Theme Park Tribune’s mission is publish quality reporting on the biggest theme parks in the U.S. from the announcements of new attractions to in-depth analysis of the decisions happening around the world which may shape the future of Disney, Universal, Legoland,  SeaWorld in Central Florida, Southern California and beyond. The emphasis here is on theme park journalism, not trying to be influencers or self-promoters. 

Theme Park Tribune’s roots date back to the 2016 establishment of Orlando Rising, which was originally a general local news site for Orlando, Florida. In January 2019, theme park reporter John Gregory took over the site and focused it entirely on Orlando and Central Florida theme parks. It was rebranded as Theme Park Tribune in June 2020 to reflect that it had expanded its coverage to cover not Disney World and Universal Orlando, but Southern California theme parks such as Disneyland, Universal Hollywood and Knott’s Berry Farm.

John Gregory is the owner of Theme Park Tribune and is in charge of its editorial content. A journalist by trade, John has covered sports, politics, government and health care for a variety of news outlets, including the Illinois Radio Network and Rivet News Radio, as well as freelance work for the Florida Radio Network. He got his start covering theme parks as a blogger for the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast. He began reporting on theme parks for Theme Park Tribune’s predecessor Orlando Rising in May 2018. A graduate of Columbia College Chicago, you can find him in the theme parks every chance he gets.


Emily Olsen is the webmaster for Theme Park Tribune. She has worked in digital news operations for several years and manages Orlando Rising’s digital presence. She is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago and Northwestern University.




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