Roller Coaster (Lagoon)

Roller coaster in the United States
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Roller Coaster
Location Farmington, Utah, USA
Coordinates 40°59′05″N 111°53′39″W / 40.984710°N 111.894191°W / 40.984710; -111.894191
Status Operating since 1921
Cost $75,000
Rider height
  • Minimum: 46 inch
  • Min. unaccompanied: 50 inch
Builder Colorado/Colonial Construction Co.
Designer / calculations John A. Miller
Harry C. Baker
Type Wooden
Track layout Double Out and Back
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 62 feet
Top speed 45 mph
Length 2500 feet
Inversions 0
Rolling stock
Manufacturer Great Coasters International (2018-present)
Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters (1976-2017)
National Amusement Device Company (1954-1975)
Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters (1921-1953)
Riders per train 24

The Roller Coaster is a wooden roller coaster located at Lagoon in Farmington, Utah, USA. It was designed by John A. Miller and Harry C. Baker and opened in 1921, making it the sixth oldest roller coaster operating today.


When it opened in 1921, the Roller Coaster was the second coaster to be built at Lagoon.

Only two years after its construction, the Roller Coaster required replacement of multiple foundation blocks from damage due to major flooding in the area.[1]

Roller Coaster at Lagoon in Utah's brown wooden lift hill.
CC-BY-SA-4.0 Talor Berthelson, Wikimedia Commons

In 1953, a fire damaged the Roller Coaster, and burnt down the rest of the park. The lift hill and station had to be rebuilt. The lift hill was rebuilt to match the original structure, while the station was rebuilt in a Post War Streamline Moderne style of architecture.[1]

In 2007, Roller Coaster became an ACE Coaster Landmark, due to being a 'classic coaster'. The park has also decided not to continue painting the Roller Coaster white; now using natural colored treated wood to replace older portions as needed to increase durability and longevity, meaning it will turn brown as the wood is gradually replaced.


From its conception, the attraction held a variety of informal names, but did not have any one specific name assigned to it by the park. Common names of the attraction have included Roller Coaster, White Roller Coaster, Lagoon Dipper, Silver Coaster, Giant Coaster, and Lagoon Roller Coaster.[1]



The ride begins with a turn out the station which leads to the lift hill. Guests reach heights of 60 feet before plummeting down the first drop and over a hill, then back up again into the west turn. A series of airtime hills follow, getting smaller as the velocity of the train drops. There are two more turns, then the train returns to the station.

Wasatch Fault and Farmington Canyon

Due to the roller coaster's location along the Wasatch Fault near Farmington Canyon, multiple improvements have been introduced to the structure throughout the years to prevent catastrophic collapse or damage due to fault activity or earthquakes. Among these improvements, the addition of newer bolts and specially designed gusset plates allow for greater stability and flexibility during times of seismic activity without compromising the strength or integrity of the overall structure.[1]


2001 saw the introduction of a new computerized control system within the station. These changes included the addition of a steel transfer track to allow for storage of a second train.[1]


2 trains with 12 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in a single row, for a total of 24 riders per train. For the 2018 season, the Roller Coaster received new trains from Great Coasters International.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Utah MPS Lagoon Roller Coaster". National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks Program Records, between 2013–2017. The National Historic Places Register. United States National Archives. September 7, 2012. Retrieved March 9, 2023.

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