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Uniquely Utah: Lagoon’s new ride takes the shape of a mountain

Posted at 10:32 PM, Sep 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-06 00:32:39-04

FARMINGTON, Utah — The outer “skin” of a new attraction at Lagoon is starting to go into place.

It appears to mimic the terrain of a mountain, complete with metallic areas that may represent ore veins.

“It’s fulfilling what the rumors said we thought was going to happen,” said Ian Christensen, who runs the Facebook page Utah Coaster Enthusiasts.

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Christensen and others have long speculated that Lagoon’s attraction might be something akin to another ride at Canada’s Wonder Mountain, known as The Guardian.

“It’ll be about 100 feet tall when Cannibal is about 200 feet, so it’s going to be much shorter,” said Christensen.

The Guardian has high-tech elements which riders experience inside its faux mountain, and Christensen speculates Lagoon’s attraction will be similar.

“It’ll be based more on the theme than the thrill alone. So you will have sections where it’s a roller coaster going down a hill like a roller coaster does. Then you’ll have sections where it’s flat and you will be shooting a gun or looking at scenes,” Christensen said.

While Christensen says he doesn’t care to speculate on the name of the attraction, numerous sources online claim it will be called “Primordial.”

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“We have actually five names,” said Julie Freed, a Lagoon spokesperson.

She says it’s common for Lagoon to copyright several names for planned rides, and wait to see which name best fits the finished attraction.

“Primordial is one of the five, but I think because everyone knows Primordial, we won’t go with Primordial,” said Freed.

Christensen says many coaster enthusiasts have speculated the new ride will be “dinosaur-themed” on account of the name Primordial being at least considered, but he’s hoping the ride might have a mining theme, as a nod to Utah and the history of early Lagoon owner Simon Bamberger.

Construction of the new ride has continued at a steady pace throughout the pandemic, but Lagoon says opening day could still be years away.

Freed says one-of-a-kind projects of this scale don’t have firm deadlines and will open when ready.