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The '''Terroride''' is Lagoon's oldest haunted attraction still in operation. It is one of two dark rides at the park.
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'''Terroride''' (also known as '''Terroride: A Classic Reimagined''' as of 2017) is Lagoon's oldest haunted attraction still in operation. It is one of two dark rides at the park.
  
 
==Ride Details==
 
==Ride Details==
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Riders sit in small vehicles and travel around a track viewing different frightening and interesting scenes with a few surprises that may startle some riders. The ride was originally designed and built by legendary dark ride creator [[Bill Tracy]]. It is one of only seven known Bill Tracy dark rides still in operation ([[Dracula's Castle]] is also one of the seven). The ride was heavily remodeled for the 2017 season and the ride was given the additional title ''Terroride: A classic reimagined''.
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===Vehicles===
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The ride's single-row vehicles are a customized version of Tracy's [[hushpuppy]] vehicles. They have rounded noses and concave backs that allow them to fit together tightly, creating more room in the station. They feature on-board speakers that originally played a scary soundtrack for the ride but no longer do. The cars are painted different colors, but the colors are very dark and mostly appear black. A white skull is painted on the side of each car, next to the car's number in blue.
  
Riders sit in a car and travel around a track viewing different scenes of nightmarish horror with the occasional gag that can startle some riders. The cars feature on-board speakers that originally played a scary soundtrack for the ride, but no longer do.
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The ride was designed by legendary dark ride creator [[Bill Tracy]]. The ride's vehicles are a customized version of Tracy's hushpuppy vehicles. It is one of only eight Bill Tracy haunted attractions still in operation ([[Dracula's Castle]] is also one of the eight).
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Animated elements of Terroride's facade
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===Facade===
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The ride has a castle-like facade with a large skeleton and a witch that pop out from shutters in the castle's two turrets. There are colorful, blood spattered letters spelling out "Terroride" on the front of the ride with the letter O represented by a stylized skull with red, light-up eyes. The other letters rock back and forth and are lit from inside at night. A signature Bill Tracy vulture prop is perched in a nest atop the southern turret. The vulture's head moves up and down in sync with the facade's other animations. Large open archways in the castle facade allow the station and its mural to be seen from outside the ride. A prop dead tree sits on the ride's roof.
  
The ride has a castle-like facade with a skeleton and a witch that pop out from shutters in the castle's turrets. There are colorful letters spelling out "Terroride" on the front of the ride which rock back and forth. A signature Bill Tracy vulture prop in a nest is perched atop the southern turret. A prop dead tree sits on the ride's roof.
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===Layout===
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In addition to taking up the space in the building behind the ride's facade, the track also travels into the space behind the midway game to the south. The layout of the ride was not changed during the ride's 2017 re-imagining.
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The full ride is around 1 minute and 16 seconds long.
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[[File:Terroride_layout.jpg|200px|border|Track Layout]]
  
 
== Terroride: A Classic Reimagined ==
 
== Terroride: A Classic Reimagined ==
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In 2017 Lagoon completed the biggest overhaul of Terroride in the ride's history. The project has been called ''Terroride: A Classic Reimagined'' by the park. The ride quietly opened for riders in an incomplete state on June 9th 2007. The ride's official grand opening celebration was held on July 14th, 2017 at noon.
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[[File:Terroride window flash.jpg|310px|thumb|Scenery inside re-imagined Terroride]]
  
*In early 2017 pictures surfaced showing what appears to be demolition work inside of Terroride[http://lagoonisfun.com/showthread.php?tid=5600].
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===Ride Changes===
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The ride's interior was completely rebuilt. Many of the ride's black walls were replaced with more detailed, realistic scenery. Several new scenes and gags were created and many of the original props and gags were also kept, repaired and/or upgraded. The plexiglass and chicken wire that previously separated riders from the props was removed giving a more direct view of the scenery.
  
*Shortly before the park's opening the park began handing out informational pamphlets that list "Terroride: A Classic Reimagined" as being new for 2017, in addition to [[Flying Tigers]] and [[Ruka Safari]][http://www.lagoonisfun.com/showthread.php?tid=5545&page=16].
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A number of doorways were added to the ride clearly dividing it into separate scenes. The ride is intended to be slightly more story oriented than before and features a recurring character who has been referred to by the names ''Louis Von Black'', ''Mr. Terror'' and ''Mr. Torture''. A headstone for Bill Tracy and other Easter eggs have been added.
  
*On the park's opening day the ride did not open and was partially covered in black plastic[http://www.lagoonisfun.com/showthread.php?tid=5618].
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=== Station Changes ===
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[[File:Terrorride_mural_from_exit.JPG|thumb|Original mural]]
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[[File:Terroride_mural_2017.jpg|thumb|2017 mural]]
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A copy of the ride's original mural was returned to the station with small changes made to it. The faces of the various monsters on the mural have been highlighted with theatrical lighting. The ride's exit and entrance doors have been decorated with three-dimensional skulls and crossbones protruding from each door. The skulls on the doors are also highlighted with theatrical lighting. The doors appear to have automatic opener/closers added to them and no longer rely on the vehicle hitting them to open. Lanterns have been added above the ride's queue line. The animatronic vulture has been moved to the wall next to the ride operator.
  
* Around the time of the park's opening, social media posts from prosthetic makeup designer Todd Debreceni and director Joseph Wartnerchaney were discovered that suggest they are heavily involved with the refurbishment of the ride.
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=== Artists ===
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Artists involved in the ride's re-imagining include:
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* Film director Joseph Wartnerchaney - Creative direction
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* Utah Opera scenic department - Sets and scenery
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* Special effects artist Todd Debreceni - Creation of Mr. Terror, restoration of original figures
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* Sound designer Michael McDonough, Sound design
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* Composer Chance Thomas - Pipe organ score
  
*These posts include images of a character named Mr. Terror or Mr. Torture[https://www.instagram.com/p/BRPA6Z-BQRT/], a troll said to be for Dracula's Castle[https://twitter.com/BaPoFX/status/844382691399258112/photo/1], a figure being restored inside Lagoon's [[Opera House]][https://www.instagram.com/p/BQ0_BwTFWHb/?taken-by=wartnerchaney], blueprints for Terroride as well as a booklet with the ride's original mural on the cover[https://www.instagram.com/p/BO5R5ULjJef/?taken-by=wartnerchaney], and a podcast where Todd Debrecini discusses his role in the refurbishment[https://soundcloud.com/stuartbray/18-all-aboard-the-freit-train-part-2].
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== Mural ==
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The station houses a large, multi-panel mural depicting a large dragon, a club-wielding caveman, flying ghouls, a mummified skeleton, an octopus, a snake in a tree, a lizard, a monkey and two spiders in front of an ancient-looking ruined city under a starry night sky. The current mural is a copy of the original that was hand painted by Bill Tracy.  
  
*As of April 26, 2017 Lagoon has not made any official announcement about Terroride other than releasing the previously mentioned informational pamphlet.
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===Absence===
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In 2010 The original mural was moved to Lagoon's [[annex building]] in an area not open to the public. It was replaced by a different mural showing a forest of dead trees. Actual dead trees were placed directly in front of the mural to form a 3D-like effect. An animatronic talking vulture was placed inside a square opening in the center of the mural. The original mural was missed by many people who had grown up with it and its absence had been covered in local news stories. A copy of the original mural was restored to the station as part of the 2017 re-imagining and theatrical lighting was strategically placed to highlight specific parts of it.
  
*Rumors noted on lagoonisfun.com claim that the ride will open around June[http://www.lagoonisfun.com/showthread.php?tid=5620].
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=== Dancing Man ===
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[[File:Dancing_man_geoffrey_holder.jpg|thumb|Geoffrey Holder and Terroride's dancing man]]
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A dancing man was included in the original mural, but was painted out of the 2017 copy. This appears to be the only significant change made to the mural. The dancing man is likely based on photographs of actor Geoffrey Holder from the 1950's.
  
== Known Changes ==
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=== Oddities ===
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There are several subtle oddities within the mural. There are rounded outlines that sometimes affect the things painted on either side of them. The dancing man represents the intersection of two of these shapes, and this gives him the appearance of having a magical connection to his surroundings. The most visible of these is an oval outline in the center of the painting. Where this line passes through a building, the surface of the building is different depending on which side of the line it is on. There is a green area within this outline that has 3D shapes that are out of sync with the rest of the geometry in the painting. Other impossible geometry and surface affecting outlines can be seen in the doorways on either side of the painting.
  
===2010 Changes===
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==Known Changes==
For the 2010 season, Lagoon did some work on the station. They added in a new animated vulture that periodically tells puns to those who are waiting in line. They also removed the mural from the station and added dead trees for theming.
 
  
===2013 Changes===
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=== Original Vehicles ===
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[[File:Old_terroride_vehicles.jpg|thumb|Interperatation of the original vehicles based on a partially obscured photograph]]
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Terroride's vehicles were originally wooden hushpuppy vehicles that were shaped like coffins, similar to the vehicles for Trimper's Haunted House and Legend City's Lost Dutchman mine ride. It is unknown when and why they were replaced by the current fiberglass vehicles.
  
In the off-season of 2012-2013, Lagoon removed the back wall of the building, which faces the parking lot near Roller Coaster, to make repairs to the structure and foundation. Around 5-10 feet of the ride was removed temporarily while crews worked to build the new exterior. After the new wall was completed, this area was rebuilt including new flooring and a re-welded section of track.
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=== Removed scenery ===
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[[File:Terroride_rat_frightmares.jpg|thumb|Rat removed from Terroride]]
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The following items are known to have been removed from the ride:
  
Once the construction was completed, Lagoon's electrical department rebuilt the ride's safety and control system. This brought the ride into compliance with the most recent fire safety standards. All work was completed in time for the ride to open with the park for the 2013 season.
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* A scene described as 'quicksand corner' showing a person or people sinking in quicksand was removed in the 1980's
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* A large standing three dimensional rabid looking rat was removed in 2007
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* [[the gorilla|A gorilla]] with a city skyline painted behind him was in the ride from approximately 1989 to 2008
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* An alien that replaced the gorilla after 1989 was later removed
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* The ride's original mural was removed in 2010
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* A replacement mural of dead trees and actual dead trees were located in the station from 2010 to 2016
  
== Mural ==
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===2013 improvements===
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In the off-season of 2012-2013, Lagoon removed the back wall of the building to make repairs to the structure and foundation. Around 5-10 feet of the ride was removed temporarily while crews worked to build the new exterior. After the new wall was completed, this area was rebuilt including new flooring and a re-welded section of track.
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Once the construction was completed, Lagoon's electrical department rebuilt the ride's safety and control system. This brought the ride into compliance with the most recent fire safety standards.
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===Ride alteration===
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A copyrighted 1968 picture of members of the band Jefferson Airplane riding Terroride with its original vehicles shows that either the current exit door is not original to the ride, or the ride layout has been changed in some way. This picture can be seen in the KUED documentary ''Lagoon: Rock and Rollercoasters''.
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==Controversy==
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*In 2014 a local therapist campaigned for Lagoon to make changes to the torture room scene, saying that the scene had triggered unpleasant feelings in one of his clients. Lagoon agreed to talk with him about the issue. The 2017 re-imagining kept this scenery mostly in tact, but the women in the scene now wear less revealing clothing.
  
Prior to the 2010 update, there was a mural in the station that depicted a large dragon, a club-wielding caveman, flying ghouls, a mummified skeleton, an octopus, a snake in a tree, a dancing man, an alligator and some insects in front of an ancient-looking ruined city under a starry night sky. It is possible that the mural was painted by Bill Tracy himself. It is an unusual mural and no one is sure of the intent of the painting. It may have depicted some of the ride's original gags. The mural was not destroyed, and is currently located in Lagoon's [[annex building]].
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*Although there were no reports of complaints about the mural's dancing man in local media, he was removed from the mural that was placed in the station for the 2017 re-imagining. This may have been due to concerns about depicting an African man together with several things that might seem scary.
  
 
== Gallery ==
 
== Gallery ==
  
 
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file:Terrorride_mural_from_exit.JPG|Former mural in the station.
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file:Terroride_demolition_1.jpg|2016 Demolition work
file:Terroride_skeleton_shutter.jpg|Skeleton popping out from the ride's facade.
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file:Terroride_demolition_2.jpg|2016 Demolition work
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file:Terroride_demolition_3.jpeg|2016 Demolition work
 
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[http://ochh.net/tracysurvivingattractions.html Surviving attractions] at the Bill Tracy Project
 
[http://ochh.net/tracysurvivingattractions.html Surviving attractions] at the Bill Tracy Project
  
[http://lagoonhistory.com/project/attractions/terroride/ The Terroride] at the Lagoon history project
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[http://lagoonhistory.com/project/attractions/terroride/ Terroride] at the Lagoon history project
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[https://playingintheworldgame.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/terroridemural.jpg Hi-Res image] of the original mural.
  
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Latest revision as of 16:30, 15 July 2017

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Location: Main Midway
Manufactured by: Outdoor Dimensional Display
Built In: 1967
Car Capacity: 3
Number of Cars: 7
Height Requirements: Riders under 36" must be accompanied by a responsible person.
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Mild Thrill

Terroride (also known as Terroride: A Classic Reimagined as of 2017) is Lagoon's oldest haunted attraction still in operation. It is one of two dark rides at the park.

Ride Details

Riders sit in small vehicles and travel around a track viewing different frightening and interesting scenes with a few surprises that may startle some riders. The ride was originally designed and built by legendary dark ride creator Bill Tracy. It is one of only seven known Bill Tracy dark rides still in operation (Dracula's Castle is also one of the seven). The ride was heavily remodeled for the 2017 season and the ride was given the additional title Terroride: A classic reimagined.

Vehicles

The ride's single-row vehicles are a customized version of Tracy's hushpuppy vehicles. They have rounded noses and concave backs that allow them to fit together tightly, creating more room in the station. They feature on-board speakers that originally played a scary soundtrack for the ride but no longer do. The cars are painted different colors, but the colors are very dark and mostly appear black. A white skull is painted on the side of each car, next to the car's number in blue.

Animated elements of Terroride's facade

Facade

The ride has a castle-like facade with a large skeleton and a witch that pop out from shutters in the castle's two turrets. There are colorful, blood spattered letters spelling out "Terroride" on the front of the ride with the letter O represented by a stylized skull with red, light-up eyes. The other letters rock back and forth and are lit from inside at night. A signature Bill Tracy vulture prop is perched in a nest atop the southern turret. The vulture's head moves up and down in sync with the facade's other animations. Large open archways in the castle facade allow the station and its mural to be seen from outside the ride. A prop dead tree sits on the ride's roof.

Layout

In addition to taking up the space in the building behind the ride's facade, the track also travels into the space behind the midway game to the south. The layout of the ride was not changed during the ride's 2017 re-imagining.

The full ride is around 1 minute and 16 seconds long.

Track Layout

Terroride: A Classic Reimagined

In 2017 Lagoon completed the biggest overhaul of Terroride in the ride's history. The project has been called Terroride: A Classic Reimagined by the park. The ride quietly opened for riders in an incomplete state on June 9th 2007. The ride's official grand opening celebration was held on July 14th, 2017 at noon.

Scenery inside re-imagined Terroride

Ride Changes

The ride's interior was completely rebuilt. Many of the ride's black walls were replaced with more detailed, realistic scenery. Several new scenes and gags were created and many of the original props and gags were also kept, repaired and/or upgraded. The plexiglass and chicken wire that previously separated riders from the props was removed giving a more direct view of the scenery.

A number of doorways were added to the ride clearly dividing it into separate scenes. The ride is intended to be slightly more story oriented than before and features a recurring character who has been referred to by the names Louis Von Black, Mr. Terror and Mr. Torture. A headstone for Bill Tracy and other Easter eggs have been added.

Station Changes

Original mural
2017 mural

A copy of the ride's original mural was returned to the station with small changes made to it. The faces of the various monsters on the mural have been highlighted with theatrical lighting. The ride's exit and entrance doors have been decorated with three-dimensional skulls and crossbones protruding from each door. The skulls on the doors are also highlighted with theatrical lighting. The doors appear to have automatic opener/closers added to them and no longer rely on the vehicle hitting them to open. Lanterns have been added above the ride's queue line. The animatronic vulture has been moved to the wall next to the ride operator.

Artists

Artists involved in the ride's re-imagining include:

  • Film director Joseph Wartnerchaney - Creative direction
  • Utah Opera scenic department - Sets and scenery
  • Special effects artist Todd Debreceni - Creation of Mr. Terror, restoration of original figures
  • Sound designer Michael McDonough, Sound design
  • Composer Chance Thomas - Pipe organ score

Mural

The station houses a large, multi-panel mural depicting a large dragon, a club-wielding caveman, flying ghouls, a mummified skeleton, an octopus, a snake in a tree, a lizard, a monkey and two spiders in front of an ancient-looking ruined city under a starry night sky. The current mural is a copy of the original that was hand painted by Bill Tracy.

Absence

In 2010 The original mural was moved to Lagoon's annex building in an area not open to the public. It was replaced by a different mural showing a forest of dead trees. Actual dead trees were placed directly in front of the mural to form a 3D-like effect. An animatronic talking vulture was placed inside a square opening in the center of the mural. The original mural was missed by many people who had grown up with it and its absence had been covered in local news stories. A copy of the original mural was restored to the station as part of the 2017 re-imagining and theatrical lighting was strategically placed to highlight specific parts of it.

Dancing Man

Geoffrey Holder and Terroride's dancing man

A dancing man was included in the original mural, but was painted out of the 2017 copy. This appears to be the only significant change made to the mural. The dancing man is likely based on photographs of actor Geoffrey Holder from the 1950's.

Oddities

There are several subtle oddities within the mural. There are rounded outlines that sometimes affect the things painted on either side of them. The dancing man represents the intersection of two of these shapes, and this gives him the appearance of having a magical connection to his surroundings. The most visible of these is an oval outline in the center of the painting. Where this line passes through a building, the surface of the building is different depending on which side of the line it is on. There is a green area within this outline that has 3D shapes that are out of sync with the rest of the geometry in the painting. Other impossible geometry and surface affecting outlines can be seen in the doorways on either side of the painting.

Known Changes

Original Vehicles

Interperatation of the original vehicles based on a partially obscured photograph

Terroride's vehicles were originally wooden hushpuppy vehicles that were shaped like coffins, similar to the vehicles for Trimper's Haunted House and Legend City's Lost Dutchman mine ride. It is unknown when and why they were replaced by the current fiberglass vehicles.

Removed scenery

Rat removed from Terroride

The following items are known to have been removed from the ride:

  • A scene described as 'quicksand corner' showing a person or people sinking in quicksand was removed in the 1980's
  • A large standing three dimensional rabid looking rat was removed in 2007
  • A gorilla with a city skyline painted behind him was in the ride from approximately 1989 to 2008
  • An alien that replaced the gorilla after 1989 was later removed
  • The ride's original mural was removed in 2010
  • A replacement mural of dead trees and actual dead trees were located in the station from 2010 to 2016

2013 improvements

In the off-season of 2012-2013, Lagoon removed the back wall of the building to make repairs to the structure and foundation. Around 5-10 feet of the ride was removed temporarily while crews worked to build the new exterior. After the new wall was completed, this area was rebuilt including new flooring and a re-welded section of track.

Once the construction was completed, Lagoon's electrical department rebuilt the ride's safety and control system. This brought the ride into compliance with the most recent fire safety standards.

Ride alteration

A copyrighted 1968 picture of members of the band Jefferson Airplane riding Terroride with its original vehicles shows that either the current exit door is not original to the ride, or the ride layout has been changed in some way. This picture can be seen in the KUED documentary Lagoon: Rock and Rollercoasters.

Controversy

  • In 2014 a local therapist campaigned for Lagoon to make changes to the torture room scene, saying that the scene had triggered unpleasant feelings in one of his clients. Lagoon agreed to talk with him about the issue. The 2017 re-imagining kept this scenery mostly in tact, but the women in the scene now wear less revealing clothing.
  • Although there were no reports of complaints about the mural's dancing man in local media, he was removed from the mural that was placed in the station for the 2017 re-imagining. This may have been due to concerns about depicting an African man together with several things that might seem scary.

Gallery

Video

Terroride on-ride video prior to the 2017 re-imagining

See Also

Surviving attractions at the Bill Tracy Project

Terroride at the Lagoon history project

Hi-Res image of the original mural.


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