Los Angeles Times

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

  • Want to skipper a Jungle Cruise boat? Now you can -- for a price

    Want to skipper a Jungle Cruise boat? Now you can -- for a price

    Sailing aboard the Jungle Cruise, Brian Alters picks up the microphone and delivers a timeworn comedic spiel amid the lush vegetation of the Nile River. “I’d like to point out some of the rare plants we have here,” says Alters, randomly pointing at foliage along the river banks. “There’s some,...

  • First look at 'The Walking Dead' theme park ride

    First look at 'The Walking Dead' theme park ride

    A planned shoot-em-up theme park ride promises to let fans of “The Walking Dead” travel through scenes from the AMC television show and take aim at hordes of zombies with an arsenal of weapons. The Walking Dead: Battle for Survival interactive shooter 3-D dark ride would feature animatronic figures,...

  • In the Loop: The Force reigns at Disneyland's new 'Star Wars' event

    In the Loop: The Force reigns at Disneyland's new 'Star Wars' event

    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 drop in on Orlando's theme park trade show, take a look at the "Lego Movie 4-D" coming to Legoland parks, check out the rides planned for Fox...

  • Theme parks: What's new and what's next?

    Theme parks: What's new and what's next?

    About this time each year, ride manufacturers and theme park operators gather in Orlando, Fla., for the International Assn. of Amusement Parks and Attractions trade show. Ride makers use the show to announce attractions for the coming year and unveil ride concepts they hope will become the next...

  • Review: The Force reigns at Disneyland's new 'Star Wars' event

    Review: The Force reigns at Disneyland's new 'Star Wars' event

    What if Disneyland converted Tomorrowland to a "Star Wars"-themed area rather than building a 14-acre Star Wars Land? Starting Friday, you can see what that would have looked like with Star Wars Season of the Force at the Anaheim theme park. The "Star Wars" festival officially kicks off Monday,...

  • In the Loop: Embattled SeaWorld to overhaul killer whale show

    In the Loop: Embattled SeaWorld to overhaul killer whale show

    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 analyze SeaWorld’s decision to alter its killer whale show, take a ride on Dollywood’s Lightning Rod coaster, peek behind the scenes at Universal’s...

  • 'Lego Movie 4-D' brings back Emmet Brickowski -- but what about Chris Pratt?

    'Lego Movie 4-D' brings back Emmet Brickowski -- but what about Chris Pratt?

    The new “Lego Movie 4-D: A New Adventure” film coming to Legoland theme parks around the world in early 2016 will seek to replicate the off-beat humor and firecracker wit that made the original animated movie a hit with both critics and moviegoers. The 12-minute Legoland movie brings back everyman...

  • In the Loop: Jimmy Fallon ride coming to Universal Orlando in 2017

    In the Loop: Jimmy Fallon ride coming to Universal Orlando in 2017

    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 Epcot’s declining popularity, take a journey on the “Frozen” water ride and jump aboard the new Jimmy Fallon attraction. Subscribe to...

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