(Just North of Salt Lake City)
Park News - (10/21/11) The latest buzz from Lagoon indicates that the park is thinking of removing the Top Eliminator attraction to make room for a new larger attraction (ie: coaster) in the future.
(7/27/11) In one of the most unusual stories for the week, a 19-year-old Lagoon employee was arrested (and fired) at the park on Sunday night after it was reported that he had assaulted three park guests. According to the report, he went to tell three young teens who were getting in line for the Samari ride that the park was closing. An augment began which escalated into a physical fight, though no one is sure who started it.
2013 - Tipsey Tea Cups & Red Rock Rally - (4/5/
13) Today we have some nice pictures from Lagoon’s opening weekend to share, thanks to our friends at LagoonIsFun. Unfortunately Red Rock Rally and the Tipsey Tea Cups were not quite ready for guests just yet due to some shipping delays while passing through Customs, but they are expecting to have both open by this Saturday if all goes well.
(2/25/13) A reader sent in a graphic showing off the names and logos for the two new family rides coming to Lagoon in 2013: Tipsey Tea Cups (Zamperla Mini Tea Cup) and Red Rock Rally (Zamperla Speedway). From what I’m told both ride installations will be a bit unique as they will be installed flat into the ground instead of up on a ride platform.
As for the rest of the park, I’m hearing that we may see new paint schemes put on the park’s Wild Mouse and Rock-O-Plane rides. The park’s Sky Scraper giant wheel is also expected to feature an updated LED Lighting package this season.
(2/7/13) Construction cranes are said to be on-site as Lagoon, but all the park will say is that they are working on something ‘big’, but we wont see it until 2014 or maybe even 2015 (see below).
For 2013, the park will only add two new small rides to Kiddieland.
2014 - Spider 2.0 - Rumor - (2/25/13) An interesting rumor has come by way regarding the fate of Spider, the park’s Maurer Spinning Coaster. According to a source the park may be looking at replacing Spider with a newer, slightly bigger spinning coaster model from Maurer sometime between 2014 - 2016.
I know Spider is a Maurer Xtended SC2000 model and Maurer also offers an Xtended SC2200 and Xtended SC3000 model. The later of which is a lot longer and taller than Spider while the SC2200 model just 5 feet taller and slightly longer. The really interesting thing about the SC2200 model however is that according to RCDB, only ONE version was ever built, Sonic Spinball, which currently stands at Alton Towers in the UK. Strangely enough, it was reported just about 3 months ago that Alton Towers was planning on removing Sonic Spinball sometime in the next five years. I’ve got to wonder if these two rumors are linked, and could also be the reason why the rumors about the timeline of Lagoon’s next custom “Mega Coaster” project are not locked down yet. Speaking of which, scroll down to get an update on that project.
2015 - Mega Coaster - Rumor - (2/25/13) The latest word on Lagoon’s “Mega Coaster” project is that the timetable has slipped back a year and they are now not looking to add this coaster to the park until at least 2015. Like with BomBora, I’m told that this new coaster is being designed in-house by Dal Freeman (Lagoon’s VP of Engineering) and will be contracted out to Intermountain Lift to fabricate.
The layout is said to feature some kind of “vertical elevator lift system” and will stand nearly 200 feet tall, feature three inversions as well as an underground tunnel. The train design is said to be similar in nature to the cars used on Wicked, but will feature a custom designed lapbar restraint system. Early rumors suggest that this coaster may have some kind of African or Serengeti theme to it. Early construction work on the underground tunnel feature could begin as early as this Fall however, though the rest of the site work would not begin until the following year.
(1/2/13) Early rumored details for Lagoon’s next coaster project have been sent in to Screamscape regarding the plans to install a new coaster for the 2014 season. If the rumor holds true, we can expect to see a coaster replace the current Top Eliminator Dragster upcharge ride near the Skyscraper and Go-Karts.
The working title for the coaster was said to be “Savage” and it would attempt to feature a jungle theme with green track, and feature those large stone lion statues that the park bought from the state capitol a few years ago to go along with the themeing. The coaster is expected to offer a number of inversions and may feature a vertical lift hill.
(10/27/11) I’m told that Lagoon’s next coaster will be in the 200 foot tall range and feature inversions, and is intended to take over the Top Eliminator location. Don’t look for it to open until 2013 or even 2014 at this point however.