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Todd Martens

Todd Martens joined the Los Angeles Times in 2007 and covers a mix of interactive entertainment (video games) and pop music. Previously, Martens reported on the music business for Billboard Magazine. He has contributed to numerous books, including "The Big Lebowski: An Illustrated, Annotated History of the Greatest Cult Film of All Time." He continues to torture himself by rooting for the Chicago Cubs and, while he likes dogs, he is more of a cat person.
Westworld, Ho! Inside Evermore, where the future of theme parks is not about rides but play

The future of themed entertainment is active. Evermore, like Meow Wolf and Two Bit Circus, emphasizes play, letting the guest write the narrative. It's old fashioned (dinner theater, anyone?) but what's new is the level of immersion and push away from screens and tech.

Disney's Cars Land at Halloween, where weird is welcome and the characters find new storylines

In the weeks before Halloween, the focus at Southern California theme parks shifts from rides to “scare zones." Cars Land at Disney's California Adventure, however, goes all-out weird with fewer frights but intriguing new twists on favorite characters' personalities. And plenty of puns.

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