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Editor's note: New design, and new writers!

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Published: February 10, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Hello, Theme Park Insiders!

As you've probably noticed (if you've visited with us before), everything looks a bit different today. Yes, we've changed the design a bit.

I wanted to change the typography on the site, to take advantage of the higher-resolution screens most people use these days. I wanted to try something a bit nicer than the old sans-serif font faces I had used to ensure maximum readability on the types of screens we had back in the mid-2000s, when I last redesigned the site.

And since I was changing that, I might as well widen the screen a bit, and change the line-up of links in the right column, and move the search form up on the page (and put another one at the bottom of the site). With all the changes, though, we've tried to keep the site friendly to smartphone and tablet displays.

You'll also notice we're highlighting some of our best photos up in the navigation bar at the top of the page. Those photos will rotate, allowing for a different line-up each time you view a Theme Park Insider page. I'll be adding more photos into that mix as time goes by, too.

There's also one new design feature for registered members of the site. Starting today, on the front page, logged-in members will see the full versions only of articles posted since your last visit to the site. You'll see summaries of the previous articles, instead. That will allow return visitors to the front page to skip more quickly to the comments on those older posts, rather than having to scroll through the whole things.

Now for the bigger news... you might also have noticed some additional bylines here on the front page. I'm thrilled to announce that we're expanding here on Theme Park Insider, and that some of your fellow Insiders have stepped up and will be writing here on the front page, too. In addition to the posts you've seen already, we've got some great new features coming up in the next week from five other writers (whose names will be familiar to long-time readers of the discussion board and attraction comments).

Please join me in welcoming our new front-pagers and I hope that you'll visit Theme Park Insider more often in the weeks to come. Thanks for being part of the community!

Readers' Opinions

From Duncan Henny on February 10, 2013 at 4:24 PM
love the new design
From cynthia henisey on February 10, 2013 at 4:31 PM
Looks good.
From Rob Pastor on February 10, 2013 at 5:23 PM
Looks good. Crisp & clean layout, print & photos plus much easier to follow front page stories. BIG improvement on the top header. More professional looking on the whole.
From Daniel Etcheberry on February 10, 2013 at 5:42 PM
The new design looks great!
From Jay R. on February 10, 2013 at 5:51 PM
I like the new design!
From Brian Emery on February 11, 2013 at 11:57 AM
NICE job - but the search button looks funny, in my broser it says GO and it is a really small box..

In IE 9 search box is tiny … Firefox is OK.

From AJ Hummel on February 10, 2013 at 7:21 PM
Definitely an improvement without being a jarring change in the entire site layout. It will also be nice to have more content on the front page, as the site does seem to sometimes get a little slow.
From Anthony Murphy on February 10, 2013 at 8:57 PM
I thought my computer spazzed out! Very Nice!

I enjoy the new custom articles showing up. I always love reading the blog flume, but found it a bit unweilding on busy days with lots of stories.

I am looking forward to the great new stories that will appear on the site.

From Todd Donahue on February 10, 2013 at 10:22 PM
It's nice but the green kind of bugs me because I'm so used to the blue and yellow. Simple to use and I like the feature of summerizing the articles that you already have read. I just liked the graphics in the header of the past website. It looks nice but I would like some pizzazz but nothing to the extreme as screamscape. Just changing the color from green on your header would be a great start. That kind of green says woods, forest, nature, and frankly the kind of carpeting that in a 80's party room in some hotel. Not the kind of excitement, fun, and thrills that a Thrill park should have. Use something like what you had blue and a yellowish orange, they are complimentary colors are work wonders on the eyes. Put a recognizable image like the Disney castle like you had before. Spruce things up a bit. This site looks simple like anyone can create which is good and bad. It's my opinion and by no means take me at my word because you own the site so do what you feel is right.
From Json Son on February 10, 2013 at 10:27 PM
This was long overdue. Keep up the quality work Mr. Niles! I look forward to hearing the new voices on the front page. Thank you for not being stagnant and never settling for anything less than excellent.
From James Rao on February 11, 2013 at 8:59 AM
Agree with all the others, the changes are excellent. If possible, though, I think there would be a benefit to presenting all the stories on the front page as summaries, so readers can see more headlines.
From Tom Walljasper on February 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Love it! Everyday visitor here!!!
From Ryan Spann on February 11, 2013 at 11:11 AM
Love the new site colors and look!
From 108.16.134.33 on February 12, 2013 at 1:21 PM
Love the new design, keep up the great work that you and your staff does.
From Kathy B on February 12, 2013 at 1:24 PM
I think the new design is wonderful. Keep up the great work that you and your staff does. I go on your website at least 2 to 3 times a week.

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