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Here's what's new at theme parks, and at Theme Park Insider

By Robert Niles
Published: February 6, 2011 at 1:03 PM
I'd like to thank Theme Park Insider reader David Robertson for designing the new "flag" that you see up at the top of every Theme Park Insider webpage. I love the way he incorporated scenes from many of the top theme parks we cover on the site.

Can you find them all? :^)

Thanks, again, David.

By the way, we've got lots of great stuff coming up on the site in the next few weeks as the calendar pushes forward to the start of the 2011 theme park season. Why not take a look at all of the new rides and attractions under construction to stoke your excitement for the upcoming year in theme parks?

Readers' Opinions

From 98.82.169.136 on February 6, 2011 at 2:48 PM
Awesome border on the top, seriously awesome.
From 86.135.170.229 on February 6, 2011 at 3:03 PM
Looks great :)
From Tim W on February 6, 2011 at 3:48 PM
Amazing job David! Love the new banner!
From Jorge Arnoldson on February 6, 2011 at 3:49 PM
(from left to right) Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle, California Adventure's Fun Wheel, WDW's Sorcerer's Hat, Cinderella Castle, Tree of Life, and Spaceship Earth, SeaWorld's Shamu, Universal Orlando's globe, lighthouse, Hulk Coaster, and Hogwarts (with Hedwig). What do I win?
From Nick Markham on February 6, 2011 at 8:40 PM
The new banner at the top of the page is awesome!
From rick stevens on February 7, 2011 at 3:14 AM
David Robertson...Congrats. Great looking flag!
From James Koehl on February 7, 2011 at 9:45 AM
It's a really beautiful banner, no argument there. But what happens if something changes, like if they (hopefully someday soon) remove the Sorcerer's Hat from DHS? Will this be an updateable banner? And I do have to stand up for those of us up north. I would have liked to see just one icon/symbol/something from a non-CaliFlorida park.
From Jeff Elliott on February 7, 2011 at 11:13 AM
I like the new banner!

Robert,

Are we doing a new tournament this year?

From Don Neal on February 7, 2011 at 12:16 PM
Great job David. Looks nice!
From Joshua Counsil on February 7, 2011 at 12:33 PM
The banner is beautiful. Great work!

Please don't take this as an insult, but doesn't it credit the (false) notion that this site has a Cali/Orlando and/or Disney/Uni/SeaWorld bias?

From Robert Niles on February 7, 2011 at 2:01 PM
No, it does say that we reflect attendance realities, though.

Those are the top nine theme parks in the country in annual attendance. (Top 10, if you count the Uni globe as doing double east-coast/west-coast duty.)

People want to read and talk most about the parks that they attend the most. (Trust me, I've been looking at the site's traffic logs for years, and the data backs that up.) This doesn't mean that we don't and won't talk about other theme and amusement parks on the site. It just means that the top parks get top billing in the limited space we have for the flag.

The presence of the SeaWorld and Universal scenes also communicates that we talk about much more than Disney here, which distinguishes us from most major sites covering the Disney theme parks.

Remember, in the past we just had a photo or photos from whatever was the top park in the previous year's Theme Park Insider Awards. So we've broadened the scope of what's up there considerably.

From Brian Emery on February 7, 2011 at 2:31 PM
Very Nice..

I counted 11 hidden Mickey’s…

From Pyra-Danny V on February 7, 2011 at 3:55 PM
Awesome banner!

So David... how about a wallpaper version of that banner?

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