Cannibal (roller coaster)

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Cannibal at Lagoon (35890410985).jpg
Aerial view of Cannibal
Park sectionNorth Midway
Coordinates40°59′15″N 111°53′44″W / 40.987396°N 111.895546°W / 40.987396; -111.895546Coordinates: 40°59′15″N 111°53′44″W / 40.987396°N 111.895546°W / 40.987396; -111.895546
Opening dateJuly 2, 2015 (2015-07-02)
Cost$22 million
General statistics
DesignerThe Dal Freeman/Lagoon Corporation
Height208 ft (63 m)
Length2,735 ft (834 m)
Speed70 mph (110 km/h)
Max vertical angle116°
Height restriction48 in (122 cm)
Trains7[1] trains with a single car. Riders are arranged 4 across in 3 rows for a total of 12 riders per train.
Cannibal at RCDB
Pictures of Cannibal at RCDB

Cannibal is a steel roller coaster at Lagoon amusement park in Farmington, Utah, United States. Opened on July 2, 2015, the $22-million ride was built and designed mostly in-house – a rare move for an amusement park. It features the steepest drop in North America, fourth-steepest in the world, and holds the world record for the tallest beyond-vertical drop on a roller coaster.


Nearly seventy-five percent of Cannibal was designed, engineered, and manufactured in-house by Lagoon amusement park with the help of multiple firms located in Utah. The lead designer was Lagoon's Dal Freeman. In an era when most amusement parks outsource the work to companies in Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, the decision to build in-house is rare in the industry. The roller coaster features a 208-foot-tall (63 m) enclosed tower, a beyond-vertical drop of 116 degrees, a themed underground tunnel, and a 360-degree helix situated above a man-made waterfall.[2] It also features four inversions that include a 140-foot-tall (43 m) Immelman loop, a dive loop, and a unique inversion the park calls the "Lagoon roll," which consists of a counter-clockwise heartline roll immediately followed by a clockwise heartline roll. Lap bar-only restraints are used on the trains which travel up to 70 miles per hour (110 km/h) and pull as much as 4.2 G's.[2]

The ride had been in the planning stages for more than five years and required more than two years to build.[3] Prior to its planned opening in the spring of 2015, Lagoon announced that the roller coaster's debut would be postponed for additional testing and inspections.[2] The ride officially opened on July 2, 2015.[4][5]

Ride experience[edit]

The roller coaster features a 208 feet (63 m) elevator lift, enclosed in a huge tower structure, a 116° beyond vertical drop, inversions including an Immelman-like loop as well as an inversion unique to the park, a water feature, and a tunnel 20 feet (6.1 m) underground.[3] It is the tallest roller coaster in the state and the longest ride in the park.[3] The ride cars accommodate 12 passengers (3 rows of 4), and the duration of the ride lasts approximately two and a half minutes.[3]


The ride appeared in Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Awards for the first time in 2016 placing 42nd in the top 50 steel roller coasters category.

Golden Ticket Awards: Top steel Roller Coasters
Year 2016 2017 2018
Ranking 42[6] 32[7] 44[8]


  1. ^ "Cannibal – Lagoon". Ultimate Rollercoaster. Retrieved 24 Apr 2016.
  2. ^ a b c MacDonald, Brady (1 Apr 2015). "Utah's Cannibal coaster promises to 'eat' the competition". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles: Davan Maharaj. Retrieved 4 Apr 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d Edwards, Ashton (4 Sep 2014). "Lagoon's new roller coaster is out for blood, Cannibal coming soon". Salt Lake City: Tribune Broadcasting. Retrieved 5 Sep 2014.
  4. ^ Hansen, Cassidy (July 2, 2015). "Lagoon's Cannibal coaster finally opens". Salt Lake City: Deseret Digital Media. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  5. ^ Wharton, Tom (8 Jul 2015). "$22M, 'beyond vertical' Cannibal coaster finally opens at Utah's Lagoon amusement park". The Salt Lake Tribune. Salt Lake City: Paul Huntsman. Retrieved 21 Jul 2015.
  6. ^ "2016 Top 50 steel Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 20 (6.2): 50. September 2016. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  7. ^ "2017 Top 50 steel Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 21 (6.2): 46. September 2017. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  8. ^ "2018 Top 50 steel Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 22 (6.2): 45. September 2018. Retrieved September 22, 2018.

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