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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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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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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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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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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?
The other weekend during Las Vegas' record-setting heat wave, we couldn't help but notice something amiss on The Strip -- namely, the Roller Coaster at New York, New York. It looked like a ghost town.
We kept seeing it do loops from our perch at the Mandarin Oriental spa, but each time we looked for telltale signs of people crazy enough to bear the 115 degree heat, we saw nothing but empty seats.
We'd heard the skeleton of Speed: The Ride was hidden in plain sight, somewhere near the Strip. But, we didn't know where. Remember the roller coaster located on the outside of the Sahara? When the Sahara closed so did the ride. But, it was meant to re-open a few miles down the Strip, opposite Mandalay Bay, as the highlight of a new retail and entertainment complex called Akita Plaza. This grand idea included a tightrope walking school. And, you've never heard of it, because they never built it. Yet. We've heard no progress about this very large development for some time.
Breslin Builders were in charge of the move and the mothballing. And they, like us all, wait to see what will happen. Like its neighbor, the also much promised Skyvue Super Wheel, we don't hold our breath in waiting for news. Breslin has a permit until the end of April to keep the coaster in this location. Perhaps, then, we'll learn the next chapter of this saga.
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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A tale of one city and two big wheels.
We recently had the chance to the visit the two rival sites for the proposed observation wheels competing to dominate your Vegas skyline at the tail end of 2013. One visit was official, the other our typical VegasChatter snoop-around-the-outside-looking-through-the-fence kinda of deal.
The SkyVue Super Wheel is destined to revolve opposite Mandalay Bay. The High Roller will rotate mid-Strip as the anchor of The Linq. We’ve looked around, talked to a few folks and we have some thoughts we think are worth sharing from our soapbox.
The High Roller will be the world’s largest wheel. 550 feet. They've hired project leaders and designers who’ve worked on the previous two highest wheels. They’ve raised $550 million dollars (total cost of The Linq). Have 72% of their allocated Linq tenants almost signed on the bottom line and are working with teams around the world to ensure the attraction opens on time.
This week's Four on Four(square) tips were a bit difficult. The hotel was easy enough to choose as we travel down The Strip from Mandalay Bay (see that hotel, Luxor and Excalibur by clicking the hyperlinks). However, finding good tips for New York-New York was harder than we thought.
After digging deep and going through ever single tip, we did manage to find four worthy of sharing. The first rounds up the good and the bad:
You know when you're getting ready to move out and you start unplugging things and boxing up the non-essentials? Yeah, the Sahara is there.
Over the weekend, Sahara quietly sent out Speed, its roller coaster, for its last ride according to local FOX affiliate KVVU. Today, USA Today is reporting that the coming shuttering of the Sahara's monorail station could be one more nail in the monofail's coffin.
The hotel's web admins must have already been given the boot as the main page still promotes Sahara as "your home for March Madness." Its Twitter stream has been silent since March 10 while the Sahara's Facebook page hasn't been touched since the closing announcement was posted.