The last month of Frightmares brought with it the end of another season at Lagoon. At the beginning of the month, the new south restrooms were completed. Soon after, the old restrooms built in the 1980s were demolished.
Aside from some busy weekends and the UEA fall break, it was a fairly uneventful month. However, there has been a lot of progress on the Biergarten planned for 2019 and plenty of undisclosed work going on north of the park near 200 West.
The park closed quietly October 30th, commencing a long five months for fans without trips to Lagoon. One thing to be aware of is the popular Black Friday season pass sale coming November 19-26.
What was new at Lagoon in September this year? Frightmares! But more specifically, there were some new additions and updates to Frightmares attractions in 2018.
Frightmares began on September 14th this year with all the shows and walk-throughs in full swing. Séance returned with an elaborate new entrance, including two tick windows on the south side. The show itself is still the same great show. Hackenslash now has a 360-degree stage built over the top of the Bamberger Fountain. The new show in the Carousel Theatre, Mariner, is based on a poem from 1798.
A new kids’ walk-through was added in the south end of Lagoon-A-Beach. Treat Street is accessed through a gate in Pioneer Village and consists of four booths based on Lagoon rides – Colossus: The Fire Dragon, Flying Aces, OdySea and Samurai. (The sign was added September 28th).
A brand new entrance was created for the Fun House Of Fear and Nightmare Midway (formerly Terrors Of The Past) and lots of things were added to other houses, especially Frightening Frisco.
Aside from Frightmares, work continues to progress on the demolition stage for the new Biergarten between Roller Coaster and Cliffhanger. Many trees, all of the concrete walkways, the Speedball game and even the old ramp on the Roller Coaster building were torn out in preparation for construction work.
The biggest news at Lagoon in August was probably all the work happening on the upcoming Frightmares event. Almost all of the walk-throughs were underway this month, including some new additions.
The most promising addition seems to be the new facade for Seance, shown above. There’s also a new temporary stage being added to the Bamberger Fountain and some small, colorful buildings for a kids’ walk-through.
A change to the park schedule was made that extended daily operation by two days. A special discount was available as well as a few perks for season passholders, but attendance was still relatively low on those days. Shows in the Carousel Theatre ended the weekend before.
Lagoon is now only open on weekends, but Frightmares begins Friday, September 14th with some new attractions so stay tuned!
It’s been a long, hot July, but there has still been plenty of different things happening at Lagoon.
The remains of Hydro-Luge were finally removed from the park after sitting there since spring. There is now just a large, smoothed out expanse of dirt where the ride once was.
Complimentary charging lockers provided by local company, Bad Apple, were added in front of Game Time, behind Rendezvous (the Cannibal gift shop) and in Lagoon-A-Beach. They are free and have charging cords for Apple, Samsung and other Android phones and devices.
At the end of the month, changes were being made at the Campground. Subway signs were removed for what will be Lagoon’s third Swig location. Subway had been operating at the Campground since the late 1990s.
There were a lot of promotions for discounted admission in July including Independence Day, Pioneer Day and the Summer Daze week-long promotion.
Work on Frightmares started a little earlier this year at the Davis Pavilion and soon daily operation will make way to weekend-only openings.
The biggest addition to Lagoon in May was Carousel Candy – a new shop near the Interactive Fountain that replaced the Lucky Duck and Bowler Roller games. Carousel Candy opened on a school day on May 31st with a variety of novelty candies and toys.
Further additions were made to existing attractions like the new structure at the entrance and locker area of Roller Coaster, complete with new electrical signage. The Log Flume logs were repainted and the exterior of Dracula’s Castle was also enhanced. There’s also a new caricature booth on the corner next to Fascination.
Along with hundreds of schools that visit Lagoon during weekdays in May, there are other groups coming to other events such as the America On Stage national dance competition, USU Physics Day and D.A.R.E. day. Promotions with discounted tickets were available for Mother’s Day and Memorial Day weekend.
A couple of new games have taken the place of the old Drown The Clown game next to Opera House Square. The new games are Wrecking Ball and Tubs Of Fun.
Coming in June – daily operation begins as well as the introduction of two new shows in the Carousel Theater. We could even see the re-opening of Centennial Screamer in its new location, so stay tuned!
When Lagoon closed last October, there were rides being dismantled and some that hadn’t opened all year. A lot of work has been done during the five-month off-season and continues to progress, so let’s recap what has changed since 2017.
The park reopened on March 31st this year. The Interactive Fountain near the entrance has been upgraded and its full capabilities will probably be seen as the park stays open later starting in May. The games on the corner southeast to the fountain are being replaced by the new Carousel Candy shop, which has yet to open.
Roller Coaster was closed, but it was immediately clear that it would not be the same ride. The Coaster Dogs building and the old exit ramp were removed for the new entrance, queue and locker area. The old Skee-Ball building which has been used as storage in recent years, was also torn down in order to move the smoking area back. Inside the station, the operator’s booth was relocated and an electrical room was built where the queue used to be. After weeks of testing, the ride opened April 14th with brand new trains.
Also on the South Midway, the old Lagoon Music Theatre was being torn out and a new Soccer Darts game replaced Basketball. Where Centennial Screamer sat for 30 years, a new restroom was under construction.
On the North Midway, the new paint of Paratrooper stood out. Hydro-Luge’s tower was all that remained of the ride, but that was taken out in the middle of the month. Throughout the month, work has progressed on the new site of Screamer, near Cannibal. Speaking of Cannibal, a new test seat like the one found at OdySea was added near the entrance of the ride.
Catapult remains closed, but Samurai finally reopened on April 21st after being closed all of last year. The last weekend of April had much warmer temperatures and the Pioneer Village Bakery returned under the name Bakery Fresh, where salads and wraps are now served.
May brings longer hours, school days, dance competitions and the opening of Lagoon-A-Beach and the Campground, not to mention more additions and changes around the park, so stay tuned!
Frightmares continued to draw large crowds through the final weeks of the 2017 season. This year’s most popular new attraction, Seance, consistently sold out – even when extra times were added.
Even though the season was winding down there was still a lot of changes going on behind the scenes. Log Flume’s new siding on the lift hill was completed. An interesting little structure was added near Cannibal with a reconfigured curb.
Hydro-Luge, which was only open for about a month toward the end of the summer, was slowly being taken apart starting around the middle of October.
Toward the end of the month, Centennial Screamer closed and soon more and more of the ride was dismantled until it was completely removed. The rumor is that the ride will be relocated to make room for new south end restrooms.
No doubt this off-season will bring about a lot of new changes and surprises for the 2018 season.
Frightmares began on September 15 this year with many changes and additions. New offerings for Frightmares this year include Malevolent Mansion and tweaks to existing walk-throughs and shows. Some rides received a bit of decorating here and there like Speedway, Jr. and Wild Kingdom Train. Even Log Flume and Rattlesnake Rapids have a hint of Halloween. But the dark horse this year was Séance. Night after night, shows were selling out – even when extra shows were added. The new experience was housed in part of the old Patio Gardens building, north of Game Time.
Anyone who wasn’t aware of the new restrooms near Cannibal will have a hard time missing the new “spinning toilet” completed this month. The illuminated toilet opens and shuts its lid as it spins around.
August is a transitional month at Lagoon. It’s the end of summer and the beginning of preparations for Frightmares. This year, August has been fairly quiet as progress continued on Frightmares and other small projects.
The biggest change this month would have been the long-awaited opening of the new north restrooms near Cannibal. The much larger facility opened on August 12. It includes drinking fountains, more stalls and a family restroom. The old north restrooms next to Samurai have remained open for the time being.
August 22 was the last day of daily operation. The popular night show, Verano, ended August 26 with the day show, Jungle Rhythm, ending the next day.
There are a lot of new things coming for Frightmares in September so stay tuned to Lagoon Today!