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Robert Niles

About Theme Park Insider

Welcome to Theme Park Insider, a consumers' guide to the world's most popular theme and amusement parks, written by the consumers themselves. More than 300,000 people a month visit our website, and many contribute by submitting ratings, reviews, and comments about the parks they've visited.

We've been around since 1999 and picked up a few awards along the way, including an Online Journalism Award from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Online News Association — our win was the first major journalism award ever given for a "crowdsourced" report. We've also been a finalist for a Webby Award. But we didn't start this site to win awards. We started it to share our love of theme parks and to help other fans discover even better ways to enjoy great parks.

My parents started bringing me to Disneyland before I could walk. In college, I got a job working at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, where I drove the Tom Sawyer Island rafts and loaded people on Pirates of the Caribbean. After school, I went into journalism and worked at several newspapers (Omaha World-Herald, Rocky Mountain News, Los Angeles Times), before making Theme Park Insider my full-time job.

I am joined on the Theme Park Insider front page by several freelance writers and, together, we cover top parks all over the world, including Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, Disneyland, Tokyo Disney, Disneyland Paris, and more. But our best reporters are you — our readers. Please register, if you haven't already, and join us by jumping into the comments, discussion board, or by rating and reviewing attractions, restaurants, and hotels on our park listings pages.

If you want to get in touch with me directly, my email address is Thank you for visiting us!

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