(Just North of Salt Lake City)
Park News - (8/19/13) News from Lagoon has been very quiet lately, but I’ve now heard the name “Cannibal” in possible reference to a new park project. I don’t know if this may be a new name for the rumored Black Widow replacement, or if that could be a name for the park’s big construction project near the Ferris wheel. Stay tuned.
(6/17/13) A local area therapist has contacted Lagoon to ask them to remove a particular scene in the park’s haunted dark ride, “Terror Ride”. He claims that the scene in question features two women, “bound and dressed in lingerie” and has expressed concern that the scene was an arousal “trigger” for one of his patients. Check out the local news site for the details, as well as a POV of the entire ride experience, though the scene in question goes by so quickly you can barely see a thing.
2014 - Spider 2.0 - Rumor Only - (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 - (11/8/13) New coaster track for Lagoon’s rumored 2015 coaster project is now arriving on site at the park. You can see pictures of the red track and sand colored supports on-site over at LagoonIsFun.
A reader visiting Lagoon took a ride on the park’s giant wheel and made a crazy discovery. The former drag racer site has been transformed into a full scale construction site for the unknown new roller coaster project. Based on the photo, they are working at a crazy pace already… but this has also got to be on the strangest looking sites I’ve ever seen… as all the supports in place look to be about the same basic height. If this is still a coaster… this may be nothing like anything we have seen before.
(7/26/13) I’ve finally got a good update on what is taking place at Lagoon. The construction site for the new ‘mega-coaster’ is said to have looked like that since early 2013, and those are not coaster supports we are looking at. Instead those are a series of steel piles driven down into the bedrock to not only support the weight of the new coaster, but also to provide a frame work for the plan here to raise the ground elevation by about 10 feet in this area, before they form the concrete foundation that the ride will be put on. So the time-table has not changed… they are just slowly working in this area to pour concrete, place rebar and go from section to section. So we probably wont see any actual coaster pieces start to go up until one year from now.
Based on the previous rumors, this looks to be the”Mega Coaster” project, rumored to have at least three inversions, a tunnel (pit can be seen already) and a possible elevator style lift system. However, previous rumors had suggested it was pushed back for a 2015 openeing and construction wouldn’t likely begin until late 2013. Based on this new photo, it’s clear they are moving ahead much more quickly now than anticipated, so there is a chance we could see it open in 2014 maybe.
(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.