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On Saturday, two of my buddies and I spent the day at Lagoon Amusement Park in Salt Lake City. We arrived at 9:15 to an almost packed parking lot, and the park wasnt opening till 10 a.m. Fortunately, a good deal of the crowd was there for a dance competition. The weather was in the upper 50's, lower 60's with a few clouds in the sky.

 

Lagoon, for those of you who dont know, is an old school, traditional amusement park dating from the late 1800's. The two oldest attractions would be their Roller Coaster(the wooden John Allen classic) that is 87 years old this year, and their carousel, which is at least 110 years old(according to the sign next to the carousel building). The park is generally very charming, still reflecting many of the ideals of a traditional amusement park. The crowds tend to be family oriented mixed with the young teen cliques.

 

I visited last year for the first time, but unfortunately, their new coaster Wicked, had not opened yet. So, on this trip, we made sure that was the first coaster we hit. It's a tad on the short side, a lil bumpy in a few places, but all-in-all, quite fun. Of course, the prize of the park is the Schwarzkopf double looper, Colossus the Fire Dragon. Pure bliss is all that can be said. One of the cool things about the coasters in the park, is that with the exception of the horrible family suspended Vekoma, all of the other coasters have simple lap bars, nothing else.....sweet!

 

The Spider and the Wild Mouse are two good compact coasters. The Jet Star, has unfortunately gotten a little rough over last year. The Roller Coaster, is a nice nostalgic trip back to classic roller coaster years. It is, obviously, rough in several places, but does have a few spots of airtime. Signs in the station state that the coaster, although looks to be in need of a paint job, is in the process of having all of its wood replaced with weather proof, un-painted pieces.

 

Lagoon is a nice park, somewhat large and spread out, but does have a few design flaws. The back section of the park, where the rapids and log flumes are, and the old town area, dont really have a smooth flow in with the rest of the park(you have to really go down an unassuming path thats not very well defined or marked. The more obvious flaw is that five of the eight coasters at the park are all smashed together at the south ende of the park, and not more aesthetically spread out in the park. To end, I really think the park has lots of potential and cant wait to see what it has to deliver in the future.

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First view before entering the park...

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This thing is 87 years old!!!

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Pure Bliss!

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a very fun spinner....

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short but still wet

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classic carnival

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Dark ride 1

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Dark ride 2

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The Old Town section of the park...

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super meh....

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A wet version of the Dumbo ride....and very fun

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classic and quite good

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would be so much cooler if it was 4 times as long

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more bliss......

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classic carnival

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meh....

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Some nightime bliss

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Nice pictures. I didn't even know about this park until a few days ago when I was looking at the park index page and clicked on Lagoon. The pictures there are lacking so it was nice to see some new ones posted just a couple of days later.

 

If you have some pictures of the kiddie coaster, post them. The park page is going to be updated and that is the one coaster we are needing pictures of.

 

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If you have some pictures of the kiddie coaster, post them. The park page is going to be updated and that is the one coaster we are needing pictures of.

 

Bob

I have these 3 taken in 2004. Unfortunately they are b&w (must of had the camera on the wrong setting) - Barry

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