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Boomerang

People that have never been to Lagoon and are familiar with Boomerang roller coasters may get confused when they go to Lagoon to ride it. Granted when you visit another park and hear about a ride named Boomerang it usually turns out to be a roller coaster. But not Lagoon. Why Lagoon's adult bumper car ride is called the Boomerang, is not known to me (if you know, please tell me). But it is and for those of us that have grown up with Lagoon are used to it and rarely question the name.

Boomerang sits just north of Skycoaster in the old location of the Zugspitz. Although it isn't Lagoon's original bumper car ride, it is a very popular one. And who can blame those that enjoy this ride? Most of Lagoon's guests come from Utah and if you've ever tried to navigate and drive down Utah's freeways, than the idea of driving a car around ramming others is a great way to relieve stress.

Boomerang has three different cars: Ford, Opal, and Mercedes Benz, but if you actually pay attention to the cars the only real difference is the name on the front of the grill and that they are different colors. Each car can travel forwards or backwards depending on how far you turn the steering wheel, and some riders get really skilled at using both the forward and backwards to ram as many other cars as possible.

One word of advice though. It is very tempting to want to press the cars pedal over and over again causing a clicking sound before the ride starts. If you are one of these people that like to "click the pedals" than expect the ride operator to either postpone the start of the ride or completely kick you off for doing so.

History Edit

For at least 26 years, the Dodgem Hall had been located near the center of the Midway. It became the Auto Skooter from 1966 until 1977 when it was replaced by the Scamper bumper cars for kids. Simultaneously, a new regular-sized bumper car ride, Boomerang, opened in a new building on the North Midway where the Zugspitz had been since 1973.

The cars are identical except for the color and the “Ford”, “Opel” and “Benz” names on the front of the car. Little has changed on this ride since it opened. Before the current color scheme, the exterior was painted dark and light brown. There were detailed paintings of antique cars across the top with the year, make and model of each listed below them. These were painted over in the early ’00s. The interior walls were repainted in the ’90s with a large Lagoon and Pioneer Village logo and again around 2001. New pictures of antique cars were added in 2003 and the sign on the front above the entrance was replaced a few years later.

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