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Becoming An Honorary Mormon At Lagoon Theme Park

by Karol on June 18, 2011

I’m just kidding. Don’t get mad at me.

After the park today I actually went on an unexpected tour of the Mormon temple in Salt Lake City conducted by two very nice girls. They were exceptionally friendly even after finding out about my own non-beliefs and I respect that. Too bad I didn’t get to hear the 11,000+ pipe organ! Or the 7,000+ pipe organ. :(

Anyway … I went to Lagoon with Darren, the Bicycle Touring Pro. (We also went on two ~15 mile bike rides around Park City the past two days. Beautiful place! I’m extra tired!)

I wasn’t sure what to expect at Lagoon since there were only 2 coasters on my list, but it was actually a fun park.

The first coaster we went on was Wicked, a vertical launch coaster that shoots you up 110ft (you sit back looking straight up at the sky), and then you go over a hill and shoot straight down (looking at the ground). It follows with some twists and loops, but that first shot is most fun. We went on it twice because they have a single rider line for the ride. Bam!

Following that we went on Colossus The Fire Dragon, my favorite type of looping coaster. Lap restraints instead of over the shoulder restraints! This is only the second of this type of looping coaster I’ve been on, but I hope all corkscrews in my future have lap restraints. They’re infinitely more comfortable than over the shoulder restraints. Especially with my still sore back.

Those were the only 2 coasters I had on my list, because I somehow missed Roller Coaster, a classic wooden coaster built in 1921. It’s the 7th oldest coaster in the world! If I can be honest, it looked the part. Rickety, worn down, bumpy, but fun. There weren’t any big drops or any air time so the ride was more comfortable than it could have been. :)

Since we had a lot of time we decided to go on two more rides.

Spider was first. It’s similar to the Fairly Odd Coaster at Mall of America, but more intense. You sit in a cart that spins on the track so sometimes you go backwards, or forwards, or sideways, or just straight up spin.

Then we went on the Rocket, which is a traditional “launch you straight up 200ft in just a couple seconds and drop you back down” ride. I don’t usually go on these because I’ve been on so many of them in years past and they’re nothing special. They’re fun, I just don’t want to wait in a line for a ride I’ve been on a dozen times unless I absolutely love it. There wasn’t much of a line here though so we went for it.

And now I give my back a much needed 3 day break from coasters. Tomorrow I drive 509 miles from Park City, UT to Denver, CO, where I’ll stay for 4 nights. My next coasters will be on Wednesday.

See ya!

Oh, more Lagoon photos here and don’t forget to subscribe to updates here.


Ben June 18, 2011 at 10:58 pm


Wow, Karol! hah
I live in Utah right now, born and raised a Mormon but don’t consider myself part of the religion any more. Temple Square is actually pretty interesting in the Winter, the whole place is lit up in holiday lights, every single tree.

Cheers, I enjoy Lagoon, haven’t been there in a few years.
A big fan of your writings on RE, keep it up!

Karol June 18, 2011 at 11:17 pm

The girls said to come back in December because it’s lit up beautifully. While I probably won’t do that I can imagine it looks nice.

Thanks for your support Ben!

Tad4irsh June 19, 2011 at 12:07 am

Karol — Love the daily updates! Your trip has inspired me to start planning my own! I have to do something first so it will be about two years from now, but I really want to follow in your footsteps and try to hit 20 parks in 30 days!!!

Not as many parks as yours, but I can’t take three months to complete my tour… ;)

Take care of your back on these upcoming off days and we’ll see you when you get back “on track!”


Karol June 19, 2011 at 9:31 am

Hey Tad!

That’s awesome. Have fun on your tour when you do it. 20 parks in 30 days will be good.


Nick June 19, 2011 at 10:26 am

No BomBora?

Karol June 19, 2011 at 6:11 pm

No Bomideawhatthatis.

Glenn June 21, 2011 at 9:05 am

Are you taking any side trips in Utah, Like Bryce Canyon or Arches Nat’l Park?
Oh and BTW, it looks like the rides are finally moving at Wild Waves in Federal Way :)

Karol June 21, 2011 at 10:18 am

No time for side trips. :) I’m in Denver right now.

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