Saturday, September 28, 2019

Lagoon Shares New Details on Mystery Coaster Project + Construction Updates

© Fox 13 Salt Lake City
Lagoon amusement park is still hard at work on their mystery roller coaster project, on which work began earlier this year.  The park has kept nearly all details of the attraction a mystery, however due to recent shots of roller coaster track arriving at the construction site it's pretty safe to call it a coaster at this point.

The local Fox affiliate did another story on the progress of the ride, which is substantial at this point.  The story has some footage of the construction site, a snapshot of which can be seen up top.  There is a very large area that has a concrete foundation, and two different towers going up toward the sky.  These do not appear to be for the ride yet, but more for the base of some sort of gigantic theming elements that will be incorporated.

The park did give a few tidbits away in the story, including that this ride will have a footprint that is 30% larger than Cannibal, the park's most recent coaster.  They've also put more than 5 miles of conduit under the concrete they poured, which came in at 17,000 cubic yards.  There are 355 piles driven under the foundation already, stretching from 40 to 60 feet in the earth.  A brand new midway will feed to the ride once it opens, which may not be until 2021 or 2022 even.

This YouTube video gives much more clear views of the work from in the middle of September.  You can get a better idea of the size of this attraction, which is rumored to feature a giant mountain along with several interactive components and perhaps a dark ride section.  You can even see some track in place feeding into the main structure that appears to split after what might be the station.

Even more recent construction photos on Lagoon Fans show that a building is now going up on part of the cement slab, creating a rather large indoor space.  Could be for a dark ride portion, the queue, station or maybe all of those.  We'll have to wait to find out more!