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Robert Niles

USA Today features Theme Park Insider for holiday theme park picks

Published: December 2, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Thank you to USA Today for featuring Theme Park Insider in its travel section this morning, in the newspaper's list of 10 great theme parks for the holidays. We helped the paper put together the list, and provided several quotes about these Christmas and other other holiday celebrations.

We drew upon several Theme Park Insider reader discussions in offering our recommendations for the list, so your voices were heard! Some of the events featured in the piece include: Christmas Town at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood, and Holidays at the Disneyland Resort.

Busch Gardens today uploaded a video of its "O Tannenbaum" light show from Christmas Town, to give fans who haven't visited the park a taste of what they can expect from its holiday celebration.

We'd also like to thank US City Traveler for including our new Theme Park Insider: Orlando 2014 guidebook on its list of "must haves" for travel-related holiday gifts. We're planning to join US City Traveler on its podcast to talk about the book, later this week.

Replies (4)

Anthony Murphy

Published: December 2, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Good Stuff!

Already got my guidebooks on order!

James Rao

Published: December 3, 2013 at 4:26 AM

Thank you for mentioning my adopted home park, Silver Dollar City!!! They do have a wonderful Christmas festival, which I hope to be attending again in about two weeks.

And kudos on your ever growing popularity and notoriety, Mr. Niles. Someday soon I will be saying, "I knew him when...."

Brian Emery

Published: December 3, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Nice job... This should drive up the web traffic for a few days..

Robert Niles

Published: December 3, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Actually, I'd bet that we sent more traffic to USAT than the other way around. When I worked at the Los Angeles Times, I saw how much traffic Theme Park Insider would drive back to the LAT when I linked from here to the reviews I wrote for the Times. It was more than I ever saw coming back from links to TPI from other newspapers.

Basically, newspaper website readers rarely click links inside articles. Links from non-newspaper websites really do help increase traffic, though.

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