When Lagoon decided to bring it's coaster count to 6 they didn't want just any roller coaster. They wanted to put a spin on a classic ride and really install something that the guests to the park would like. And so in 2003 Lagoon decided to add the Spider - the first spinning coaster in North America.
This ride starts out with a large spider at the entrance. Every so often it spits out water from it's mouth. This is nice on those really hot days.
The entrance queue has a castle which houses stairs to take those waiting in line up to the loading station. Once at the station you get to choose whether you want to take the lift hill forwards or backwards. Every car has four seats.
After the initial drop you head into the first turn which also contains the release mechanism to start your car spinning. From there the ride gets really fun as the car spins freely as it races through the course. Each car is capable of spinning up to 20 times a minute with the right weight.
This ride has a really fun 82 degree embankment, 360 degree carousel turn, and slalom track. Every ride is unique because the position of the seats are never in the exact spot throughout the entire ride.
And if the line looks long don't worry, it moves at a good pace. When you are in the South end of the park make sure you try this ride out. You will enjoy it!
Interesting Facts Edit
When Lagoon was naming the Spider it was originally going to be called the Spider and the Fly, but for some reason unknown to the LagoonIsFun.com team the name was shortened to just the Spider. One fascinating thing about this though is that the paint job for the Spider cars was completed before the decision to shorten the name occurred. Therefore on each car you can still see "The Spider and the Fly" logo.