Categories
1950s

The Fire Of ’53

This is the first in a two-part series about the 1953 fire and the “New Lagoon” that rose from the ashes. Lagoon, just like any business that’s been around for over 135 years, has had to adapt in the face of unexpected events. Even in its first six or seven decades, Lagoon went through many […]

Categories
Lagoon Today!

2021 Season Recap

Since the mid-season recap, Lagoon had a celebration in July for Roller Coaster’s 100th birthday. Fans got to sing “Happy Birthday”, take photos, have refreshments and sign a poster to be placed in a time capsule. A couple of things weren’t covered in the last recap – Jet Star 2 reopened this year after being […]

Categories
1950s Dancing Entertainment Film, Television & Music

Live At Lagoon, 1957!

Only a handful of concerts at Lagoon’s Patio Gardens were recorded and made available, and of those few, most are Stan Kenton concerts. The earliest of which is this three-volume series on compact disc from the nights of the 16th & 17th of August in 1957. It was released in 1992 by the Magic label […]

Categories
1960s

‘Utah’s Unexpected Pleasure’

Lagoon was featured as the cover story of the August 1961 issue of Ford Times – a monthly magazine by the Ford Motor Company that focused on travel and, of course, Ford automobiles. The article describes the hidden Utah treasure to outsiders and relates a bit of its history. In the 60 years since it […]

Categories
Project Updates

Lagoon History’s History

At the beginning of the 21st century, it wasn’t easy for someone to find historical information about Lagoon or even basic facts about the rides. Like many people, I was curious about how the park came together and how old some of the rides and buildings really were. There were a couple of websites at […]

Categories
Lagoon Today!

2021 Mid-Season Recap

Even though we’re only halfway through 2021, Lagoon has already achieved a few firsts and unprecedented milestones. For example, the Biergarten remained open during the 2020-21 off-season making it the first time any part of the park has been open year-round. In mid-March, a new sign was added to the Biergarten’s west entrance. This entrance […]

Categories
Film, Television & Music

Filmed At Lagoon

It’s no secret that Utah has been the backdrop for a long list of movies and TV shows. Lagoon has also been the setting of shows that have been distributed nationally and beyond. This video shows clips from eight of the more widely known examples. Here’s breakdown of some of the movies and TV shows […]

Categories
Lagoon Today!

2020 Season Recap

When unusually cold weather caused Lagoon to close two days early in fall of 2019, nobody expected the park’s opening in the following spring to be delayed for almost two months because of a worldwide pandemic. Lagoon announced the delayed opening this year on March 17th, a couple of weeks before the scheduled opening. At […]

Categories
Dark Rides

Decoding Dracula’s Castle

When entering Terroride and Dracula’s Castle guests are confronted with a collection of bizarre and mysterious images. Both rides were originally designed by Bill Tracy, who created haunted attractions across the country and knew the importance of making the outside of the building as impressive as what was inside. “The fa├žade was the marketing and […]

Categories
1980s 1990s Lagoon That Never Was

The Lagoon Lake That Never Was

Countless ideas for Lagoon attractions have never made it past the concept or planning stages. This article is part of a series about some of those plans that failed to become a reality. Imagine crowds gathering on a boardwalk around Lagoon Lake to watch high divers jump from a old-fashioned ship. It never actually happened, […]