An invitation to join Team TPI
Published: March 23, 2011 at 12:21 PM
Do you visit theme parks so often that your friends always ask you for advice before they go? Do theme park employees recognize you since they see you so often? Do people joke that a park can't change the location of a flower pot without you noticing?
Do you take as many pictures of theme park attractions as you do of your own relatives? Does your iPod contain at least one song from a theme park attraction? Have you ever tried to make a churro, Monte Cristo and/or Butterbeer at home?
If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, I'd like to invite you to think about joining a new project I'm starting on Theme Park Insider: Team TPI.
Team TPI will be a great way for fans to get better connected with their favorite theme park, while helping keep other Theme Park Insider readers informed about that park. To help them do that, I'll be giving Team TPI members extra privileges on the website, including the ability to create a new discussion thread without having to wait for approval. Also, Team TPI members also will be eligible to represent the website at special media events at "their" theme park.
In exchange, I'll be asking Team TPI members to write at least one front-page "Blog Flume" post a month about "their" park. It could be a review of a newly opened restaurant. A write-up from one of those press events. Or an in-depth look at an overlooked service or feature at the park. No matter what these blog posts turn out to be, they'll provide a great excuse for an extra park visit. I'll also be asking Team TPI members to be active in helping others readers by spreading word about the great, helpful trip-planning content we've got on Theme Park Insider (such as by "liking" TPI stories on Facebook).
To thank Team TPI members for their help, they will be the first to get the new Theme Park Insider T-shirts I'll be having made this spring. And, at the end of the year, I'll send a gift to Team TPI members who blog frequently during the year. (It won't be huge, but it will be worth more than the T-shirt.)
Sound interesting? Here are the theme parks (and theme park resorts) I need to recruit Team TPI members to write about:
Walt Disney World (at least two Team TPI members, possibly more)
Busch Gardens Tampa
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Disneyland and Disney California Adventure
Universal Studios Hollywood
SeaWorld San Diego
Tokyo Disney Resort
Universal Studios Japan
Universal Studios Singapore
Obviously, these are top-attended theme parks which get most of the traffic and comments here on Theme Park Insider. I don't want to discourage readers from continuing to submit discussion threads and blog posts about other theme parks, but these are the ones I want to deploy Team TPI to first.
I'm going to make this an open audition process. If you live near one of these parks and would like to be a part of Team TPI, just start posting to the discussion board, Blog Flume and Facebook page with the sort of stuff you'd bring to the table as a Team TPI member. Then let me know you're interested, either through the comments or my e-mailing me privately via firstname.lastname@example.org. Over the next month, I'll keep me eyes open and e-mail the folks I'd like to invite to become official Team TPI members.
This will be a lot of fun for the Team and should lead to many more great stories, photos, videos and tips for everyone else here on Theme Park Insider. Thanks to everyone who contributes around here, and I hope that Team TPI will allow some extra recognition for some of our biggest theme park fans.
Got questions? Fire away. And, again, thanks.