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Why We're Loco For The Adventuredome

Where: 2880 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
July 24, 2014 at 5:43 PM | by | ()

Here at VegasChatter, we love what’s new. It’s no surprise that we’ve covered El Loco, the most recent ride addition at The Adventuredome, quite a bit. But, what about the rest of the ‘Dome? It's been up and running for over twenty years, but is it worth your time? Or, is it a tourist trap better left for the Clark Griswolds of the world? This writer set out to answer these questions while conquering the new El Loco coaster during a recent visit to Circus Circus.

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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 | ()

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 We Can Go Loco at The Adventuredome

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

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 | ()

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 | ()

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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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 | ()

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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Would You Ride a Roller Coaster in 115 Degree Heat? Yeah, Didn't Think So

July 11, 2013 at 7:56 PM | by | ()


We promise this is the last of the "How Hot Was It? This Hot!" story variety.

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.

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'Speed: The Ride' Super Fans Won't Let Its Memory Die

February 13, 2013 at 2:03 PM | by | ()

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.

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Circus Circus To Get Loco

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

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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Big Wheel Rumors, Updates As We Head Back To SkyVue

August 1, 2012 at 8:30 PM | by | ()

Left: SkyVue, "This is Epic." Right: The High Roller at The Linq.

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.

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Four on Four(square): New York-New York

Where: 3790 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
January 31, 2012 at 7:31 PM | by | ()

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:

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The Sahara Losing Speed

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd S [map], 89109
May 3, 2011 at 12:40 PM | by | ()

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.

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