Flying Saucer

Opened: 1968
Closed: Mid-1970s
Manufactured By: Chance
Ride Model: Trabant
Ride Capacity: 40 (or 60 small children)
Cost: $50,000

Photo published in the 12 Apr 1968 Deseret News.

Lagoon’s Flying Saucer was a Chance Trabant with multi-colored metal panels. At night, it used over 800 lights for a radiating green glow.

When it first opened, it was located on the North Midway about where Space Scrambler is now. Later, it was moved to the South Midway. It’s possible that it was moved around to a couple different spots on that end, but as shown in the photos below, the Flying Saucer was found at the very end of the South Midway in 1972 and ’73. The only other reference to the ride past 1973 I’ve found  is on a list of rides for a Smith’s Day discount in 1975. It might have been relocated somewhere when the Sky Ride was built in 1974.

Flying Saucer in 1972 and 1973
LEFT: Aerial view of the Flying Saucer at the end of a newly-extended South Midway in 1972. (Photo: Deseret News) RIGHT: 1973 photo showing the Flying Saucer in the background. (Photo: The JetStar2 Archive)

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SOURCES

Lagoon Adds New Saucer. Deseret News, 12 Apr 1968.

Lagoon To Open With 5 New Rides. Deseret News, 24 Mar 1972.

Form submitted. Email message to author from Dave, 9 May 2008.

Re: Lagoon Rides. Email messages to author from Alan C., 21 Jul & 6 Aug 2011.

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