Photo TR: Lagoon & Celebration Centre (w/ SONIC BOOM)

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Photo TR: Lagoon & Celebration Centre (w/ SONIC BOOM)

Postby dj snow » Thu Jul 19, 2007 11:53 am

A couple weeks ago, I took a day trip up to the Salt Lake City area. The plan involved taking an early flight from Phoenix up to Salt Lake City, renting a car, and driving up to Lagoon to make it in time for opening.

Then, if time allowed, I would make my way up to Logan to pay Celebration Centre a visit. Celebration Centre, if you didn't know, is S&S Worldwide's family entertainment center. Here you can find several of their inventions, including the one-of-a-kind Sonic Boom.

Anyway, after driving back down from Logan, I would take an evening flight from Salt Lake City back home to Phoenix.

I'm happy to report that everything went according to plan. In fact, I was even able to get Southwest to put me on an earlier flight home!

Now on to the pictures.
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My day began with a 7:05 a.m. departure from Phoenix in the comfort of an exit-row window seat.
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We flew over the Grand Canyon! (That's it down yonder.)
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I made it to Lagoon by 10:15 a.m. With the park opening at 11, my timing was impeccable.
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They were just testing the wooden coaster when I got there.
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Once inside the park, it was time to wait at the ropes.

I found the park to remind me somewhat of Worlds of Fun in that there are "islands" of very shady trees.
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Once the ropes dropped, the stampede headed to Wicked!

But, ha-ha, it's closed. I moved on.
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Colossus was a near-duplicate of Dorney Park's Laser. It seemed to run a bit more smoothly and quietly. It also has three trains (but was running one at the time, which was fine).
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Dramatic queue flyby!
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Next, it was time for the Spider, a spinning mouse ride. I was impressed with the details, like this big spitting spider statue, that Lagoon put into its newer rides.
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The queue itself had nice touches too, like this castle-like structure and spider-web lamps.
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I was disappointed, however, that guests were not allowed to sit on this very inviting fence.
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Nevertheless, Spider was an enjoyable ride.
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I really wanted to ride CliffHanger, but sadly never got around to it. It's one of two Mondial rides in this park.
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This primary-color-barrel theming can mean only one thing!
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That's right, Wicked is now open!
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The restraints were mechanically interesting and worked well.
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Overall I thought Wicked, especially the first half, was very good. The top hat may be the best one out there--a nice pop and float all the way down. Hope to see more of these.
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I wanted to ride again, but sadly the length of the queue would not allow.

Speaking of queues, I should note that many of Lagoon's are not shaded. While the park boasts a lot of trees, waiting in line in the sun took its toll. On the day I visited, it was 103 degrees, so more shade would have been much appreciated.
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Onward to the wooden roller coaster.
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The station was nice and open. And I found the operators here to be quite efficient--generally each train was dispatched before the other one had returned, so there was no time wasted sitting on the brakes.
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The wooden coaster at Lagoon is a classic old ride, but it could use some TLC.
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No, I'm not gonna say it.
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Some shade at Lagoon! This nice area is in the heart of the park.
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Jet Star 2 is a nice-looking ride, though again there's no shade over its queue.
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The Bat (junior suspended) is another spot where you can find interesting theming touches.
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Such as this custom lamp...
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And these piles of guano!
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The Flying Aces were awesome. Very, very good stuff here. Overlooked but highly recommended.
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Samurai, the park's other Mondial ride, appears to be undergoing some major work. I love a good Top Scan, but it was not to be on this day.
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Off to visit the Pioneer Village section of the park now. It featured this church, so I took this lovely photo of it.
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It's also where you'll find Rattlesnake Rapids. Since it was 103 degrees, the line was approximately five miles in length. I did not ride, but it sure looks nice, right?
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Pioneer Village also features a number of displays. For instance, this meat shop. What could be inside?
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Oh! Why, it's meat! And also cheese.
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Stove and Hardware Museum! I wonder what's inside.
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Stoves!!
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This is the Circus Building. I don't know what this has to do with pioneer times, but we'll just forget about that for now.
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Inside is this detailed model of a circus.
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And also this creepy doll.
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Finally, I had to visit the Telephone Museum. Wanna guess what's inside?
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That's right--phones!! Yay!
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Finally, few people realize it, but the pioneers were responsible for Arby's. That's why they have this Arby's Museum in this section of the park.
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Making my way toward the park exit, I snapped this photo of their wave swinger. Gotta love the mountain backdrop at this park.
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Finally, one quick stop inside Game Time, the park's arcade.
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Game Time is where you will find Pixy Prize, of course.
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And inside Pixy Prize, you will find... these. It was at this point that I left the park.

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Postby dj snow » Thu Jul 19, 2007 12:10 pm

Continuing the saga...
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Now it was time to hit the road! Destination: Logan.
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Upon arrival at Celebration Centre, this is what you see.

The facility features miniature golf, go-karts, arcade, meeting space, and a few other notable things.
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For instance, this Skycoaster.
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And a Screamin' Swing.
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It also has one of these...
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With the old-style seats!
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The star attraction, however, is Sonic Boom.
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Yes, it's rusty. Yes, it looks homemade. Shut up, pay your $10 and ride it.
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The passenger capsule for Sonic Boom has two seats with simple lapbelts. You get in, buckle up, and put on hearing protection.
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Looking up from the passenger capsule.
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Finally, you're hoisted to the top of that tower. It's 367 feet tall--the world's tallest drop tower. There's a mannequin of Stan Checketts on top that you'll see if you think to look above you instead of down at the ground.

After about ten seconds, you drop, and drop, and drop some more, reaching a claimed 100 MPH top speed.

Once you enter that rusty tube, the floor of the capsule compresses the air inside, which is allowed to escape from holes in the side of the tube. It makes a tremendous sound (hence the hearing protection).

There's no magnetic or mechanical braking system at all--what slows you down safely is the limited rate at which air can escape from from the holes in that tube. Simple, effective and totally unique. Worth the drive.
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Mission accomplished, I made it back to the airport early enough to take an earlier flight home.

So, two parks visited and 1,200 miles traveled in one day. When's the next day trip? :)

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Postby haiderodes » Thu Jul 19, 2007 12:12 pm

Great report. Makes me really want to make the trek up to Lagoon. I have been debating driving up there, but I think flying into Salt Lake might work better.
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Postby Homer » Thu Jul 19, 2007 12:17 pm

That has to be the most in depth review I have seen of Lagoon, ever. Such an obscure park that looks very nice.

Sonic Boom still looks like a ride that would make me crap my pants and fear for my life though.

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Postby coastercrazed49 » Thu Jul 19, 2007 1:59 pm

Sonic Boom looks so unsafe, what ever I would still ride it, it looks insane. Wicked looks also looks pretty insane, almost looks like a Euro Fighter.

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Postby coasterdude5 » Thu Jul 19, 2007 3:50 pm

Lagoon looks cool, sorta like a parking lot park in places but in other places it looks really well-themed.

I'd pay $10 to ride Sonic Boom.
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Postby Paul_Hollibone » Thu Jul 19, 2007 3:51 pm

That sonic boom looks very interesting.

Not quite as tall as our Giant Drop here in Australia (393ft) but looks like a very interesting and different ride experience.

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Postby asr » Thu Jul 19, 2007 4:04 pm

Cool trip report. Celebration Center is a place I would like to visit, if only for Sonic Boom. I can't believe that the height restriction for Sonic Boom is only 46", and it's too bad that it such an impractical idea, so there will probably never be another one built.

Also, interestingly, your expierence at Lagoon seems to be the polar opposite of the last Lagoon TR that I saw here. Coincidentaly, I believe that the guy who wrote that Lagoon TR was also from Phoenix, Arizona.

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Postby buttonman700 » Thu Jul 19, 2007 4:24 pm

Holly *&^^!!!

No brakes!??!

Looks insane, insane I say. :|

We're going to Salt Lake on a road trip later this summer, might have to stop in for a look see.

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Postby CP_RULES » Thu Jul 19, 2007 4:37 pm

Great TR, you never really hear much about lagoon but it looks very good. Sonic Boom looks insane too, I'd ride it.
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