|Slogan||It's what FUN is!|
|Location||Farmington, Utah, United States|
|Operating season||Late March - October|
Lagoon is a privately owned amusement park in Farmington, Utah, United States, located about seventeen miles (27 km) north of Salt Lake City. It has ten roller coasters, five of which are unique; Colossus the Fire Dragon, the last Schwarzkopf Double Looping coaster still in operation in the United States (Laser at Dorney Park closed at the end of the 2008 season and was moved to Germany to become the Teststrecke traveling roller coaster in 2009); Roller Coaster, one of the oldest coasters in the world operating since 1921; Wicked, designed by Lagoon's engineering department and Werner Stengel in cooperation with ride manufacturer Zierer; BomBora, a family coaster designed in-house; and Cannibal, built in-house with one of the world's steepest drops.
Lagoon is divided into five main areas: The Midway, containing the majority of the rides and an assortment of carnival type games and food outlets; Pioneer Village which has several exhibits displaying pioneer buildings and artifacts; Lagoon-A-Beach, a water park which is included in the regular admission price; Kiddie Land with several rides for small children, and the X-Venture Zone featuring more extreme rides that cost extra. Lagoon also offers a full-service RV park, a campground, and a shaded walking trail outside the park that stays open all year.
In 1886, The Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad built a resort on the shores of the Great Salt Lake. It was called Lake Park, and was one of several resorts built along the lake throughout the late 1800s. Through the years, the lake level receded drastically until Lake Park was far from the lake and it closed by the end of the 1895 season.
Simon Bamberger, who was building his Salt Lake & Ogden Railroad line from Salt Lake City to Ogden, Utah, was vice president of Lake Park and a 25% owner. To increase passenger traffic on his line he bought most of the original Lake Park buildings from the D&RGW and moved them about 3 miles (5 km) east near Farmington, Utah. This gave the residents of Salt Lake City (and later, Ogden) a reason to travel over the "Bamberger." The resort was named Lagoon for the small body of water located on the original forty acres (162,000 m²). The original lagoon was used to harvest ice in winter; Bamberger had it enlarged to 9 acres (36,000 m2) by clearing some swampland.
Lagoon opened in Farmington, Utah on 12 July 1896, and included "Bowling, Elegant Dancing Pavilion, Fine Music, A Shady Bowery and Good Restaurants." In 1899, Shoot-the-Chutes, the park's first thrill ride, was added. In 1900 guests began swimming and rowing boats in Lagoon Lake. Over time more rides were added, such as the authentic Herschell-Spillman Carousel and Cagney miniature gauge Miniature Railroad. In 1901, the park hosted a minor league baseball team in the Inter-Mountain League
In 2003 Lagoon celebrated the 110th birthday of its hand carved carousel that was built in 1893 and purchased by Lagoon in 1906. The carousel consists of 47 animals including: a chicken, swan, snail, lion, tiger, a frog in short pants and a bow tie, a sea dragon, a long-horned goat, a zebra without a saddle, a stork, and a giraffe. In 1953 when the "White" Roller Coaster caught fire, (owner) Robert Freed came down and sprayed the merry-go-round with water to protect its hand-carved figures.
One of the most popular rides today is Lagoon's famous wooden roller coaster. Designed by John Miller of Coney Island fame; it was constructed in 1921. Miller gave Lagoon's coaster plenty of dips and turns. Its highest height is fifty-seven feet, and the length of track is two thousand five hundred feet. The ride lasts just under two minutes and the coaster train reaches speeds up to 45 mph (72 km/h). It is locally known as the "White Roller Coaster" due to its white wash paint. Little, if any, of the Roller Coaster is still white, however, since as wooden supports are regularly replaced, the new supports are left unpainted.
In 1927 a 1.5 million U.S. gallon (5,678 m³) swimming pool with "water fit to drink" was built north of Lagoon Lake. It was one of the first filtered swimming pools in the west, and was a cleaner alternative than swimming in the briny Great Salt Lake.
The 1920s and 1930s were popular years at Lagoon. There was betting and horse racing there in the 1920s, but the Utah State Legislature put a stop to that only a few years after it began. The first Fun House was built in 1929, along with many other midway shows, rides, and games. During the "Big Band" era Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Glenn Miller played Lagoon's stage.
The park closed for three seasons during World War II. By 1946 the park was in bad condition and on the brink of permanent closure. The Bamberger family considered razing it. However, Ranch S. Kimball and Robert E. Freed, seeing an excellent opportunity, convinced the Bamberger family to lease the park to their newly formed Utah Amusement Corporation. Ranch Kimball served as President with Bob Freed serving as Secretary and Assistant Manager. (The Freed Family's Lagoon Corporation bought the resort outright from the Bamberger family in 1983.)
When the Utah Amusement Corporation took over the lease of Lagoon, a Farmington town ordinance prohibited African-Americans from using the swimming pool and the ballroom. By the end of the 1940s, Robert Freed had fully opened Lagoon to the black community, and further extended this policy to the Terrace Ballroom (formerly the Rainbow Gardens) in Salt Lake City.
The Freed family made several improvements, including the installation of new dressing rooms and a general overhaul of the swimming pool in 1949, a rebuilt fun house and the introduction of the "Dodgem Cars" and the "Lakeshore Express" miniature diesel train in 1951, and a new Ferris wheel in 1953.
In November 1953 a fire destroyed much of the park, including the fun house, dance pavilion and the front portion of the roller coaster. It was quickly rebuilt to open for the next season and began to surpass the popularity of its main rival, Saltair. Many rides were restored, rebuilt, or replaced, and a few new rides were added. In 1956, Mother Gooseland, Lagoon's first themed area, was opened between the Midway and the swimming pool. It featured rides only for children.
From the mid-1950s into the 1960s Lagoon made many improvements. A showboat was added to the lake, and a new fun house was built, which featured such attractions as a multi-lane giant slide; mazes, mirrors, obstacle courses and mystery rooms; a large turntable which flung its riders off at great velocity; revolving barrels; and the ubiquitous jets of air - activated by a human operator - which startled those who were unfortunate enough to stand over them. There was also a mini-car ride added in 1960, followed by the "Space Scrambler," spook house, I.Q. Zoo, and shooting gallery in 1961. The first Wild Mouse ride came in 1965. On the Midway, musical groups including the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, the Kingston Trio and Johnny Cash drew the crowds to the bandstand.
The narrow gauge Animaland Train began circling Lagoon Lake in 1967. In 1975, authentic Crown Metal Products-built 4-4-0 steam locomotives were put into operation around the lake and the name was changed to the Wild Kingdom Train.
The turn-of-the-century style Opera House Square opened in 1968 and showcased melodramas, musicals and silent movies. In 1976 Lagoon expanded east by purchasing Pioneer Village, an old west town complete with several historic structures that had been collected and exhibited in Salt Lake City's Sugar House area since 1953. The buildings were moved to Lagoon and the narrow gauge "Pioneer Village Railroad" (featuring "Old Ironsides," a Crown Metal Products 4-4-0 locomotive) circled the town. There was also the "Lagoon Miniature Railroad," which looped around the residential area of Pioneer Village using the original miniature gauge steam locomotive acquired in the early 1900s. A log flume ride was brought in from the defunct Pixieland Park in Oregon.
Colossus the Fire Dragon came to Lagoon in 1983, to huge crowds and great reviews as it was selected by People Magazine in 1984 as one of the top 10 coaster rides in the country. Fire Dragon is Lagoon's first coaster to feature inversions, with a top speed of 55 mph (89 km/h). With its double inverted loops, Colossus held the distinction of being the coaster at Lagoon with the most inversions for 32 years. Cannibal, built in 2015, currently has the most inversions.
In the late 1980s, both the famous old fun house and the "Haunted Shack", a walk-through freaky fright attraction, were closed, victims of escalating maintenance costs, safety concerns and increased risk of litigation. The famous swimming pool closed after its fifth decade in 1987. This made way for the $5.5 million Lagoon-A-Beach which was completed in 1989. Its construction spelled the end of the small-scale railroad operations in Pioneer Village, as some of the supports stood in the way of the track.
In 2012, Lagoon became the focus of animal welfare groups' protests which called for a boycott of the park, citing USDA inspection reports that suggested poor care of animals in the Wild Kingdom. The Utah Animal Rights Coalition and PETA pointed to a range of USDA citations over a 15-year span that included insufficient living space for and unexplained deaths of animals. While admitting to some problems, a Lagoon spokesman denied any abuse taking place and said veterinarians and staff regularly monitored the animals.
|Roller Coaster||Miller & Baker; Trains by PTC||Wooden||Sitdown||South Midway||1921||One of the oldest roller coasters in the country. Features initial lift-hill and then numerous hills. Partially burnt down in 1953 due to a fire and then reconstructed.|
|Jet Star II||Schwarzkopf||Steel||Sitdown||North Midway||1976||Spiral lift-hill followed by very intense turns. Maximum elevation is 45 feet.|
|Colossus the Fire Dragon||Schwarzkopf||Steel||Sitdown||South Midway||1983||90 foot lift hill and double-loop as well as several helixes and turns.|
|Puff the Little Fire Dragon||Zierer||Steel||Sitdown||Kiddie Land||1985||Milder coaster meant for small children with only a small drop and hill. Loops 3 times.|
|Wild Mouse||Maurer Söhne||Steel||Sitdown||South Midway||1998||Extremely tight turns and sharp stops.|
|Spider||Maurer Söhne||Steel||Sitdown||South Midway||2003||The first spinning coaster in North America. Originally named The Spider and the Fly.|
|The Bat||Vekoma||Steel||Inverted||Kiddie Land||2005||An inverted family coaster.|
|Wicked||Zierer||Steel||Sitdown||South Midway||2007||LSM-launched coaster with a vertical drop and a Zero-G barrel roll. Electromagnets controlled by computers.|
|BomBora||In-house||Steel||Sitdown||Kiddie Land||2011||A short family coaster with smooth turns and small drops.|
|Cannibal||In-house||Steel||Sitdown||North Midway||2015||The steepest roller coaster in the U.S. at 116 degrees, 208 feet tall, and has a dual-elevator lift. In construction for 4 years.|
|Name||Manufactuer||Year Opened||Description||Thrill Rating|
|Baby Boats||Allan Herschell Company||1963||Small boats go in an oval. Had a 46" inch maximum height||0|
|Bat||Vekoma||2005||(see "Existing roller coasters")||3|
|BomBora||In-House||2011||(see "Existing roller coasters")||3|
|Bulgy||Eyerly Aircraft||1954||Passengers sit in "whales" as they "jump" up and down.||0|
|Dinosaur Drop||Zierer||2006||A family freefall tower with a dinosaur theme. 40 feet tall||3|
|Dragon Fly||Eli Bridge Company||2004||A SpiderMania. Similar to the Space Scrambler, but more meant for kids. A scrambler ride mixed with a wave swinger ride is a good description||1|
|Helicopters||Alan Herschell||1963||A small aeroplane type ride with helicopters
|Jumping Dragon||2009||A dog-chasing-its-tail ride with a Chinese dragon theme; rotates clockwise, then reverses direction.||2|
|Kontiki||2004||A spinning boat ride||2|
|Ladybug Bop||2006||A 40-foot drop tower with a ladybug
theme; rises and drops several times.
|Moonraker||1983||A small aeroplane type ride with spaceships
|OdySea||2008||An aeroplane type water ride with sea creatures as
vehicles; riders control vehicle height. Water squirts at the vehicles.
|Puff the Little Fire Dragon||1985||A small kiddie coaster.||2|
|Red Baron||1984||A small aeroplane type ride.||1|
|Red Rock Rally||2013||Miniature 4x4 vehicles revolving around an
|Scalawags||1986||A small aeroplane type ride with preschool
animals as vehicles
|Scamper||1977||A miniature bumper car ride||1|
|Sky Fighter||1954||A small airplane type ride with 2 person
|Speedway Jr||1978||Miniature cars going around a track||1|
|Tipsey Tea Cups||2013||A tea cup spinning ride||3|
|Name||Year Opened||Description||Thrill Rating|
|Air Race||2012||An aeroplane ride with vehicles looping sideways while circling a central hub.||4|
|Boomerang||1954||A bumper car ride||2|
|Cannibal||2015||(see "Existing roller coasters")||6|
|Flying Aces||1964/1986||An aeroplane type ride. Riders can move the
|Hydro Luge||1994||Two water slides with tubes. Many riders
do not get wet
|Jet Star 2||1976||(see "Existing roller coasters")||5|
|Paratrooper||1958||A Ferris wheel, tilted on its side slightly||3|
|Rocket||1999||A drop tower with two different ride types: "Blast Off," a rapid vertical ascent, and "Re-Entry," a slow ascent followed by a powered drop.||6|
|Samurai||2000||Six radial arms that spin as the entire ride rotates
through an oval arc in either direction.
|Sky Ride||1974||A chairlift ride that goes across the park and has
|Sky Scraper||1991||A giant Ferris Wheel||2|
|Space Scrambler||1961||Similar to Dragon Fly, but more intense and with
|Tilt-A-Whirl||1956||The ride that spins with changing height with vehicles
Pioneer Village Park
|Log Fume||1976||A log flume ride|
|Rattlesnake Rapids||1997||A river rapids ride. Features a tunnel and waterfalls that the rafts pass under.|
|Name||Year Opened||Descption||Thrill Rating|
|Carousel||1906||A classic merry-go-round; one of the oldest in the world.||0|
|(Centennial) Screamer||1987||The "Screamer" consists of 20 cars around a disc. As the ride begins to spin, the disc stays in a horizontal position. When speed and centrifugal forces increase, the ride is lifted to a near-vertical position as the disc continues to spin.||5|
|Cliffhanger||2001||A spinning water ride that goes up in a circle
and spins down several times through geysering water fountains.
|Colossus: The Fire Dragon||1983||(See "Existing roller coasters")||6|
|Musik Express||1982||Similar to Jumping Dragon, but with no theme||3|
|Rock-O-Plane||1954||Similar to a Ferris Wheel, but with spinning cars||4|
|Roller Coaster||1921||(See "Existing roller coasters")||5|
|Spider||2003||(See "Existing roller coasters")||5|
|Tidal Wave||1980||A pirate ship ride||3|
|Turn of the Century||1987||A swing ride||4|
|Wicked||2007||(See "Existing roller coasters")||6|
|Wild Kingdom Train||1967||A train ride that goes through a tunnel, then circles Lagoon's lake, passing through the Lagoon Zoo where many animals are on display.||1|
|Wild Mouse||1988||(See "Existing roller coasters")||5|
In 1995, the Skycoaster towers were set up on the North Midway and marked the beginning of what would become the X-Venture Zone. (The sky coaster was previously owned by Midway West and traveled in carnivals.) Later the Top Eliminator, Double Thunder Raceway, and The Catapult would all become part of the X-Venture Zone. These rides are not included in Lagoon's all day Passport and require an extra fee to ride.
Lagoon has offered varied entertainments to park visitors over the years, from live bands to musicals, and Wild West shows to Pop shows.
2017 - 2 shows
2016 - 2 shows
2015 - 3 shows
2014 - 3 shows
2013 - 2 shows
2012 - 2 shows
2011 - 3 shows
2010 - 4 shows
2009 - 3 shows
2008 - 3 shows
2007 - 3 shows
2006 - 3 shows
1990 Regular Season "A Salute to Broadway" at the "Music USA Theater". Songs performed included "A Pretty Girl" from "The Ziegfeld Follies"; "They Call the Wind Mariah" from "Paint Your Wagon"; "Let Me Entertain You," from "Gypsy"; "Tonight" from "West Side Story" and "I Cain't Say No" from "Oklahoma". Performers: Collette Schlappi, Angi Cannon, Camille Bailey, LauraLyn Oldham, Angela Burnett, Bret Wheadon, Jeff Whiting, Tim Shoemaker, Roger Stephenson, Brett Bradford.
Every autumn the park offers Halloween-themed shows for the Fall season, which are collectively known as Frightmares.
List of current attractions
The 2006 Frightmares season featured The Hackenslash Chainsaw Demonstration Team, Wailin' Witches, Zombie Mambo, and The "Hypnotysm".
Also in 2006 and 2007 Lagoon hosted the following walk-thru atrractions: Haunted Hollywood, Fun House of Fear, Hal O. Ween High, Spook-A-Boo Walk-Thru, and Psycho Dave's Salvage Yard.
The 2007 Frightmares Season featured The Hackenslash Chainsaw Demonstration Team, Vampire Awakening, Monster Classics, and The Master Hypnotist.
The 2008 season lagoon removed the Haunted Hollywood attraction, but Deception was added in the 2009 season in its place.
The 2010 season featured new haunted house, Lockdown. Also went to Knowlton Elementary School to sign autographs.
The 2011 season featured Nightwalk.
The 2012 season Lagoon removed Psycho Dave's Salvage Yard and Deception, replacing them with Backlot, and a children's walk-though named Scary & Crow's Super Fun Straw Maze! Scary & Crow's is located in the main street of Pioneer Village.
The 2013 season only featured a re-branding of a haunt. Lockdown themed to a prison where prisoners are escaping the previous years, Lagoon decided to rename the haunt to Zombie's Lockdown, and gave it a theme of the government trying to control the zombie population, but the zombies want out.
Lagoon has 38 carnival games in which prizes ranging in size from small to giant can be won.
|Name||Description||Location||Year Opened||Year Closed|
|Wac-A-Mole||Two to six players whack the moles as they pop up. The first player to whack 10 moles wins (Bob's Space Racers)||Central Midway SW of the Fountain||1981||Open|
|Wacky Wire||Thread a ring along a rotating wire without touching the sides||Central Midway NW of the Fountain||1991||Closed 2012|
|Up, Up and Away||Three to twelve players compete in this water gun game. (Bobs Space Racers)||Central Midway NW of the Fountain||?||Open|
|Pop It||Throw bean bags at balloons to win prizes||Central Midway NW of the Fountain||2013||Open|
|Pop It II||Pop balloons by throwing bean bags to win prizes||Central Midway South of the Fountain||2013||open|
|Darts||Throw darts at balloons to win prizes||Central Midway NW of the Fountain||1954||Closed 2012|
|Darts II||Pop balloons by throwing darts to win prizes||Central Midway South of Scamper||1981||Closed 2012|
|Top Gun||Shooting game||Central Midway NE of the Fountain||?||Closed 2012|
|Shoot For The Stars||Throw darts at posters to Win them||East of the Fountain||2013||open|
|Tip Em' Over||Throwing game, knock over all three bottles to win a prize||Central Midway NE of the Fountain||?||Open|
|Tic Tac Toe||Just throw 3 balls into the 3 x 3 square boxes and get three in a row to win a prize||Central Midway NE of the Fountain||2003||Open|
|Lucky Duck||Choose one of the ducks floating in the stream of water. Every player is a winner||Central Midway SE of the Fountain||2003||Open|
|Bowler Roller||Roll the bowling ball over the hill and into the valley to win a prize||Central Midway SE of the Fountain||?||Open|
|Kat Attack||Throwing game. Knock down two Kats to win.||Central Midway SE of the Fountain||?||Open|
|Touchdown||Throw a football through a tyre hoop to win.||Central Midway SE of the Fountain||?||Closed 2008|
|Break A Plate||Break the plastic plates with a baseball to win. Break 2 out of 3 for a small prize, or 3 out of 3 for a large prize.||Central Midway South of Terroride||2002||Open|
|Spill the Milk||Throwing game. Knock down the milk bottles and win.||Central Midway South of Central Park||1954||Open|
|Can It||Throw a ball into a milk can to win a giant prize||Central Midway NE of the Fountain||?||Open|
|Hot Shot||Race Game||Central Midway South of Scamper (Bob's Space Racers)||1981||Open|
|Drown The Clown||A squirting water race game between 3 and 20 people. Pop the balloon first to win a prize.||Central Midway North of Coca-Cola Corner||?||Open|
|Hi-Roller||A Skee Ball game in which rolling high scores wins prizes||Moved To Half Original location spot---Central Midway SE of the Fountain (Bobs Space Racers)||?||Open|
|Fish R Jumpin'||Catch a fish when it jumps to win a prize||Moved To half of Hi Rollers old Spot ------||?||Closed 2012|
|Goblet Toss Too||Throw the balls into the coloured cups to win a small, medium or large prize||East of Game Time||1992?||Closed 2012|
|Plop Plop||Throw ping pong balls into different coloured cups, the cups are floating and moving.||East of Game Time||1992?||Open|
|Bottle Up||Throw a ring onto a Coca-Cola bottle to win a large prize||Game Time plaza on the south end||1998?/1999?||Closed 2012|
|Penalty Shot||Kick A Soccer Ball Past Automated Goalie For Prize||Game Time plaza on the South end||2013||Open|
|Milk Cans||Throw a ball into a milk can to win a giant prize||Game Time plaza on the north end||?||Closed 2011|
|Rebound||Throw the ball into a container by bouncing it off an angled board.||Game Time plaza on the north end||2006||Closed 2011|
|Hi-Striker||Swing the giant mallet onto the striker, the harder it is struck the more points are achieved.||Game Time plaza on the north end||1995||Open|
|Slam Dunk||Make a basket with a basketball to win.||Most northern game in the park located between the Rocket and Samurai *Now operates as Shoot Till You Win*||2000s||Open|
|Shoot Till You Win||Basketball game. Shoot until you make a basket. Uses lower baskets with mini basketballs. Price based on size of prize.||Most northern game in the park located between the Rocket and Samurai||2009||Open|
|Rising Waters||Shoot water into the target and watch your water rise. The first person to raise his water level to the line wins (Bob's Space Racers)||Pioneer Village next to Rattle Snake Rapids||1997||Open|
|Bonanza||Originally a Rifle Shooting Gallery but was converted by Lagoon into its current format in 2004. Shoot three balls per game, tipping over all 3 cans. Knock over 3 cans with 3 shots to get a small prize; knock over 3 cans with 2 shots to win a large.||Pioneer Village west of the Log fume||1975/2004||Closed 2013|
|Speedball||Throw the baseball and see how fast you can throw; 40-69MPH gets a small prize, 70 mph (110 km/h) gets a large.||South Midway next to Music USA||1982/1998/2001||Open|
|Basketball||Make one shot (out of one) into the basket to win. Prices based on prize size.||South Midway next to Teriyaki Stix||1964/1998/2001||Open|
|Guess It||Game operator will attempt to guess your age, birth month, or weight.||South Midway just south of the Wild Kingdom Train Station||?||Open|
|Hole In One||Knock the golf ball into one of the many holes and win a prize||South Midway just North of Rock-O-Plane||?||Open|
|Easy Does It||Roll the bowling ball over the hill and into the valley to win a prize||South Midway just South of Rock-O-Plane||?||Closed|
|Center Ring||Throw a ring onto a Coca-Cola bottle to win a large prize||South Midway just north of Screamer||1992?||Open|
|Goblet Toss||Throw the balls into the coloured cups to win a small, medium or large prize||Re-Located to Goblet Toss II||1992/2012||Open|
|Glass Pitch||Toss a quarter onto the plate to win a prize.||South Midway just East of Fire Dragon||2001?/2002?||Closed 2012|
|Plinko||Drop Chips down pegged board into slots with different points to win a prize||South Midway just East of the Fire Dragon||2013||Open|
|Day at the Races||Race game where you compete against other players by throwing a ball into holes that moves your horse at different speeds (Bob's Space Racers)||South Midway East of Fire Dragon||?||Open|
|Jacob's Ladder||Climb a rope ladder without falling off and win a giant prize||South Midway just East of Fire Dragon||?||Closed 2009|
|Shooting Waters||Shoot water into the target and watch your water rise. The first person to raise his water to the line wins. (Bob's Space Racers)||South Midway just south of Wild Mouse||1990s?/1998||Open|
|Three Point Challenge||Shoot Four different balls from three different stations around a three-point ring at a basketball hoop.||South Midway just East of Fire Dragon||2010||Open|
Lagoon's past games include a Fascination Parlor, Skee Ball, Dime Toss, and Skatterball/Monkey Ball. "Putter Around The Park," an 18-hole miniature golf course themed after rides and attractions in the park, was removed to make way for Jumping Dragon in 2009.