Lagoon Trip Report Part 3

This is the third and final part of  my Lagoon trip report. Read part one and part  two featuring the coasters and other rides. Part three will focus on the park itself and its scenic elements.

Lagoon is a very interesting park. The front end of the park is a bit lacking in terms of theme and looks like rides were just plopped down wherever there was room for them without really thinking about it. The back of the park, however, is wonderfully themed.

There is a section in the back of the park called Pioneer Village which I had never heard about before visiting the park. Surprisingly, it turned out to be my favorite area of the part (and also the least crowded). Lots of nice charm! Felt like I was at Disneyland or something comparable. There are lots of quiet little nooks and crannies to explore.

Lagoon also has one of the best backdrops of any park by being situated fight in front of a snow-capped mountain range. It’s proximity to Salt Lake City and surrounding attractions is also a plus.

One thing I didn’t understand was their weird policy about having no single riders in the first or last row of any of their roller coasters. I’ve ridden single on the exact same ride at others parks so I am not sure why their policy is different.

One complaint I have is about the few animals the park has. I don’t think they add any value to the park. No one is visiting specifically to see the tiger, peacock or kangaroo, so why not hand them over to a zoo where they will have a larger enclosure? Lagoon’s exhibits (more like pens) just look sad.

Lagoon offers a wide variety of things to do for all members of the family and is definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area. Video of some of the rides in action coming soon!

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  1. I just wanted to address concerns raised by the author about Lagoon’s Wild Kingdom Zoo. The Wild Kingdom Zoo is Utah’s Second Largest Zoo and All Animal Enclosures Meet and/or Exceed USDA Regulations. All of the Animals have been Rescued from Euthanasia or from Owners who no longer wanted them and are Lovingly Cared For. Having worked taking care of these animals, I find it intriguing that so many people are “experts” on Wild and Exotic Animals.

  2. Nick says:

    Thanks for the information. I did not know the animals were saved, that is great news and I applaud the park for doing that! Also, my “home” zoo, or zoo I frequent the most, is the Columbus Zoo which is one of the if not the best zoo in America, so in comparison Lagoon’s exhibits just look small and outdated.

    Is it really the second largest zoo in Utah? How many animals do they actually have? Or is there only one other zoo in Utah?

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