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Previously known as Lake Park (1886-1906)[1]

Turn of the Century - Lagoon.jpg
LocationFarmington, Utah, United States
Coordinates40°59′08″N 111°53′41″W / 40.98556°N 111.89472°W / 40.98556; -111.89472Coordinates: 40°59′08″N 111°53′41″W / 40.98556°N 111.89472°W / 40.98556; -111.89472
OwnerThe Freed Family
SloganIt's what FUN is!
Operating seasonLate March – Last Sunday in October
Area95 acres (38 ha)
Roller coasters10

Lagoon is a privately owned amusement park in Farmington, Utah, United States, located about 18 miles north of Salt Lake City. It has ten roller coasters, five of which are unique; Colossus the Fire Dragon, the last Schwarzkopf Double Looping coaster still in operation in the United States (Laser at Dorney Park closed at the end of the 2008 season and was moved to Germany to become the Teststrecke traveling roller coaster in 2009); Roller Coaster, one of the oldest coasters in the world operating since 1921; Wicked, designed by Lagoon's engineering department and Werner Stengel in cooperation with ride manufacturer Zierer; BomBora, a family coaster designed in-house; and Cannibal, built in-house with one of the world's steepest drops.

Lagoon is divided into five main areas: The Midway, containing the majority of the rides and an assortment of carnival type games and food outlets; Pioneer Village which has several exhibits displaying pioneer buildings and artifacts; Lagoon-A-Beach, a water park which is included in the regular admission price; Kiddie Land with several rides for small children, and the X-Venture Zone featuring more extreme rides that cost extra. Lagoon also offers a full-service RV park, a campground, and a shaded walking trail outside the park that stays open all year.



In 1886, the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad built a resort called Lake Park on the shores of the Great Salt Lake. It was one of several resorts built along the lake throughout the late 1800s. In the following years, however, the lake level receded drastically until Lake Park was far from the lake, and the park closed by the end of the 1895 season.

Sanborn Map of Lagoon (1911)
Sanborn Map of Lagoon (1911)

Simon Bamberger, who was building his Salt Lake & Ogden Railroad line from Salt Lake City to Ogden, Utah, was vice president of Lake Park and a 25% owner. To increase passenger traffic on his line, he bought most of the original Lake Park buildings from the D&RGW and moved them about 3 miles (5 km) east near Farmington, Utah. This gave the residents of Salt Lake City (and later, Ogden) a reason to travel over the "Bamberger". The resort was named Lagoon for the small body of water located on the original forty acres (162,000 m2). The original lagoon was used to harvest ice in winter; Bamberger had it enlarged to 9 acres (36,000 m2) by clearing some swampland.

Lagoon opened in Farmington, Utah, on July 12, 1896, and included "Bowling, Elegant Dancing Pavilion, Fine Music, A Shady Bowery and Good Restaurants." In 1900, guests began swimming and rowing boats in Lagoon Lake. Over time more rides were added, such as the authentic Herschell-Spillman Carousel and Cagney 12 in (305 mm) miniature-gauge Miniature Railroad. In 1901, the park hosted a minor league baseball team in the Inter-Mountain League and in 1902, a team in the Utah State League.[2]

One of the most popular rides today is Lagoon's famous wooden roller coaster. Designed by John Miller of Coney Island fame, it was constructed in 1921. Miller gave Lagoon's coaster plenty of dips and turns. Its highest height is fifty-seven feet, and the length of track is 2,500 feet (760 m). The ride lasts just under two minutes and the coaster train reaches speeds up to 45 mph (72 km/h). It is locally known as the "White Roller Coaster" due to its white wash paint. As of 2022, however, none of the Roller Coaster is still white, since the wooden supports are regularly replaced and the new supports are left unpainted.

Swimmers on 1940s postcard
Swimmers on 1940s postcard

In 1927, a 1.5×10^6 US gal (5.7×10^6 L) swimming pool with "water fit to drink" was built north of Lagoon Lake. It was one of the first filtered swimming pools in western North America, and was a cleaner alternative than swimming in the briny Great Salt Lake.

Lagoon's popularity grew during the 1920s and 1930s. There was betting and horse racing there in the 1920s, but the Utah State Legislature put a stop to that only a few years after it began. The first Fun House was built in 1929, along with many other midway shows, rides, and games. During the "Big Band" era, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Glenn Miller played Lagoon's stage.


Lagoon's Carousel
Lagoon's Carousel

The park was closed for three seasons during World War II. By 1946, the park was in bad condition and on the brink of permanent closure. The Bamberger family considered razing it. However, Ranch S. Kimball and Robert E. Freed, seeing an excellent opportunity, convinced the Bamberger family to lease the park to their newly formed Utah Amusement Corporation. Kimball served as president while Freed served as Secretary and Assistant Manager. The Freed family's Lagoon Corporation later bought the resort outright from the Bamberger family in 1983.

When the Utah Amusement Corporation took over the lease of Lagoon, a Farmington town ordinance prohibited African-Americans from using the swimming pool and the ballroom. By the end of the 1940s, Robert Freed had fully opened Lagoon to the black community, and further extended this policy to the Terrace Ballroom (formerly the Rainbow Gardens) in Salt Lake City.[3]

Redrawn Sanborn map of Lagoon in 1949
Redrawn Sanborn map of Lagoon in 1949

The Freed family made several improvements, including the installation of new dressing rooms and a general overhaul of the swimming pool in 1949, a rebuilt fun house and the introduction of the "Dodgem Cars" and the "Lakeshore Express" miniature diesel train in 1951, and a new Ferris wheel in 1953.

In November 1953, a fire damaged much of the park, including the fun house, dance pavilion, and the front portion of the roller coaster. It was quickly rebuilt to open for the next season and began to surpass the popularity of its main rival, Saltair. Many rides were restored, rebuilt, or replaced, and a few new rides were added. In 1956, Mother Gooseland, Lagoon's first themed area, was opened between the Midway and the swimming pool. It featured rides only for children.

Gardens of Lagoon's Midway
Gardens of Lagoon's Midway

From the mid-1950s into the 1960s Lagoon made many improvements. A showboat was added to the lake, and a new fun house was built, which featured such attractions as a multi-lane giant slide; mazes, mirrors, obstacle courses, and mystery rooms; a large turntable which flung its riders off at great velocity; revolving barrels; and the ubiquitous jets of air – activated by a human operator – which startled those who were unfortunate enough to stand over them. There was also a mini-car ride added in 1960, followed by the "Space Scrambler", spook house, I.Q. Zoo, and shooting gallery in 1961. The first Wild Mouse ride came in 1965.

On the Midway, musical groups including the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, the Kingston Trio, and Johnny Cash drew the crowds to the bandstand. The Beach Boys made mention of the park in the song "Salt Lake City" on their 1965 album Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!). The Rolling Stones concert at Lagoon was in July 1966.

The 2 ft (610 mm) narrow-gauge Animaland Train began circling Lagoon Lake in 1967. In 1975, authentic Crown Metal Products-built 4-4-0 steam locomotives were put into operation around the lake and the name was changed to the Wild Kingdom Train.


The turn-of-the-century-style Opera House Square opened in 1968 and showcased melodramas, musicals, and silent movies. In 1976, Lagoon expanded east by purchasing Pioneer Village, an old west town complete with several historic structures that had been collected and exhibited in Salt Lake City's Sugar House area since 1953. The buildings were moved to Lagoon and the 2 ft (610 mm) narrow-gauge "Pioneer Village Railroad" (featuring "Old Ironsides," a Crown Metal Products 4-4-0 locomotive) circled the town. There was also the "Lagoon Miniature Railroad," which looped around the residential area of Pioneer Village using the original miniature 12 in (305 mm)-gauge steam locomotive acquired in the early 1900s. A log flume ride was brought in from the defunct Pixieland Park in Oregon.[4]

One of today's most popular rides was added in 1976, the Jet Star 2. Before Lagoon purchased the Jet Star 2, it was one of the attractions at Spokane, Washington's Expo '74.[5]

Peacock in front of Town Hall at Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington, Utah,  protecting its territory (the town hall)
Peacock in front of Town Hall at Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington, Utah, protecting its territory (the town hall)

Colossus the Fire Dragon came to Lagoon in 1983, to huge crowds and great reviews as it was selected by People magazine in 1984 as one of the top 10 coaster rides in the country. Fire Dragon was Lagoon's first coaster to feature inversions, with a top speed of 55 mph (89 km/h). With its double inverted loops, Colossus had the most inversions of any coaster at Lagoon for 32 years. Cannibal, built in 2015, currently has four inversions, the most for a roller coaster at Lagoon.[6]

In the late 1980s, both the famous old fun house and the "Haunted Shack", a walk-through freaky fright attraction, were closed, victims of escalating maintenance costs, safety concerns, and increased risk of litigation. The famous swimming pool closed after its fifth decade in 1987. This made way for the $5.5 million Lagoon-A-Beach water park, which was completed in 1989. Its construction spelled the end of the small-scale railroad operations in Pioneer Village, as some of the supports stood in the way of the track.




Thrill level (out of 5)[12]
  1 (Children's ride)   2 (mild)   3 (moderate)   4 (high)   5 (aggressive)   6 (extreme)

Roller coasters

Lagoon features ten different roller coasters. The oldest, Roller Coaster (often called White Roller Coaster by locals), was built in 1921 and is an American Coaster Enthusiasts Roller Coaster Landmark.[13]

Name Manufacturer Type Design Year Opened Description Location Thrill Rating Status
Roller Coaster Miller & Baker; Trains by Great Coasters International Wooden Sitdown 1921 One of the oldest roller coasters in the country. Features initial lift-hill and then numerous hills. Partially damaged by fire in 1953, and then reconstructed. South Midway 5 Operating
Jet Star 2 Schwarzkopf Steel Sitdown 1974 Spiral lift-hill followed by very intense turns. Maximum elevation is 45 feet. North Midway 5 Operating
Colossus the Fire Dragon Schwarzkopf Steel Sitdown 1983 87-foot lift hill with back-to-back double loop and two large helices. South Midway 6 Operating
Puff the Little Fire Dragon Zierer Steel Sitdown 1985 A mild coaster meant for small children with only a small drop and hill. Kiddie Land 2 Operating
Wild Mouse Maurer Söhne Steel Sitdown 1998 The original version of the ride was built in the 1970s. The ride was remodeled into its current state in 1998. Extremely tight turns and sharp stops. South Midway 5 Operating
Spider Maurer Söhne Steel Sitdown 2003 Originally called “The Spider and the Fly” , the ride includes a large drop and tight turns. The cart constantly spins while traveling on the track, making it unlike any other ride at Lagoon. South Midway 5 Operating
The Bat Vekoma Steel Inverted 2005 A mild coaster meant for families, it is the only inverted coaster at Lagoon. Kiddie Land 3 Operating
Wicked Zierer Steel Sitdown 2007 LSM-launched coaster with a vertical drop and a Zero-G barrel roll. South Midway 6 Operating
BomBora Lagoon Steel Sitdown 2011 A short, family coaster with smooth turns and small drops. Kiddie Land 3 Operating
Cannibal Lagoon Steel Sitdown 2015 The second steepest roller coaster in the U.S. at 116 degrees with a 208 foot tall tower. The tower doubles up as an elevator that takes carts to the beginning of the track. In construction for 4 years. Also features a roll where the trains go through a corkscrew barrel roll one way then immediately into one going the other way. Often nicknamed the "Lagoon Roll". It is right after the train passes through a set of brakes making it only pass through slowly, allowing more hangtime for riders. Also featuring an Immelman-like loop immediately following the first descent and a dive loop immediately following the Immelman loop North Midway 9 Operating
Primordial Lagoon Steel Sitdown 2023? This roller coaster will be Lagoon's newest roller coaster. Construction began in 2018 but was temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Construction resumed in early 2021. It is currently set to open during the 2023 season but may be delayed to a later date. The ride will have trains similar to those of the Spider only they will not freely spin. The ride will have both indoor and outdoor sections and some indoor sections will contain show scenes where the trains will rotate so all riders can view them. It will also include a drop tower. Located northeast of the Rocket. North Midway ? Under Construction

Thrill rides

Name Manufacturer Year Opened Model Description Location Thrill Rating
Air Race Zamperla 2012 Air Race An airplane ride with vehicles looping sideways while circling a central hub. North Midway 4
Cliffhanger Mondial 2001 Top Spin A spinning water ride that goes up in a circle and spins down several times through geyser-like water fountains. South Midway 5
Centennial Screamer HUSS 1987 Enterprise Consists of 20 cars around a disc. As the ride begins to spin, the disc stays in a horizontal position. When speed and centrifugal forces increase, the ride is lifted to a near-vertical position as the disc continues to spin. Moved to North Midway in 2015.[14] South Midway 5
Rock-O-Plane Eyerly Aircraft Company 1954 Rock-O-Plane Similar to a Ferris Wheel, but with spinning cars South Midway 4
Rocket S&S Worldwide 1999 Combo Tower A drop tower with two different ride types: "Blast Off," a rapid vertical ascent, and "Re-Entry," a slow ascent followed by a powered drop. North Midway 6
Samurai Mondial 2000 Top Scan Six radial arms that spin as the entire ride rotates through an oval arc in either direction.[15] North Midway 6

Dark rides

Name Manufacturer Year Opened Model Description Location Thrill Rating
Dracula's Castle 1974 Dark ride Central Midway 3
Terroride 1967 Dark ride Central Midway 3

Water rides

Name Manufacturer Year Opened Model Description Location Thrill Rating
Log Flume Arrow Dynamics 1975 Log Flume A log flume ride Pioneer Village 4
Rattlesnake Rapids Intamin 1997 River Rapids A river rapids ride. Features a tunnel and waterfalls that the rafts pass under. Pioneer Village 4

Family rides

Name Manufacturer/Designer Year Opened Model Description Location Thrill Rating
Boomerang Ihle 1977 Bumper Cars A bumper car ride North Midway 2
Flying Aces Bisch-Rocco 1941 Flying Scooters An airplane-type ride. Riders can move the front sail. North Midway 2
Paratrooper Hrubetz 1966 Paratrooper Similar to a Ferris wheel, tilted on its side slightly. North Midway 3
Merry-Go-Round Herschell-Spillman 1906 Carousel An 1893 Armitage Herschell Company carousel; one of the oldest in the world.[16] South Midway 1
Sky Ride Hopkins 1974 Chairlift A chairlift ride that goes across the park and has 2 stations North and South Midway 1
Space Scrambler Eli Bridge Company 1961 Scrambler Similar to Dragonfly, but more intense and with sit-down vehicles North Midway 3
Musik Express Mack Rides 1982 Music Express Similar to Jumping Dragon, but with bench seats and a slightly taller hill South Midway 3
Tidal Wave HUSS 1980 Swinging Ship A swinging pirate ship South Midway 3
Sky Scraper Bussink 1991 Ferris Wheel A 150-foot Nauta-Bussink R50 wheel with spinning gondolas North Midway 2
Tilt-A-Whirl Sellner Manufacturing 1954 Tilt-A-Whirl The ride that spins with changing height with vehicles that spin North Midway 3
Turn of the Century Zierer 1987 Wave Swinger A rotating swing ride South Midway 3
Wild Kingdom Train unknown 1975 Train A train ride that goes through a tunnel, then circles Lagoon's lake, passing by many animals. South Midway 1

Children rides

Name Manufacturer Year Opened Model Description Location Thrill Rating
Baby Boats Allan Herschell Boat ride Small boats travel in an oval formation while surfaced on water. A ride meant for small children, it had a 46" inch maximum height Kiddie Land 1
Bulgy Eyerly Aircraft 1956 Bulgy the Whale Meant for small children, passengers sit in small whale carts as the carts jump up and down. With the introduction of The Dragonfly and Kontiki In 2004, Bulgy was moved. Bulgy made another move in 2006 with the introduction of Dinosaur Drop and Ladybug Bop. It moved again in 2013 with the introduction of Tipsey Tea Cups to where it is now. Each time Bulgy moved, Bulgy was remodeled. It was heavily damaged in the windstorm of September 8, 2020, and was not repaired by season's end. It reopened for the start of the 2021 season. Kiddie Land 1
Dinosaur Drop Zierer 2006 Jumpin' Star A family ride much like The Rocket, only smaller. It is 40 feet tall Kiddie Land 3
The Dragonfly Eli Bridge Company 2004 Dragonfly A family ride much like Space Scrambler but toned down and with swings Kiddie Land 1
Engine 86 Sartori 2020 Carousel Engine 86 is the newest ride of 2020. Kiddie Land 2
Flying Tigers Zamperla 2017 Flying Tigers A family airplane ride on an oval track with tight turns. The airplanes slightly tilt on the turns. Kiddie Land 2
Helicopters Allan Herschell 1963 Helicopters A ride meant for small children with helicopter carts that can go up and down using a joystick you control. Kiddie Land 2
Jumping Dragon Zierer 2009 Mountain and valley railway A family spinning ride with a Chinese dragon theme; rotates clockwise, then reverses direction. Kiddie Land 2
Kontiki Zierer 2004 Kontiki A family ride with a single big cart much like that of Tidal Wave, but smaller. The ride begins with the cart acting much like the cart in Tidal Wave. Later into the ride, the cart starts spinning Kiddie Land 2
Ladybug Bop Zamperla 2006 Jumpin' Star A family ride exactly the same as Dinosaur Drop, just with a different theme. It is 40 feet tall Kiddie Land 2
Moonraker Zamperla 1983 Space Age A ride for small children that is space-themed. The carts are spaceships that move in a circular formation. Much like Turn Of The Century, the top part of the ride lifts the path of the spaceships. Kiddie Land 2
OdySea Zierer 2008 Flying Gondolas A family ride with robotic sea creatures as carts that travel in a circular formation. Sea creatures squirt water at passengers while passengers use the joystick controls to avoid or get hit by the water. Kiddie Land 3
Red Baron Bradley & Kaye 1984 Red Baron A kiddie ride much like that of Helicopters but with planes and water at the bottom Kiddie Land 1
Red Rock Rally Zamperla 2013 Speedway A kiddie ride with Jeep-like carts, an oval track, and sharp turns Kiddie Land 1
Ruka Safari Zamperla 2017 Speedway A family ride with safari jeeps that bounce while rotating in a small circle. Kiddie Land 2
Scalawags Mulligan 1986 A small airplane type ride with preschool animals as vehicles Kiddie Land 2
Scamper Gebrüder Ihle 1977 Miniature Bumper Cars A miniature bumper car ride. Currently broken due to a fire. Kiddie Land 1
Sky Fighter Allan Herschell 1954 Airplane A small airplane type ride with 2 person vehicles Kiddie Land 2
Speedway Jr. Mulligan 1978 Miniature cars going around a track Kiddie Land 1
Tipsy Tea Cups Zamperla 2013 Tea Cups A teacup spinning ride Kiddie Land 3

X-Venture Zone

In 1995, the Skycoaster towers were set up on the North Midway and marked the beginning of what would become the X-Venture Zone. (The sky coaster was previously owned by Midway West and traveled in carnivals.) Later the Top Eliminator, Double Thunder Raceway, and The Catapult would all become part of the X-Venture Zone. These rides are not included in Lagoon's all-day Passport and require an extra fee to ride.

Double Thunder's Control Tower.
Double Thunder's Control Tower.
Lagoon's Catapult capsule.
Lagoon's Catapult capsule.



Lagoon has offered varied entertainments to park visitors over the years, from live bands to musicals, and Wild West shows to Pop shows.

2017 - 2 shows

2016 - 2 shows

2015 - 3 shows

2014 - 3 shows

2013 - 2 shows

2012 - 2 shows

2011 - 3 shows

2010 - 4 shows

2009 - 3 shows

2008 - 3 shows

2007 - 3 shows

2006 - 3 shows

1990 Regular Season "A Salute to Broadway" at the "Music USA Theater". Songs performed included "A Pretty Girl" from "The Ziegfeld Follies"; "They Call the Wind Mariah" from "Paint Your Wagon"; "Let Me Entertain You," from "Gypsy"; "Tonight" from "West Side Story" and "I Cain't Say No" from "Oklahoma". Performers: Collette Schlappi, Angi Cannon, Camille Bailey, LauraLyn Oldham, Angela Burnett, Bret Wheadon, Jeff Whiting, Tim Shoemaker, Roger Stephenson, Brett Bradford.[26]


Every autumn the park offers Halloween-themed shows and attractions from mid-September to the end of October, collectively known as Frightmares.

List of current attractions

The 2006 Frightmares season featured The Hackenslash Chainsaw Demonstration Team, Wailin' Witches, Zombie Mambo, and The "Hypnotysm".

Also in 2006 and 2007 Lagoon hosted the following walk-thru attractions: Haunted Hollywood, Fun House of Fear, Hal O. Ween High, Spook-A-Boo Walk-Thru, and Psycho Dave's Salvage Yard.

The 2007 Frightmares Season featured The Hackenslash Chainsaw Demonstration Team, Vampire Awakening, Monster Classics, and The Master Hypnotist.

The 2008 season lagoon removed the Haunted Hollywood attraction, but Deception was added in the 2009 season in its place.

The 2010 season featured new haunted house, Lockdown. Also went to Knowlton Elementary School to sign autographs.

The 2011 season featured Nightwalk.

The 2012 season Lagoon removed Psycho Dave's Salvage Yard and Deception, replacing them with Backlot, and a children's walk-through named Scary & Crow's Super Fun Straw Maze! Scary & Crow's is located in the main street of Pioneer Village.

The 2013 season only featured a re-branding of a haunt. Lockdown themed to a prison where prisoners are escaping the previous years, Lagoon decided to rename the haunt to Zombie's Lockdown, and gave it a theme of the government trying to control the zombie population, but the zombies want out.


Lagoon has 26 Currently operating carnival games in which prizes ranging in size from small to giant can be won.

Name Description Location Year Opened Year Closed
Wac-A-Mole Two to six players whack the moles as they pop up. The first player to whack 10 moles wins (Bob's Space Racers) Central Midway SW of the Fountain 1981 Open
Wacky Wire Thread a ring along a rotating wire without touching the sides Central Midway NW of the Fountain 1991 Closed 2012
Up, Up and Away Three to twelve players compete in this water gun game. (Bobs Space Racers) Central Midway NW of the Fountain ? Open
Pop It Throw bean bags at balloons to win prizes Central Midway NW of the Fountain 2013 Open
Pop It II Pop balloons by throwing bean bags to win prizes Central Midway South of the Fountain 2013 Open
Darts Throw darts at balloons to win prizes Central Midway NW of the Fountain 1954 Closed 2012
Darts II Pop balloons by throwing darts to win prizes Central Midway South of Scamper 1981 Closed 2012
Top Gun Shooting game Central Midway NE of the Fountain ? Closed 2012
Shoot For The Stars Throw darts at posters to Win them East of the Fountain 2013 Closed 2015?
Tip Em' Over Throwing game, knock over all three bottles to win a prize Central Midway NE of the Fountain ? Open
Tic Tac Toe Just throw 3 balls into the 3 x 3 square boxes and get three in a row to win a prize Central Midway NE of the Fountain 2003 Open
Lucky Duck Choose one of the ducks floating in the stream of water. Every player is a winner Central Midway SE of the Fountain 2003 Closed 2018
Gone Fishin Replaced Lucky Duck North of carousel plaza 2018 Open
Bowler Roller Roll the bowling ball over the hill and into the valley to win a prize Central Midway SE of the Fountain ? Closed 2018
Kat Attack Throwing game. Knock down two Kats to win. Central Midway SE of the Fountain ? Closed 2018
Touchdown Throw a football through a tyre hoop to win. Central midway, north of south entrance of skyride ? Open Sometimes 2019
Break A Plate Break the plastic plates with a baseball to win. Break 2 out of 3 for a small prize, or 3 out of 3 for a large prize. Central Midway South of Terroride 2002 Open
Spill the Milk Throwing game. Knock down the milk bottles and win. Central Midway South of Central Park 1954 Open
Can It Throw a ball into a milk can to win a giant prize Central Midway NE of the Fountain ? Open
Hot Shot Race Game Central Midway South of Scamper (Bob's Space Racers) 1981 Closed ?
Drown The Clown A squirting water race game between 3 and 20 people. Pop the balloon first to win a prize. Central Midway North of Coca-Cola Corner ? Closed 2018
Hi-Roller A Skee Ball game in which rolling high scores wins prizes Moved To Half Original location spot---Central Midway SE of the Fountain (Bobs Space Racers) ? Closed?
Fish R Jumpin' Catch a fish when it jumps to win a prize Moved To half of Hi Rollers old Spot ------ ? Closed 2012
Goblet Toss One Throw the balls into the colored cops to win small, medium or large prize east of colossus ? Open
Goblet Toss Too Throw the balls into the coloured cups to win a small, medium or large prize East of Game Time 1992? Open
Plop Plop Throw ping pong balls into different coloured cups, the cups are floating and moving. East of Game Time 1992? Open
Bottle Up Throw a ring onto a Coca-Cola bottle to win a large prize South of the Game Time entrance 1998?/1999? Closed 2012
Penalty Shot Kick A Soccer Ball Past Automated Goalie For Prize South of the Game Time entrance 2013 Closed 2019
Slap Shot Replaced Penalty Shot South of the Game Time entrance 2020 Open
Milk Cans Throw a ball into a milk can to win a giant prize Game Time plaza on the north end ? Closed 2011
Rebound Throw the ball into a container by bouncing it off an angled board. Game Time plaza on the north end 2006 Closed 2011
Hi-Striker Swing the giant mallet onto the striker, the harder it is struck the more points are achieved. Game Time plaza on the north end 1995 Open
Slam Dunk Make a basket with a basketball to win. Most northern game in the park located between the Rocket and Samurai *Now operates as Shoot Till You Win* 2000s Open
Shoot Till You Win Basketball game. Shoot until you make a basket. Uses lower baskets with mini basketballs. Price based on size of prize. Most northern game in the park located between the Rocket and Samurai 2009 Open
Rising Waters Shoot water into the target and watch your water rise. The first person to raise his water level to the line wins (Bob's Space Racers) Pioneer Village next to Rattle Snake Rapids 1997 Closed ?
Bonanza Originally a Rifle Shooting Gallery but was converted by Lagoon into its current format in 2004. Shoot three balls per game, tipping over all 3 cans. Knock over 3 cans with 3 shots to get a small prize; knock over 3 cans with 2 shots to win a large. Pioneer Village west of the Log fume 1975–2004 Closed 2013
Speedball Throw the baseball and see how fast you can throw; 25-69MPH gets a small prize, 70 mph (110 km/h) gets a large. South Midway next to Wild Mouse 1982/1998/2001–2019 Open
Basketball Make one shot (out of one) into the basket to win. Prices based on prize size. South Midway next to Teriyaki Stix 1964/1998–2001 Closed
Guess It Game operator will attempt to guess your age, birth month, or weight. South Midway just south of the Wild Kingdom Train Station ? Open
Hole In One Knock the golf ball into one of the many holes and win a prize South Midway just north of Rock-O-Plane ? Open
Easy Does It Roll the bowling ball over the hill and into the valley to win a prize South Midway just south of Rock-O-Plane ? Closed
Center Ring Throw a ring onto a Coca-Cola bottle to win a large prize South Midway just north of South Restrooms 1992? Open
Goblet Toss Throw the balls into the coloured cups to win a small, medium or large prize Re-Located to Goblet Toss II 1992–2012 Open
Glass Pitch Toss a quarter onto the plate to win a prize. South Midway just east of Fire Dragon 2001?/2002? Closed 2012
Plinko Drop Chips down pegged board into slots with different points to win a prize North Midway, North of Coke Plaza 2013 Open
Day at the Races Race game where you compete against other players by throwing a ball into holes that moves your horse at different speeds (Bob's Space Racers) South Midway East of Fire Dragon ? Closed 2018
Jacob's Ladder Climb a rope ladder without falling off and win a giant prize South Midway just east of Fire Dragon ? Closed 2009
Rocket Launch Hit mallet on a striker, guaranteed win/prize based on what you paid for South of Burger Express ? Open
Shooting Waters Shoot water into the target and watch your water rise. The first person to raise his water to the line wins. (Bob's Space Racers) South Midway just south of Wild Mouse 1990s?/1998 Open
Three Point


Shoot Four different balls from three different stations around a three-point ring at a basketball hoop. South Midway just east of Fire Dragon 2010 Open
Hang Time 1-2 players hang onto a bar without letting go and win a prize. South Midway just between Teriyaki Stix and Biergarten restaurants 2020 Open

Lagoon's past games include a Fascination Parlor, Skee Ball, Dime Toss, and Skatterball/Monkey Ball. "Putter Around The Park," an 18-hole miniature golf course, with obstacles based on rides and attractions in the park, was removed to make way for Jumping Dragon in 2009.


In 2012, Lagoon became the focus of animal welfare groups' protests which called for a boycott of the park, citing USDA inspection reports that suggested poor care of animals in the Wild Kingdom.[27] The Utah Animal Rights Coalition and PETA pointed to a range of USDA citations over a 15-year span that included insufficient living space for and unexplained deaths of animals.[28] While admitting to some problems, a Lagoon spokesman denied any abuse taking place and said veterinarians and staff regularly monitored the animals.[29]

Movies and TV shows filmed at Lagoon

Notable incidents

In 1989, six year old Ryan Beckstead was struck and killed on "Puff The Little Fire Dragon" after he fell off the ride and stood up in between the track. He had believed the ride was over after he fell, and proceeded to try to find his parents before getting hit on the head by the oncoming train. [36]

On August 14, 2021, a 32-year-old man fell 50 feet after dangling from the park's Sky Ride, a chairlift-like ride which transports people from one end of the amusement park to the other. The man succumbed to his injuries in the hospital the next day.[37]

Notable people who worked at Lagoon


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