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Robert Niles

Introducing Theme Park Insider's Vacation Makeovers

Published: November 11, 2009 at 8:53 AM

Thinking about next year's vacation, and wondering how you're going to be able to make it happen? Worried about getting a great vacation for the amount you'll be able to spend? Tired of the same-old, same-old and looking to do something fresh?

Let your friends in the Theme Park Insider community help.

Today, we're starting a new weekly feature - Theme Park Insider Vacation Makeovers. You send us some information about where you are and when you want to go, and we'll respond with tips, itineraries and reviews that will help you have a better vacation, for less money.

Brian in Utah's Castle Valley
On our summer roadtrip this year

Here's how it will work: E-mail your vacation makeover request to me via themeparkinsider @ Here's what I'll need to know:

  • How many of you will be going on the trip and their ages
  • Your hometown (where you'll be starting from)
  • The maximum amount of time you can spend on the trip, and when you want to go (You don't need to have specific dates.)
  • Anything that you must include in the trip (e.g. a visit to Grandma's in Tampa for one night, etc.)
  • Your tastes - What you'd like to do on the trip, and what you've liked on trips in the past
  • How much you estimate you can spend on the trip

I'll pick one request a week, and enlist some experts to help me devise a great itinerary for your trip that stays within your budget. Then we'll "crowdsource" this, and turn it over to Theme Park Insider readers to offer their suggestions in the comments.

We'll keep it going each week so long as we have requests.

So... are you a family of roller coaster and sports fans who'd like advice on planning a summer roadtrip through the Midwest that allows you to see all the best coasters and ballparks? Or Disney World veterans looking for a less expense alternate to how you'd visited Orlando in the past? Maybe you've got some kids in elementary school and you're looking for a low-cost vacation that blends visits to historic sites with a great theme park or two?

E-mail me your request and we'll get the power of the Theme Park Insider community (with thousands of readers a day, even in this off-season) working to make your 2010 vacation not just possible, but one of the best your family's ever had.

You don't need to be a registered member of Theme Park Insider to participate. And we can keep your name anonymous if you request. So, please, e-mail your makeover requests to themeparkinsider @!

Replies (10)

Ben James

Published: November 11, 2009 at 9:51 AM

GREAT IDEA!!! Robert, I'd be happy to help behind the scenes with this. Just email me and let me know.
Joshua Counsil

Published: November 11, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Robert -

Don't you have enough to do without planning people's vacations? I mean, don't get me wrong, it's a generous gesture, but this site just seems to keep piling up features (e.g. Theme Park Cast Member Stories) that take more of your time.

Robert Niles

Published: November 11, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Hey, this beats *working* for a living... ;-)

If you keep reading, I'll keep writing. Deal?

Melissa Faulkner

Published: November 11, 2009 at 2:18 PM

Robert your son looks just like you... with a few more freckles. :) He's a handsome fellow.
Nick Markham

Published: November 11, 2009 at 4:28 PM

I love this idea and would love to help out in any way I could. I have much experience in planning and would be of great help. Though many put my age against me, I really do have a thorough understanding of the Amusement and Travel industries, but if I have to do this from the sidelines (through the discussion board), then I guess that will be okay...

Great Idea!

Joshua Counsil

Published: November 12, 2009 at 12:53 PM

vernon griffin

Published: November 13, 2009 at 9:28 AM

Good idea. If you need help with Busch Gardens or Water country in Williamsburg. I can help.
Mike K

Published: November 13, 2009 at 10:33 AM

I can help out for Cedar Point and Kings Island.
Steven Lee

Published: November 13, 2009 at 1:13 PM

If you need help with the Pigeon Forge (Dollywood), Gatliburg area I would be happy to help!

Published: November 14, 2009 at 9:50 AM

I'd be happy to help you in western Pennsylvania with Idlewild Park, Kennywood Park, and Sandcastle Waterpark.

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