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Robert Niles
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Lives in Pasadena, CA
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New feature debuting this week on Theme Park Insider!
If you've been to a Disney park anytime in the past several years, you've doubtless seen the Disney Vacation Club kiosks, advertisements, and signage. "The Best Kept Disney Secret!" they proclaim, suggesting that it isn't much of a secret. Many visitors shy away from the kiosks in particular, ...
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That is the question Busch Gardens Williamsburg's newest roller coaster asks of riders as they ponder boarding the strange-looking contraption known as Tempesto. The teal-tracked launched shuttle coaster from Premier is like nothing else in the Williamsburg, Virginia theme park.
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Theme Park Insider is looking for more writers to join our front page crew. If you are a theme park fan who loves helping other people get the most for their money on vacation, we'd love for you to consider joining us. Follow Me, I Know What I'm Doing Do you know what you're doing when you visit ...
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Looks like it's Universal Orlando or bust if you want to ride the Hogwarts Express anytime soon.
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"When it comes to the Disneyland Band, and live music in the parks in general, the issue shouldn't be 'either/or.' The real issue should be 'we need more!'"
The Disneyland Resort has informed the local chapter of the professional musicians' union that it intends to terminate the current incarnation of the Disneyland Band on July 16. The iconic band isn't going away, though. The resort will be casting a new Disneyland Band, to start work the day ...
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I talked with Sanjay Macwan from @NBCUMediaLabs about this weekend's Orlando Hackathon, focusing on theme park tech: 
This weekend, about 300 software developers and other creative professionals will gather at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at the Universal Orlando Resort for NBCUniversal's latest "Hackathon." The participants will be challenged to develop new applications that can lead to improvements in the ...
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New SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby isn't wasting time getting down to business. The chain's Orlando flagship just announced plans for its first new thrill ride in years. Here is the statement: "Something is stirring beneath the surface at SeaWorld Orlando, preparing to rise from the ocean depths and ...
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SANTA CLAUS, Ind. — Thanksgiving just can't get any respect. Walk into just about any store in America on November 1, the day after Halloween, and the you'll see the Jack-o-Lanterns and ghosts immediately give way to snowmen and Christmas trees. It's as if Thanksgiving has become America's ...
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Expect fresh questions about security checks at theme parks as a result of this incident today.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputies have responded to what the department is calling a self-inflicted shooting at Universal Studios Hollywood this afternoon. Several park visitors tweeted about being held in the gift shop at the end of the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride due to a person with ...
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So, so happy to see Aunt Polly's back!
It's been a great weekend for new food and drink experiences at top theme park resorts. We told you yesterday about the new Springfield USA restaurants at Universal Studios Hollywood. Today, the east coast welcomed a popular new establishment as another Trader Sam's tiki bar opened at Disney's ...
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The metal detectors went up this morning at the Incredible Hulk Coaster in Islands of Adventure and Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit at Universal Studios Florida. (Update: Reports from readers on Twitter earlier this morning said that the detectors were going up on Hulk, but Universal is not testing ...
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Author and editor
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  • ThemeParkInsider.com
    Editor, 1999 - present
  • Los Angeles Times
    2000 - 2004
  • Rocky Mountain News
    1996 - 2000
  • Walt Disney World
    1987 - 1991
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Pasadena, CA
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Los Angeles, CA - Denver, CO - Omaha, NE - Orlando, FL - Evanston, IL - Indianapolis, IN - Canoga Park, CA - Los Angeles, CA
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Founder and editor, ThemeParkInsider.com. Author of 'Stories from a Theme Park Insider' and 'How to Make Money Publishing Community News Online'
Introduction
Hi, I'm Robert Niles, founder and editor of ThemeParkInsider.com and author of the best-selling eBook, "Stories from a Theme Park Insider."
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Proud to say that I've been on every Tom Sawyer Island on Earth.
Education
  • Northwestern University
    BA, Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences, Political Science (Law & Politics), 1985 - 1989