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Brady MacDonald

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Brady MacDonald is a senior producer for latimes.com, working on home page production, special projects and website design. He writes the Funland theme park blog for The Times’ Travel section, covering the latest trends and newest rides at major parks around the world. 

Recent Articles

  • Knott’s Berry Farm returns to the fog for Halloween Haunt 2016

    Knott’s Berry Farm returns to the fog for Halloween Haunt 2016

    Knott’s Berry Farm will add two new haunted mazes for Halloween Haunt 2016 that feature demonic samurais and sadistic farmers plus a new scare zone stalked by the legendary headless horseman. The 44th annual Knott’s Scary Farm will start Sept. 22 and run on select nights through Oct. 31. The granddaddy...

  • Theme parks develop ‘blockbuster worlds’ based on movie franchises

    Theme parks develop ‘blockbuster worlds’ based on movie franchises

    My, how the worlds have changed. Worlds. Plural. As in “blockbuster worlds.” As in immersive theme park experiences that plop you into a snowy, shivery kingdom (“Frozen”), a mysterious alien planet (“Avatar”) or a futuristic flight of fantasy (“Star Wars”). Used to be that theme park goers would...

  • Will Disney’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ ride anchor a Marvel themed land?

    Will Disney’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ ride anchor a Marvel themed land?

    One of the craziest and most improbable rumors ever to emerge from the secretive halls of Walt Disney Imagineering turned out to be true: The venerable Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure will get a “Guardians of the Galaxy” overlay in time for the May 2017 release of the...

  • ‘Walking Dead’ zombies take up permanent residence at Universal Studios Hollywood

    ‘Walking Dead’ zombies take up permanent residence at Universal Studios Hollywood

    After four seasons headlining Halloween Horror Nights, the Walking Dead haunted maze will move from seasonal tenant at Universal Studios Hollywood to a year-round resident starting July 4. The seasonal Horror Nights version of the maze featured live actors and movie studio-quality sets under a...

  • Disney’s rebooted Soarin’ ride takes flight over worldwide landmarks

    Disney’s rebooted Soarin’ ride takes flight over worldwide landmarks

    The Soarin’ flight simulator rides at Disney California Adventure and Epcot have traded the California-centric scenes of the Golden Gate Bridge, Yosemite and Malibu for an international itinerary that spans six continents. I recently rode the updated Soarin’ Around the World three times and found...

  • 5 ways to beat the heat at theme parks this summer

    5 ways to beat the heat at theme parks this summer

    Summer and theme parks go together like high temperatures and severe heat warnings. But there are plenty of ways to beat the heat and stay cool if you find yourself at a theme park on a scorching hot day. Obviously the best way to avoid the heat is to hit your local theme park during the shoulder...

  • First impressions of Shanghai Disneyland in 11 videos

    First impressions of Shanghai Disneyland in 11 videos

    Shanghai Disney officially opens: A peek inside June 17, 2016, 6 p.m. After five years of construction, $5.5 billion in spending and a month of testing to work out the kinks, Shanghai Disney Resort opened to the public just before noon, Shanghai time, on Thursday, June 16 (which was 9 p.m. Wednesday...

  • Everything you need to know about Shanghai Disneyland

    Everything you need to know about Shanghai Disneyland

    Shanghai Disney officially opens: A peek inside June 17, 2016, 6 p.m. After five years of construction, $5.5 billion in spending and a month of testing to work out the kinks, Shanghai Disney Resort opened to the public just before noon, Shanghai time, on Thursday, June 16 (which was 9 p.m. Wednesday...

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