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Peyton E. Derrick


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Peyton is a writer and roller coaster enthusiast living just outside Orlando, Florida. She received her BA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida, taking classes by day and hitting the theme parks by night. When she's not in the single rider line, you can find Peyton playing music or at the movies. 

Articles by Peyton E. Derrick:

How an Idea Becomes a Ride: Roller Coasters

Sunday, July 26, 2020
In order to explore the work that happens between the thought of a new roller coaster and opening day, we’ll have to put on our Roller Coaster Tycoon hats, asking ourselves the big questions—and the equally important small ones—that go into park planning.

Don't Call It a Comeback: The Indiana Beach Story

Friday, July 10, 2020
If you’re not from Indiana, you’ve probably never heard the Indiana Beach story. But you need to.

I Was One of the First People Back at Universal Orlando Resort. Here's What I Learned...

Thursday, June 4, 2020
I grabbed my mask and annual pass and headed out to be one of the first people back in the parks

The Curious Case of ICON Park, Orlando’s Newest Amusement Park

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Have you been to Central Florida's newest park?

The INSANE 700-Foot Coaster That Was So Crazy it Was Never Built

Thursday, April 23, 2020
Met with angry residents and a company on the brink of bankruptcy, this giant coaster would never come to be.

A Crash Course in Gwazi, Florida's Most Iconic Wooden Coaster

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Something was roaring in Tampa in the summer of 1999. It was named after a mythical creature with the head of a tiger and the body of a lion. 7,000 feet of track peeked up from the skyline. It stood at 100 feet tall and hauled at speeds of over 50 miles per hour…and there were two of them.

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is Still Not Operating Regularly, And Here's Why

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
It's still SO hard to get on this attraction...

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