Brady MacDonald

Writer

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

  • In the Loop: 32 best new theme park additions of 2016

    In the Loop: 32 best new theme park additions of 2016

    Welcome to another edition of In the Loop, the Los Angeles Times' theme park newsletter. I'm Funland theme park blogger Brady MacDonald, and this week we bid farewell to the “Aladdin” musical, prepare to break ground on a "Star Wars" land and check out the best new rides of 2016. SeaWorld Are SeaWorld's...

  • Meet the legendary ride maker that invented the modern theme park

    Meet the legendary ride maker that invented the modern theme park

    The modern theme park landscape of roller coasters, dark rides and water rides would not be possible without the constant innovation and reinvention of Arrow Development. Through a series of tremendous successes and dramatic failures, Arrow created an impressive collection of world’s first and...

  • 32 best new theme park additions of 2016

    32 best new theme park additions of 2016

    Looking ahead to 2016, theme parks around the world are planning to add a host of new attractions designed to thrill ride enthusiasts. Consider this a tentative and fluid list of new attractions on tap across the globe. As is often the case, some projects may get delayed while new ones get announced....

  • 'Aladdin' runs out of wishes as curtain drops on 13-year run at Disney California Adventure

    'Aladdin' runs out of wishes as curtain drops on 13-year run at Disney California Adventure

    After an astonishing 13-year run, the “Aladdin” musical at Disney California Adventure will come to an end on Jan. 10 after entertaining 13 million people during 14,000 performances. Over the years, I probably saw “Aladdin” a dozen times in the Hyperion Theater, and I always found the 40-minute...

  • In the Loop: Will Wizarding World cut into Disneyland attendance?

    In the Loop: Will Wizarding World cut into Disneyland attendance?

    Welcome to another edition of In the Loop, the Los Angeles Times' theme park newsletter. I'm Funland theme park blogger Brady MacDonald, and this week we look at the effect "Star Wars" will have on Disney parks, take a ride on a virtual reality coaster, brace for El Niño at SeaWorld San Diego and...

  • Virtual reality rides set to invade theme parks in 2016

    Virtual reality rides set to invade theme parks in 2016

    It’s beginning to look like 2016 will be the year that virtual reality takes theme parks by storm with plans for nine VR coasters in the works and VR dark rides, thrill rides and haunted mazes already on the drawing board. Canada’s Wonderland amusement park outside Toronto will add VR headsets...

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