Adventuredome

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Adventuredome
Adventuredome logo.svg
Slogan 5 Acres of Indoor Fun!
Location Las Vegas, inside Circus Circus Hotel and Casino, Nevada, U.S.A.
Coordinates 36°08′16″N 115°09′58″W / 36.13778°N 115.16611°W / 36.13778; -115.16611Coordinates: 36°08′16″N 115°09′58″W / 36.13778°N 115.16611°W / 36.13778; -115.16611
Owner MGM Resorts International
Opened August 23, 1993
Previous names Grand Slam Canyon
Operating season All Year
Area 5 acres (0.020 km2)
Rides
Total 10 thrill rides & 20 attractions
Roller coasters 3
Water rides 1
Website adventuredome.com

The Adventuredome, formerly known as the Grand Slam Canyon, is a 5-acre (2.0 ha) indoor amusement park located at Circus Circus in Las Vegas, Nevada on the Las Vegas Strip. The park is connected to the hotel inside a large glass dome, and currently offers 25 rides and attractions including the Canyon Blaster roller coaster, rock climbing wall, 18-hole miniature golf course, an arcade, clown shows, Xtreme Zone, Pikes Pass, Virtual Reality Zone, Midway Games, and carnival-type games. Every October since 2003, the Adventuredome is changed to Fright Dome as a Halloween-themed theme park.[1]

Circus Circus Hotel and Adventuredome

The Adventuredome opened on August 23, 1993 in the west parking lot of the hotel. It sits on a reinforced 18" thick deck elevated 18 feet (5 m) above ground. The dome itself consists of over 350,000 sq ft (33,000 m2) of pink tinted, insulated glass over a teal green space frame (to minimize structural poles inside). Each pane of glass weighs approximately 300 lb (140 kg).

Attractions[edit]

The current and former attractions at the amusement park are provided below.

Current rides & attractions[edit]

Premium Rides[2][edit]


Current Name Opening Date Manufacturer Minimum Height Requirements Description
Canyon Blaster
One of Canyon Blaster's corkscrews.
August 23, 1993 Arrow Dynamics 48 inches The world's largest indoor double-loop, double-corkscrew roller coaster. Original park attraction.
El Loco February 18, 2014 S&S Worldwide 48 inches Only the 2nd of its kind in the United States, El Loco, a custom S&S coaster will take the place of the splash down pool of Rim Runner.
Disk'O
Disk'O in motion.
2007 Zamperla 48 inches A ride where passengers sit on a spinning disk which rides along a half pipe track.
FX Theatre - Featuring SpongeBob SquarePants 4D: The Great Jelly Rescue! May 2013 SimEx-Iwerks 33 inches 4-D film experience replaced SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D in late May 2013.
FX Theatre - Featuring Dora and Diego 4D Adventure: Catch that Robot Butterfly! August 2010 SimEx-Iwerks 33 inches Added in mid August 2010 in honor of Dora's 10th anniversary.
Extreme Ride Theatre - Featuring Happy Feet: Mumble's Wild Ride 4-D: 4-D excitement on ice!  ? SimEx-Iwerks 42 inches Motion Simulator Experience
Sling Shot 2004 Chance Morgan 48 inches 100' tall free fall ride that shoots riders upwards with 4G's of acceleration.
Chaos
Chaos at high stage.
March 2001 Chance Morgan 48 inches Ride that spins while allowing each car to flip on its own axis while tilted to a 70 degree angle.
Inverter 1999 Chance Morgan 48 inches Ride that spins riders upside down.
Lazer Blast August 23, 1993  ? 42 inches Formerly known as "Hot Shots Lazer Tag." Laser tag arena built into the base of the park's signature mountain.

Large Rides[edit]

Current Name Opening Date Manufacturer Minimum Height Requirements Description
Canyon Cars  ? Zamperla 42 inches to ride, 54 inches to drive Bumper cars.
Sand Pirates  ? Zamperla 33 inches Swinging pirate ship.

Junior Rides[edit]

Current Name Opening Date Manufacturer Minimum Height Requirements Description
Frog Hopper 2002 S&S Power 36 - 58 inches Shoot you up, hop you down ride.
Miner Mike  ? Wisdom Rides 33 - 58 inches A small children's coaster.
Thunderbirds  ? Zamperla 36 - 58 inches An airplane carousel that flies through the air.

Family Rides[edit]

Current Name Opening Date Manufacturer Minimum Height Requirements Description
B.C. Bus  ? Zamperla 42 inches A bus that goes up, down and around.
Circus Carousel 1999, relocated in 2003 Chance Morgan 42 inches Carousel themed with circus animals.
Drifters  ? Zamperla 42 inches A hot air balloon themed Ferris wheel.
Road Runner  ? Wisdom Rides 42 inches Mini-Himalaya that gives a wild trip going forwards and backwards.

Former rides & attractions[edit]

Ride Opening Date Closing Date Manufacturer Description
Dino Island 2: Escape from DinoIsland  ?  ? SimEx-Iwerks This was a simulator in which one would rescue the last remaining dinosaur on earth. It was replaced with Happy Feet: Mumble's Wild Ride.
Twist 'N' Shout August 23, 1993  ?  ? 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.
Rim Runner August 23, 1993 February 3, 2013 Arrow Dynamics Shoot-the-Chutes with a 60-foot (18 m) drop. This was an original park attraction.

In popular culture[edit]

  • In the 1999 film Baby Geniuses, the Adventuredome makes an appearance as the fictional "Joyworld" theme park. Sly starts the Canyon Blaster ride with two scientists on board and restraints still open. Both fall from the ride.
  • In the 2004 video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas the Adventuredome can be seen under construction as the game takes place in 1992, the year the park was being built.
  • Criss Angel Mindfreak (Season 3 Episode "Rollercoaster") - a train "goes through" Criss' body while he stands on the track of the Canyon Blaster after the corkscrews and Criss ends up in the front seat.

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