Just Published: Theme Park Insider: 2016 Year in Review
So as a birthday present to you all on my birthday, Welcome to my PTR of Frightmares! This was my first theme park Halloween event, so I was pretty excited. This PTR will cover 2 trips I took!
So, when you arrive to a small, family-owned amusement park, you would not usually expect to see a coaster like this when you enter.
But as one of the largest family owned parks, Lagoon is not your ordinary Halloween owned park! And what is better, you can visit on a Sunday and have no lines due to the known high occupancy of Mormans in Utah (which is great for a Catholic, Season Pass holder like me!)
But while this was my 17th time to the park this year, this was the first to see Lagoon all redone in amazing Halloween decorations. So, first, we headed up to the entrance as quick as possible.
The scary thing was, there were about as many people as there are on an average attendance day for Disneyland, and that is not good for a smaller park like Lagoon! All of the lines were heading clear out of the queues (at least, they were on the most recent visit), so we decided to go hit up my first haunted houses ever!
The first visit, we started off with Lagoon's newest one, Funhouse Of Fear. It was basically just a house where you put on 3D glasses and people who blend into wildly painted walls pop out of the already poping walls.
On are next visit, we went right for what was supposed to be the scariest haunted house in Lagoon, Deception.
One of the characters walking the half hour line to enter most kindly agreed to take a picture of his most handsome face:
But once leaving the house, it wasn't really all it was made out to be. There was no set theme, just a bunch of random rooms, and the line of people going through would get hauled up so many times, we practically walked in a line through the entire attraction.
Lastly, we decided to finish with what was supposed to be slightly less scary, Hal. O. Ween High- Home of the "Embalmers". I found this to be the scariest of the three indoor houses but thought it was also the very best and most nicely themed.
I decided to skip out on the two permenant, Haunted Mansion type rides Terroride and Dracula's Castle and head for Lagoon's very old, rough, and very uniquely named Roller Coaster. (That is actually the name!)
Not much to say about the extremly rough, short (in both height and length) wooden coaster, but I took this really nice picture of it from the line:
After this, we headed for one of my favorite steel coasters on earth. It is so fast and so small-and-mighty, I could see TH wetting himself from surprise of such an amazing launch from a compact coaster. It uses an improved launch system from that of RNRC to create a smoother but more thrilling launch. And, it is the only one in the world. It is WICKED!
This roller coaster of awesomeness did not disappoint. Every ride thrills you again and again, and there is actually a nice ammount of theming to a factory about to explode!
Next, after seeing Colossus' line was too long (which is ashame as it is the only coaster of its kind left now that Laser is gone), I headed for the very first Mauerer Sohne Spinner in North America, Spider.
This is the next best coaster in Lagoon behind Wicked! and Collossus, and it is probably the best spinner there is. Here is another nice shot I got with perfect timing (even with my phone!):
I always like to ride backwards, as you never know when you are going to drop!
And with this picture comes the very fear of coaster lovers around the world:
Can anyone guess what it is? Anyone? Aw, you guys take to long to guess, it is in fact another Wild Mouse. This coaster has good days and bad days (the majority of days being bad), but over the sixteen previous visits, my sister and I figured out how to ride a Wild Mouse coaster pain free, and it is actually not that bad!
So, I do not have much more to share until I get more time to upload more pictures, but I will finish off this impecable trip report with a picture I found of TH from his times as a Cast Member at WDW:
Nice report, Nick, now stop picking on those Mormons before they run you out of town!
But I don't give the too hard of a time... too often! :D
Walt Disney World
Tokyo Disney Resort