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This ride at Lagoon just turned 100. Here’s how we ranked it

The Roller Coaster has officially been around for a century

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Students ride a roller coaster at Lagoon in Farmington.

Students ride the Roller Coaster at Lagoon in Farmington on Friday, May 17, 2013. The Lagoon Roller Coaster, one of the oldest operating wooden coasters in the world, turned 100 in 2021.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

The Roller Coaster at Lagoon has officially been around for a century.

On July 15, Utah’s Lagoon Amusement Park is celebrating the 100th anniversary of one of the oldest operating wooden coasters in the world. The ride — which has also been nicknamed the White Roller Coaster because it was painted white up until 2005 — is 2,500 feet long, rises 60 feet and goes at a top speed of 45 mph, according to Lagoon’s website.

To celebrate 100 years, Lagoon is running a promotion on Thursday that allows customers to get two tickets for $100 with the code “100BDAY,” according to the amusement park’s social media accounts.

The park will also throw a celebration Thursday night that includes placing a time capsule inside the coaster for the next 100 years.

Over the years, the Roller Coaster — which was initially called the Lagoon Dipper — has weathered a flood and a fire, and has undergone several upgrades and renovations. It was designed by John Miller — who also created roller coasters at Coney Island — and is the second-oldest ride at the park, the Deseret News reported. In 2012, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places, according to lagoonhistory.com.

A few years ago, the Deseret News ranked several of the rides at Lagoon by levels of intensity and enjoyability. The Roller Coaster — which can be rather bumpy due to the wooden frame — scored a 3 out of 5 stars for intensity and a 4 out of 5 stars for enjoyability.

See how other popular rides ranked in this Deseret News story.