Guests scream with excitement as they ride the Cannibal ride at Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington on June 15, 2020. Lagoon announced Wednesday that a new interactive roller coaster named Primordial is slated to open in 2023. (Steve Griffin, Deseret News)
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FARMINGTON — Lagoon Amusement Park announced Wednesday that its new interactive roller coaster will open in the spring.
Primordial is a “one-of-a-kind interactive coaster” that offers a “ride experience like you’ve never seen before,” Lagoon said on social media.
While all roller coasters have some common parts, Lagoon spokesman Adam Leishman said the Primordial roller coaster is “unlike any other on Earth.”
“It’s going to be cool. I know all about it and it’s going to be pretty wild,” Leishman said.
The amusement park posted a teaser for the ride and also announced a Black Friday season passport sale that ends on November 30.
Primordial’s trailer and logo hint that dragons, owls and flames are in for the ride. Primordial Colossus: The Fire Dragon and Puff the Little Fire Dragon will be joined by another dragon-themed roller coaster at the lagoon.
The new Primordial has been more than seven years in the making and is located at the north end of the park. Many Lagoon patrons have seen and watched the sometimes slow progress on the man-made ridge where the coaster is placed.
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There’s been a lot of buzz and talk about the ride — it’s hard to keep an entire mountain a secret — but Leishman said Lagoon hopes to keep more details about the ride a surprise. They are excited for guests to experience this unique attraction and be amazed as they ride it.
Lagoon officials said the park worked with an international team of designers and manufacturers as well as local companies and vendors to produce “this amazing state-of-the-art attraction.”
Lagoon has an on-site engineering team that collaborates with European designers to create unique rides. According to Leishman, designers and manufacturers from Spain, Germany and Canada worked with the Lagoon engineering team for years to create the Primordial.
Making the ride itself gave Lagoon a few advantages: they were able to make longer tracks because they didn’t have to ship them from elsewhere, and because almost all the pieces were made in Utah, repairs were easier.
Lagoon has partnered with several local companies such as Intermountain Lift, St. George Steel, Big-D Construction, Wadsworth Construction, K&L Acoustic & Drywall and more.
Primordial has a 36-inch height requirement to ride solo, while riders taller than 48 inches must be accompanied by a supervising companion.
The ride is slated to open in 2023, but an official opening date for Primordial has not been announced.
Lagoon ticket prices are increasing for the upcoming 2023 season, typically from May to October. Single-day tickets will be $97.95 before tax, compared to the 2022 price of $84.95.
As part of the Black Friday sale, season passports cost $160.95 before tax and $207.95 normally. A 2022 regular season passport was $180.95 before tax.
People have reacted positively to the new ride on Instagram and Facebook, but many are commenting with surprise and frustration at the price hike.
Leishman said the increase in prices is due to rising costs of transportation, materials, food and operating costs. “Everything is more expensive and, unfortunately, that reflects the trend we’re seeing across the board,” he said.
The price of season passports is tiered, he said, because it will slowly increase over the next few months until the park opens. But Leishman said now is a good time to get season tickets because it’s the lowest price.
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