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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 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:

"WTF" Coaster of the Month: Panic Coaster - Back Daaan

Sunday, January 10, 2021
In a theme park landscape hell-bent on bigger and better, Panic Coaster - Back Daaan aims to give, children and adults alike, a break from the world, a break from reality, and a moment of beautiful panic. 

The Highly-Anticipated 2020 Coasters That Became 2021 Coasters...

Saturday, December 12, 2020
It would be an understatement to say that 2020 was an unexpected year for the theme park industry. With COVID-19 shutting down parks across the world, the majority of new-for-2020 coasters were pushed back due to constraints in funds, labor, and safety.

Bucket List Parks: Europa Park

Saturday, November 28, 2020
In 1975, the family behind Mack Rides opened a park that would be, first and foremost, a showroom for their constantly innovating attractions.

VelociCoaster is Going to Change EVERYTHING at Universal Orlando Resort. Here's Why:

Saturday, November 14, 2020
After the closure of cult classic coaster Dragon Challenge in late 2017, Universal’s Islands of Adventure was hit with a major gap in their lineup.

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.

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