Wild Mouse (1998)

Opened: 18 Apr 1998
Location: South Midway
Designed By: Ingenieur Büro Stengel – Munich, Germany
Manufactured By: Maurer-Söhne – Munich, Germany
Ride Model: Wild Mouse
Lift Type: Chain Lift
Max Speed: 28 mph
Max Height: 50 ft
Max Drop: 25 ft
Ride Duration: 1 min, 10 sec
Track Length: 1,214 feet
Number Of Cars: 10
Ride Capacity: 4 per car (2 rows of 2)
Hourly Capacity: 1,030

In a 1991 Deseret News interview, Lagoon spokesman Dick Andrew responded to a question about the possibility of older rides making a return, to which he replied, “If there was a groundswell for a comeback for anything that disappeared, believe me it would be back in a flash. We work to please the public.”

Six years later in December 1997, another Deseret News article announced a new Wild Mouse:

“Lagoon reports receiving numerous inquiries during the past 10 years about the absence of the Wild Mouse. ‘I don’t think any ride that we’ve ever had that was taken out has generated this much interest,’ Lagoon spokesman Dick Andrew said.”

It was assembled in a fairly short amount of time in early April 1998. Although it was completed in time for opening day, it didn’t open until the next weekend in order to properly train ride operators.

With the arrival of the new Wild Mouse, some changes were made to the walkways. Large planters were placed in front of the ride diverting traffic flow to a new walkway¹ added on the north and west sides. The entrance was located towards the back of the ride as opposed to the front as it was on the last Wild Mouse.

The “Mouse House” in the middle of the ride was added in 1999. After the 2012 season ended, the track was removed and painted with a new color scheme before the 2013 season began.

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NOTES

1. After the last Wild Mouse was removed, the Basketball game was put in its place. In 1998, Basketball was moved to a spot on the new walkway until the Cliffhanger opened there in 2001. It then moved to a spot north of Teriyaki Stix and has now been replaced by Soccer Darts.

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More info and photos at LagoonIsFun.com.

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SOURCES

Lythgoe, Dennis. Attractions from Lagoon’s good old days just wouldn’t cut it today. Deseret News, 1 Jul 1991.

Arave, Lynn. Take a wild ride at Lagoon on new Wild Mouse in ’98. Deseret News, 5 Dec 1997.

Arave, Lynn. Lagoon opens Friday with new Wild Mouse ride. Deseret News, 10 Apr 1998.

Arave, Lynn. New Mouse gives wild ride at Lagoon. Deseret News, 14 May 1998.

Maurer Rides GmbH. Maurer Sohne, accessed 18 Jan 2011.

2012/2013 Off Season Construction Projects. LagoonIsFun.com, accessed 30 Mar 2013.

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