The original is one of only eight of its type remaining across America designed by Bill Tracy, a famous dark-house designer. Lagoon's Dracula's Castle also is a Tracy design.
According to Lagoon's Adam Leishman, the park is working to restore Tracy's wax and papier-mâché figures while working with feature film director Joseph Wartnercheney on a new storyline and Utah Opera's scenic department for updated sets.
"Upon inspection, these are incredibly detailed figures," said Leishman. "They are fine work. We want to tell more of a story while keeping the original elements as much as we could."
The main character is named Louis von Black, who will be seen throughout the redesigned ride. The park is also bringing back a restored historic mural painted by Tracy that once appeared at the entrance of the ride. An official opening day for the ride has yet to be set, but is expected in early June.
As for the new rides, Lagoon special-events coordinator Julie Freed said Ruka Safari involves cars that go up and down, while the Flying Tigers are an airplane ride.
Like many of Lagoon's new kid rides, the two new additions are designed to allow adults to ride with their kids or grandkids.
Lagoon day tickets this year are $55.95 for adults, $49.95 for seniors 65 and older, and $39.95 for kids under 48 inches. For information, visit www.lagoonpark.com.
Pacific Park, Santa Monica Pier
This 2-acre park on the Santa Monica Pier is offering the new Shark Frenzy ride, a twist on the classic 1927 Tilt-A-Whirl. Instead of the regular spinning cars on tilting platforms, riders sit in cars that look like different kinds of sharks.
This park offers 12 amusement rides, 14 midway games, a food plaza and shopping. No admission is charged to enter; rides and attractions are priced individually from $5-$10. For information, visit www.pacpark.com.
The big new ride at the two Disney properties this year is a remake of the old Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at California Adventure Park. Opening Saturday, the ride is now called Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: Breakout. Heroes from the film appear for the first time in a Disney park. The ride includes the free-fall sensation with all-new visual and audio effects.