Announcing the Spring 2012 Theme Park Insider Video Contest

April 8, 2012, 3:12 PM · Who's up for a video contest?

Starting today, we'll be accepting entries in our Theme Park Insider Spring 2012 Video Contest. Here's what you can do to enter:

Taking pictures

Record a video inside a theme park or theme parks. Upload it to YouTube or Vimeo or some other online video service. Then create a new thread on the Theme Park Insider discussion board, with your video embedded. All videos submitted this way between now and May 24 will be eligible.

My panel of judges and I will select the five best videos and put them up for a reader vote over Memorial Day weekend: May 25-28. The winner of the vote is the winner of the contest, receiving bragging rights and a Theme Park Insider T-shirt.

Here are the rules:

1) No videos that include content created in violation of park rules. That means no POV from rides where cameras are not allowed, "backstage" footage or other footage of rule-breaking.

2) It's got to be safe for work. Watch your language, sailor.

3) Please use the words "Spring 2012 Video Contest: " in front of your video title when submitting the headline for your discussion post. And when you are getting the embed code for your video, please select a custom video width of 450 pixels. This is important, as using a wider embed code will "blow out" the design of the discussion post page. (Obviously, you need to enable your video for embedding when submitting it to YouTube or whenever you're uploading it.)

That's it. Your video can be legal ride or show POV, a hosted tour of the park, or even a fictional short film set in a park. It's entirely up to you. The judges will be looking for videos that we want to watch again and send to our friends. There's no other criterion than that.

You'll be uploading your video to your own YouTube or Vimeo channel, so you retain ownership and all "monetization" revenue from your video, getting sweet, sweet traffic in return from Theme Park Insider readers. But remember that your video needs to stay up for the duration of the contest to be eligible. If you violate someone's copyright and get taken down, you're out of the contest (obviously).

Videos do not need to be recorded between now and May 24 to be eligible - you can submit an older video or a new video of your existing footage, if you'd like. But it has to be your video, not someone else's. And if this goes well, and we get entries that people like, we'll do a summer video contest, too, with a final vote over Labor Day weekend in September. So you're not out if you're not planning a theme park visit until June or later.

I'll be heavily influenced by the comments people submit on these threads, so if you like a particular video, say so! Campaign for it.

Thanks in advance to all the participants, and I can't wait to see what you do!

Replies (5)

April 8, 2012 at 3:37 PM · Can it only be one video or can we enter in multiples?
April 8, 2012 at 3:44 PM · Enter as often as you'd like.
April 8, 2012 at 6:58 PM · Quick question Robert; Can we just post our videos in one thread (started by that contestant of course) or do we have to do several threads?
April 9, 2012 at 4:44 AM · Robert, Can I resubmit the TPI Wizarding World of Harry Potter Tour Video? :-P
April 9, 2012 at 10:46 AM · How many shirts do you need?!?

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