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Circus Circus

2880 Las Vegas Blvd. S.

Las Vegas, NV 89109

702-794-3939

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All Day $31.95 adults

All Day $17.95 kids

Mon-Thu 10am-6pm

Fri-Sun 10am-12am

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AT A GLANCE

What is it?

An indoor amusement park under a giant pink dome with several rides including a roller coaster, motion simulators, midway style carnival games, an 18-hole miniature golf course, virtual reality machines, bumper cars, and the like.

There are a couple of spinning/dropping/flipping/freakout type rides that are impossible to explain unless you ride one. If you want to know, go check out Chaos, Inverter, or Sling Shot. Check your stomachs at the door.

None of the rides are epic in their scope or duration and true adrenaline junkies will probably be bored, but there is some fun to be had here, especially for kids.

Where is it?

Under a big pink dome behind Circus Circus on the North Strip.

Is it worth the cost?

Yes, but I recommend buying the all day pass so you can come and go. You could chose to buy passes on individual rides for $6-12 but that can get very pricey very quickly.

What else do I need to know?

The park is small but the rides are fun and the air conditioning feels great on hot days. Not a place to go if you don't want to be around children.

What's the bottom line?

If you like amusement parks you'll enjoy this one - but only for a few hours and then you've done everything.

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FULL REVIEW

One of the last remnants of the failed "Las Vegas is for families" experiment of the early 1990s is this indoor amusement park behind Circus Circus. How it has survived while pretty much everything else kid friendly has been replaced by a nightclub or a nightclub or another nightclub is really a matter of exclusivity; there is simply nothing else like it on The Strip and therefore people who insist on bringing their kids to Vegas don't have many options other than to bring them here.

Which is not to say that if it weren't the only game in town that it wouldn't be worth visiting; it would be, especially if you have those kids in tow or you are looking for a pleasant, air conditioned diversion to get you away from the slot machines for a little while.

The park is compact - you can get from one side to the other in minutes even with crowds - but they manage to cram a lot into that relatively small space. There is the Canyon Blaster roller coaster, billed as the world's only indoor double-loop, double-corkscrew track, and a bunch of other spinny, twirly, twisty rides that produce thrills in some and nausea in others. There are some tamer rides for the less adventurous and/or small children. They also have 4-D theaters, rock climbing walls, a miniature golf course, mini-bowling, midway games, laser tag, a Batman-themed laser adventure game, and more.

El Loco is the big new attraction as of 2014. It starts with a 70 foot climb that is followed by an over and under backwards dive that creates 1.5 negative vertical G's. As a point of reference, negative 2 is about the most the human body can withstand. The ride also features a 45-degree banked outward turn, a 180-degree turn that goes into a barrel roll, and a greater than straight down diving drop. The four-person open-air cars tilt and roll, giving riders the sensation of flying during the 75-second ride. Loco indeed.

To make room for the new ride, they got rid of the classic Rim Runner water flume, one of the park's original attractions.

So yes there is plenty to do here but let's be real: this isn't Disney World. Or Disneyland. Or even California Adventure. Even the most dedicated of amusement park junkies or the entertainment starved children will do pretty much everything worth doing after a few hours. And with the exception of El Loco, genuine thrill seekers will probably be better suited on the rides atop the Stratosphere tower than here - everything else is a little tame for those looking for an adrenaline rush.

You could do individual rides but at $6-12 per, you'll probably be better served doing the all day pass even if you aren't going to spend all day there.

Worth noting is the October revamp of the place into Fright Dome, which keeps a lot of the rides going but adds themed haunted houses, costumed actors, and Halloween flavored shows and attractions. It is not for the faint of heart; not because it's scary, necessarily, but because the crowds are young adult and often of the aggressively thrill-seeking variety (this is not your local Jaycee's haunted house).

If you're looking for family style fun there aren't a lot of options in Vegas anymore so look for the giant pink dome to at least get you started.

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