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 prepare for a "pay to play" theme park universe, take a virtual ride on a real-world coaster, cheer the effort to save a classic log flume ride and raise our voices against a coaster screaming ban.
Six Flags Magic Mountain transforms one of its oldest roller coasters into a state-of-the-art virtual reality experience that thrusts riders into a futuristic battle to save the planet from an alien invasion.New Revolution Six Flags
The New Revolution virtual reality roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
The New Revolution virtual reality roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain.(Six Flags)
In more virtual reality news, The Times' Todd Martens writes that one game-maker says history will view the release of the Oculus Rift and other VR headsets as more important than the launch of the iPhone.
Pay to play
What happens when theme parks assign a price to everything? Theme Park Insider tries to figure out what the future holds for visitors in a world of “pay to play” parks.
BGWFans takes a deep dive into the four-year effort to save Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Le Scoot log flume from the wrecking ball.
A proposed Six Flags Dubai amusement park, part of a $454-million expansion of Dubai Parks & Resort, could open in late 2019.
Join me as I spend $1,885.65 on a virtual shopping spree in the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood.Wizarding World Universal Studios
Visitors explore the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Visitors explore the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood.(Universal Studios)
Would you spend $149 to stay after hours at Florida’s Magic Kingdom for shorter attraction lines, character meet-and-greets and ice cream?
A United Kingdom theme park bans riders from shouting or screaming on its newest roller coaster. Good luck with that.
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