Returning visitors might have noticed some changes around the Theme Park Insider website today. Here is what we have done, in our ongoing efforts to create a more useful and welcoming community for everyone:
1) Simpler and easier-to-see navigation
Instead of offering our navigation links in little gray navigation bars, we now have consolidated our links into three, easy-to-see links you will find at the top of every page:
Mobile users no longer will have to click a dodgy "Menu" link to expand the navigation. All three links are there at all time on all platforms. Still looking for something? Don't worry. We have not removed any content with this redesign. In fact, we've added quite a bit.
2) All our vacation planning advice — in one place
That first link, "Start Planning" might be the most useful new page on the site. For the first time, we have consolidated our best theme park vacation planning advice onto one page. Start here, as the link implies, and you will be well on your way to planning a memorable and enjoyable theme park vacation. We will be adding even more content to this page in the weeks to come, too!
3) More useful park and hotel listings
We launched the first page in our redesign a few weeks ago with our updated Park Reviews page, which now includes links to on-site hotels at the major resorts, so you don't have to click to a separate page for those. If you click through to the park listings, you will see that we've prioritized the attractions and restaurants at each park, based on readers' ratings. Locations are now ranked under "Must Do," "Worth a Look," "Maybe," and "Maybe Not," to help you quickly see what other readers consider the best (and worst) at each park.
4) Simpler identification
Ultimately, Theme Park Insider is a community. Since the site started, we've asked people to register with two names: a unique account name that you use to log into the site, and a display name, which we ask be your real name. Having the two names has confused some readers, who are used simply to using a single account name on many other sites online. In addition, park employees have been forced to create pseudonyms so that they can participate on the site without their employers' knowledge.
Going forward, people can register and site members will be identified only by their account names. Writers and editors on the site will be identified by the real names, however. This "one name" policy should simplify identification and allow greater participation by the industry "insiders" for whom the site is named.
5) A new "Insider" option
Today we are launching a new campaign where site members can support Theme Park Insider by becoming official "insiders" on the site. We are raising money to increase the frequency of front-page posts on the site, so that everyone can enjoy more of the original coverage and insight that brought so many of us to Theme Park Insider. We are offering some great perks to readers who donate, too, including an "Insider" badge on all of your posts, some TPI swag, and the opportunity to read the site ad-free. Visit www.patreon.com/themepark to learn more and to contribute. Thank you!
You also will find more photos throughout the site, especially on the home page, as we work to create a simpler, more pleasing and easy to use Theme Park Insider. Thank you for reading and being part of our community!Tweet
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