Utah’s Lagoon Park Reveals Exciting Update On New Coaster
Rumors about the ride that enthusiasts call “Steel Coaster 1” have been circulating for almost five years. Lagoon has finally answered one of the burning questions fans have had about the strange ride.
It’s been seven years since Lagoon in Farmington, Utah introduced its last roller coaster. When Cannibal opened in July 2015, it offered park visitors an experience they couldn’t find anywhere else in America. According to Coasterpedia, its first hill at 116º set a new record for the steepest drop in the country. It’s a record Lagoon kept until a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed coaster stole it in 2019. Even though their record was broken, it’s a coaster that the park is still very proud because it was designed and built in-house.
Creating a one-of-a-kind experience seems to be the goal with their new mystery coaster. From roller coaster lovers stumbled upon a mark filed by Lagoon for a “roller coaster nature amusement park ride” in August 2017, there were over 2,000 posts about the future of “Steel Roller Coaster 1” on the Lagoon Fans online forum .
On one thread, they speculated that “Primordial” would be the name of the new coaster. Lagoon spokeswoman Julie Freed tried to play down that rumor in a September 2021 interview with Fox 13 explaining that it was one of five names the park had for the ride, but because it was the one that circulated the most, it was unlikely to be chosen.
What we know about the new coaster
Well, looks like she shot us fast because Lagoon officially unveiled “Primordial” as the name of the new ride, along with its logo via a dragon-themed teaser video on their Instagram account this week:
So, we know the name, but the park hasn’t given us many details about what the riding experience will be. They simply shared this description before presenting their Black Friday Sale.
“Lagoon is thrilled to announce Primordial, the one-of-a-kind interactive roller coaster set to open in 2023! It’s a riding experience like you’ve never seen before. Lagoon worked with an international team of designers and manufacturers, including amazing local companies and suppliers, to create and produce this incredible state-of-the-art attraction. Primordial has been designed to accommodate riders 36″ tall. Riders under 48” must be accompanied by an accompanying person.
Of another Interview with Fox 13we also know that the ride’s footprint is 30% larger than Cannibal.
What we don’t know about the coaster
When Primordial will open
An Instagram user asked if Primordial would be open on opening day or later in the season. The park responded that at this time the exact date has not been finalized.
What will the driving experience be like
Enthusiasts think it might be similar to a ride called “Wonder Mountain’s Guardian” in a park in Ontario, Canada. The Canadian Park website describes their ride as “a steel roller coaster mixed with interactive video games, where riders compete with other riders for the highest score.” Based on the mountain-themed appearance of the Canadian Armory, that’s a fair guess on the part of people who saw Lagoon’s build in person.
When we visited the park in October 2021, crews were working on the new ride and some walls were carved to look like the sides of a mountain. Construction video captured in June 2022 showed an eagle’s nest as part of the aesthetic.
Lagoon has yet to announce their opening day for the 2023 season. Last season they opened on March 26.
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