Specific Type: Custom Looping
When it opened in 1993, the Adventuredome indoor theme park at Circus Circus in Las Vegas, NV featured only one roller coaster, the iconic Canyon Blaster. Featuring a dull red and off-white color scheme against the “canyon” walls, the coaster is still proclaimed as the “wolrd’s largest indoor double-loop, double-corkscrew coaster.” It was also only the second coaster Arrow built for an indoor amusement park, the first being the Chicago Loop at the now defunct Old Chicago, now operating as Canobie Corkscrew at Canobie Lake Park.
Canyon Blaster originally sported seven-car trains along with its red and tan color scheme, but in 2001 when the trains were modified to a six-car configuration, they also received a dark blue and deep purple heliochrome paint scheme. The coaster has featured in both movies such as Baby Geniuses, where the coaster appeared as part of the fictional “Joyworld” park where the climax of the movie takes place, as well as in Criss Angel Mindfreak where the coaster is featured in a magic trick.
On board the 24-passenger train and with shoulder restraints locked down, a turnaround out of the station leads the train into the nine-story lift hill, ending at the top of the “canyon” amongst the latticework of the highest points of Adventuredome’s domed top. Disengaging with the lift hill, a slight dip and 180-degree turn to the left hugs a canyon spire leading into the ride’s seven-story drop. Down towards the floor the coaster rockets, before rising up and blasting through two back-to-back vertical loops. A rise up towards the lower part of the dome dips and rolls to the right, dropping back down before rolling the train clockwise through double corkscrews. A quick zip through a rock tunnel rises and rolls to the right, dropping as it hugs the canyon wall into a short tunnel, rising back over itself as it exits before dropping back into a longer tunnel to finish the lengthy helix into the final brake run.
The ride is a bit on the shorter side, but packs quite a wild punch for a coaster of its size and stature. Additionally the headchoppers provided throughout the ride and the disorienting effect provided by the canyon walls and presence of other buildings and attractions crammed all around makes Canyon Blaster that much more wild.
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