(Just North of Salt Lake City)
Park News - (9/12/20) Bad news for Lagoon, as the Utah theme park is now trying to clean up fallen trees and other damage caused by an intense wind storm that struck earlier this week. This report says that most of the rides survived the storm well, though the canopy over the Music Express was destroyed and the Bulgy the Whale kiddie ride was severely damaged.
Then plan is to have things cleaned up enough to be ready this weekend for the opening of the park’s Frightmares event.
(6/14/20) According to a Facebook post from Lagoon, they say that starting on Monday they are adopting a new safety protocol, that will require all guests (with the exception of very young toddlers) to wear face masks within all ride queues while maintaining social distancing. I know when the park opened they were already asking guests to wear masks, but based on this new post, I’m guessing they may have been optional currently in the park, but are now mandatory in the queues.
(5/25/20) According to this news report, Online Reservations are required to visit Lagoon now that the park has reopened. The current online reservation system allows you to only pick dates to visit within a seven day window, and passholders are restricted to just two visits per week at this time. The park is also said to be limiting attendance to just 6,000 guests at any one time, which is about 1/6th of the park’s normal capacity. Face Masks are required while inside as well.
(5/24/20) Lagoon actually reopened the theme park to guests yesterday (May 23rd). Please note that reservations online in advance are required to visit the theme park for both single-day guests and passholders. Face Marks are required as well to gain entry into the park.
(5/20/20) A video on YouTube shows off a look inside Lagoon as the park makes preparations to reopen. CoasterStudios shoots video as they walk through the park to the newly open Biergarten inside the park and see social distancing marks painted on the ground, sanitizer stations, and new signage about keeping six feet apart from each other and more. Near the end of the video they head on over to take a look at the Primordial construction site as well, so take a look below.
(5/16/20) While the Lagoon amusement park is still closed, the local news reports that Lagoon’s new Biergarten restaurant actually opened on Thursday, and is open for dining and takeout. The park has also posted a menu and some other details about the new Biergarten.
(3/31/20) While Lagoon is closed, like pretty much everything else right now, the local news did post a new aerial photo of the park’s new 2021 roller coaster, thought to be named Primordial. A lot of interesting new super-structure has been put up since our last construction update that is definitely starting to show off the mountain-like shape of the exterior of the building. The side of the ride that faces the park will certainly have a more themed exterior as they work to hide and enclose the solid concrete structural walls at the center.
As for the chances of the park opening? Well, Lagoon says that right now the health ban on mass gatherings is set to expire on April 1st, and they want to be ready to open as soon as they are allowed to, but it is likely that ban will be extended sometime today.
They also say that Lagoon is adding a new “family ride” this season, but decline to say what it is. They will only say that it is not a flat ride or a coaster. The park is being a little tight-lipped about what they have planned, which is odd at this point in the game I think. Anyone know more about what they might be adding? Previous rumors from a couple of years ago suggested that the park may have been planning an upgrade or renovation to their Dracula’s Castle dark ride, following the successful 2017 update to their other dark ride, Terroride. That at least would be something they could have been working on, unseen, over the winter and explain why no other construction has been spotted.
(3/24/20) As one would expect, Lagoon has announced on their website that they will not open for the season as scheduled on March 28. A local health department directive is in place in the area, but set to expire on April 1st. This does not mean the park will open after that, but they have said they will post an update about their plans at the start of each week going forward to let us know their latest plans.
???? - 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, following the update made to Terroride in 2017.
2021?? - New Coaster /
Primordial - (10/8/20) According to posts at LagoonFans.com 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...