With Rachel working for Novell for these past months, she’s been given many cool gifts and bonuses for her hard work. She’s also been given many gifts and bonuses just for being an employee. Trips to Southern California to play at Disneyland and other such gifts came at the expense of performing as Employee of the Year (her first year by the way). Free movies, baseball games, dinners and visits to Lagoon come just by clocking in.
Thursday, the 19th, we enjoyed just such an event. We were able to spend all day riding rides, swimming and essentially cooking ourselves in the 100+ degree weather. I’ve never been to Lagoon but had always heard of it’s magnificence from Utahans here and there throughout life. I heard of the claims that this theme park’s glory exceeds even that of California’s Disneyland. I had to always just shake my head silently and chuckle a bit. What could be greater?? Now that I’ve been, I must say that while the time we spent was mostly enjoyable, some Utahans better head south a bit and see what they’re apparently missing out on.
If you are familiar with Wild Waves/Enchanted Village in Federal Way, Washington, I could say the experience was somewhat on that line. Granted, Lagoon is much larger in space and probably has a few more rides and slides, but the hometown feeling is very similar. Disney, on the other hand, is almost like being on a lifted plain. You aren’t on Planet Earth anymore when you walk through those gates. You have escaped reality to play among dreams and fantasies. Lagoon, my friends, does not have that effect. Don’t get me wrong, it was a lot of fun and I would not hesitate to return… on someone else’s dime (or $40).
My take? Well, if you’re in town visiting, check it out. Really, it’s fun and lots of it. Don’t plan a trip around a visit though. It isn’t that good. And no comparison is even thinkable between Lagoon and Disneyland.