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Utah's Cannibal coaster promises to 'eat' the competition

Utah's Cannibal coaster promises to 'eat' the competition

Roller-coaster enthusiasts are already planning pilgrimages to check out a fascinating new one-of-a-kind ride built by an in-house team of designers at an off-the-radar amusement park in Utah.

Set to debut this summer, the $22-million Cannibal at Lagoon outside Salt Lake City has been in the works for five years and will largely be designed, engineered, manufactured and built in-house with the help of in-state firms, a rarity in the amusement park industry.

With the exception of Disney, most big and small parks alike rely on major ride manufacturers in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands for off-the-shelf steel roller coaster...