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Farmington, Utah
(Just North of Salt Lake City)






Park News - (4/12/2023) A guest who visited Lagoon over the weekend tells us that the park has officially retired their log flume ride. Currently everything has been removed so far except for the loading area and main drop. No word on what Lagoon may have in mind to replace it with.
    (4/1/23) While Lagoon will open for the 2023 season this weekend, delays by one week due to snow that impacted the area last week, don’t look for the new Primordial roller coaster to be open just yet. There is still work to be done on the attraction, through Lagoon still says they are planning on opening it later this season. For now Lagoon will only be open on weekends, and then kick off their daily schedule on May 27th.




icon_STOP2023 - Primordial - (9/28/2023) Doing a little more research into what Primordial has to offer, it does seem that not only is there more than one way for the story to end, but there are technically three different physical endings you can experience.
    I’m not entirely up on the actual story being told itself, and if your actions in the interactive scenes determine what kind of ending you get, or if it is entirely random. After hearing from a couple of riders and going back to view other POV videos posted, it seems that the theme of the finale scene will be revealed after you pass the third interactive screen (the one after the backwards drop), and you will see a static figure of either a blue creature or a red creature. If you see the red one, the vehicles move through a smoke filled corridor, and the next interactive screen you see on your left will reveal targets to shoot on rocky surfaces surrounded by eruptions of molten lava. From here you enter the finale room, where the screen surrounds the riders, which should feature a chase and battle scene with a large Dragon.
    If you see the blue creature instead, the next interactive screen scene will feature a battle in a snow covered wilderness. From here you will slowly move into the finale room where the screen surrounds riders. In this version you will find yourself in a large snow covered wilderness for a final battle scene with a giant snow owl creature.
    There are three possible physical endings to how you depart this circular finale room. In the first videos posted, the scene always seemed to play out with a dragon battle and a freefall drop. However, the other option is apparently instead of a freefall drop, there is some kind of ramp and downhill drop track effect to exit the room. You will also notice that the rider cars will rotate from one side of the room to the other as the finale scene plays out, but apparently the ending allows for the cars to rotate to take this dive track either facing forwards of backwards.
    As noted during the construction of the attraction, long before the fake mountain surface was added, the two shaft rooms were clearly spotted with the track running out of them at the bottom. At the time it was thought that these two chambers would be identical, but now we know they are not. The one furthest away contains the freefall drop effect, while the closer of the two chambers to the exit contains the ramp track effect. In watching the various POV videos, you’ll notice how the cars rotate to orientate themselves correctly at the bottom so that the riders can view their scores on the screen as they pass by. 
    The track departing each of the two finale chambers passes by its own score-board screen before converging again onto the main track, where they pass by a small projection scene where you are greeted briefly by two warrior creatures, and this scene also seems to have two different versions available, which likely depend on if you had the Dragon or Owl ending.
    So with three potential different physical endings (freefall, ramp forward or ramp backward) and two different final battle scenes, this would give riders on Primordial a total of six different combinations to experience on any given ride.
    (9/27/2023) While ART Engineering worked on the ride system for Lagoon’s new Primordial interactive roller coaster, a new article posted to Blooloop talks briefly with Triotech’s President & CEO, Ernest Yale, about working on the attraction’s interactive content. According to Yale, the Primordial experience includes “alternate paths as well as multiple different story twists. These different endings will keep guests guessing, and of course, keep them coming back to the ride to experience all its variants.”
    So for the Screamscape readers who have had a chance to ride Primordial, can you describe what you have noticed as far as “alternate paths” and “different endings” that you’ve seen so far?
    (9/22/2023) According to a new post at Blooloop it seems ART Engineering was involved with Lagoon in the creation of the park’s new Primordial interactive roller coaster adventure. Make the jump to learn more about the technical creation of the attraction which is the third roller coaster collaboration ART Engineering has had with Lagoon, starting with Bombora in 2011 and Cannibal in 2015.
    (9/16/2023) Lagoon has finally opened their new Primordial themed roller coaster attraction. Riders’ seats are outfitted with a laser blaster used to interact with a series of screens placed throughout the ride experience, with scores totaled for ranking by the end of the ride experience. The loading station is pretty cool as well, where the cars turn sideways and move continuously through the station. Loading and unloading is aided by the use of a moving walkway that goes in sync with the trains. Full POVs of the ride experience (day and night) can be seen below, as SPOILER… as long expected, the ride does feature a freefall drop effect at the end. Actually, as spotted during construction, I believe there are two different drop shafts for this to allow for higher capacity. There is also said to be a scene with an animatronic figure in the queue to help explain the story behind the ride while you wait.

    (9/2/2023) While we’ve yet to come across any leaked videos of Lagoon’s new Primordial in action, we have heard that the ride and all effects are fully up and running for the previews, which would seem to indicate that the opening could be imminent. In fact, in an interview the local news had with Lagoon’s spokesperson, Adam Leishman described it exactly the same way, saying that “Its opening is imminent.”
    Currently employees are taking test rides, and the park says that season passholders should watch their email soon for an announcement “along with surprise perks” for the patience. One other thing to watch for is that Lagoon confirmed that to handle the issue of huge lines for Primordial, they will be using an “online reservation system” for the attraction that will launch once the opening date has been released.
    On a side note, another source has confirmed to Screamscape that ACE was assured that Primordial will be running for the groups ACE Fall Conference event when they visit the park on September 29-30th. Hopefully it will also open to the passholders before the ACE event.

    (9/1/2023) According to Screamscape sources Primordial at Lagoon is rumored to have begin testing with employees. If all goes well, this could indicate that a public opening could be ready to take place very soon.
    (8/5/2023) We haven’t heard any updates on Primordial in quite some time from Lagoon, but we did manage to find a video shot about a month ago showing that the pathways leading to Primordial have been paved, and the area looks like it could be ready to open in the very near future.
    Of course the latest update was just posted yesterday when a YouTuber caught Primordial testing only to see a train valley on the tracks. Jump ahead to about 1:44 in the video to see the short two-car train head up the lift hill. Since this is my first time seeing the seating layout, it does  have an interesting design, with two seats on either side of the train and a center aisle for guests to load through, but no seat in the middle. The squarish structure in the center looks to be for on-board systems of some kind, including on-board audio, as there appears to be a round speaker grill above it.
    This may be a primary reason behind Primordial has not yet opened, as they will need to ensure that the trains don’t valley here in the future, and if this is a common problem spot, they may have to go back and install some kind of evacuation platform here.

    (12/30/2022) We know that the imposing Primordial mountain structure at Lagoon was impressive looking to begin with, but take a look at the image below and  you can see what it looks like when the area is blanketed with snowfall.

    (11/18/22) Lagoon has confirmed the big news that Primordial will open in 2023, a new ride like no other at that park that has been seven years in the making. According to the description, Primordial will be a “one-of-a-kind interactive coaster”, and offer a “ride experience like you have never seen.” Amazingly, the park says the ride has been engineered to accommodate riders as small as 36” in height.
    There is still a lot of things they are keeping quiet about, as the ride experience itself is still very much being kept secret. Check out the teaser below.

    (11/15/22) It appears that the time is nearly here for Lagoon to announce what exactly they’ve been building for the past several years. Their instagram page has been slowly loading close-up images of the new attraction logo, and big surprise… we can already tell that it will be called “Primordial”. If you’ve been following along with this project since it started you’ll remember that Lagoon actually trademarked the name a long time ago and after getting asked about it in the media enough times, they finally addressed it and said that Primordial would  not be the name any longer and they would come up with something else. 
    But… I guess not… because it sure looks like Primordial is still it. The 6th and final piece of the logo should go live sometime tomorrow. Hopefully we’ll get a little more information about the ride itself as well once the name has been officially confirmed.
    (10/23/22) A reader stopped by Lagoon over the weekend and sent in a picture of the park’s mystery 2023 coaster for everyone to enjoy. As you can see, it looks like the final track sections have now been installed and the mountain exterior itself looks about as finished as it can be. If Lagoon is planning on opening this new ride in 2023, hopefully they’ll be ready to make an announcement in the very near future.
    (9/25/22) For the most part Lagoon managed to keep entirely silent about their new mystery roller coaster project, which now appears to be heading towards a 2023 opening timeline. New construction photos posted online however show that significant progress has been made to the fake mountain structure, adding a number of fake trees and landscaping all around the mountain, including an Eagle sitting in a nest to watch you as you climb the lift hill.
    Curiously it also looks like they still have to install a few curved track pieces between the top of the lift hill to form a curved first drop around to the side and into the mountain. I’m not sure if they have delayed this portion of the installation to allow for work on the mountain, or if some changes and new track must be engineered to accommodate some kind of design change at this point in the ride.
    Either way, this new ride is looking impressive as hell and I can’t wait to see it hopefully open next year!
    (2/5/22) A new aerial image of the mystery new indoor/outdoor coaster attraction coming to Lagoon has surfaced online, showing off what appears to be some bright green track serving as a lift  hill from the ground to the top of the mountain themed structure. Lagoon still isn’t ready to say much of anything about this project other than to insinuate that the world will have to wait until 2023 for it to open.
    (9/7/21) The themed exterior is going into place on Lagoon’s new mystery attraction at last, that is expected to open for the 2022 season. No name has been released yet, but many referred to it as Primordial over the past couple years while it was under construction, as a trademark was taken out for that name at one point in time. Watch the video below for footage from the local news showing off the new mountain themed exterior theming going into place.
    According to the park, they are still choosing from 5 different names they’ve selected for the attraction, but may lean away from Primordial simply because the public has been expecting that to become the name all this time.

    (10/8/20) According to posts at the park had abandoned their previously registered trademark for the name “Primordial” in late September, which was thought to be what the park’s new coaster under construction was going to be called. At this point no new trademark has been found, but most likely they have decided upon another name entirely for the ride. This isn’t as unusual as it sounds, as many parks will register an early trademark for a ride name only to later file trademarks for other alternate names as the time to open the ride gets closer.
    Fury 325 at Carowinds is a great example of this, as the park had previously files the name Centurion and even put up some roman themed teaser banners in the park, only to change direction a month later with the themed teasers and eventually the new name. In 2019 we also saw SeaWorld San Diego go so far as to announce their B&M Dive Machine as Mako, only to see the light a few months later and rebrand the coaster as Emperor, as the Mako name had already made a good reputation for itself in Orlando as a B&M Megacoaster.
    In the meantime… it’s just about time to start scouring the trademark database for all kinds of new projects, so I’m sure the new name will be uncovered sooner than later.
    (4/27/20) Some new construction photos of Primordial at Lagoon have been posted to Twitter this week.

    (4/20/20) A new video showing off some construction footage of Primordial at Lagoon was posted to YouTube earlier this month. Check it out below.

    (4/14/20) A reader drove by Lagoon over the weekend and managed to get some close-up shots of the new Primordial attraction structure. You can see how the fake rock-work and texture is already being applied to some of the structure.




    (1/17/20) A new construction update showing off the progress on Primordial at Lagoon has been uploaded to YouTube. There is lots of new steel up since the last time I saw anything, but we still don’t know much about how the final version of the coaster will turn out. There is a curious section on the second level there it looks like a track switch still needs to be installed which makes me wonder if there may be more than one track layout to be concealed inside the structure, giving riders a reason to ride more than once. Of course it could just be the switch for a maintenance area for the trains, but not sure why they would put that on the second level when they have enough space not to, as the overall structure is enormous.
    Either way, the track seems like it will split and send the trains off into one of two different central shafts within the structure, which could contain some kind of elevator style lifts perhaps, or possibly something else entirely, like a chamber with a multi-media screen or other practical special effects.
    Now this is just another thought, but given that there is a long-straight and very plain section of track before the split on the second level, it does make it wonder if the loading station may also be on the second floor and riders start off (or end) with the split that may lead to one of two lift or drop shafts to begin the ride experience. There still isn’t a lot of track to be seen in the structure and the massive chambers on the lower level appear to be mostly empty so far, so we’ll have to wait and see what lies in store.

    (10/23/19) A reader stopped by Lagoon the other day and sent in a new picture of Primordial where a lot of steel has been set up to the right of the concrete central structure, and if you look up on the second level you can actually see a piece of track and some supports in place right next to the concrete tower.


    (9/29/19) A quick new update on the progress of Primordial at Lagoon can be found at News Plus Notes this week, along with footage showing off a second concrete tower structure is now going up next to the first.  Given the pace that things are moving at, it doesn’t seem likely this will be ready for 2020 as previously thought, but is more likely to be finished in time for t he 2021 season instead.
    (9/2/19) A new construction video from Lagoon shows off the Primordial work site as seen from the park’s giant wheel. This includes a look at the new massive concrete structure going up on the site, as well as lots of coaster track and support pieces on site awaiting installation. Given the size of the odd-shaped concrete pad that was poured and the large in addition to the strange shape to the central structure going up in the middle of it all, I’m wondering if they are building some kind of fake mountain or uniquely themed building to be the centerpiece of this attraction. With a name like Primordial, some kind of volcano looking mountain could certainly fit the theme.

    (8/12/19) The latest drone-cam footage looking over the “Primordial” attraction project has been posted to YouTube, which can be seen below. We’ve also been sent a link to see a couple of truck loads of parts for the new coaster that have arrived on site, one loaded with track and the other loaded with support pieces. It was also noted that the track style seems to be the same as the track used at Canada’s Wonderland on Wonder Mountain’s Guardian, manufacturered by Kubes Steel in Ontario, Canada.

    (2/28/19) Lagoon is all about the tease this week as the local news has finally caught on to what we’ve been following for a few months now… the construction of what we’ve been calling “Primordial”, based on a trademark application filed by the park awhile back. They posted their own look at the site from the ground and sky, as well as an interview with the park, where they really don’t confirm a thing, while not denying anything either, other than to say that the work site is similar in size to Cannibal but it will be a totally different attraction with a unique theme.
    They also indicate that it may not be ready to open until 2021, indicating that this could be one of those projects that has lengthy pauses in the construction process as they wait for more materials to arrive, or are just trying to space things out as a cost saver. Either way they do confirm that the skyline of the park will be changing because of this.
    (1/24/19) A new Primordial construction update from Lagoon was posted to YouTube this week. Check it out below as they peek in on the construction site via DroneCam. Lots of interesting concrete forms have been put in place so far, creating a rather odd looking structure. Plus nearby excavations are going at full tilt, even in the snow. Changing locations later in the video, they even get a look at the large new Beer Garden area being installed.

    (1/11/19) It seems Lagoon is pushing ahead with the “Primordial” name for their next big ride, with the park also submitting various possible stylized logos of the name into the trademark office. A new drone-cam video was also posted showing off all the excavation work taking place on the site.

    (12/15/18) Coaster Studios has posted a new video from Lagoon showing off more progress on what we assume is the construction site for the rumored “Primordial” coaster project coming in 2020. Apparently Lagoon has tore up the majority of their employee parking lot for the winter to begin work on this large new project that now includes a lot of steel pilings driven into the ground and a large hole excavated.

    (11/24/18) According to a new video shot at Lagoon, early construction word has begun to prepare a site at the park for a large new attraction. It is expected that this could be the rumored “Primordial” project. Possibly set to open in 2020, Lagoon filed a trademark in the later half of 2017 to use the name “Primordial" for "an amusement park ride in the nature of Roller Coaster." Lots can change, but at the time one popular rumor was that it could be for some kind of dark ride / coaster style attraction inspired by Wonder Mountain’s Guadian at Canada's Wonderland. Stay tuned.

    (4/4/18) While we still don't know the exact details, we've heard that the proposed dark ride project for 2020/2021 may be evolving into a non-interactive style ride instead. This could be a good thing, as the loss of being 'interactive' may instead mean that they have a good solid story to tell and don't need any distractions, or it will be a bit too fast and coaster-like to bother with laser guns. Site wise, I'm also hearing that the project may take over the Hydro Luge waterslide site, which is said to be no longer operating at the park and is currently listed as being for sale.
    (8/9/17) While I'm not sure what it is for yet, it seems Lagoon has filed for a new trademark to use the name "Primordial" for a new ride they are planning. In particular the filing mentions it is for "an amusement park ride in the nature of Roller Coaster". Anyone know more? The latest coaster rumor I’d heard so far indicated a possible dark ride / coaster combo, which you can read about below. The name certainly would fit.
    (6/10/17) Consider this a long-term rumor, but the early rumble is that Lagoon may be looking to add their own interactive dark coaster ride to the park sometime between 2020 and 2021. I'm told that they may be looking to the Wonder Mountain's Guardian attraction at Canada's Wonderland for inspiration for this one. Stay tuned...



Track Record

Farmington, Utah
- just North of Salt Lake City


Newest Developments
2020 - Engine 86
2019 - Biergarten
2017 - Terroride Update, Ruka Safari & Flying Tigers

2015 - Cannibal

2013 - Tipsey Tea Cups &
Red Rock Rally

2012 - Air Race

2011 - Bombora

2009 - Jumping Dragon

2008 - OdySea

2007 - Wicked



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