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Robert Niles
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Lives in Pasadena, CA
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Standing in the background might be the only way I get on The Amazing Race, but I'll take it!
Long-time readers of Theme Park Insider probably know about my unhealthy obsession with the reality TV show The Amazing Race. So when CBS announced that the start of the upcoming season, Season 27, would be open to the public in the Los Angeles area (where I live), well, of course I was going to ...
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Weekly Top 10: We're just a few days from the start of another summer — so how are you going to keep cool on your next theme park visit? Theme Park Insider readers have ranked these as the Top 10 flume and rapids rides at American theme parks. Next time you're burning in the summer heat, ...
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If you get on one of the previews of "Fast & Furious: Supercharged," please leave us a rating and review on our Studio Tour page!
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For Disney and theme park fans alike, there may be nothing more special than tying the knot with a fairy tale wedding. Whether it be at the Grand Floridian's wedding pavilion, on the Boardwalk, or in one of the parks — from planning to reciting your vows — a fairy tale Disney wedding is sure to ...
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Walt Disney World offers many unique experiences in addition to its famous attractions. Once you've explored the parks and worked up an appetite, you can find some “good ol' family fun” at the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. The show offers plenty of ...
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The park that opened that day looked very different than the one that now stands in the middle of the Universal Orlando Resort. The land that would become Islands of Adventure was USF's parking lot. There was no CityWalk, no hotels, and no parking structures. In fact, some of the land that those ...
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Writing for newspapers again....
We've got a website, books, Facebook page, Twitter feed, YouTube channel, and Instagram account. And, staring this week, there's yet another new place where you can find stuff from Theme Park Insider — the pages of the Orange County Register. You can read the first of our (more or less) weekly ...
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If you're angry with Disney for not appealing to the middle class, well, might I suggest that the problem really is not with Disney? The problem is that there is no longer a large, prosperous, and optimistic middle class in America for Disney to appeal to any longer. 
The price of theme park tickets has been rising faster than inflation for decades. Many middle class families that once considered the Disney theme parks a frequent vacation destination no longer can afford to visit so often, if at all. So Disney's to blame for pricing out the middle class, ...
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If this drone video, posted this week, really reflects a current view of the Shanghai Disneyland project, well, a lot of work remains to be done for its announced 2016 opening.
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Goddard Group noted that the original design for the Orlando version of the attraction called for it to be built on what is now the site of Men in Black Alien Attack, before Universal decided to proceed with a second gate that became the Islands of Adventure theme park, and to make the Jurassic ...
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Kaitlyn Lannan is a student at Northwestern University. Planning a trip to Walt Disney World as a college student? It's possible to create an itinerary filled with fun that doesn't break the bank! Doing some thorough planning before you leave will help you to minimize your costs while allowing ...
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You might have read one of the many stories hitting newspapers and TV stations in the past 24 hours about people who play characters in the Walt Disney theme parks. The union representing those actors has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board [NLRB] over alleged attempts by ...
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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
Previously
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."
Bragging rights
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