Recent article from the Clipper:
Lagoon gears up for ‘wicked’ fun
WICKED AWESOME: Although still under construction, Lagoon’s planned new roller coaster, “Wicked,” is anticipated to be the park’s most thrilling and exciting ride yet.
FARMINGTON — The name is Wicked, but the fun will be heavenly. And the only place in the world to find it will be at Lagoon. Roller coaster fanatics will be able to feel their pulses race this spring when Lagoon opens what park officials are calling its most thrilling one-of-a-kind roller coaster ride in its history.
This much-anticipated tower launch coaster with state-of-the-art high thrill elements will go by the appropriate name of “Wicked.”
Lagoon Executive Vice President of Marketing Director Dick Andrew said Wicked is expected to thrill riders of all ages with its several original features.
“This ride is unique because it’s the first ride of this type in the world, and there really isn’t another one out there with this configuration,” he said. “It’s a step up from anything else we have here, and it has many exciting elements not found in any coaster. We anticipate that Wicked will be well-received by the public and that 2007 will be perhaps our most exciting season ever.”
For one of Wicked’s most interesting twists, riders will be launched to the top of a tower reaching higher than 100 feet while traveling at spine-tingling speeds close to 40 mph. This element is especially unique as most roller coasters only slowly lift riders to the top of the first hill and let gravity do the rest. Wicked riders will instead be propelled by means of a Linear Synchronous Motor (LSM) drive system designed to essentially rocket riders up and over the top of the first hill.
Wicked’s comfortable eight-rider vehicles travel individually and achieve speeds up to 55 mph while passing through steep valleys, high bank turns, half-pipes, heart-roll inversions and more. Riders will be seated in two rows of four facing forward with the back row seats elevated above the front row. The lap and leg restraints will provide exhilarating upper body freedom for riders.
The approximate dimensions of Wicked include a width of 112 feet, a depth of 404 feet, a height of 110 feet and a track length of 2,000 feet. The total amount of time for each ride cycle is projected to be 2 minutes and 36 seconds.
With construction on Wicked currently in operation, Andrew said the grand opening should happen rather soon during this spring.
“We hope for our opening to be sometime in early April, and we shall see if that’s still the plan,” he said. “Wicked will also cost an excess of $10 million to build.”
Lagoon Engineer Dal Freeman said that with its superactive size and speed, Wicked will be the premier roller coaster for the park when it opens.
“This ride has been designed specifically for Lagoon, and it will be the tallest and fastest coaster at the park,” he said.
Zierer of Offenberg Germany is the company manufacturing Wicked. Once it opens to the public, Wicked will also be included with every Ride and Season Passport offered by Lagoon.
With hopes of much-expected success for Wicked, Andrew said Lagoon is sure to have plans for a new ride each year.
“Every year we will try to add something new to Lagoon, although it won’t always be of the same magnitude as Wicked,” he said. “Occasionally we will have a ride that we feel has run its course, but we mostly just like to add to our inventory of rides.”
For additional information on Wicked contact Dick Andrew at 451-8062, or for information on Lagoon’s other thrilling rides call 451-8000 or visit the Web site at www.lagoonpark.com