Theme Park Insider Staff Columns

Tokyo DisneySea, Legoland California Lead Winners in Fourth Theme Park Insider Awards
By Robert Niles
July 1, 2005: Disney and Universal theme parks picked up two award each in this year's reader voting.
12 responses. Last on July 10, 2005 at 7:18 PM (MST)

Fear Factor - Live! at Universal Studios Hollywood
By Jim Frye
June 30, 2005: The NBC grossfest finds a new home at Universal's California park, and might just stick around a while.

The BLOGFlume—Heating Up
By Russell Meyer
June 29, 2005: Cedar Point "peaks," Chicken Little goes digital, and Tarzan goes to New York.
2 responses. Last on June 30, 2005 at 8:01 PM (MST)

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - The Matterhorn Sends a Woman to the Hospital!!
By Kevin Baxter
June 29, 2005: The focus is once again on the safety of Disney's rides. Is Disney doing enough? Or is the media once again hopping on one of its boring bandwagons?
6 responses. Last on December 21, 2005 at 4:30 PM (MST)

The BLOGFlume—Quickie
By Russell Meyer
June 26, 2005: No shark fin soup in Hong Kong, an acrobatic accident, and Six Flags improves despite Kingda Ka's downtime.
11 responses. Last on July 8, 2005 at 5:03 AM (MST)

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Paramount's Smarter than Disney!
By Kevin Baxter
June 25, 2005: The Paramount parks will soon leave the Viacom family! Where are they going? And will the move be good for them?
9 responses. Last on August 27, 2005 at 11:48 AM (MST)

The BLOGFlume—Fully Loaded
By Russell Meyer
June 22, 2005: Herbie hits theaters again, Busch hits Orlando again, and a "common" solution to inspection problems
2 responses. Last on December 10, 2005 at 2:21 AM (MST)

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Spain's Port Aventura
By Kevin Baxter
June 22, 2005: Kevin spent his time off the site in Spain. But he wasn't completely off the job, as he checked out a few theme parks while he was there. Here's his photo essay of Port Aventura.
2 responses. Last on June 25, 2005 at 1:16 AM (MST)

The BLOGFlume—Weekender
By Russell Meyer
June 19, 2005: A weeked trip to Dorney Park and Six Flags Great Adventure
3 responses. Last on June 24, 2005 at 2:21 PM (MST)

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Seven Years, My Africa!
By Kevin Baxter
June 19, 2005: It's a big anniversary year for Disney. But there's a certain anniversary that is being studiously ignored. Except at TPI!
11 responses. Last on July 17, 2005 at 12:09 PM (MST)

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Nostradumbass 2005 - NBC Universal's Television Division
By Kevin Baxter
June 18, 2005: This is it! The end of Nostradumbass's 2005 predictions for the two big theme-park operators' entertainment futures. How about NBC Universal?
6 responses. Last on July 17, 2005 at 12:26 PM (MST)

California Ruling on Theme Park Safety Changes Nothing
By Robert Niles
June 17, 2005: The industry's up in arms over the state Supreme Court declaring amusement rides 'common carriers.' But the decision merely upholds decades of tradition in California law.
6 responses. Last on June 18, 2005 at 3:38 PM (MST)

The BLOGFlume—Breakdown
By Russell Meyer
June 15, 2005: All about rocket coasters in this week's BLOGFlume
21 responses. Last on December 8, 2005 at 7:14 AM (MST)

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Nostradumbass 2005 - Disney's Television Division
By Kevin Baxter
June 13, 2005: Nostradumbass is back for the fifth part of his six-part series on the entertainment offerings of the two park-operating media giants. Here's predictions on Disney's TV division (but mostly ABC). It's almost over, people!
8 responses. Last on June 15, 2005 at 2:52 PM (MST)

The BLOGFlume—Ups and Downs
By Russell Meyer
June 12, 2005: Disneyland exhibit at the Smithsonian, Kingda Ka's big problem, and Geauga Lake's union boycott.
4 responses. Last on June 19, 2005 at 3:19 PM (MST)

The BLOGFlume—Hot Hot Hot!!
By Russell Meyer
June 8, 2005: Disney moving closer to a Pixar deal, Roy and Stanley's lawsuit moves forward, and Diller bows out at Universal.
17 responses. Last on June 18, 2005 at 1:45 PM (MST)

Fear Factor Live at Universal Orlando
By Joe Lane
June 6, 2005: In a self-fulfilling prophecy, Universal brings the NBC stunt show and gross-out fest into its park and puts guests in the spotlight.
11 responses. Last on December 19, 2005 at 4:25 PM (MST)

The BLOGFlume—In the Mood
By Russell Meyer
June 5, 2005: Forbes' Top Ten list, Great Wolf plans another indoor waterpark, and breaking news from Six Flags America.
11 responses. Last on June 10, 2005 at 6:19 PM (MST)

The BLOGFlume—Summer’s Here
By Russell Meyer
June 1, 2005: Sea World's new show, ABC sells out, and virtual Disney
20 responses. Last on June 13, 2005 at 3:01 PM (MST)

Kick-Off Time for the Fourth Annual Theme Park Insider Awards
By Robert Niles
May 31, 2005: More than 10,000 registered readers are eligible to pick the world's best among theme parks. What will you vote for?
19 responses. Last on June 5, 2005 at 6:57 PM (MST)

The BLOGFlume—Happy Memorial Day!
By Russell Meyer
May 30, 2005: Lines, makeovers, and ESPN drops the NHL
5 responses. Last on June 4, 2005 at 2:51 AM (MST)

'Rush' Launches At Thorpe Park
By Ben Mills
May 28, 2005: For their latest addition, Thorpe Park has gone back to the basics of the playground and opened Rush – the largest swing in the world. With ride video
5 responses. Last on October 23, 2005 at 11:08 AM (MST)

The BLOGFlume—Bottom of the Barrel
By Russell Meyer
May 25, 2005: Italian Job debuts, trouble in China, and fight club in Valencia.
9 responses. Last on May 27, 2005 at 5:37 AM (MST)

How to Save Money on a Theme Park Trip
By Robert Niles
May 24, 2005: Deals and discounts are only part of the strategy to get best value for your vacation dollar when visiting a theme park.
4 responses. Last on June 1, 2005 at 7:34 PM (MST)

Sheikra @ Busch Gardens Tampa
By Joe Lane
May 23, 2005: Will the new addition to Busch Gardens' coaster family play nice? Joe Lane reviews North America's first Diving Machine.
8 responses. Last on December 27, 2005 at 6:59 AM (MST)

The BLOGFlume—Into the Fray
By Russell Meyer
May 22, 2005: Six Flags' new policy, new coaster, and the future of Fastpass
10 responses. Last on May 25, 2005 at 11:18 PM (MST)

PENNIES FROM KEVIN - Nostradumbass 2005 - NBC Universal's Film Division
By Kevin Baxter
May 22, 2005: Nostradumbass is back for the fourth part of his six-part series on the entertainment offerings of the two park-operating media giants. Here are his predictions for Universal Studios in the rest of 2005.
10 responses. Last on May 25, 2005 at 2:04 PM (MST)

Innovative 'Robocoaster' Debuts at Legoland California
By Robert Niles
May 19, 2005: The new Knights' Tournament continues the Carlsbad park's tradition of interactive attractions.
6 responses. Last on May 21, 2005 at 10:21 PM (MST)

The BLOGFlume—May the Force Be With You
By Russell Meyer
May 18, 2005: And you thought only George Lucas could do this...
3 responses. Last on May 19, 2005 at 10:16 PM (MST)

The BLOGFlume—To the Other Side and Back
By Russell Meyer
May 15, 2005: Astroworld blackout, and trips to Hades and Everest
2 responses. Last on May 16, 2005 at 5:29 PM (MST)

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