Bob Sehlinger, Founder and Author – a Lowell Thomas Award-winning journalist, is best known as the creator and producer of The Unofficial Guide series. He is credited with being the first to apply research techniques from the fields of operations research and statistics to travel guides. Among other projects, he was able to develop mathematical models that could save theme park patrons more than three hours of standing in queue in a single day.
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. Len leads the team at TouringPlans.com, the website and research arm of The Unofficial Guides. In grad school, Len lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, in a mid-century modern house whose kitchen was custom-built after one of Space Mountain’s post-show scenes.
Seth Kubersky has worked for more than 20 years as a theatrical artist, culture critic, and travel journalist. Seth is the author of The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando and coauthor of The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland and The Unofficial Guide to SeaWorld, Universal Orlando, & the Best of Central Florida. Seth is nationally recognized as an authority on theme parks and amusement attractions. He has worked for more than 20 years as a theatrical artist, culture critic, and travel journalist. Kubersky also contributes to TouringPlans.com, The Unofficial Guide to Las Vegas, The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, and Orlando Attractions Magazine.
Liliane Opsomer is the coauthor of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids, a guidebook that provides detailed planning and tips for a family vacation. Liliane also contributes to The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, TheMouseForLess, JohnnyJet.com, Everett Potter’s Travel Report; and is one of the photographers to The Unofficial Guide: The Color Companion to Walt Disney World. Liliane is born in Belgium and has lived for over 25 years in New York City. Liliane recently moved to Birmingham, Alabama. You can find Liliane in the parks several times each year.
Sam Gennawey is the author of Universal vs. Disney: The Unofficial Guide to American Theme Parks’ Greatest Rivalry and The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney’s Dream. Gennaway is also the author of Walt and the Promise of Progress City, a contributor to Planning Los Angeles, and a columnist for the popular MiceChat website..
Beth Blair is the author of The Unofficial Guide to Mall of America, a new addition coming to the Unofficial Guide series in June of 2016. Never before has a guidebook been written about the Mall of America, and there is no better time than now. The mall which welcomes more than 40 million visitors each year, features 50 restaurants, more than 520 shops, a 1.2-million-gallon aquarium, and 27 theme park rides. Beth Blair knows Mall of America inside and out. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, co-owner of the award-winning TheVacationGals.com, and lives in Lakeville, MN.Florida.
Eve Zibart is the author of several books in the Unofficial Guide series. She spent many (many!) years as a feature writer, nightlife columnist, and restaurant critic for the Washington Post, and has contributed to numerous magazines, including Cosmopolitan, US Airways Magazine, Capitol File, Gotham, Philadelphia Style, Ocean Drive, and others. Eve is the coauthor of The Unofficial Guide to Washington D.C. together with Renee Sklarew and Len Testa. Eve lives in Washington Grove, Maryland,
Renee Sklarew is a native Washingtonian who adores her hometown and has spent a lifetime exploring the city’s many attractions, both on her own, and with her children. Her writing and photography has been featured in The Boston Globe, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Washington Post, Northern Virginia Magazine, and The Washingtonian. She is the restaurant editor of VivaTysons Magazine and enjoys sampling the wide variety of international cuisines found in the DC Area. Together with Eve Zibart and Len Testa she is the coauthor of The Unofficial Guide to Washington D.C.
Erin Foster is the coauthor to The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. As a charter member of the official Walt Disney Parks Moms Panel, Erin Foster has researched and answered over 10,000 guest questions about Disney travel. In a quest to consume absolutely everything Disney Destinations has to offer, Erin has visited Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland. Her travels also include Disney Cruise Line voyages throughout the world, Adventures by Disney journeys on four continents, and visits to the Disney Vacation Club properties in Hilton Head, Vero Beach, and Hawaii.