If you’re a new local looking for a bit of adventure with your children, or a visitor to Vegas who’s looking for a family-friendly casino/hotel, Circus Circus fits the bill on both accounts! Some parts may be getting a little “long in the tooth” but it’s still a lot of fun, and let’s face it: it’s not always easy to find the total indoor package for families in a town such as ours (or anywhere else for that matter!).
Circus Circus was opened on October 18, 1968 by Jay Sarno, becoming the flagship casino for Circus Circus Enterprises. Architects Rissman and Rissman Associates designed the theme of a giant circus tent shaped main structure, which was built by R.C. Johnson Construction. Since the casino originally had no hotel attached (folks stayed in RV’s or tents on the grounds, or at nearby casinos), this led to some financial problems since no high-rollers would stay there. Hence a total remodelling and restructuring of this vintage Las Vegas site. In 1974 ownership changed with the sale of the casino to William Bennett and William Pennington for $25 million and the tower renovations truly began.
Adventuredome is a 5-acre indoor amusement park (formerly called Grand Slam Canyon) located at Circus Circus. The park offers a multitude of rides and attractions and is attached to the hotel via The Promenade. You can still find some original attractions as well as some brand-new fun for the entire family. There’s everything from roller coasters to a carousel, midway games and a miniature golf course. There’s literally something for almost every member of the family!
Every October since 2003, The Adventuredome has been transformed into the “Frightdome,” a Halloween theme park. This is such a hit that locals talk about it all year, and guests show up in October just to participate in the thrills and chills.
Frog Hopper: Shoot you up, hop you down ride from S&S Power. Added in 2002.
Miner Mike: A small children’s coaster from Wisdom Rides.
Thunderbirds: An airplane carousel that flies through the air from Zamperla.
B.C. Bus: A bus that goes up, down and around. Also from Zamperla.
Circus Carousel: Chance-Morgan carousel themed with circus animals. Opened in 1999. Relocated in 2003 for Slingshot.
Drifters: A hot air balloon themed Ferris wheel from Zamperla.
Road Runner: Wisdom Rides Mini-Himilaya that gives a wild trip going forwards and backwards.
Canyon Cars: Zamperla Bumper cars.
Sand Pirates: Zamperla swinging pirate ship
Canyon Blaster: The world’s largest indoor double-loop, double-corkscrew roller coaster. Original park attraction.
Disk-O: A Zamperla ride where passengers sit on a spinning disk which rides along a half pipe track. Added in 2009.
FX Theatre: Featuring SpongeBob SquarePants. Out of this world 4D experience! You must be at least 33 inches tall. If you are under 42 inches tall, you must be accompanied by a paying adult. Added in 2005.
Dora & Diego’s 4-D Experience: Catch that wild butterfly! Added in August, 2010, in honor of Dora’s 10th anniversary
SimEx Extreme Ride Theatre: Happy Feet Featuring Mumble’s Wild Ride. Take a wild ride down the ice-covered frozen cliffs of Antarctica with Mumble and his friends!
Rim Runner:Arrow Dynamics: Shoot-the-Chutes with a 60-foot (18 m) drop. Original park attraction.
Slingshot: 100′ tall Chance-Morgan free fall ride that shoots riders upwards with 4G’s of acceleration. Added in 2004.
Chaos: Chance-Morgan ride that spins while allowing each car to flip on its own axis while tilted to a 70 degree angle. Opened March 2001.
Inverter: Chance-Morgan ride that spins riders upside down. Added in 1999.
Lazer Blast (formerly Hot Shots Lazer Tag): Laser tag arena built into the base of the park’s signature mountain. Opened with the park.
Past Attractions – remember these?
Twist N Shout: Large water slide tower with two identical slides. Occupied area that is now home to Canyon Cars, Sand Pirates and midway games. This was an original park attraction.
Dinosaur exhibits: Various animatronic dioramas throughout the park including a depiction of a pool of tar pits.
Fossil Dig: Children’s sand pit with hidden dinosaur bones. Went along with the original Grand Slam Canyon dinosaur theme.
Cliffhangers: Children’s ball pit and crawl area. Formerly located in the current home of the party rooms, then moved to the former home of the Fossil Dig. Now home to more reservable party area.
Circus Circus: 2880 Las Vegas Blvd S., Las Vegas, NV – (800) 634-3450