Primordial at Lagoon ‘a work in progress,’ still on track to open this year
FARMINGTON — As the mountainous structure housing Primordial at Lagoon Amusement Park takes shape, as the green rails of the new roller coaster sprout and expand, officials are as tight-lipped as ever about specifics of the new ride.
The amusement park is operational and, with the passage of Memorial Day, the peak summer season is here. Still, there’s no firm word about what exactly to expect out of Primordial, shrouded in mystery, perhaps on purpose in a bid to raise anticipation.
A spokesman told the Standard-Examiner that the ride is still on track to open to the public this year, but not a whole lot more. Work on the ride started in 2018, five years ago, and though the COVID-19 pandemic slowed things, it is gradually taking shape on the north end of the park.
“The ride is still a work in progress but is getting closer and closer every day. We are very excited for our guests to experience it when it opens this year,” Adam Leishman said in an email.
One thing seems clear in photos of the evolving ride — probably no surprise to anyone who’s been there — Primordial will haul riders inside and outside the mountain structure. A lift hill on the west side of the ride will haul riders upward, photos supplied to the Standard-Examiner indicate, and then they’ll be released downhill on a curvy section that leads into the mountain.
From there, inside the covered mountain, it’s anyone’s guess what may happen.
Last November, Lagoon officials released a video promoting the ballyhooed new ride, describing it as a “one-of-a-kind interactive coaster.” Leishman said at the time that it is unique to Lagoon, not an “off-the-shelf” ride manufactured for use by any amusement park.