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The Adventuredome Theme Park's Canyon Blaster

By Renée LiButti
VEGAS.com

Las Vegas boasts an array of one-of-a-kind contraptions devised to scare visitors senseless. They range from a roller coaster that can accelerate from 0 to 45 mph in only two seconds to the world’s highest teeter-totter – it’s situated atop Stratosphere Tower. There are also rides designed to seriously spin you as well as ziplines (all the rage these days) that allow you to soar through the sky. So be strong. Show no fear. Sin City’s thrill rides are not for the faint-of-heart!

Canyon Blaster inside The Adventuredome Theme Park at Circus Circus
The Type: Roller coaster
The Year It Opened: 1993
The Theme: Grand Canyon
The Thrills: This double-loop, double-corkscrew roller coaster has four inversions, a sudden 66-foot drop and a maximum speed of 55 mph to its credit.
The Duration: 1 minute and 45 seconds
The View: As one of the world’s most exciting indoor looping roller coasters, it offers dizzying glimpses of many of the other rides at The Adventuredome Theme Park – along with an up-close look at the famed pink glass dome.
The Verdict (on a scale of 1 to 4 danger signs): ☠☠

The Desperado at Buffalo Bill's

The Desperado at Buffalo Bill's

The Desperado at Buffalo Bill’s
The Type: Hypercoaster
The Year It Opened: 1994
The Theme: Wild West
The Thrills: The first drop is a whopping 225 feet! The second 155-foot spiral drop is no sleeper either. The ride reaches a top speed of 79 mph.
The Duration: 2 minutes and 43 seconds
The View: Beginning inside the casino, it not only features views of Primm, which is 40 miles south of Las Vegas, and the motorists on the I-15, but also curves around a mock mountain and plunges through an underground tunnel.
The Verdict (on a scale of 1 to 4 danger signs): ☠☠☠☠

The Roller Coaster at New York-New York
The Type: Heartline roller coaster
The Year It Opened: 1997
The Theme: Taxis in New York City traffic
The Thrills: Best known for its twist-and-dive inversion (similar to that of a jet fighter’s barrel roll), there are big drops of 75 and 144 feet. It also attains a speed of 67 mph.
The Duration: 3 minutes
The View: The coaster travels the span of the resort’s replicated New York skyline and weaves behind the the Statue of Liberty. Plus, there are some fabulous unobstructed views of the southern end of the Strip.
The Verdict (on a scale of 1 to 4 danger signs): ☠☠☠

Inverter inside The Adventuredome Theme Park at Circus Circus
The Type: Inversion/spinning ride
The Year It Opened: 1999
The Theme: Amusement park
The Thrills: A massive mechanical arm that can revolve a full 360 degrees takes riders 50 feet off the ground and flips them upside down repeatedly.
The Duration: About 2 minutes
The View: Riders get to see The Adventuredome Theme Park from two very different perspectives: heads up and head over heels!
The Verdict (on a scale of 1 to 4 danger signs): ☠☠

X-Scream at the Stratosphere

X-Scream at the Stratosphere

X-Scream at Stratosphere
The Type: Teeter-totter
The Year It Opened: 2003
The Theme: Going over the edge
The Thrills: Situated 866 feet in the air, riders are propelled head-first 27 feet beyond the edge of the Stratosphere Tower, where they dangle weightlessly.
The Duration: 1 minute and 28 seconds
The View: Those who can get past the psychological terror will be rewarded with an awe-inspiring vista, for the Las Vegas valley and its surrounding mountains are spread out beneath them.
The Verdict (on a scale of 1 to 4 danger signs): ☠☠☠☠

Insanity at Stratosphere
The Type: Spinning ride
The Year It Opened: 2005
The Theme: A funky green and purple fan
The Thrills: While being spun at an angle of 70 degrees and a speed of 40 mph, riders experience a G-force action that nears a mind-bending 3.0.
The Duration: 1 minute and 19 seconds
The View: Perched 906 feet high, there are breathtaking panoramic views of the Las Vegas valley – unfortunately, the visibility of riders is blurred.
The Verdict (on a scale of 1 to 4 danger signs): ☠☠☠☠

SkyJump at the Stratosphere

SkyJump at the Stratosphere

SkyJump at Stratosphere
The Type: Zipline
The Year It Opened: 2010
The Theme: Skydiving
The Thrills: Not quite a freefall, riders slide down at a constant speed of 40 mph from the resort’s 108th floor (with that first step being a scary one!) for 855 feet before reaching the landing pad.
The Duration: 25 to 30 seconds
The View: The descent starts with an incomparable aerial view of the Las Vegas valley that narrows its focus to the northern end of the Strip. What’s more, riders literally see the Stratosphere Tower from top to bottom.
The Verdict (on a scale of 1 to 4 danger signs): ☠☠

Fremont Street Experience Flightlinez
The Type: Zipline
The Year It Opened:  2010
The Theme: Paragliding
The Thrills: Starting on a 60-foot-high platform, riders glide for about 800 feet to a 14-foot-high landing area at speeds of up to 30 mph.
The Duration: About 30 seconds
The View:  Soaring over Fremont Street Experience, there’s a crowd of tourists milling beneath riders and a colorful canopy that consists of more than 12 million LED lights glittering above them.
The Verdict (on a scale of 1 to 4 danger signs):

Comments

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There are 2 comments for this article
  1. Kelly at 11:59 am

    Great Article! Just an FYI, the Canyon Blaster is not “the world’s only indoor roller coaster”. I’m not sure where you got that information but there are many many other indoor coasters in the world.

  2. Renee at 11:52 am

    Hi Kelly, Thanks so much for pointing that out. I just double-checked the information on The Adventuredome website, where they call it “the world’s only indoor double-loop, double-corkscrew roller coaster,” so as I was putting together the details I may have shortened that without thinking — and I should have been more careful. I’ll update the text above right now. Best, Renee 🙂