As a coaster enthusiast, there comes a time where it becomes very hard to get surprised. Travelling to a new Six Flags park may offer up some new credits, but it’s rare to be truly taken off guard by something unique and different. Sure, B&Ms are a ton of fun, but after while they mostly start to blend together, and it’s at that point that I started valuing quirky and unique over expensive and huge.
It was for this very reason that I was so excited to take my first trip to Lagoon last weekend. Lagoon was the last major theme park in the US that I had not visited, and it seems to gather universal praise from those who do make the trip out to Salt Lake City for this family owned theme park. Let me just say: Lagoon does not disappoint.
Written by Andrew Cunningham
So lets just start with the question that is top of mind for most coaster enthusiasts: how was Cannibal?
It’s amazing. Not only is it thrilling and smooth, it is (mostly importantly in my mind) unique. I’m approaching 500 “credits”, and I can’t say I’ve ever experienced anything like Cannibal.
The ride itself draws obvious comparisons to a Euro Fighter, except it’s much smoother, more comfortable, and more thrilling. The theming is bizarre (sometimes South American, sometimes African, always awesome), the operations and capacity are fantastic (6 trains on the ride at once with very quick dispatch times), and the overall experience is just very unique. I could ramble in and on about Cannibal, but I’ll just say it sits easily in my top 20, possibly top 10-15 if I ever were to sit down and do rankings (help us Mitch Hawker, you’re our only hope!).
Moving on to the rest of the park. A trip to Lagoon is like walking through a forest and coming across rides plopped down from a variety of generations.
Lagoon really reminded me of Kennywood (which is a great thing!). They are both old school amusement parks that mix modern thrills with classic amusements in a charming setting.
Oh, also, lots of credits… (I see you credit hoes out there!)
Like many family owned or small chain amusement parks, the food was much cheaper and much better than your typical Six Flags or Cedar Fair options. I was pretty happy to sit by the log flume and have a huge plate of BBQ plus a drink for $15.
Oh, and while we’re on the topic of food, it’s definitely worth mentioning that you can bring your own food and drinks into Lagoon… INCLUDING ALCOHOL! Yep, as long as it’s not in a glass container, feel free to BYOB! Don’t believe me? Check out the park’s FAQs!
Moving on though….
One of the unique aspects of Lagoon was their Pioneer Village, an educational part of the park dedicated to pioneer life for early Utah settlers.
Pioneer Village was only partially open for our trip. Part of it was converted into an OMG adorable trick or treat trail for children, while another section was walled off for us to explore for Frightmares later tonight.
With that said, I did like the Circus and Stagecoach exhibits that were still open...
Speaking of history: Lagoon has a wooden coaster operating from 1921. It’s the world’s oldest parking lot coaster! Truly generations ahead of the corporate parks that follow!
Joking aside, Lagoon has taken really good care of Roller Coaster. Parts of the ride have been rebuilt, with more coming soon. Is it White or Brown? You tell me!
Overall, I had a great day at Lagoon! With a great mix of classic and modern attractions, I have to say that I can’t wait to come back soon!
Oh, and don’t worry little guy, we’ll be back with another update! Frightmares at Lagoon is happening tonight!
Oh, but hey! Did you forget to BYOB into Lagoon?
No worries, we got your back. Take a quick drive to Uinita Brewing for a break from the park. We had a great visit to this Salt Lake City brewery!
Interesting fact: draught beers need to be 4% ABV or lower in Utah, while bottled beers are apparently fair game. Utah: the only place in the world where I highly suggest avoiding the draught list.
Thanks for reading! Make sure to check out the next chapter of this trip: Frightmares at Lagoon coming tomorrow!