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  • Shanghai Disneyland draws thousands daily and it isn't even open yet

    Shanghai Disneyland draws thousands daily and it isn't even open yet

    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 examine what the DreamWorks deal means for Universal parks, welcome the first Latina princess to Disney parks, take a test drive on the new...

  • Donald Trump faces battleground in Disneyland's hometown

    Donald Trump faces battleground in Disneyland's hometown

    Anaheim is due to become an unlikely battleground Tuesday night in the debate over Donald Trump. The City Council will vote on a resolution condemning GOP presidential candidate Trump's "divisive rhetoric." Anaheim was once a Republican bastion, as was the much of the rest of Orange County. But...

  • Harry Potter could make Universal Studios a real rival to Disneyland

    Harry Potter could make Universal Studios a real rival to Disneyland

    Six decades ago, Walt Disney opened what would become the nation's prototypical theme park, a fantasy land built around Sleeping Beauty Castle, a 77-foot-tall marvel inspired by the classic fairy tale and Disney's soon-to-be animated film.On Thursday, Universal Studios Hollywood, long considered...

  • In the Loop: Dead body found in Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Paris

    In the Loop: Dead body found in Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Paris

    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 the Wizarding World grand opening, taste-test Disney’s Food and Wine Festival, bid farewell to the last-remaining Back to the Future...

  • Universal Studios raises ticket prices just before it opens new Harry Potter attraction

    Universal Studios raises ticket prices just before it opens new Harry Potter attraction

    Only a few weeks before the opening of its much-anticipated Harry Potter attraction, Universal Studios Hollywood is performing a shrinking spell on your wallet. Over the weekend, the park quietly raised prices up to 20%, pushing its highest-priced daily ticket beyond that of its sister parks in...

  • Dancing cars turn Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters into a musical traffic jam

    Dancing cars turn Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters into a musical traffic jam

    The new Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters debuting Monday at Disney California Adventure turns a rush hour traffic jam involving a fleet of 1950s-era vehicles into a choreographed dance routine of near-miss twists and turns. The backstory for the new ride themed to the Italian tire shop owner from the...

  • Former Disneyland president Jack Lindquist dies

    Former Disneyland president Jack Lindquist dies

    Jack Lindquist, a longtime Disney executive who became the first president of Disneyland, died of natural causes at his home in Anaheim Sunday. He was 88. "Those of us who had the good fortune to know Jack will always remember the kindness, humility and dedication that made him such an important...

  • In the Loop: Where to grab grub and grog at Universal's Wizarding World of Harry Potter

    In the Loop: Where to grab grub and grog at Universal's Wizarding World of Harry Potter

    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 climb aboard SeaWorld San Diego’s Ocean Explorer submarine, take a ride on SeaWorld Orlando’s Mako hyper coaster, find a 20-acre hidden Mickey...

  • He's the creative force bringing 'Star Wars' to Disney's theme parks

    He's the creative force bringing 'Star Wars' to Disney's theme parks

    The gig: Scott Trowbridge, 50, is creative portfolio executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, which makes him the innovation guru assigned to expand the $4-billion "Star Wars" franchise throughout the Disney theme parks. That assignment includes devising new "Star Wars"-inspired merchandise, food...

  • Orange County breaks tourism record with 47 million visitors in 2015

    Orange County breaks tourism record with 47 million visitors in 2015

    Thanks to the allure of Disneyland and huge growth in convention attendance, Orange County hosted a record 47.3 million visitors last year. The county's visitor total represents a 3% increase over 2014 and is the second year in a row that the region has set a fresh tourism record, according to...

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