Location: Las Vegas, NV
Imagine yourself walking down the Las Vegas Strip, taking in all of the sites and sounds and all of the sudden you come upon this big glass dome connected to the Circus Circus Hotel and Resort. What would you think is inside of that dome? Well, the answer is a shock to many people, but it’s a fully functioning theme park complete with rides and attractions of all sorts! Adventuredome in Las Vegas, Nevada is a one stop indoor amusement park that will bring thrills, chills, and wills to all members of the family throughout the year. The 5 acre park is currently owned by MGM Resorts International and is part of the Circus Circus Resort Experience.
Adventuredome opened in August of 1993 when the owners of the hotel wanted to do something with the West parking lot. The park actually opened and operated under the name of Grand Slam Canyon and became the first amusement park in the history of Las Vegas. The dome is built on elevated 18 inch thick decking and the dome consists of over 350,000 square feet of insulated glass. The dome is the largest space-frame dome in the United States and is climate controlled 365 days out of the year. When the park opened in 1993, it included the Arrow double looping Canyon Blaster roller coaster that is still in operation today. The park began to add new rides and attractions sporadically and today has a total of 10 thrill rides and 20 other attractions.
The park has 2 roller coasters that include Canyon Blaster and the new El Loco roller coaster that opened in February of 2014. El Loco is only the 2nd coaster of its kind in the United States and was custom built by the S&S company. The ride features 4 person cars that has intense turns and maneuvers on the track. The park also includes thrill rides like a Disk’O and a Chaos type ride. There are 3D theaters and simulators, a mini golf course and even a sling shot. The park did have a shot the chutes water ride but it was taken out to build the new El Loco coaster. The park transforms during the Halloween season into Fright Dome with all sorts of spooky excitement.
The next time you find yourself in Sin City, take a break from the casinos, clubs, and buffets and head over to the big glass dome. Adventuredome has something for everyone and can be an exciting way to enjoy a day off of the strip.
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