Best Theme Park Bloggers (2014)


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:

  • Orlando Informer

    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.

  • All Ears

    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

  • 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.

  • Theme Park Review

    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.

  • Coaster Radio

    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.

  • Theme Park Adventure

    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.

  • Theme Park Insider

    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

  • Disney Food Blog

    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.

  • Inside the Magic

    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.

  • Attractions Magazine

    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

  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,'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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Arthur Levine

Arthur Levine

Arthur Levine

James Riley

James Riley

James Riley

Steve Kalkofen

Steve Kalkofen

Steve Kalkofen

Joel Bullock

Joel Bullock

Joel Bullock