Profile picture for user Peyton E. Derrick

Date of birth

Member for

7 months 4 weeks


Peyton E. Derrick


West Melbourne


United States


Peyton is a writer and roller coaster enthusiast living just outside Orlando, Florida. She is currently seeking her MFA 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:

No Longer Second Best? The Case for Howl-O-Scream

Saturday, October 24, 2020
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Halloween event, though a premier event in its own right, has lived in the shadows of its competitor just down I-4 for 20 years.

Thrills, Chills, and Lift Hills: 5 Horror-Themed Coasters

Sunday, October 11, 2020
So how do we cope in the eleven months that aren’t October? By finding attractions—roller coasters, namely—that center around a horror theme. That’s why I’m bringing you 5 horror-themed coasters that serve thrills and chills year-round.

Bucket List Parks: Fuji-Q Highland

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
This theme park may be one of the biggest thrill destinations in the whole world

How an Idea Becomes a Ride: Dark Rides

Monday, September 28, 2020
If you’ve been to a theme park, you’ve been on a dark ride. 

In Defense of Fun Spot

Sunday, August 23, 2020
Central Florida kids’ memories were shaped by crowded July pool days, the Nickelodeon Hotel, and the classic—if not a bit tacky—“IT’S HUGE” Fun Spot commercials

The 3 Best (And Worst) Park Reopenings in America

Sunday, August 9, 2020
Below are some of the most notable park reopenings across the country—the good and the bad.

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?

About Theme Park Tourist

Theme Park Tourist is one of the web’s leading sources of essential information and entertaining articles about theme parks in Orlando and beyond.

We are one of the world’s largest theme park guide sites, hosting detailed guides to more than 80 theme parks around the globe.

Find Out More About Us...

Plan Your Trip

Our theme park guides contain reviews and ratings of rides, restaurants and hotels at more than 80 theme parks worldwide.

You can even print them.

Start Planning Now...