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Circus Circus Wants To Trade Its RV Lot For A Water Park

Where: 500 Circus Circus Drive [map], 89109
December 10, 2012 at 2:27 PM | by | ()

Why have just two water parks when you can have three?

After years of having none at all, two water parks are slated to open in Vegas in 2013 -- Wet 'N' Wild will make its return, but not to the Strip, in May 2013 while Cowabunga Bay will pop up, off Strip, next summer, too. But, there could be good news for all of us who still lament the loss of a Strip-front water park -- Circus Circus wants to build one now, too.

The family friendly hotel-casino is seeking to change the zoning of its 22-acre RV park to a water park. The first hurdle will take place tomorrow when the issue comes up before the Winchester Town Board. After that, county officials will rule on the request in early January. We'll keep you updated on its progress. Thanks to VegasChatter fan UTE for the tip off.

KOA Circusland RV Park is the only one of its kind on The Strip, offering just under 400 spaces for those who like to live on the road.

12/12 Update: First hurdle cleared for Circus. We'll let you know how things go with county officials next month.

(PHOTO: foqus on Flickr)

Archived Comments:


If the photo above is an accurate depiction of the RV park's patronage, this could be a good move on their part.    Lots more vacant spaces than ones in use.  And really close to the old Wet and Wild.

Good Point

@sammasseur I'm not going to drive over for a personal peek (even though I'm 5 minutes away) but...

Both sets of Google maps (both the regular satellite and the closer, angled view -- taken at different times) show the park pretty much empty.

Circus already caters to middle class families from Southern California. So, this would be no surprise. Probably a better ROI on a Strip water park then on an observation wheel. Plus, if they ever want to do something else with the land, ripping out a water park isn't a great loss of long-term investment.

Some Like it Hot

As the others have noted, the Circus Circus RV park does not appear to be a raging success.  I go by there regularly and have not seen it more than about 1/2 utilized  - and that's during peak times on The Strip.
Now, I've not personally stayed at the property, but a few relatives have stayed there.  And, they were ambivalent about it.  They liked the services, value and location, but complained the preponderance of asphalt (vs green space or shade trees) resulted in uncomfortable temperatures during the warmer months.  "Like camping in a hot parking lot," as my sister-in-law put it.  She did not return.