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Taking A Spin On El Loco At The Adventuredome

Where: 2880 South Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89109
February 21, 2014 at 11:31 AM | by | Comment (1)

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.

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Lost Vegas Photos From A Chazzy Gator

February 14, 2014 at 3:21 PM | by | Comments (4)

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.

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When We Can Go Loco at The Adventuredome

February 12, 2014 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

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:

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Adventuredome’s New Coaster Is Almost Here! Are You Loco Enough To Test It Out?

Where: 2880 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
January 14, 2014 at 6:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

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 park’s Facebook page.

Just when will El Loco debut? That’s still uncertain, but the answer seems to be sooner rather than later. Perhaps, learning from Slotzilla’s 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. We’re willing to let that one slide, especially since The Adventuredome has done an awesome job of posting construction updates online.

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Oh Dear, We've Jinxed El Loco

Where: 2880 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
December 9, 2013 at 10:08 PM | by | Comments (2)

A month ago, we were excited to share that El Loco seemed to be on the verge of doing something completely crazy -- open on time this December.

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.

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With Sirens Out Of The Picture, A Reminder On What's Still Free On The Strip

Where: 89109
November 26, 2013 at 11:41 PM | by | Comments (6)

While most preferred the original buccaneers over the reincarnated Sirens, Vegas visitors were dismayed by the weekend news that Treasure Island pulled the plug on its free outdoor attraction.

During its original ten year run, the swashbuckling performance served as one of the greatest examples of the city’s 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 Vegas’ most iconic attractions no longer in action, we thought it an appropriate time to check up on the remaining free Las Vegas Strip shows.

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A New Ride Opening On Time? That’s Not Crazy, That’s El Loco!

Where: 2880 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
November 7, 2013 at 12:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

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. Downtown’s monstrous Slotzilla hasn’t 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? Where’s the Indiegogo campaign to pay for the rollercoaster track?

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Circus Circus Has A New Way To Scare The Crap Out Of Us

Where: 2880 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
August 6, 2013 at 12:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

Goretorium may offer year-round fright (for now), but Circus Circus' Fright Dome is the time-tested scare master in Vegas.

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)

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Vegas To Get Even More Fabulous Again

July 15, 2013 at 6:34 PM | by | Comments (4)

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.

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The Chuck Jones Experience Now Closed For Rabbit Season

June 24, 2013 at 1:15 PM | by | Comments (2)

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.

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Low Rollin' On The Strip

February 13, 2013 at 6:45 PM | by | Comments (6)

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.

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Circus Circus To Get Loco

February 8, 2013 at 4:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

Not only is Circus Circus planning to add a water park, it's also changing things up inside The Adventuredome.

The family friendly resort says it's taking out the amusement park's original Rim Runner flume ride and will replace it with El Loco, a roller coaster. Being touted as one of only a handful of coasters of its kind, El Loco will send four-person cars on a rip-roaring, 75-second thrill ride:

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