Cannibal. . . the name may seem unfamiliar, that's because it really is. Just until a few months ago, this coaster wasn't talked about, because the extent of it was a secret kept by Lagoon. Construction moved into high gear, and the secrets were released. A massive structure with a steep drop and several inversions. Just recently, the park released some photos of the construction that are just stunning in the least. With out an official announcement, there isn't much hype over this coaster, but I could definitely see it becoming an underdog for new coasters in 2015 and really come as a surprise.
Just one look can tell what Cannibal is about. Colossal elements, unconventional twists, and an immersive experience that uses the theming elements to heighten the experience. Now, Cannibal is different, as it is made by Lagoon themselves. So, instead of Lagoon hiring a company to fabricate and build a coaster for them, they have decided to take on this project alone. They did this a few years back with Wicked, so they have the experience needed to create a great ride. Photo credit: Lagoon
One of the inversions utilized on Cannibal is the twisted red track above. It's different from most dive loops, because it stays inverted longer than traditional designs. The track doesn't start to level out until it starts to near head downward. This should be and interesting an fun element. Photo credit: Lagoon
The above photo shows the first drop; just look how steep that is! It'll definitely start out the ride nicely, with a steep, sustained pitch. Also in the photo is a tall brown structure. Wondering what that is? Well, it's the means on getting to the top of Cannibal's drop. The whole system is like an elevator, bringing up one train horizontally with a vertically moving track. Photo Credit: Lagoon
Well, that's all for the photos. Cannibal is shaping up nicely, and I can't wait to see what it looks like when it is complete. I think that it's going to provide a good, solid thrill coaster to Utah, which currently is lacking some excellent coasters. Also, the color choice blends in with the surrounding theming elements nicely. This is the coaster that came out of nowhere, and I could definitely see it go out for blood and attack the tops of coaster enthusiasts' lists.
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