Flying Saucer

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

Flying Saucer in April 1968. Photo courtesy of 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. The “saucer” would start out flat and then seemingly hover as it tilted up while spinning on a center arm that was off-center.

Newspaper photo published on 13 August 1968. Photo courtesy of Deseret News

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 foundĀ  is on a list of rides for a Smith’s Day discount in 1975. If it was still around then, it would have been relocated somewhere when the Sky Ride was built in 1974.

Aerial view of the South Midway in June 1972. The Flying Saucer is at the very south end between the Paratrooper and the Tumbler. Photo courtesy of Deseret News
Flying Saucer in 1973
1973 photo of the South Midway with the Flying Saucer visible in the bottom left. On the right, you can see a Flying Aces plane and the front of the Roller Coaster station. Photo: The JetStar2 Archive
Donny & Marie Osmond on Flying Saucer. Date and source unknown.
Photo courtesy of Deseret News

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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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