(Just North of Salt Lake City)
2018 - What’s New? - (4/15/18) Lagoon fans take note, I'm told that the park opened Roller Coaster with one of the new Millennium Flyer style trains (Blue) late on Saturday afternoon. According to someone who rode it, it appeared that about all of the running rails on the coaster have been replaced and that most of the turns have are now banked more than they ever were before to improve the ride experience. The ride's queue also has a new timeline of the ride's history, along with many historic photos of the ride and park throughout the years.
So now that Roller Coaster has reopened, anyone know if GCI or Lagoon is ready to talk about the new trains on the coaster?
(4/3/18) A reader sent in a link to a video they shot at Lagoon showing off the new blue GCI Millenium Flyer train making test runs on the park's wooden Roller Coaster. They also tell me there is a second darker red train on site, but they were not testing that one at the time. These trains do look a little different than your standard Millennium Flyer trains, and word is these may have been special custom ordered trains, made to fit the Roller Coaster's track size, and we can also see that they have higher individual seatbacks as well. Given that I've never seen true GCI trains with those kind of seatbacks, it does make me wonder if Lagoon picked up a set of retired Flyer trains, and took them to a third party to have them modified to work on their coaster.
I know we have some GCI staff out there who read Screamscape, so perhaps they can best fill us in on if these are true GCI rolling stock or not.
(3/16/18) So what's new for 2018 at Lagoon? From the sound of things, it doesn't look like the upgrade / renovation to Dracula's Castle (see below) is going to happen in time for the 2018 season, so this may be held back as a 2019 addition. So what is going to be new then?
While nothing has been confirmed by the park yet, I’ve heard a rumor that the park may have obtained a set or two of GCI Millenium Flyer trains with the intention of putting them to use on the Roller Coaster, the park's only wooden coaster. Can anyone else confirm this? Generally, in order to make this work, the coaster would likely have to undergo a fairly complete re-tracking process over the off-season, so can anyone tell if this has happened at all? I don’t think GCI would certify their Flyers to run on it otherwise, as I believe they are a heavier train.
2019 - Lagoon Biergarten - (10/10/18) According to the local news Lagoon’s new addition for the 2019 season will not be ride, but instead be a new Oktoberfest themed beer garden. Look for Lagoon Biergarten to open just south of the park’s wooden “Roller Coaster” attraction with a wide offering of different beers on tap as well as fun food. Apparently while Lagoon hasn't sold beer on a regular basis in the park since 1979, the park has retailed their beer sales permit for years.
2019/2020?? - Dracula’s Castle Upgrade - Rumor - (6/10/17) Rumor has it that Lagoon may perform some kind of upgrade to the park's other dark ride, Dracula's Castle, as early as 2018.
2020 - Primordial - Rumor - (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...