Review: Jet Star 2 at Lagoon

Jet Star 2 is a steel family coaster located at Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington, Utah.  One of two Schwarzkopf coasters in the park (the other is Colossus The Fire Dragon), it initially operated at the 1974 World’s Fair in Spokane, WA before being relocated to Lagoon.

Layout and Elements

Jet Star 2 features an electric spiral lift and compact, multi-tiered track with a series of drops and turns.  The arrangement is reminiscent of a bobsled in that it seats six riders inline in groups of two with one rider seated one in front of the other.   The restraint consists of a seat belt designed to secure two riders.  For this reason single riders are prohibited.  I had been warned by park spokesperson Adam Leishman that if I wanted to ride I would have to find a buddy.  Fortunately, I ran into a man with two daughters and rode with the father while the two girls rode together.

Photo by Bobbie Butterfield
Ride Experience

The ride begins with the train making a slight left turn from the loading area and spiraling up to the top.  The ascent to the top reminds me of a song title, The Long and Winding Road. Not that the ride has anything to do with the song.  It’s just that the way the train goes around and around one wonders when it’s going to reach the highest point of the track.  Hey, aren’t we there yet?  Nope!  Once at the top, the train drops, providing a nice pop of airtime.  It then navigates a sharply left-banked turn before making a sweeping right turn and dropping again.  This is followed by several more wide, swooping turns.  And that’s all she wrote.

Photo by Bobbie Butterfield
Final Thoughts

The turns are nicely banked and the airtime is really very good.   Although Jet Star 2 falls short of being a high thrill ride, it’s good enough that even a seasoned veteran addicted to hypercoasters is likely to get a kick out of it.  It’s just plain fun.  I found this coaster pretty entertaining and am giving it a 6 on a scale of 1 to 10.

Final Rating – 6.0 out of 10 (Above Average)

What’s your take?  Have you ridden Jet Star 2 and if so, what did you think of it?  If not, does this look like a coaster you’d like to ride?