Readers Choice

10Best Readers' ChoiceChosen by readers of USA TODAY and 10Best

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    #10 - Attractions Magazine - Matt Roseboom

    Matt Roseboom is the host of family-friendly podcasts that cover all of the Orlando area theme parks and tourist attractions with news, in-depth reports, updates and interviews. Follow Matt at Attractions Magazine

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    #9 - Inside the Magic - Ricky Brigante

    Ricky Brigante is a writer, photographer and videographer focused on Orlando's theme parks and attraction. Podcasts about current and upcoming amusements coming to Central Florida. Follow him at Inside The Magic.

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    #8 - Disney Food Blog - AJ Wolfe

    AJ Wolfe is a self-proclaimed foodie who plans each visit to the parks around the dining, with a tight focus on Disney parks and resorts. Follow AJ at the Disney Food Blog.

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    #7 - Theme Park Insider - Robert Niles

    Robert Niles is a former attractions host at Walt Disney World with more than a decade's worth of experience both behind the scenes and as a critic. He is the founder and editor of Theme Park Insider

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    #6 - Theme Park Adventure - Rick West

    Author of The Brake Zone newsletter, now called Theme Park Adventure, Rick West is one of the Godfathers of theme park coverage. His site has been around for more than 20 years.

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    #5 - Coaster Radio - Mike Collins

    Mike Collins is a coaster-focused television producer based in Washington, combining his two hobbies: theme parks and broadcasting. Follow mike at Coaster Radio.

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    #4 - Theme Park Review - Robb Alvey

    Robb Alvey is a roller coaster enthusiast and video game producer who covers the exhilarating experience of riding and developing coasters. Follow Robb at the Theme Park Review.

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    #3 - Screamscape - Lance Hart

    Lance Hart hosts a team-written, California-based blog which many view as the "ultimate" guide to theme parks everywhere. Follow Lance at Screamscape.

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    #2 - All Ears - Deb Wills

    Deb Wills is a blogger that's been sharing the magic of Disney and other theme parks for more than 17 years. Follow Deb at AllEars.net.

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    #1 - Orlando Informer - Dan Hatfield

    Dan Hatfield is a former Universal Orlando team member, entrepreneur, guest service advocate, and Orlando insider. Focused on helping families plan Universal Orlando vacation. Follow Dan at the Orlando Informer.

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Top Theme Park Bloggers Exposed in New Readers' Choice Poll

New Media Awards Powered by USA TODAY and 10Best Readers Focuses on Theme Park Bloggers

Winners in the 10Best Readers’ Choice New Media Award for Best Theme Park Blogger have just been announced after a four-week voting period ended earlier this week. The winners are as follows:

  1. Dan Hatfield (Orlando Informer)
  2. Deb Wills (All Ears)
  3. Lance Hart (Screamscape)
  4. Robb Alvey (Theme Park Review)
  5. Mike Collins (Coaster Radio)
  6. Rick West (Theme Park Adventure)
  7. Robert Niles (Theme Park Insider)
  8. AJ Wolfe (Disney Food Blog)
  9. Ricky Brigante (Inside the Magic)
  10. Matt Roseboom (Attractions Magazine)

A panel of experts picked 20 initial nominees, and winners were then determined by popular vote. Experts Joel Bullock of The Coaster Critic, Roller Coaster Pro,  Steve Kalkofen, About.com's Theme Park guru Arthur Levine and USA TODAY's Experience America editor James Riley were chosen based on their extensive experience in social media and focus on theme park coverage.

It was a tight race throughout the month of voting. Additional nominees included Kurt Dahlin (The Coaster Guy), Jim Hill (Jim Hill Media), Scott and Carol Holmes (News Plus Notes), Brian McEnroe (Domain of Death 3), Nick Sim (Theme Park Tourist), John Stevenson (Coaster 101), Jeremy Thompson (Roller Coaster Philosophy), Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix (Mouse Planet), Tricia Vita (Amusing the Zillion) as well as Erik and Racheal Yates (Behind the Thrills).

10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners. The contest was promoted on 10Best and USA TODAY. Upcoming New Media Awards include Best Independent Travel Videographer, Best Family Travel Blogger, Best Couples Bloggers and Best Budget Travel Blogger.

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The Experts

Arthur Levine

One ride on a carousel, and Arthur Levine was hooked for life. Now an avowed park-aholic, he's been able to turn his passion into his profession. A travel writer who specializes in the amusement industry, Levine has been the Theme Parks Expert at About.com since 2002. He also writes about parks regularly for USA Today and writes features for other publications such as Consumers Digest, the Denver Post, the Boston Herald, and the Columbus Dispatch. He is frequently cited in national media and is a featured speaker for industry organizations such as Walt Disney Imagineering.

James Riley

James Riley covers theme parks for USA TODAY as a travel editor for Experience America. While he could find every hidden Mickey at the Magic Kingdom, he leaves coasters with more than five inversions to the brave, and instead faces his own challenge: the line for churros.  

Steve Kalkofen

Steve Kalkofen has been covering theme parks in general and roller coasters in particular for about 15 years. He started out in the forums, then started writing his own blog back in early 2000. He is the editor and publisher of RollerCoasterPro.com which tracks the technology trends, architecture, development and thrill of theme parks across the globe.

Joel Bullock

Joel Bullock has been delivering opinionated roller coaster reviewstheme park reviews and giving coaster enthusiast's take on all of the latest theme park news for almost 9 years. He's a sought after expert on all things theme park, appearing on numerous news programs to share his experiences and give advice over the last few years. 

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