Lagoon's new rides send families whippin' and spinnin'

Apr 26 2013 - 12:18am

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Jackson Capener (left) and Zachary Gray enjoy the speed of the Red Rock Rally ride at Lagoon in Farmington on Thursday.  (REYNALDO LEAL/Standard-Examiner)
Folks take the new Tipsey Tea Cup ride for a spin. (REYNALDO LEAL/Standard-Examiner)
Jackson Capener and his mother, Lori, take the Tipsey Tea Cup ride for a spin in Farmington on Thursday, April 25, 2013. Lori Capener, Lagoon amusement park's art director, says the spinning cups are situated underneath a gazebo, with a chandelier piece consisting of 30 tea cups hanging overhead. The chandelier that took 800 hours to design, weld and paint, she added. (REYNALDO LEAL/Standard-Examiner)
Kids enjoy the Red Rock Rally ride at Lagoon in Farmington on Thursday.  (REYNALDO LEAL/Standard-Examiner)
Jackson Capener (left) and Zachary Gray enjoy the speed of the Red Rock Rally ride at Lagoon in Farmington on Thursday.  (REYNALDO LEAL/Standard-Examiner)
Folks take the new Tipsey Tea Cup ride for a spin. (REYNALDO LEAL/Standard-Examiner)
Jackson Capener and his mother, Lori, take the Tipsey Tea Cup ride for a spin in Farmington on Thursday, April 25, 2013. Lori Capener, Lagoon amusement park's art director, says the spinning cups are situated underneath a gazebo, with a chandelier piece consisting of 30 tea cups hanging overhead. The chandelier that took 800 hours to design, weld and paint, she added. (REYNALDO LEAL/Standard-Examiner)
Kids enjoy the Red Rock Rally ride at Lagoon in Farmington on Thursday.  (REYNALDO LEAL/Standard-Examiner)

FARMINGTON -- Doubling the fun by doubling up on the ride action: That is Lagoon's aim this season with the unveiling of two new rides in Kiddieland.

Red Rock Rally, a Southern Utah-themed jeep ride with a whipping action, and Tipsey Tea Cup, a self-spinning ride, were introduced to the media by Lagoon officials Thursday.

"There are so many children in Utah, Kiddieland is an important part of Lagoon," said Lori Capener, Lagoon art director.

The combined cost of the two new attractions, described as "family-friendly" -- which means parents may ride with children -- is $1.2 million, officials said.

The rides, which debuted earlier this month, were purchased from Zamperla, a ride manufacturer in Altavilla Vicentina, Italy, Capener said.

The rides have been in development since late last year. Capener said. "Rides now take a long time to develop."

The Red Rock Rally is themed to resemble the annual Moab jeep rally.

"Zamperla specializes in great vehicles," Capener said of the two-passenger carriers.

Lagoon asked the manufacturer to transform the carriers into off-road vehicles to fit the park's theme.

Five-year-old Nathan Keoppel, of Syracuse, said he enjoyed the ride.

"It was really fun," he said with a grin.

Nathan said he liked the ride because it "tickled his tummy" and went fast.

His mother, Rachel Keoppel, was not surprised her son enjoyed the rally ride.

"(Nathan) loved it. (Nathan) loves jeeps and cars and wild things," she said.

Lagoon Vice President of Marketing Dick Andrew said the rally ride has a motion similar to the park's original "old-school whip" that years ago was located in the park.

Those not up to going off-road can instead take a spin in a teacup.

The Tipsey Tea Cup ride, with six tea cups holding four passengers each, is similar to Disneyland's famed Mad Tea Party ride, with the Lagoon attraction having its own unique touches.

The spinning cups are situated underneath a gazebo, with a chandelier piece consisting of 30 tea cups hanging overhead.

"The whole thing is steel," Capener said of the chandelier that took 800 hours to design, weld and paint.

Joe Nelson, a park employee, served as the welder on the project.

"It's one of a kind," Capener said. "It makes the ride a little bit special."

But those children on the ride seemed more interested in spinning.

"I thought it was awesome," said Jackson Capener, 8, of Layton, after getting out of his teacup. Jackson is the son of Lori Capener.

"I thought it was awesome, too," said 4-year-old Zachary Gray, of Syracuse, who accompanied Jackson on the ride.

Ride limitations for both attractions suggest elderly people and expectant mothers should refrain from riding. Guests shorter than 36 inches in height must be accompanied by a responsible person.

Lagoon has been open on weekends since March 30. The park opens daily beginning June 7.

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