Lagoon, located just above Salt Lake City in Utah, has announced its unique new-for-2015 roller coaster, and its name is Cannibal. The custom designed coaster will feature state of the art components like a vertical elevator style lift hill, and a beyond vertical first drop.
Lagoon released some images of Cannibal's design, though not all has been revealed yet. The images look at half the ride from three different angles. In the photo above the ride's elevator lift will take place in the tall building - 208 feet tall to be exact - and then the ride starts with a 116 degree first drop - well more than vertical!
This view is 180 degrees from the first one. The station is the large red building at the base of the lift tower. You can also see a tall inversion, what looks like a dive loop, that will take place over the roof of the loading area. The park's press materials state that the tallest inversion on Cannibal will be 140 feet above the ground - I would wager that is the inversion after the first drop that is not seen here.
Cannibal's total track length is 2,735 feet, a decent length when considering that the lift is vertical. The 2.5 minute ride will provide 4.2 Gs to riders with an expected (not yet final) ride height requirement in the neighborhood of 46 to 48 inches.
Lagoon promises to reveal one "exclusive thrill element" of the ride at a later date, leaving a bit of mystery for fans. As for the ride's name, according to Julie Freed, spokesperson for Lagoon, “We have named it Cannibal, because in our collective mind it will eat other roller coasters in their tracks!”
Cannibal will be Lagoon's 10th roller coaster when it opens next year. Can't wait to see more construction photos of the ride going up!