Lagoon is an amusement park in Farmington, Utah, United States located about seventeen miles (27 km) north of Salt Lake City. It also is one of few parks today that is still family owned. It has eight roller coasters, three of which are unique; one of these being Colossus the Fire Dragon, which is one of only two remaining Schwarzkopf Double Looping coasters still in operation (Laser at Dorney Park is the other), and is the longest existing model. Another is The Bat, a Vekoma junior suspended coaster that opened in 2005. The third is the park's newest coaster, Wicked, which opened in the year 2007. Wicked is the park's biggest and fastest roller coaster. It was designed by Lagoon's engineering department in cooperation with Zierer, a ride manufacturer.
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.
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 nine acres by clearing some swampland.
Lagoon opened in Farmington, Utah on July 12, 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 row boating and swimming in Lagoon Lake. Over time more rides were added, such as the authentic Herschell-Spillman Carousel and Cagney 12-inch-gauge Miniature Railroad.
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, a lion and giraffe. In the 1950s when a 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 was installed in 1921. This is Lagoon's famous wooden roller coaster, designed by John Miller of Coney Island fame. Miller gave Lagoon's coaster plenty of dips and turns. Its highest height is sixty 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 forty-five M.P.H.
In 1927 a 1.5 million U.S. gallon (4,000 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 Glen Miller played Lagoon's stage.
There were many improvements made by the Freeds, including the installation of new dressing rooms and a general overhaul of the 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. It featured rides only for children, was added between the Midway and the swimming pool.
From the mid 1950s into the 1960s Lagoon made many improvements. A showboat was added to the lake, and brand-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, groups like the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, the Kingston Trio and Johnny Cash drew the crowds to the bandstand.
The Animaland Train was put in around the I.Q. Zoo in 1967. Around 1975, authentic Crown-built 4-4-0 steam locomotives were put into operation around the lake and the name was changed to the Wild Kingdom Train.
One of the most popular rides at Lagoon even today was added in 1976. This is the "Jet Star II" roller Coaster, newly painted for the 2005 season. Before Lagoon purchased the Jet Star II, it was one of the attractions at the Spokane Washington's Expo '74.
In the late 80's, both the famous old fun house and the "Haunted Shack", a walk-through 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 2003, Lagoon built the Spider, a spinning coaster across from Fire Dragon and Wild Mouse. Two years later, The Bat, an inverted coaster, was constructed near Lagoon-A-Beach. It is a family-friendly coaster with a minimum height requirement of 42".
For the 2007 season, Lagoon built a new $10 million roller coaster named Wicked. The ride opened on June 1 at 3:00PM. Wicked is a first-of-its-kind Zierer tower launch coaster. It is powered by Linear Synchronous Motors and features a 110' Tower, an Immelmann turn, a heart line roll, two half-pipe turns and a "lake turn". Wicked is located in the south midway section of the park, behind the Fire Dragon.
In 2008, Lagoon decided to expand and improve its employee kitchen with new tables and more than 2 times the seating area. The new ride was added: OdySea, a "Dumbo-like" ride with aquatic theming, the ride features a giant squid for the center piece as well as submarines and fish as cars.
Lagoon has introduced designated smoking areas. These new smoking areas are in response to a new Davis County law that went into effect on January 1 that prohibited smoking in privately and publicly owned outdoor places.
Scores of activities have been available to the Lagoon guest. Since 1896, "Lagoon has offered hot-air balloon rides, boxing and wrestling matches, great names in entertainment, horse racing and pari-mutuel betting, roller-skating, baseball games, dancing, swimming, bicycle racing, a zoo, motion pictures, live theater, blackface minstrel shows, rodeos, a midway, rowboating, marching bands, wild West shows, fireworks, and mechanical rides."
Notable People who worked at Lagoon:
Special Event Day:
|Roller Coaster||Miller & Baker; Trains by PTC||Wooden||Sitdown||1921|
|Jet Star II||Schwarzkopf||Steel||Sitdown||1976|
|Colossus the Fire Dragon||Schwarzkopf||Steel||Sitdown||1983|
|Puff: The Little Fire Dragon||Zierer||Steel||Sitdown||1985|
|Wild Mouse||Maurer Söhne||Steel||Sitdown||1998|
The 2008 Regular Season features 3 shows:
"Country Swing Jubilee" featuring: Amy Wilson, Dustin Bolt, Serena Hardy, Chris Squires, Nathan Copier, Vaden Thurgood Swing Performers: Ali Kaelin
"Rock U2 the Top" featuring: Vaden Thurgood, Mickelle Bean, Emily Giaque, Cory Heaps, Ashtyn Nelson, JT Seumalu Swing Performers: Chris Squires, Ali Kaelin
"Broadway Rhythm" featuring: Nathan Copier, Gray Aydelott, Guy Holmes, Lexi Giaque, Bronwyn Tarboton, Samantha Bird, Scott Stoneking, John Wolfe, Tiffany Thomas Swing Performers: Nick Berg, Amy Wilson
The 2007 Regular Season featured 3 shows:
"Electric '80s" featuring: Dallin Allred, Michelle Robbins, Amanda Monson, Elise Groves, Parker Solum, William Richardson Swing Performers: Emily Giaque, Steve Shoemaker
"Rock U2 the Top" featuring: Gray Aydelott, Mickelle Bean, Daysha Hanneman, Blake Murray, Ashtyn Nelson, JT Seumalu Swing Performers: Emily Giaque, Steve Shoemaker
"On Broadway" featuring: Nathan Copier, Cody Jensen, Andrew Lewis, Becca Schwartz, Jennifer Perucca, Kathryn Stratford, Kim Stephenson, Preston Yates, Valerie Larsen Swing Performers: Lexi Giaque, William Richardson
The 2006 Regular Season featured 3 shows:
Club-A-Go-Go featuring: Gray Aydelott, Natassia Clark, James Hales, Daysha Hannemann, Jacob Knight, Andrew Lewis, Ashtyn Nelson and Mandy Stanford, Kim Stephenson (swing), Vaden Thurgood (swing)
Rock U2 the Top featuring: Emily Giaque, Lexi Giaque, Daniel Hamblin, Michelle Hunt, Steve Shoemaker, Vaden Thrugood, Daysha Hannermann (swing), Cody Jensen (swing)
Jukebox Jive featuring: Nick Berg, Collin Christensen, Nathan Copier, Heidi Evans, Elise Groves, Cody Jensen, Kristen Kemp, Ralynne Riggs, Linton Dean (swing), Kim Stephenson (swing)
1990 Regular Season
"A Salute to Broadway" at the "Music USA Theater". Songs performed included "A Pretty Girl" from "The Ziegfield 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. )
The 2006 Frightmares Season featured a variety of shows as well, including: 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 a variety of shows as well, including: The Hackenslash Chainsaw Demonstration Team, Vampire Awakening, Monster Classics and The Master Hypnotist.
Lagoon has 39 carnival games where you could win prizes ranging in size from small to giant.
|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||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||Open|
|Up, Up and Away||Three to twelve players compete in this water gun game.||Central Midway NW of the Fountain||?||Open|
|Darts||Throw darts at balloons to win prizes or points||Central Midway NW of the Fountain||1954||Open|
|Can-It!||Throw a ball into a milk can to win a giant prize||Central Midway NE of the Fountain||?||Open|
|Top Gun||Shooting game||Central Midway NE of the Fountain||?||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 in to 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 three Kats to win.||Central Midway SE of the Fountain||?||Open|
|TouchDown||Throwing game. Knock a floating football down and win.||Central Midway SE of the Fountain||?||Closed 2008|
|Break-A-Plate||Throwing game. Break plates to win.||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|
|Darts II||Pop balloons by throwing darts to win prizes or points||Central Midway South of Scamper||1981||Open|
|Hot Shot||Race Game||Central Midway South of Scamper||1981||Open|
|Drown The Clown||A squirting water race game between 3 to 12 people. Pop the balloon first to win a prize.||Central Midway North of Coca-Cola Corner||?||Open|
|Hi-Roller||This is a Skee Ball game where you try to get a very high score to win prizes||Moved To Touchdowns spot---Central Midway SE of the Fountain||?||Open|
|Fish 'R" Jumpin'||Catch a fish when it jumps to win a prize||Moved To half of Hi Rollers old Spot ------||?||Open|
|Goblet Toss Too||Throw the balls into the colored cups to win a small, medium or large prize||East of Game Time||?||Open|
|Plop Plop||throw ping pong balls into different colored cups, the cups are floating and moving.||East of Game Time||?||Open|
|Bottle Up||Throw a ring onto a coke-a-cola bottle to win a large prize||Game Time plaza on the south end||?||Open|
|Milk Cans||Throw a ball into a milk can to win a giant prize||Game Time plaza on the north end||?||Open|
|Rebound||The object is to throw the ball into a container by bouncing it off an angled board.||Game Time plaza on the north end||2006?||Open|
|Hi-Striker||Classic Carnival game, test your strength by swinging the giant mallet down on to the striker and see how many points you get.||Game Time plaza on the north end||1995||Open|
|Slam Dunk||Make a couple of baskets with a basket ball and win.||Most northern game in the park located between the Rocket and Samurai||1986||Open|
|Rising Waters||Shoot water into the target and watch your water rise. The first person to raise their water to the line wins||Pioneer Village next to Rattle Snake Rapids||1997||Open|
|Bonanza||Shoot milk bottles with balls from an air cannon.||Pioneer Village west of the Log fume||2005||Open|
|Speedball||Throw the baseball and see how fast you can throw, the higher the speed the bigger the prize||South Midway next to Music USA||1982||Open|
|Basketball||Make a couple of baskets with a basket ball and win.||South Midway next to Teriyaki Stix||1964||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||?||Open|
|Center Ring||Throw a ring onto a coke-a-cola bottle to win a large prize||South Midway just north of Screamer||?||Open|
|Goblet Toss||Throw the balls into the colored cups to win a small, medium or large prize||South Midway just north of Screamer||?||Open|
|Glass Pitch||Toss a quarter onto the plate to win a prize.||South Midway just East of Fire Dragon||?||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||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||?||Open|
|Shooting Water||Shoot water into the target and watch your water rise. The first person to raise their water to the line wins.||South Midway just south of Wild Mouse||?||Open|
Lagoon also has an 18 hole miniature golf course called "Putter Around the Park". All of the holes are named and themed after rides and attractions in the park.