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1950s Dancing Entertainment Film, Television & Music

Live At Lagoon, 1956!

Out of the hundreds of concerts at Lagoon’s Patio Gardens, some might assume there are many recordings of those concerts available. But in reality, they are extremely rare. For a long time, I thought Stan Kenton’s 1962 concert was the only one. But I was pleasantly surprised recently when a visitor to the website left […]

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1970s 1980s 1990s Advertising

From The Runway To The Midway

Many who have lived in or around Utah for long time will remember ZCMI. For those who are unfamiliar, ZCMI was a regional department store chain that started in Salt Lake City in 1868. The company was eventually sold in 1999 and today the remaining stores have become either Macy’s or Dillard’s. Now for the […]

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2018 Monthly Recap #4: July

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 […]

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1980s Entertainment Events Pioneer Village

Pioneer Village Jubilee

In 1988, Pioneer Village celebrated its Jubilee year with a week full of music, contests and demonstrations from pioneer life. Although Pioneer Village opened at Lagoon in 1976, it originally opened in Salt Lake City in 1938 by Horace Sorenson, owner of the old Southeast Furniture store who had amassed a large collection of pioneer […]

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Lagoon Today!

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. Centennial Screamer re-opened […]

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2018 Monthly Recap #2: May

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 […]

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1960s Entertainment Film, Television & Music

The Monkees At Lagoon

In May 1968, Lagoon was the setting of a key moment in the history of The Monkees. Although the band was created by Hollywood producers for a TV show beginning in 1966 and media critics nicknamed them the Pre-Fab Four, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork quickly rose to fame as The […]

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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 […]

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1990s Entertainment Events Pioneer Village

A Pioneer Holiday At Lagoon

Frightmares has been an increasingly popular Halloween event at Lagoon for over 20 years now. But before Frightmares, Lagoon tried out a short Christmas event. In November 1994, possibly for the first time ever, Lagoon opened its doors to the public for a post-season holiday celebration. The three-day Pioneer Holiday was basically a community event […]

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2017 Monthly Recap #7: October

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 […]