When we think about theme parks we always think about the thrills of California, the Worlds of Disney in Florida and my bucket list trip to Hershey. Utah isn't exactly a place that ranks high on the top of that list. Today we are talking about Lagoon in Farmington Utah.
Parking is $10. I feel like Ive paid a lot of parking fees and $10 is a pretty good deal. Day passes are $58.95 each but we did the annual pass because we are going to go more than once for sure. The other fun thing that Lagoon has is a campground. We have never stayed there but we have talked about it a few times. Seriously right outside the fence!
We got to the park about 15 minutes after gates opened and the lines were amazing. In the first hour we were able to ride the big white Roller Coaster that is over 80 years old, Wicked with its 110 foot tower and Colossus: The Fire Dragon which I grew up riding when I was younger and it is still just as fun. We also stopped to watch Cliffhanger but we decided we weren't ready to be sprayed with huge jets of water this early in the day. We stopped for a treat and that ended our thrill rides for a bit. When they say large italian ice believe them!
We scooted over to Pioneer Village with our huge treats to explore the little town. Pioneer Village is two streets that take you back in time to the days of early towns and dusty streets. There are little museums scattered among the stores that are a great way to wait out a full tummy. There is also a Swig if you love great soda. If you don't then Im sorry. I do love a good soda so I was regretting my earlier treat. Swig has a drink called a Raspberry Dream. Is Dr. Pepper with raspberry puree, coconut flavoring and coconut cream. The description does not do it justice. I have met people who don't love it and my heart cries for them a little bit.
Fun fact about Pioneer Village. There are peacocks running around. They sneak in and out of the beautiful greenery. Keep your eyes open for these beautiful birds. No, really keep your eyes open. When you have peacocks running around you can also have peacock babies. Cute little buggers are curious and will walk close to you. Mom and Pop peacock don't love you close to their babies and will chase you down the streets as you make an odd sound of terror for all the onlookers. We will add that memory to one of my character building experiences in life. Learned a life lesson that day!
Lagoon is also home to the Cannibal. It is one of the most thrilling rollercoasters in the US on some lists. Thats a big deal for tiny town Utah. This ride will take you 208 feet in the air inside a dark tower. When you finally see the light of day you immediately plunge into a beyond vertical 116 degree free fall into a tunnel. It also has a 140 foot tall inverted loop, but what is that compared to this drop. You will go 70 miles per hour for 2,735 feet and three inversions but we didn't. We chose to take the freeway home because the lines were getting long and we can come back when ever we want since we have the magic annual passes.
We are definitely coming back to ride the Cannibal and while we are there we will see Frightmares. Lagoon adds haunted houses to its already awesome lineup and thrills you all in the spirit of Halloween. We tried this when the kiddos were little. It wasn't going to happen then but this time we will scare them like all teens should be scared! We are so looking forward to fall.
If you don't have teens you want to scare but littles instead then you can check out their kid land. Cute rides everywhere built more for your little adventurers.
I have great memories of riding Puff the Magic Dragon over and over again. Sorry Mom and Dad. I didn't know it wasn't as amazing for you too.
Jeremy loved the toilet pedestal. If you need to go to the bathroom look for this little beauty. It is the sign leading you to the restrooms. Sometimes its the little things that bring you joy people. Lagoon also has a water park in the center to get you through those hot summer days, but I think we are past that point of the year now. Bring on apple cider, haunted houses and pumpkin everything.
Lagoon is not the huge corporation that Disney is. Lagoon is not filled with characters walking the streets. Lagoon is not on the worlds map of places that everyone needs to see. That is all part of its magic. Its peaceful little Utah. Can I tell you how much I loved all the teen employees taking the time to say hello and how are you every time we made eye contact? I really missed that when we did the Cali adventure. You can't quite put it in words but you can feel it in the air. When you are at Lagoon you are part of a family. Maybe not crazy Aunt Jojo type family, but you are part of something. Utah is a special place where you can talk to strangers like you have known them your whole life and its not a weird or creepy thing. Keep that up Utah! I love that about you! If you want to see what I mean, travel down to Farmington Utah where you can visit Lagoon. Let us know when you are going. We will meet you there and buy you a Swig.