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In the Loop: Take a behind-the-scenes look at Universal's 'Walking Dead' attraction

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 go behind the scenes of the new "Walking Dead" attraction, step into the Mass Effect 4D holographic experience, plan a trip to Shanghai Disneyland and sing along with the "Frozen" musical.

‘Frozen’ musical

The “Frozen” musical opening in the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure turns the hit 2013 animated movie into a stage show with Broadway-quality costumes, sets, special effects and musical score.

‘The Walking Dead’

A behind-the-scenes video offers a look at the making of "The Walking Dead" walk-through attraction opening July 4 at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Mass Effect

A video report from Gamespot shows off footage from the Mass Effect 4D holographic experience at California’s Great America.

Shanghai Disneyland

Theme Park Insider’s Robert Niles lists his top 5 reasons for wanting to go to Shanghai Disneyland.

What’s next for Shanghai Disneyland? Screamscape contemplates Phase 2 additions before the Chinese park’s grand opening.

Commercial break

Sponsorship spending at theme parks and other entertainment businesses in North America is projected to reach $2.22 billion this year, according to IEG, up 15% since 2012.

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