort opened a decade of expansion in 2012, with the debut of its New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom. The investment in two new rides, an innovative character experience, and a richly-decorated themed restaurant paid off with an immediate surge in attendance. Show More Summary

Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Food and Wine Festival returns

By Russell Meyer: Just as wine matures and gets better with age, Busch Gardens Williamsburg?s annual Food and Wine Festival continues to improve and refine its offerings. 2017 brings the introduction of a new experience, new kiosks, and improved demonstration booths. Show More Summary

Use your head, theme park fans: Never take a phone on a roller coaster

By Robert Niles: We get it. You love your phone. With every major park now offering an official app, your phone can be the way you get into the park, manage your reservations, find your way around, and track the wait times for all your favorite rides. Show More Summary

Disney update: Big Thunder Trail returns, Star Wars land at D23 Expo

By Robert Niles: Disneyland has reopened its Big Thunder Trail, restoring an important pathway that allows visitors to walk around the outer perimeter of the park, without having cram the hub to get from one side of Disneyland to the other. Show More Summary

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