PHOTOS: Your crazy wait is almost over! Las Vegas roller coaster nears completion

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UPDATE — 3:25 p.m.: Safety testing has officially begun on El Loco’s cars, a major milestone in the coaster construction process:


It’s almost time to go crazy on the Las Vegas Strip! The El Loco roller coaster is slated to open at the Adventuredome at Circus Circus in late January or early February — and I’m pretty much giddy with excitement.

As of this morning the 1,300-foot track appears to be complete and workers are now installing the open-carriage cars, which are not running yet.

In the meantime, roller coaster enthusiasts can enter the Adventuredome’s contest to be among the first to ride the crazy coaster. Plus, Las Vegas is home to an array of other super cool thrills, including roller coasters, a controlled free fall, indoor skydiving and race cars.

The photos below were taken at the Adventuredome today by Jennifer Whitehair (except for the last photo, which is a courtesy rendering of the completed coaster):

Of course, I don’t want to make Las Vegas’ other roller coasters feel neglected by the new kid in town. So here’s a look at Desperado, the Roller Coaster at New York-New York (a.k.a. The Big Apple Coaster) and Canyon Blaster:

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