My parents were visiting Salt Lake City (why? I still have no idea) So I decided to take a little mini vacation and go up and see them. What's in Salt Lake City you ask? The Mormon Temple of course! Oh and there was a new coaster called Wicked but I will get into that later. Lagoon, a family fun theme park
This park surprised that crap out of me. I seriously had to buy new shorts after spending a day at Lagoon. This park reminded me a lot of Knott's Berry Farm back when it had Soap Box Derby Racers (before evil Cedar Fair destroyed the family feel!) It was an extremely hot day but I got everything done in the park in 2 hours. The crowd decided to show up at 12pm for some reason...I guess Mormons sleep in or something. Nice scenery, great rides, friendly staff, great park!
Anyway, no one reads this stuff but be sure to check out the video
*Note about the video*
It seems to be a bit choppy do to the quick editing and the converter I use so don't complain about it or Mormons won't let you in their Temple. (Oh wait, they don't let you in anyway!)
Onto the pictures
Enjoy the video
Seriously onto the pictures now
Let's start off with the wonderful weather Tucson is getting these days. It's called Monsoon season and it kicks @$$
Nothing like a lot of wind, a lot of rain, and a lot of bugs while driving what seems like forever
That's called a dust storm and it sucks for people with contacts (like me)
Hey look, Salt Lake City has nice weather
Mormons believe in McDonalds
Wait, I though Caffeine was bad but they still have Starbucks? Do they only serve De-Caf and if so that's a real winner
So Lagoon has it's own Frontage road that goes along the freeway for about 5 miles before you get to the park
I feel like Chevy Chase right now...is this place even open?
Oh my god, and that's at 10am!
Sporting my yellow hat from the Spain trip the first thing I see when I walk in is the Crazy Hat store! AWESOME!
Although I wouldn't trade any other hat for my yellow hat
First up, Jet Star 2. Why is it 2? Because you take a number 2 in your pants after riding this. Seriously, this ride was INSANE!
They make you shove 6 fat adults in this tiny car and the thing flys around the turns, and your balls crush from the person infront of you
It was definitely a pretty crazy ride!
Where do we go next Mr. Direction Guy?
The Bat, a kiddie suspended Vekooooma coaster
It's no "Bat Wing" or "The Goat"...just the Bat
People fly and bugs die
Spider. The best ride in the park in my opinion
We had 2 fat adults on one side and 2 tiny kids on the other. We spun like crazy and this thing was balls to walls fun and insane
Spin Spidy Spin!
Spider Pig Spider Pig, he does what ever a Spider Pig does!
Great ride even though I'm Terrorfied of spiders
Before the next coaster it was time to stop and smell the yellow flowers. Yellow Hat approved
Roller Coaster. Burnt down sometime in the 50's and then rebuilt and this thing was fun
It was a pretty smooth and fun Out and Back "white" coaster. Good pops of air in the back and even a somewhat trick-track section
Wow, they sure keep them running
Everyone looks so happy...wait! Those are the same people...WTF?
It's been awhile since a retarded yellow hat picture so here you go all you yellow hat club fans (and members)
They had an S&S Shot Tower but honestly, these things don't do it for me anymore. I still prefer Intamin drop towers or even jumping of my roof into my pool over S&S drop towers
I walked back into the picnic area of the park and wow...I'm hungry just looking at this picture
Arrow Log Flume. Hi Jahan, don't die on the Midwest trip you little hairy animal you
Are you a screamer? Well, if you must know...
Only bad thing about this park is that you have to walk 500 miles (start singing the song) to get to the rapids ride
Although it was pretty entertaining watching people get destroyed by the waterfall. HAHA SUCKERS!
Wunna know why this park is called Lagoon...here you go. Oh, and they Geese too
Colossus:The Fire Breathing Smoke Dragon that's on Crack! It's a Scharztmakonoffoppenheimer
Hi Joe! We need more cooking with Joe Photo TR's.
They had this big wheel in the front of the park and best thing about this ride.....wait for it....
You can spin the cars you sit in like a tea cup! No joke! Tea Cups on the Ferris Wheel!
Your typical Wild Mouse. Fun, tiny, rodent friendly, and rib crushing
It was themed to Sherlock Mouse or something...I just don't get Mormon sense of humor
Cliffhanger was bleh. Didn't spin AT ALL but you got soaked which was a good thing. I always love walking around the park soaked in bleach water, it's my fav
Tidal Wave which had a new paint job I think last year. Looked real nice over the "Lagoon"
Turn of the Century where there's a 50/50 chance you will live if the chain snaps. Fall onto concrete or fall into Lagoon...50/50
So it looks like the Lagoon Crew has caught up with the yellow hat retard and took him to jail
This is what Mormons do to people with yellow hats on in their theme park...LOCK EM UP!
Lagoon had an "Adventure Area" or something along those lines where there were all the upcharge attractions you can think of. No thanks...I like my $5 soda
All in all, Mormonland I mean Lagoon was a pretty sweet place. Staff was friendly except for the Emo kid that tried to take my camera away and play with it. Great little park and fun for the whole familia
Driving back into Salt Lake City we passed by the Temple. Here it is. Wow. It use to be the tallest building in Salt Lake until people started having kids
The parking structure was closed today. I freakin wonder why!
After a long, hat, fun day it was time for an amazing meal from room service!
As the sun sets over the East...I mean West...this update is not finished. Check out the video and Wicked pictures on part 2 of the update!
I'll be honest, I was a little disappointed in Wicked. First off, running of the bulls over to get to Wicked. Then once the ride actually opened (after they decided to put 2 more trains on after the park opened) The line was already about 2 hours long so definitely no re-rides today. Yeah, I know it a new coaster but no one wanted to do any of the other rides. Pretty insane.
Now the ride itself. in the station you can see the computer the runs the entire ride, pretty neat. The Launch surprised me because you just stroll along track and then "BAM herpes". The launch up the hill was unique, felt more like an accelerated lift hill. Now the part that I don't like...right after the hill you get going fast for only about 1/2 a second because you go over trim brakes that slow you down enormously. Then the rest of the ride it feels like you are barely going to make it through it. Very slow!
Well, that's my little rant about Wicked. Great family ride because a lot of the kids I saw at the park enjoyed it but I was expecting something more thrilling especially with the layout it had.
Onto the pictures!
The main entrance to Wicked!
There it is...off in the distance!
Launch tunnel and erection
Someones happy to see me
Trains goes up the launched hill
Cresting the top in all its glory
Happy riders plummeting to the trim brakes
Going into the overbanked turn
MORE THAN 90 DEGREES OVER THE TREES!
Going into the only inversion of the ride
Ain't it a beauty
Now that's what you call upside down!
Happy riders just pissed their undies
The very steep dive after the mid-course brake run (which slows you down to nearly a stop!)
90 degree turn numero uno. Hola Big Mike!
90 degree turn numero dos. Slow as a snail pooping
And that's Wicked. Hope you enjoyed it and don't forget to watch the video!
I went to Salt Lake one time to visit the Salt Lake City Temple (Im mormon) and I heard this guy making a joke about Mormons and he says to his son, "Son those are Mormons, please dont feed the Mormons, or they'll attack" and I thought it was the dumbest thing Ive ever heard, I mean people make fun of this religion but come on "Please dont feed the Mormons" I can make a better joke at my own religion. Though Im glad to see you had fun in Mormon country. Why is there a Starbucks in Mormon country, I mean its against our religion to even drink coffee, haha, that must be like the only Starbucks in the whole TOWN!
Great pictures and I thought the video was excellent! Too bad about the trims on Wicked. Sandi and I were planning on taking the kids to Lagoon this year but then some stupid Florida Halloween thing came up and we won't make it after all. Maybe next year.
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