Theme Park Twitter 101: 101 Must-Follow Theme Park-Related Accounts
Twitter is a unique social media platform. Where else can you follow strangers on the internet, and interact with their views, opinions, memes and gifs, all in 280 characters or less? (Don’t answer that question.) The subsection of theme park twitter provides its own unique small corner of the internet where people can bond and learn more about a common interest: Amusement Parks, Roller Coasters, and the amusement industry as a whole.
As with any social media platform, there can be a lot of “hot air” or “noise,” so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to curate a list of 101 theme park-related twitter accounts that we consider “must-follow” to get the best possible experience out of theme park Twitter. (Really, it’s just a list of 100, because we’re including ourselves as well.) We’re not “ranking” these twitter accounts, rather just listing them in alphabetical order after us!
First things first: You’ll notice there aren’t any parks on this list. You should probably be following (at least your local) parks on Twitter regardless of some random website suggesting you follow them. The people behind these twitter accounts are all great and do some amazing work. It should be a given, which is why we didn’t include them. (We’ve included a list of theme parks on twitter for your convenience!)
Disclaimer: This isn’t a scientific list. Twitter truly is in the eye of the beholder. You may follow other people in theme park twitter who aren’t listed. That’s fine! We tried to pick a wide range of people who mostly/solely tweet about theme parks. If you’re offended that your blog/podcast/twitter account is not listed, be sure to tweet snarky or angry things at us (or better yet, subtweet us and let us find it!) and then go outside and take a deep breath! It’ll all be okay! (By tweeting snark at us, you open us up to fire snark right back!)
Without further adieu, here’s the list!
It’s us! Your good friends Coaster101.com! You know who we are, and what we do. If you’re not following us yet…why!
Arthur Levine, Theme Park Journalist
Once referred to as “The Godfather of Theme Park Journalism” (by who, we have no idea), Arthur’s work can be seen in USA Today, and IAAPA’s FunWorld Magazine, in addition to frequent columns on TripSavvy.com.
American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE)
If you’re a roller coaster enthusiast looking for a sense of community, look no further than the American Coaster Enthusiasts! The group has more than 20 individual regional chapters across the United States, including chapters in the United Kingdom and Canada! (Most of these local chapters have their own twitter accounts as well!)
Alicia Stella, Orlando ParkStop
Alicia Stella is host of the Orlando ParkStop Podcast, and frequently has the scoop on rumors, permitting and projects going on in the Orlando area. In addition to Orlando ParkStop, she is also a regular contributor for Best of Orlando, Orlando Fun Tickets, and the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast.
Ashley Carter, Spectrum News 13
Ashley is an online journalist based in Orlando, Florida, covering theme parks and attractions for Spectrum News 13 and Spectrum Bay News 9.
The Attraction Pros Podcast
Hosted by Joshua Leibman and Matt Heller, the Attraction Pros Podcast prides itself on being the leading resource for Attractions Industry Professionals. Their podcast hosts guests from around the attractions industry to discuss best practices, and is a fantastic listen for anyone with an interest in the industry.
Attractions Magazine is the only publication that covers all the major theme parks and attractions. Their main focus is on Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood, Legoland Florida, Legoland California and SeaWorld Parks, but they also cover major attractions worldwide.
Banks Lee, LEGOLAND Florida
A longtime contributor to Attractions Magazine and all-around theme park fanatic, Banks was recently hired as a PR and Content Manager for LEGOLAND Florida, and provides a unique look at the park “Built For Kids!”
Behind The Thrills
Since 2008, Behind The Thrills has been filled with the latest news, rumors, and unique stories in the themed entertainment industry. Operated by writers and contributors who are passionate about theme parks and all things fun, BTT has taken our readers on a multimedia experience through various parks and experiences around the world.
The mysterious @bioreconstruct can be found all over Central Florida’s theme parks. Sometimes in the parks themselves, and sometimes flying above them in their helicopter or jetpack. A great resource for construction photos and constant updates in the parks.
Blake Braswell, Universal Creative
Blake has over a decade of experience creating themed entertainment as a Producing Artistic Director, Show Director, Writer, Creative Consultant, and Casting Director. He currently serves as a show director for Universal Orlando Resort and Halloween Horror Nights.
Blooloop is best known for networking the attractions business. Blooloop.com’s readers are busy industry professionals working in the field of visitor attractions, and Blooloop is responsible for the Blooloop 50, a list of the top 50 most influential people in the industry.
Brady Macdonald, OC Register
Brady covers theme parks for the Orange County Register, with a focus on the southern California parks.
Brian Glenn, Inside Universal
Brian is the editor-in-chief of Inside Universal, a website dedicated to covering Universal Parks & Resorts – specifically Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando.
California Coaster Kings
The California arm of “Coaster Kings,” a combination of 4 brands that currently cover many regions including, but not limited to, California, Europe and Florida. Frequently providing readers with insightful and detailed park updates from parks around the globe.
Carlye Wisel, Theme Park Journalist
Carlye is a go-to magazine reporter for all things Disney, a contributor at Travel + Leisure while also reporting for Eater, GQ, Bloomberg, Glamour, TIME, Popular Science, National Geographic, Domino, AFAR, Racked & Men’s Journal, among others. Her podcast, Very Amusing, provides a great look inside the industry!
Sam Carter, Themed Experience Designer
Sam is an Experience Designer, former Disney Creative Entertainment, WonderGround Artist, and all-around Theme Park Geek. His twitter feed is constantly filled with classic theme park photos, and he was recently a featured artist at the EPCOT Festival of the Arts.
Clint Novak, Podcaster & GM, Funland of Fredericksburg
One of the “OG’s” of theme park podcasting with In The Loop, Clint can regularly be found around Virginia theme parks with his signature beanie. He and his wife recently started a YouTube channel called Happily Ever Novak. Clint also is the General Manager of Funland of Fredericksburg.
Coaster365 is the twitter equivalent to the daily desk calendar that highlights a different worldwide roller coaster every day with included photos and facts.
The U.K.-based CoasterBot is a theme park YouTuber and enthusiast. While parks have been closed overseas, he’s been putting together some great content!
The Coaster Crew
The Coaster Crew recently celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2020. They create group events at numerous parks all across the USA and Overseas!
CoasterForce’s mission is to encourage everybody, regardless of their level of enthusiasm, to visit as many theme parks as they can. Theme parks offer escapism from daily life, the opportunity to be transported to a different world and get adrenaline pumping on a variety of different thrill rides. They’re celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2021!
The National Roller Coaster Museum & Archives
A relative newcomer to the theme park twitter space, the National Roller Coaster Museum showcases their vast collection of roller coaster history on social media, before their planned grand opening in 2022.
Like Coaster101, Coaster Nation is a media outlet covering the themed entertainment industry including theme parks, roller coasters, and haunts.
The Original Theme Park podcast recently celebrated their 600th episode. Mike and EB look at coasters and theme parks from a lighter angle than a lot of enthusiasts, which is pretty refreshing, to be honest!
Taylor Bybee, Coaster Studios
One of the most popular theme park YouTube channels out there, follow Taylor on twitter for Amusement Parks, Roller Coasters, Sarcasm & more!
Marcus Gaines, Coaster Touring
Co-Owner of Ride and Park Media, dynamic creators of marketing content for the global visitor attraction industry. Also provides a great look at some of the U.K.’s theme parks.
For fans of Cedar Fair parks who also enjoy eating, look no further than the tweets of CPFoodBlog. They have detailed reviews of special events, restaurants, and a detailed listing of every menu of every restaurant in a Cedar Fair park.
Cupcakes & Coasters
You get the best of both worlds with Jordan at Cupcakes and Coasters, as her London-based themed attractions blog is written from the perspective of an attractions industry professional as well as a huge theme park nerd (her words!).
Dave Cobb, Veteran Theme Park Creative
Best known for
his recent appearance on the Coaster101 podcast his work as Creative Director for Men In Black: Alien Attack and work on Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, Dave Cobb is a 30+ year veteran in the themed industry.
Defunctland is a YouTube series created by filmmaker Kevin Perjurer telling the stories of pop culture’s past. With a focus on theme parks and themed entertainment experiences, Kevin guides audiences through colorful, dramatic, and often surprising narratives of nostalgia, business, and creativity.
Derek Burgan, Touringplans
Derek Burgan writes, among other things, the hilarious Saturday Six, and equally as interesting monthly Disney Outlet Report for TouringPlans.com. His Derek Doodles, Collectible Fridge, and adorable photos of his dog Bacini, the official dog of #Distwitter, make him a must-follow!
D23 is the official Disney Fan Club, and tweets some amazing things from Disney history, including some great articles about the history of Disney Parks.
Drew The Intern, In The Loop Podcast
A host of the In The Loop Podcast, Drew works in the industry and claims to be Central Florida’s only Fun Spot Stan. (Not sure how accurate that is) – his twitter account is filled with “theme parks and hot takes!”
Jeffrey Epstein, D23
Not that Jeffrey Epstein, but this Jeffrey Epstein is a writer for D23, and posts a lot about the happenings in the parks as they relate to D23!
Expedition Theme Park
Join the Expedition as Expedition Theme Parks takes a trip through the Past, Present and Future of the worlds most popular Theme Parks.
Fake Theme Park
A hilarious take on the ownership of a theme park, who claims to be better than Universal, Disney AND Six Flags. The tweets even inspired a book!
Gregory Hall, Universal Creative
Gregory Hall is the Art Director for the Velocicoaster at Universal Orlando Resort. Throughout the construction process (and hopefully going forward), his twitter account has been a gold mine for Velocicoaster content!
Gabrielle Russon, Orlando Sentinel
Gabrielle Russon covers the Orlando Theme Parks for the Orlando Sentinel, and has run 22 marathons!
Guy Selga, TouringPlans
Guy is a self-professed Disneyland addict and is a Disneyland writer for TouringPlans & the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland.
In the lead-up to Haunt Season, HHNRumors has you covered with the latest information on everything Halloween Horror Nights!
IAAPA is the largest international trade association for amusement parks, attractions, and other leisure and family entertainment facilities worldwide. Their twitter account tweets out current news from across the industry.
Inside Universal is a website dedicated to covering Universal Parks & Resorts – specifically Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando.
The Legend, In The Loop Podcast
The Legend is a host of In The Loop, and claims to be a National Champion of theme park podcasting.
John Kageorge, Vital Communications
John manages the Public Relations for Dynamic Attractions, and his twitter account is a great resource for those with an interest in theme parks and public relations/communications.
Andy Martin, Designer, LEGOLAND Parks
Andy, Design Lead for LEGOLAND Parks, is not a very frequent tweeter, but when he tweets, he’s got some great photos of the next generation of LEGOLAND Parks!
Joshua Liebman, Attraction Pros Podcast/BackLooper
An industry veteran whose stops include Hard Rock Park of all places, Josh is obsessed with the guest experience, and is the co-host of the Attraction Pros podcast, along with his guest experience work for Backlooper.
Len Testa, TouringPlans
A lifelong Disney theme park fan, Len Testa co-authors The Unofficial Guides to Walt Disney World, The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland, The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line, and The Unofficial Guide Color Companion to Walt Disney World. Read our four part interview series with Len here!
Made To Thrill
Have you ever visited a theme park and wished for amazing merch? Look no further than the designs of Josh Reichlin of Made to Thrill. His coaster and theme park-inspired artwork is incredible – so incredible that he’s even working on partnerships with parks to create “real” designs!
Amanda Thompson, Blackpool Pleasure Beach
The Managing Director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Amanda is also the current Chair of the Board of Directors for IAAPA, the first European woman to hold this distinction.
Marcus Leshock, WGN-TV
While Marcus is a television journalist at Chicago’s WGN-TV, he’s also an avid theme park enthusiast and host of the “Coastin’ The Country” podcast!
Michael Aiello, Universal Creative
Michael is the Senior Director of Entertainment Creative for Universal Orlando Resort and Halloween Horror Nights.
Michael Mack, Europa-Park
Michael Mack is the CEO of Europa-Park, and his twitter feed is a gold mine for Europa Park happenings and stories.
Midway Mayhem is an Orlando-based theme park blog that covers the latest goings-on in Orlando. See through their lens for the latest amusement industry news worldwide. Experience the mayhem on the midway through POVs, photos/videos, and trip reports!
Sarah Anderson, G-Force & Upstop Media
No true relation to Midway Mayhem (other than being a fan of Dan’s), Sarah is one of the four driving forces behind G-Force, as well as a photographer for Upstop Media. She’s also on the constant quest to “make rollers a thing.” Do we necessarily agree with this? Not really. Rebranding a website is very tedious.
Denise at MouseSteps has been blogging about the Orlando parks since 2007, and boasts more than 800,000 YouTube subscribers!
Orange County Register
OC Disney is the Orange County register’s theme park hub, featuring news about Anaheim, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studios Hollywood, other theme parks and tourism.
Offhand Disney tweets a wealth of great Disney-related content, and has more than 250,000 followers on his YouTube channel!
Hyde is a jack of all trades when it comes to theme park fandom. He’s a former member of the themed entertainment industry, still a huge fan, and has a broader understanding of the business side of parks than many other members of “theme park twitter.”
Orlando Informer prides themselves on Universal, Disney, and Orlando vacation tips and news. They’re constantly in the Orlando parks, and regularly host Orlando Informer meetups at Universal Orlando.
Theme Parks, Halloween, Travel, Cruises, random spouting off about movies. According to them, Park Journey is the “okay’est” blog around.
Parks and Cons
Parks and Cons covers the best in conventions, theme parks, haunted attractions, & other themed entertainment and brings them to you in real time!
Like many others on this list, Parkscope are fans of amusement and theme parks, then talk about them on a blog, podcast, or in this particular case, Twitter.
Patrick Kling, Nickelodeon Theme Parks & Themed Experience TV
As a self-professed “Creative Dude at Nickelodeon Theme Park Design,” Patrick was the Art Director for Nickelodeon Universe at the American Dream, and also is the Executive Producer of Themed Experience TV, who welcomes intelligent theme park discussion!
Podcast: The Ride
“The Good Boys” of Podcast: The Ride are three childless men in their 30’s who host a weekly podcast featuring “deeper dives” on various theme parks and attractions with a humorous twist. They primarily focus on Disney and Universal, but have been known to branch out from time to time!
Progress City, USA
Writer of things for theme parks and sundry. Disneyana, futurism, and miscellaneous geekery. Co-host of the Progress City Radio Hour. The twitter account is a treasure trove of classic Disney photos and memories.
Resort TV 1
ResortTV1 are constantly in the parks live streaming. The YouTube Creators have more than 120,000 Subscribers and feature dedicated Live Streams every Friday at 6pm on their YouTube channel, as well as other streams on their twitter account.
Richard Bilbao, Orlando Business Journal
Rich is a digital producer who covers the Orlando Theme Parks for the Orlando Business Journal.
Ride Entertainment is a multi-faceted umbrella for companies like SkyCoaster, Gerstlauer, Skyline Attractions, and KCL Engineering. They’ve been serving thrills since 1998!
Dr. Kathryn Woodcock, Ryerson University
A member of the Blooloop Top 50 Theme Park Influencers (no not that kind), Dr. Woodcock is a deaf professor who specializes in human factors engineering especially amusement rides and attractions, error/ investigation/ inspection. Also accessibility!
Sally Dark Rides
Founded in 1977, Sally is a worldwide leader in turnkey dark rides and animatronic characters, and their twitter account is full of amazing dark ride content, both new and classic attractions!
Schmoofy is another frequent visitor of the Orlando parks, and is very passionate about the amusement industry. He also co-hosts a podcast called “The Schmoofs.”
Scott Fais, Funworld/IAAPA
Scott is the Managing Editor of IAAPA’s Funworld Magazine and is a big theme Park, Museum, Zoo, Aquarium & FEC fan.
Lance Hart, Screamscape
Look no further than Screamscape for the go-to source for rumors and industry news.
Seth is a former Universal Orlando TM and author of the Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando, while contributing to several other Unofficial Guide Editions. He’s constantly in the parks researching for the books.
The brothers of Attractions 360 are just two brothers going on an Epic Adventure, and chronicle their journey on twitter as well as their YouTube Channel!
For fans of #DisTwitter, you’re probably familiar with the sombrero-ed Donald Duck avatar who is constantly providing the comic relief that a lot of theme park twitter needs. From memes about the parks to poking the bear that is “larger” Disney twitter accounts, to his love for Lime Garage, Weenie is a great twitter follow.
Tony Clark, Cedar Point
Tony is the Director of Communications at Cedar Point, and is constantly tweeting from the park about all things Cedar Point. Once the world gets back to a sense of normalcy, hopefully his in-park tweet-ups will resume!
Chris of TDR Explorer is a Canadian Ex-Pat living in Tokyo and exploring the amusement parks of Japan, including Tokyo Disneyland, DisneySea, and Universal Studios Japan. (He’s got the scoop on Super Nintendo World if you want to check it out!)
TheDIS stands for Disney Information Station and is an Online Guide to Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland. They’re also home to the Internet’s Largest Disney discussion forums.
The Drunk Riders Podcast
The Drunk Riders are theme park enthusiasts that host a podcast “filled with your favorite drunk fools.” According to their twitter bio, They’re “silly, loud, make inappropriate jokes, and laugh a lot.” and wish they could be as cool as Coaster101. (We may have added that last part in there.)
Themed Experience TV
Born of a pandemic project, Themed Experience TV is an online network that is managed by professional volunteers who are all industry creatives. With shows like “Untitled Themed Entertainment Design Show” and “So..You’re About to Graduate College,” there’s something for everyone with an interest in perhaps getting into the industry on their own!
Robert Niles, Theme Park Insider
Theme Park Insider covers the world’s top theme parks, including Disney, Universal and more!
Theme Park Tourist
Theme Park Tourist is your guide to Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and beyond. They feature free guides to 90+ parks, plus the latest news and fascinating articles.
Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel
Dewayne Bevil covers the Orlando Theme Parks for the Orlando Sentinel.
Theme Park Worldwide
Shawn Sanbrooke of Theme Park Worldwide tweets the latest coaster news as well as links to the latest videos on their YouTube channel!
ThemeParx brings you construction updates of theme parks and attractions worldwide, from their team across the globe.
The Season Pass Podcast
The Season Pass Podcast is an Internet Radio Talk Show Experience driven & produced by the professionals, media & fans of Themed Entertainment.
The Unofficial Guides
Honest & outspoken advice from the Unofficial Experts on Disney World, Universal Orlando, Disneyland, Las Vegas, and Washington D.C.
Thrill Data tracks wait times, Boarding Groups, and provides free graphing and downloading of wait time data, plan visits with agendas, coaster counts, and more!
Constant visitors to Orlando’s theme parks, ThrillGeek is your source for theme park and pop culture updates from Disney, Universal and beyond!
Thrilling Moment Photography
Jack at Thrilling Moment photography constantly provides some of the best high-quality images of Theme Parks and Roller Coasters.
Todd Martens, LA Times
A frequent visitor to Disneyland (once the parks are open, of course), Todd covers video games, theme parks and interactive entertainment for the Los Angeles Times.
TouringPlans focuses on the best possible trip planning for Disney World, Disneyland, Universal MCO, and Disney Cruise Line with their web and mobile apps! Tweets are posted all the time, live from the parks and seas (when cruises are a thing, again!)
Theme Park University
TPU’s mission is to promote analysis and discussion of themed and interactive entertainment.
Scott and Sarah of Upstop Media are some of the most pre-eminent roller coaster videographers out there. You can find their work at the parks, as well as on CoasterForce.
The Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast
The Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast brings news, rumors and discussion about the Universal Orlando resort every single week as the longest running Universal Podcast!
Universal Orlando Automated Permit Bot
Walt Disney World Automated Permit Bot
These two are very deep nerd cuts, but someone has created an automated permit bot for both Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando. If you can decipher the permits, you could have a leg up on new projects coming to these resorts! (Or at the very least, basic municipal documents!)
Zamperla has promised new ride concepts posted on social media throughout the year. Be sure to follow them as Z-Fun Week kicks off!
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