Tag: Circus CircusView All Tags
Fun Vegas / The Adventuredome / The High Roller / Wet N Wild / Cowabunga Bay / Stratosphere / Circus Circus / Attractions / → All Tags
When it comes to amusement parks and one-off thrill rides, Vegas is big on ideas. Execution is another story. For every Ferris wheel, water park, or rollercoaster that goes up, it seems there are three that never make it beyond a press release. And, those that do (eventually) open arenít guaranteed success. We need look no further than the High Roller observation wheel to see proof of that. Itís not all bad, however, as there are a handful of attractions that have proved successful over the years. So, what makes them work? What does it take to run a successful attraction in Vegas?
Tuesday afternoon brought the introduction of 1,300 feet of doughnut rolls, hairpin turns and inverted drops to The Adventuredome at Circus Circus, as the park's newest roller coaster, El Loco, debuted to the thrill-seeking public.
One of six El Loco models worldwide — Indiana, France, Great Britain, Australia and China play home to the other five — the electric yellow-and-black structure packs a powerful punch given its limited space. The 72-second ride commences with a climb at a speed of 14 feet per second before launching into a series of high-speed twists, turns, drops and rolls guaranteed to make you regret a poorly timed meal.
Lost Vegas / Vegas History / Past Vegas / Photos / Sahara / Barbary Coast / MGM Grand / Caesars Palace / Circus Circus / → All Tags
It's official. We've always enjoyed turning back the clock on Las Vegas through stories, books and videos, but Lost Vegas is our favorite series as it provides a chance to relive "the good ol' days" through the lenses of our doubly amazing readers.
VC fans have been filling our in-box with personal Lost Vegas photos and we've proudly been featuring them here. The latest to dust off his prints and show off his Sahara is Chazzy Gator. This shutterbug even captured the Casbar Theatre marquee. Fun fact: Who was the first person to get married at Caesars Palace? If you guessed a 20-year-old Charo (to 60-year-old bandleader Xavier Cugat in 1966), you're not only wicked smart but maybe spotted our tie-in. Feel free to leave David Brenner trivia in the comments below.
Circus Circus / The Adventuredome / El Loco / Roller Coasters / Openings / Attractions / Fun Vegas / Vegas Delays / → All Tags
When this writer's younger sister turned 16, I took her on New York-New York's roller coaster. It was her first time on a coaster. It was also her last. That means two things. One, I'm a horrible sister. And, two, I'm going to need to find another
sucker sibling to climb into El Loco with me.
Circus Circus announced on Facebook earlier today that its much anticipated coaster will finally take off next week:
Contests / Attractions / Roller Coasters / Circus Circus / The Adventuredome / El Loco / Openings / Construction / Fun Vegas / Vegas Delays / → All Tags
As construction on the tangled web of bright yellow steel known as El Loco comes to a close, The Adventuredome is looking for eight volunteers
foolish brave enough to ride the new roller coaster before it opens to the public. Interested parties can find contest details and submit entries on the parkís Facebook page.
Just when will El Loco debut? Thatís still uncertain, but the answer seems to be sooner rather than later. Perhaps, learning from Slotzillaís litany.. of.. delays, The Adventuredome has been a bit conservative in regards to revealing an exact opening date. When the ride was initially announced in early 2013, a December 2013 unveiling was anticipated. The park later revised that estimate, stating that first rides would be pushed back until the end of January. Weíre willing to let that one slide, especially since The Adventuredome has done an awesome job of posting construction updates online.
Vegas Delays / Construction / Circus Circus / Openings / The Adventuredome / El Loco / Roller Coasters / Attractions / Fun Vegas / → All Tags
Well, we should have crossed our fingers, knocked on wood, tossed some salt over our shoulder and wished on a star 'cause, unfortunately, we were the crazy ones. Our @sammasseur stopped by The Adventuredome over the weekend and saw a ride still not fully constructed.
Vegas Observations / Free Vegas / Treasure Island / The Mirage / Bellagio / Wynn / Caesars Palace / Flamingo / Circus Circus / Monte Carlo / Blue Man Group / → All Tags
During its original ten year run, the swashbuckling performance served as one of the greatest examples of the cityís family friendly era. Its more recent rendition, full of scantily-clad women and poorly crafted jokes, could be viewed cynically as a representation of the party pits and 6:5 blackjack payouts that many Strip casinos are now known for. With one of Vegasí most iconic attractions no longer in action, we thought it an appropriate time to check up on the remaining free Las Vegas Strip shows.
Attractions / Roller Coasters / Circus Circus / Adventuredome / El Loco / Openings / Construction / Fun Vegas / → All Tags
Over the past few months, with a litany of delays and questionable marketing techniques, Rio has shown us how not to launch a new attraction. Downtownís monstrous Slotzilla hasnít fared much better. Fortunately for thrill seekers, Circus Circus is on top of things when it comes to adding a new Las Vegas thrill ride. Who would have guessed?
The Adventuredome, the indoor amusement park at Circus Circus, announced the new El Loco rollercoaster at the beginning of the year. Along with the news came a projected opening date of December 2013. If the VooDoo Zip Line or Slotzilla construction schedules are to be used as guides, we should realistically expect a mid to late 2014 opening, right? We were pleasantly surprised when we checked in and found not only a bustling construction site, but also an expected opening timeframe that matches initial projections.
A new ride in Vegas opening on time... How can this be? Where are the delays? Whereís the Indiegogo campaign to pay for the rollercoaster track?
Now in its 11th year, Fright Dome already has its
nose ax to the grindstone, announcing recently that it will be more creeptastic than ever with six haunted houses rather than five. One will be themed around THE COLLECTION while another will be based on THE COLLECTOR.
One of those houses will be called "Hotel Argento" and only those with fast passes will be allowed inside. Oh, and.. you'll need to enter alone. ALONE. (Insert horrified gif here)
Events / Fabulous / Gay Vegas / PRIDE / MGM Resorts / Entertainment / Bingo / Circus Circus / Temptation Sundays / Luxor / The Mirage / Dining / Deals / → All Tags
The resorts of MGM, erm, Resorts will make Las Vegas twice as fabulous again this year with the return of Fabulous Las Vegas. The now annual LGBT celebration has been moved back a few months, though, to run concurrent with Las Vegas' also annual PRIDE parade and festival. Fabulous was held in July last year (and August before that), but will run September 3-8 this time around. PRIDE's festivities typically occur in September and are set for September 6-7 this year.
Fabulous Las Vegas -- which attracts hundreds of participants -- will see events up and down The Strip, from PRIDE Family Bingo at Circus Circus to Temptation Sundays at Luxor. (Psst, you can experience both outside of this week, too, if you can't make it but still want to be, you know, fabulous.) Deals will also be offered for Zarkana at Aria, Zumanity at New York-New York and stand-up comedy shows by Margaret Cho and Kathy Griffin at The Mirage. At least a half dozen restaurants will discount dining as well.
The Chuck Jones Experience at Circus Circus has gone kaput. Tucked waaaaay at the back of the property, it celebrated the life and work of artist and cartoonist Chuck Jones, the director of the Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig cartoons. And, once opened, well, we never heard much about it again.
We attended the exhibit launch back in January 2012 and felt that, even at $19.95, very casual fans would be surprised, and maybe disappointed, at how much of a tribute it was to the man. And, not his creations.
Gambling / Survival Strategies / Budget Vegas / Luxor / Excalibur / New York-New York / Bally's / Harrah's / Treasure Island / Circus Circus / Riviera / Stratosphere / Aria / The Cosmopolitan / Craps / Blackjack / Roulette / → All Tags
The closure of Bill's Gambling Hall makes Casino Royale one of the last low roller casinos remaining on The Strip. Whether you want $1 beer or you're in the mood for a Cinnabon or if you just want to play $5 craps, Casino Royale has it all. While many casinos on The Strip offer poor odds for most casino games, Casino Royale has some of the best inexpensive gaming. That said, they're not the only place you can gamble for cheap, nowadays.
You won't find low roller limits on The Strip at newer casinos like Aria or†Cosmopolitan,†but you will find $5 and $10 blackjack at a variety of other casinos up and down The Strip. Availability on these games depend on the day and time you visit, but $5 or $10 blackjack can be had at Luxor, Excalibur, New York-New York, Bally's, Harrah's, Treasure Island, Circus Circus, Riviera and the Stratosphere.