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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

  • 8 unanswered questions about Disneyland's Star Wars Land

    8 unanswered questions about Disneyland's Star Wars Land

    Disney raised more questions than it answered at the D23 Expo with the announcement of plans to unveil Star Wars Lands at Disneyland in Anaheim and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla. Here’s what we know so far: The new 14-acre lands will each feature two attractions set in a remote frontier...

  • In the Loop: Inside SeaWorld's $10 million campaign to counter 'Blackfish'

    In the Loop: Inside SeaWorld's $10 million campaign to counter 'Blackfish'

    Welcome to another edition of In the Loop, the L.A. Times' theme park newsletter. I'm Funland theme park blogger Brady MacDonald, and this week we check in on SeaWorld’s continuing troubles, hunt for vintage amusement park rides in Europe and check out the world’s first launched wooden coaster....

  • Howl-O-Scream sinks to new depths with Unearthed haunted maze

    Howl-O-Scream sinks to new depths with Unearthed haunted maze

    A new haunted maze from the creators of “The Blair Witch Project” features a paranormal tale set in the woods with an online campaign designed to build buzz for the multimedia project. But despite the similar setups and some familiar players, the backstory for the new haunted maze bears no resemblance...

  • 'Thrill Factor' explores science behind theme park rides

    'Thrill Factor' explores science behind theme park rides

    The “Thrill Factor” television show debuting this week on the Travel Channel lets theme park fans get their science on while screaming their heads off. The 10-part series starting Wednesday at 8 p.m. explores the science behind roller coasters, thrill rides, water slides and other extreme experiences...

  • In the Loop: How one couple pulled off a secret Disneyland wedding

    In the Loop: How one couple pulled off a secret Disneyland wedding

    Welcome to another edition of In the Loop, the L.A. Times' theme park newsletter. I'm Funland theme park blogger Brady MacDonald, and this week we check in on SeaWorld’s continuing troubles, drop in on a secret Disneyland wedding and join first-timers on a visit to Kennywood. Subscribe to the newsletter...

  • Cedar Fair pickers scour Europe for vintage amusement park rides

    Cedar Fair pickers scour Europe for vintage amusement park rides

    Inspired by the “American Pickers” reality television show, a pair of collectors is scouring Europe for classic rides to bring back to Cedar Fair amusement parks in the United States and Canada. The duo was sent on the continent-spanning scavenger hunt by Cedar Fair Chief Executive Matt Ouimet,...

  • In the Loop: What's the best water ride in the U.S.?

    In the Loop: What's the best water ride in the U.S.?

    Welcome to another edition of In the Loop, the L.A. Times' theme park newsletter. I'm Funland theme park blogger Brady MacDonald, and this week we check in on the progress of the latest Great Wolf Lodge, run down the best water rides in the U.S., take one final look at Disneyland's 60th anniversary...

  • Disney voice-over actors bring theme park rides to life

    Disney voice-over actors bring theme park rides to life

    Voice-over actors are the hidden artists who provide the audio atmosphere and essential back stories that bring theme parks to life. From the parking lot tram spiel to park-wide announcements to ride narrations, the best work of voice-over actors often goes unnoticed simply because it blends so...

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