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The History of Lagoon in Salt Lake City

Updated on August 20, 2015

History

On July 15, 1886, Lagoon opened for the public to enjoy. Originally located on the end of the great Salt Lake, and named "Lake Park". Business was doing just fine, until in 1893 the lake began to recede leaving a blue tinted mud in it's place.

Due to this inconvenience, the park was forced to move two and a half miles away to the banks of a nine acre lagoon in Farmington, Utah. The new location gave inspiration for the new name, and soon they began to expand. The first attraction to be added was named "Shoot the Chutes" which was a ride similar to the log rides of today. In 1921 the signature white roller coaster, or the Dipper, was added and brought lots of new business as one of the largest roller coaster in the western United States.

Things turned for the worse in 1953, when a fire destroyed most of the front of the roller coaster. Although this was one of the few accidents of it's kind at Lagoon.

Attractions

The Lagoon theme park has 50 rides altogether. Ranging from kiddy rides to nausea inducing fun. Some of the most popular are listed below with some of there statistics and a picture or video to give you a visual.

Other than the big rides, there is also little carnival games and an arcade.

Double Thunder Raceway

Specification
Lightning Track
Thunder Track
Lenght of Track
1,146 feet
1,142 feet
Type of Go-Kart
Sidewinder
Double Thunder
Number of Go-Karts
28
28
Go-Kart Engine
Honda 9 hp, 4 stroke
Honda 9 hp, 4 stroke
Driver Restraint System
4 part safety harness
4 part safety harness
Duration of Ride Cycle
5 minutes/ heat
5 minutes/heat

Red Rock Rally

Specification
Information
Aditional Details
Ground Demensions
40 feet long, 24 feet wide
 
Speed
6 rpm max
pragrammed steady speed,runs clockwise
Vehicles
8 off-road themed
 
Seating Capacity
2 riders
One adult, one child/ two children
Hourly Capacity
320 riders per hour
 
Height Restriction
Under 36" requires responsible companion
 
Year Installed
2013
 

Red Rock Rally

Red Rock Rally

Tipsy Tea Cups

Specification
Information
Additional Details
Dimensions
26 feet 3 inches
 
Speed
5.5 rpm max
Programed speed
Number of Tea Cups
6 cups
two seats per tea cup
Seating Capacity
2 adults
4 children
Hourly Capacity
480 riders per hour
 
Height Restrictions
Under 36" requires responsible companion
 
Year Installed
2013
 

Tipsy Tea Cups

Tipsy Tea Cups

Air Race

Specificaton
Information
Additional Details
Dimensions
52 feet from center
82 feet operational diameter
Height
29 feet for heighest point
42 feet to top of tower
Speed
6 rpm max
Programed speed, gondola ranges from 0-20 rpm
Seating
6 gondola's
four seats per gondola, stadium row style
Seating Capacity
4 persons
 
Hourly Capacity
480 riders per hour
 
Height Restrictions
Under 48" may not ride
 
Year Installed
2012
 

Air Race

Air Race

BomBora

Specification
Information
Additional Details
Dimensions
100 feet x 165 feet
 
Highest Height
50 feet
 
Speed
31 mph
 
Length
1,040 feet
 
Seat Capacity
Two trains
16 riders each
Hourly Capacity
950 riders per hour
 
Height Restriction
Under 36" may not ride
Under 48" must be accompanied
Year Installed
2011
 

BomBora

BomBora

Jumping Dragon

Specification
Information
Additional Details
Dimensions
58 foot radius
 
Height
18 feet
 
Seating Capacity
18 gondolas 2 seats each
36 riders
Hourly Capacity
720 riders per hour
 
Speed
Up to 13 rpm
 
Height Restrictions
Under 46" must be accompanied
 
Year Installed
2009
 

Jumping Dragon

Jumping Dragon

Odysea

Specification
Information
Additional Details
Dimensions
67 feet diameter
22 feet high
Lifting Height
20 feet
 
Seating Capacity
12 gondolas, 2 seats each
24 riders
Hourly Capacity
576 riders per hour
Including loading and unloading time
Speed
Lifting speed: 3.3 feet per second
Gondola speed: 18 feet per second
Height Restrictions
Under 46" must be accompanied
 
Year Installed
2008
 

OdySea

OdySea

Wicked

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Specification  
Information  
Additional Details  
Dimensions
112 feet x 404 feet
 
Highest Height
110 feet
 
Lenght
2,000 feet
 
Speed
55 mph
 
Max G-Force
4.85 grams
 
Height Restrictions
Under 46" may not ride
46-50" must sit in assigned seats and be accompanied
Building Cost
$10 Million
 
Year Installed
2007
 

Wicked

Wicked

Dinosaur Drop & Ladybug Bop

Specification
Information
Additional Details
Dimensions
18 feet wide, 18 feet deep, 39-45 feet high
 
Lifting Height
27 feet
 
Seating Capacity
1 gondola, 5 units, 2 seats each
10 riders
Hourly Capacity
360 riders per hour
including loading and loading time
Height Restrictions
36-42" must be accompanied
 
Year Installed
2006
 

Dinosaur Drop & Ladybug Bop

Dinosaur Drop

The Bat

Specification
Information
Dimensions
194 feet x 122 feet
Highest Height
48.6 feet
Length
1,122 feet
Hourly Capacity
650 riders per hour
Number of Coaches
10 per train
Height Restrictions
Under 42" may not ride
Building Cost
$3 Million
Year Installed
2005

The Bat

The Bat

Interactive Water Attraction & Show

Specification
Information
Additional Details
Location
Park Entry
Midway
Nozzles
138
 
Pumps
18 seperate pumps
 
Water Pumped
350,000 gallons
per hour
Size of Water Cage
60 feet in diameter
 
Water Height
35 feet
 
water Walls
80 lineal feet
 
Water Garden Features
Two Memorial Gardens
One with 15 custom wave nozzles to create crashing wave effect
Year Installed
2004
 

Prank at the Interactive Water Attraction

Water Show

The Kon Tiki

Specification
Information
Additional Details
Dimensions
15 meters long x 10 meters wide
5.7 meters high
Riders
24 children
8 adults and 12 children
Hourly Capacity
600-700 riders per hour
 
Height Restrictions
46" must be accompanied
 
Year Installed
2004
 

Kon Tiki

The Kon Tiki

The Dragonfly

Specification
Information
Additional Details
Dimensions
49 feet wide x 52 feet deep
35 feet high
Rider Capacity
48 children and 24 adults
 
Chair Capacity
2 children, 1 adult
 
Hourly Capacity
600 Adults per hour
1,200 children per hour
Height Restrictions
36" may not ride
execeptionally large and/or tall persons may not ride
Year Installed
2004
 

The Dragonfly

The Dragonfly

The Spider

Specification
Information
Additional Details
Dimensions
78 feet x 146 feet
 
Highest Height
53 feet
 
Length
1,414 feet
 
Top Speed
38 mph
 
Hourly Capacity
900 riders per hour
 
Number of Cars
8 cars
4 passengers each
Max Banking
82 degrees
 
Minimum Slope
50 degrees
 
Height Restrictions
46-50" must be accompanied
Over 50" may ride alone
Building Cost
$3 Million
 
Year Installed
2003
 

The Spider

The Spider

Colossus: The Fire Dragon

Specification
Information
Highest Height
85 feet
Length
2,850 feet
Speed
55 mph
Building Cost
$2.5 Million
Duration
1 minute 45 seconds
Lights
12,000 +
Year Installed
1983

Colossus: The Fire Dragon

Colossus: The Fire Dragon

The Catapult

Specification
Information
Additional Details
Tower Height
196 feet
 
Max Height
250 feet
 
Capsules
1 capsule
2 seats
Height Restrictions
Under 46" may not ride
 
Duration
2 minutes
 
Year Installed
2002
 

The Catapult

The Catapult

The Cliffhanger

Specification
Information
Gondolas
2
Seats
40
Hourly Capacity
1,000 riders per hour
Height Restrictions
Must be 50" to ride
Year Installed
2001

The Cliffhanger

The Cliffhanger

The Rocket

Specifications
Information
Additional Details
Tower Height
217 feet
Each
Passenger Capacity
12 riders
Per tower
Hourly Capacity
900 riders per hour
 
Acceleration
4.5 G-Force
 
Year Installed
1999
 

The Rocket

The Rocket

Wild Mouse

Specification
Information
Additional Details
Highest Hieght
50 feet
 
Max Speed
28 mph
 
Hourly Capacity
1,030 per hour
 
Length
1,200 feet
 
Cars
8 cars
4 passengers each
Manufacturer
Maurer Sohne
 
Year Installed
1998
 

Wild Mouse

Wild Mouse

Rattlesnake Rapids

Specification
Information
Additional Details
Water Capacity
1.2 million gallons
 
Length
1,625 feet
 
Raft Capacity
15 rafts
9 riders each
Hourly Capacity
1,500 riders per hour
 
Pumps
3
215 hp each
Duration
5- 6 minutes
 
Manufacturer
Intamin Company
 
Year Installed
1997
 

Rattlesnake Rapids

Rattlesnake Rapids

The Roller Coaster

Specification
Information
Highest Height
60 feet
Length
2,500 feet
Speed
45 mph
Duration
1 minute 56 seconds
Year Installed
1921

The Roller Coaster

The Roller Coaster

Jet Star 2

Specification
Information
Highest Height
45 feet
Length
1,900 feet
Speed
45 mph
Duration
1 minute 30 seconds
Year Installed
1976

Jet Star 2

Jet Star 2

Sky Scraper

Specification
Information
Highest Height
150 feet
Building Cost
$1.5 million
Duration
20 minutes
Lights
180,000
Year Installed
1991

Sky Scraper

Sky Scraper

Lagoon Carousel

Specification
Information
Additional Details
Motor
7.5 hp
Electric motor
Speed
1,100 revolutions per minute
 
Duration
1 minute 30 seconds
 
Year Built
1893
 
Year Installed
1906
 

Carousel

Carousel

Sky Coaster

Specification
Information
Arch Height
173 feet
Launch Tower
153 feet
Speed
40-80 mph
Flight Cables
2 sets
Capacity
1-3
Year Installed
1995

Sky Coaster

Sky Coaster

The Samurai

Specification
Information
Additional Details
Height Restrictions
50" may not ride
54" ride in assigned seats
Design
6 radial arms
Spin and rotates
Year Installed
2000
 

Samurai

Samurai

Lagoon-A-Beach

The Lagoon-A-Beach is placed over 6 acres. There are numerous slides, tube rides, waterfalls, fountains, and swimming pools.

If you are looking for a fun place to cool off during the summer, visit Lagoon and bring your bathing suit for hours of fun in the water park.


Water Slide At Lagoon-A-Beach

And Another

The Pioneer Village

The Pioneer Village, offers a fun look at the past. With 42 authentic 19th century stores and buildings there is sure to be lots of fun to be had for the whole family.

Included in the village is a small arms collection with things suck as guns, slingshots, crossbows, and cannons. Then head over to the Carriage Hall where they have a collection of wheel that vary in shape, size, and era. Next is the Rock Chapel, not meaning a building for worshiping the music genre. It is made of stone and was originally from Coalville, Utah. Built in 1853 it was used as a fort, courthouse, school, and church.

Other things to check out are the one room school house, two story sawed loghouse, smokehouse, millinery shop, clock shop, tool museum, hardware store, cobbler shop, co-op, music hall, doll museum, print shop, gingerbread house, and the town hall.

Log Ride

Wild Kingdom Train

Also at lagoon there is a ride through what they call the "Wild Kingdom". You ride a train through a small zoo. There have been many protestors saying that the park mistreats the animals and should get rid of the attraction and replace it with something more humane.

Take the Tour Here

Frightmares!

Frightmares is an annual celebration at Lagoon. Meant to be a celebration for Halloween, these events take place in October. Below are the events, a description, and a scare rating. The higher the number of spiders the more scary it is.

Frightmares! Activities

Event Name
Description
Scare Rating
Spook-A-Boo Walk-Thru
Fun non-scary children's walk-thru inhabited by friendly characters.
1 Spider
Scary & Crow's Straw Maze
Fun non-scary children's outdoor walk-thru inhabited by friendly characters. Located in the Pioneer Village.
1 Spider
Fun House of Fear
Come one, come all and step inside to a world where strange, freakish, and odd collide.
3 Spiders
Twisted Tales
Once upon a time, uh oh..... Venture to a land where ther are no prince charings, no happily ever afters, and the witch always wins. Twisted tales will have you crawling out of your skin!
4 Spiders
Zombie Lockdown
The zombie virus outbreak has been contained, and those affected by the virus have been detained. Warning: Once you enter this prison, you may never leave the same.
5 Spiders
Nightwalk
Think once, think twice befor you enter, the devil is your main presenter. Vampires and demons lead the way, those who enter may have to stay. Nightwalk is not for the faint of heart, contemplate your fate before you start.
5 Spiders
Pioneer Village Scare Zone
The rumors are true. Come see the haunting of Pioneer Village. take the walk around town hall, the church complete with cemetery, the smoke house, and much more. Keep an eye out for the town residents, you never know where the scare will come!
3 Spiders

A Sneak Peak

The 2010 Commercial

IAAPA

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) is an organization made up of some of the major names in Amusement Parks.

Their mission statement:

"Our mission is to serve the membership by promoting safe operations, global development, professional growth, and commercial success of the amusement parks and attractions industry."

Their core beliefs:

  • Safety is the foundation of our profession and top priority.
  • Global association, single brand.
  • Tell the industry story to the public, governments, and the media factually and truthfully.
  • Protect the attractions business.
  • Conduct business with professionalism and integrity.
  • Bring the industry together through premier expos, education and publications.
  • Be committed to members’ needs and expectations to help them be successful.

Amusement Park Safety Statistics

According to the 2012 Fixed-Site Amusement Ride Injury Survey, the odds of being seriously injured to the point of needing medical attention is 1 in 24 million. The odds fatality due to an Amusement park ride are 1 in 750 million.

Also the information provided below from Federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):

  • In 2004, carnival rides sent 2,500 people to hospital emergency rooms.
  • In 2006 approximately 8,800 people were injured on amusement park rides.
  • From 1987 to 2000, 51 people were killed on amusement park rides.
  • The biggest culprits in these deaths were roller coasters (16 deaths) and whirling rides (11 deaths).
  • Children represent about one half of those injured by amusement park rides.
  • Kids between ten and 14 years old sustain the most injuries of any age group.
  • Children are victims in 75% of accidents involving rider falls or forceful ejection from the ride.

The next table includes information specific to the Lagoon theme park in Farmington, Utah.

Accidents, Deaths, and Malfunctions

Name/Age
Type
Year
Herbert Lee Reeder/ 19
Death
Jun 5, 1909
Emma Youngquist
Death
July 28, 1912
Earl E. Logston
Death
September 5, 1921
George Burt/ 19
Death
July 26, 1924
Tobias Ortiz
Death
July 4, 1925
Luka La Fay Goodfellow
Death
July 13, 1930
Ernest Howe/ 21
Death
August 20, 1934
James Young Hess/ 23
Death
September 1, 1946
Ryan Beckstead/ 6
Death
April 30, 1989
Kilee King/ 13
Death
July 9,1989
4 Unknown
Death
1980,1981,2003
Lizzie W. Priestley
Accident
1908
6 Patrons
Accident
July 27, 1968
Shauna B. Lassen
Accident
1983
Pittsburgh Woman
Accident
1987
Frank Greco/ 18
Accident
June 10, 1991
3 Teenage Boys
Accident
June 15, 1991
Lagoon Employee/ 16
Accident
August 1996
Layton Man
Accident
July 3, 2000
South Jordan Man
Accident
September 2000
Elderly Man
Accident
2012
Ride Name
 
 
Skyscraper
Malfunction
July 24, 1999
Roll-O-Plane
Malfunction
July 1, 2002
Samurai
Malfunction
October 14, 2002
 
 
 

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