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2018 Monthly Recap #3: June

Two shows opened at Carousel Theater. The day show, Smoke & Mirrors, is a magic show featuring classic tricks illusions and Verano returned with a new story and music.

Bright red lighting has been added to the roofline on Roller Coaster, recreating an effect similar to the original neon from decades ago.

Photo: B. MIskin

Centennial Screamer re-opened in its new location on June 15th. Little things continue to be added here and there like paint, flowers and signage.

Another ride reopened this month – one that’s been closed for nearly three years! Catapult began operating again on June 29th.

Photo: B. Miskin

It didn’t take long for guests to line up for the X-Venture Zone attraction. Now all the rides at Lagoon are operational again, just in time for the busiest part of the summer.

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2018 Monthly Recap #2: May

Old carousel figures are scattered around the new candy shop. Photo: B. Miskin

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.

Milka chocolate bars, from Germany, are one of many candy options in Carousel Candy. Photo: B. Miskin

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.

New Roller Coaster signage. Photo: B. Miskin

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!

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2018 Monthly Recap #1: March/April

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.

Paratrooper’s new paint job for 2018. Photo: B. Miskin

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.

The former site of Hydro-Luge in April 2018. Photo: B. Miskin

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!

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2017 Monthly Recap #7: October

Sunset at Lagoon in October. Photo: B. Miskin

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.

Photo: B. Miskin

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.

Photo: B. Miskin

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.

Hydro-Luge in mid-October. Photo: B. Miskin

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.

Centennial Screamer in the middle of being dismantled. Photo: B. Miskin

No doubt this off-season will bring about a lot of new changes and surprises for the 2018 season.

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2017 Monthly Recap #6: September

Photo: B. Miskin

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.

Photo: B. Miskin

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.

Photo: B. Miskin

2017 Monthly Recap #5: August

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!

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2017 Monthly Recap #4: July

As summer flies by, Lagoon continues to hold events and make changes around the park. Here’s what happened in July:

Grand opening of the new Terroride on July 14th. Photo: B. Miskin

A week-long celebration for Terroride’s 50th anniversary was held in the middle of the month. During the week, there were discounts on admission and free collectible pins for the first 50 guests each day. A new limited edition t-shirt designed by local artist, Robin Banks, was also made available. On July 14th, there were treats and a special Terroride cake on display in front of the ride for what was considered to be its grand opening. Guests keep lining up despite long waits and delays. The line has been at least as far as the exit turnstiles for Roller Coaster.

Limited edition Terroride t-shirt by Robin Banks

Three rides at the north end haven’t opened yet this season. One of them, Hydro-Luge, finally re-opened on July 15th. Samurai and Catapult remain closed for now.

Hydro-Luge opens again to help beat the heat. Photo: B. Miskin

During the following week, a new mural by SRIL (Shae Petersen of Salt Lake City) appeared on the wall above the entrance to Game Time. Other smaller updates took place as well, such as this new sign for the gas station at Speedway, Jr.

Photo: B. Miskin

Toward the end of the month, the front steps of the 49-year-old Opera House were torn out. The wooden stairs were rotting  so it’s likely they are just being replaced to match the great new paint job the building received last fall and winter.

The removal of the Opera House’s front steps reveals an interesting view. Photo: B. Miskin

COMING IN AUGUST

The Frightmares trailers have already been pulled out to unload pieces of the spook alleys for the Davis Pavilion, reminding us that summer is almost gone. Daily operation will end for this season on August 22nd and then Lagoon will only be open weekends until October.

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2017 Monthly Recap #3: June

The first month of daily operation has flown by. Lagoon received a lot of media attention with a special documentary on KUED, a feature in Salt Lake Magazine and more.

Curious about the new Terroride? It’s now open! Photo: B. Miskin

On June 9th, the new “re-imagined” Terroride finally opened. It’s been getting a lot of good reviews and there is now a pretty good line of guests waiting for it to open each morning.

Later in the month, Julie Freed appeared on KUTV’s Person 2 Person. She spoke about her grandfather Peter Freed and how they plan for the future. You can watch the interview with bonus online footage on the KUTV website.

New additions to the park include the King Of Thrones game in the old Hi-Roller location next to Drown The Clown. Also, the new night show Verano, opened on June 3rd and continues nightly (except Tuesdays) through August 27th.

COMING IN JULY

Will Samurai re-open soon? Will there be a special celebration for Terroride’s 50th birthday?

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2017 Monthly Recap #2: May

Although Lagoon wasn’t open daily in May, there were busloads of school kids streaming through the park during many weekdays as well as national dance championship contestants during the first three weekends. Here’s a rundown of what happened in May:

  • A new 30-second TV spot was released
  • The Campground opened for the season on May 5
  • The Spider opened with a new computer system on May 6
  • A new Zeppe’s location opened near Colossus: The Fire Dragon on May 12, which was also the annual USU Physics Day
Photo: Shane Dustman
  • On May 27, Lagoon-A-Beach opened and the new day show, Jungle Rhythm began
  • Other improvements include new wood siding on the Log Flume, and changes to the front of Game Time where the old latticework from the early ’80s was removed
  • The new north restrooms look very close to opening
  • Rides that have not yet opened in 2017 include Catapult, Hydro-Luge, Samurai and Terroride

COMING IN JUNE

June promises to be a big month for Lagoon with a lot of media attention and the beginning of the regular season on Friday, June 2…

  • The June issue of Salt Lake Magazine features Lagoon with some old employee stories and trip-planning strategies.
  • A Salt Lake Tribune article teased a few details about the updated Terroride and a planned opening date of early June
  • KUED announced a special which will be broadcast on June 5, 7 and 10

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2017 Monthly Recap #1: March & April

The arrival of Spring has brought with it the opening of Lagoon as well as the usual volatile weather patterns. Occasionally, the warm, sunny days have coincided with Lagoon’s weekend-only pre-season operating schedule.

Although March 25 was rainy and cold and many rides were closed, there were several visible changes since last fall and new additions in progress. Here’s what happened in the first few weeks since opening day:

  • The repainting of the Opera House is now complete
  • Wild Kingdom’s train station has been repainted
  • Grass and other improvements have been added to the kangaroo pen
  • The Creekside Terrace has finally been finished
  • Lockers have been placed at Rattlesnake Rapids on the north side of Rattlesnake Grub
  • A new mural appeared on the building which houses some games and Coca-Cola Plaza
  • Flying Tigers & Ruka Safari opened on April 8
  • The annual Easter Egg Hunt was held on April 16
Photo: Shane Dustman
  • A new food stand opened in Pioneer Village on April 22 selling Navajo tacos & funnel cakes
  • Samurai has received some new paint and was slowly being re-assembled during the first part of April, but has yet to open
  • Catapult remains closed, so far
  • The Spider has a new electrical building, but has only been seen testing and not operating
  • The old ape and the giant rat from Terroride have been placed inside Dracula’s Castle (and the last scene seems to have been removed)
  • New north restrooms are still under construction
Progress on the new north restrooms as of April 22. Photo: B. Miskin
  • Cliffhanger is currently in the middle of being repainted
  • The old Plinko game building east of Colossus is rumored to become home to another popular local franchise

COMING UP IN MAY

  • The campground opens May 5
  • America On Stage National Dance Championships will be held at Lagoon on the first three weekends in May
  • Lagoon-A-Beach opens May 27
  • New entertainment begins May 27
  • And of course, the highly-anticipated, “re-imagined” Terroride has yet to swing open its doors

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