Wild Mouse (1998)

Opened: 18 Apr 1998

Manufactured By: Maurer-Söhne – Munich, Germany

Location: South Midway

In 1991 Deseret News reporter Dennis Lythgoe interviewed Lagoon spokesman Dick Andrew about past rides and the possibility of any returning. The last few sentences seem to represent the average Lagoon guest’s feelings after the closure of the old Wild Mouse.

” ‘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.’

Keep that in mind – as you wax sentimental for the Fun House, the Wild Mouse and the Patio Gardens. Do I detect at this very minute the ground swelling beneath us?”

Only six years later in December 1997, another 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.

Photo: Rick
Wild Mouse at night.
Wild Mouse entrance at night. Photo: B. Miskin

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See more pictures in the Wild Mouse Gallery.

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LINKS

More info and photos at LagoonIsFun.com.

Wild Mouse, 1965

Wild Mouse, 1973

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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 now sits where the front of the Speedway used to be.

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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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