Wild Mouse (Lagoon)

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Wild Mouse
Wild Mouse at Lagoon.jpg
Layout of Wild Mouse in April 2010.
Lagoon Amusement Park
Coordinates 40°59′02″N 111°53′40″W / 40.983885°N 111.894511°W / 40.983885; -111.894511Coordinates: 40°59′02″N 111°53′40″W / 40.983885°N 111.894511°W / 40.983885; -111.894511
Status Operating
Opening date April 10, 1998
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Maurer Söhne
Designer Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Model Wild Mouse
Track layout Wild Mouse
Lift/launch system Chain
Height 49.3 ft (15.0 m)
Length 1,213 ft (370 m)
Speed 28 mph (45 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 1:10
Max vertical angle 46°
Capacity 900 riders per hour
Height restriction 46 in (117 cm)
Trains a single car. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 4 riders per train.
Wild Mouse at RCDB
Pictures of Wild Mouse at RCDB

Wild Mouse is a wild mouse roller coaster currently operating at Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington, Utah.

History[edit]

Previous Wild Mouse Rides at Lagoon[edit]

Wild Mouse opened as a wooden roller coaster in 1965 after being relocated from the Seattle World's Fair. After operating in its location in Lagoon's North Midway, it was eventually retired in 1971. [1]

In 1973, the Wild Mouse roller coaster returned to Lagoon as "The New Wilder Wild Mouse." The new version of the ride was located at the South Midway, in the same location where the current Wild Mouse operates. Since this ride featured the same layout and look of the previous Wild Mouse, it's assumed this is the same ride installed in 1965. This version of the ride operated until 1989, when Lagoon decided to retire the Wild Mouse again. [2]

A common myth among local Utah residents is that one of these Wild Mouse coasters has had one or more severe accidents causing severe injury or death. However, there has been no verifiable evidence to conclude there has ever been a major incident on any Wild Mouse ride at Lagoon. [2]

Current Wild Mouse Ride[edit]

In 1998, Wild Mouse returned as a steel roller coaster. This version featured a similar layout to the original and was built in the same location as the 1973 version but is an all new ride built by Maurer Söhne. In the ride's first two seasons, there was no themed tunnel (decorated to look like a house) on the ride. This element was added beginning with the 2000 season. [3]

Layout & Ride Design[edit]

Like many other Wild Mouse roller coasters manufactured by Maurer Söhne, the Wild Mouse features a layout that weaves in and out of itself with several hairpin turns and stiff brakes until you reach the station again to complete the circuit. [4]

The original paint scheme was purple and yellow when the ride opened but it was repainted green and yellow for the 2013 season. Cars are painted to look like cats or mice to fit the theme of the ride.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wild Mouse (1965)". Lagoon History. Retrieved 31 Aug 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Wild Mouse (1973)". Lagoon History. Retrieved 31 Aug 2014. 
  3. ^ "Wild Mouse (1998)". Lagoon History. Retrieved 31 Aug 2014. 
  4. ^ "Lagoon Rides". Lagoon - It's What Fun Is!. Retrieved 31 Aug 2014.