CIRCUS CIRCUS &
Las Vegas, NV
Park News - (10/31/2023) According to the local news, Circus Circus is in the midst of an overall renovation. In addition to updates throughout the inside of the 55 year old casino resort, crews have been hard at work restoring the outside, including a complete repaint of the bright pink and white circus tent themed front entrance building. According to the article, this may have been the first time ever, in the 55-year history of the resort, that the pink and white tent roof had been fully repainted. The resort is also in the midst of a $10 million upgrade to update all of the elevators on property.
Early 2024 - SpongeBob’s Crazy Carnival Ride - (2/13/2024) According to one of our readers, a commercial for Circus Circus was shown on TV on Sunday night that announced that the new SpongeBob themed dark ride would be opening on March 1st, 2024.
(1/9/2024) One of our local area readers sent in some new pictures from Circus Circus showing off the construction work for the new SpongeBob SquarePants dark ride. Unfortunately everything is still hidden behind the big white construction walls, though with the new ride expected to open in early 2024, hopefully we’ll have more to see in the very near future.
(11/25/2023) A great animated sneak preview of the new SpongeBob’s Crazy Carnival dark ride opening soon at the Circus Circus Adventuredome can be found below, showing off the queue experience and a general layout of the ride itself. The dark ride vehicles, painted to resembler SpongeBob, also appear to be trackless and guests will use a simple pointer style device to interact with the various scenes along the way.
(11/18/2023) Sally Dark Rides revealed a cool looking Mr. Krabs animatronic figure at the IAAPA Expo in Orlando this week that will be used for the new SpongeBob’s Crazy Carnival Ride coming to the Circus Circus Adventuredome. Mr. Krabs is the one behind the new carnival ride experience, and of course, he is out front and center to serve as a carnival barker to lure the passers-by into his new business venture… and collect their money.
“Sally’s creative team, led by Chief Creative Officer Rich Hill, developed an exclusive storyline for the all new immersive ride. SpongeBob’s greedy boss, Mr. Krabs, launches the ride by inviting guests to play his new zany collection of ride-through-style midway games. As he welcomes everyone to his new carnival in Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob and Patrick assist by delivering boxes of supplies to each game. When they accidentally grab a box of Krabby Patty ingredients, the hysterical best friend duo try to hide their mistake by loading the games with buns, patties, sea tomatoes and other food. Unfortunately, their error inspires Mr. Krabs’ arch-rival Plankton to hatch an evil plan to finally successfully steal the famous ‘Krabby Patty’ secret formula. The result is mad-cap mayhem for everyone.”
The new dark ride attraction will “feature 15 unique scenes, each with multiple interactive targets for guests to engage with, including animated scenic elements, dogitial and multimedia screens, and even hidden bonus special targets created to further the story and encourage rider repeatability.”
Sally announced that the new SpongeBob’s Crazy Carnival Ride will now open sometime in early Q1 2024.
(11/14/2023) Sally Dark Rides has announced they will show off a new interactive animatronic figure at IAAPA later today that will be used in the new SpongeBob’s Crazy Carnival Ride at the Circus Circus Adventuredome .
(10/18/2023) While this may be a bit of generalization, I’m told that guests riding on the new SpongeBob’s Crazy Carnival Ride at the Circus Circus Adventureland might find that the new attraction may feel quite similar in concept to Disney’s interactive Toy Story Midway Mania dark ride shoot-em-up attraction.
(8/30/2023) It has been confirmed that the new SpongeBob attraction coming to the Circus Circus Adventuredome will indeed be a new dark ride experience from Sally Dark Rides called SpongeBob’s Crazy Carnival Ride. According to the Dark Ride Database the new $6 million interactive dark ride is set to open late this year and will feature “vibrant sets, special effects, animatronics, and vivid integrated projections”, with new 5-passenger ride vehicles.
The attraction experience will feature Mr. Krabs inviting guests in to try out a series of wacky carnival games, as well as featuring the evil Plankton who is still trying to steal the secret formula to his Krabby Patty recipe. The experience will be the first interactive SpongeBob themed dark ride experience in the world, as well as adding the first dark ride experience to the Adventuredome attraction itself.
(8/19/2023) A few pictures of the big white construction walls now in place just outside the entrance to the Circus Circus Adventuredome for the new SpongeBob Squarepants themed attraction. Stay tuned!
(8/13/2023) According to a Screamscape source, the new SpongeBob themed attraction coming to the Circus Circus Adventuredome later this year may actually be located just outside of the Adventuredome itself. From what I’m told, this means SpongeBob will be run separately from the Adventuredome, and have a separate admission fee. Since the Adventuredome switched over from a pay-per-ride model to a single-admission ticket (POP) to ride everything within the dome, this will actually allow those not willing to pay for the more expensive admission to the dome to come by and experience the new SpongeBob attraction by itself.
It seems that the Adventuredome has seen some guest pushback on their current admissions model, as some guests with smaller children who may not be willing to ride the El Loco and Canyon Blaster roller coasters have been hesitant to buy the Pay-One–Price ticket for a full day wristband, and they want them to still be able to experience the new attraction when it opens. By the same line of thought, I know I myself passed on a visit to the Adventuredome on my trip to Vegas in January simply because my son and I just wanted to pop-in and ride the two roller coasters and leave, as we didn’t have time to invest a whole afternoon in the park to make the Pay-One-Price wristband worth while. So really… maybe the Adventuredome should consider offering some special admissions tickets that may allow riders to pay-per-ride, or at least maybe a thrill ride pass that just gives you a ride on each of the two coasterts.
(8/6/2023) The Circus Circus Adventuredome has announced they will open a new $6 million SpongeBob SquarePants themed ride (by Sally Dark Rides) sometime in December. The attraction is said to be the first of it’s kind on the West Coast. I haven’t seen much about exactly what kind of attraction this will be yet, so if anyone knows more, please do fill me in.
2024/2025 - New Attraction Rumors - (1/9/2024) A reader sent in some new pictures of the former Chaos site. Crews are still working on the site, having removed the ride it also looks like they are removing the elevated platform structure it used to sit on. As previously removed the site may be re-purposed for something new between late 2024 and 2025.
(9/27/2023) So what does the future hold for the Circus Circus Adventuredome? According to what Screamscape has been told Laser Tag is no more. Instead the plan is to reboot their mini golf product as a dark light “Glow” style mini-golf game, and it will be relocated into the former Laser Tag arena space.
As we’ve been covering in pictures, the Chaos is leaving for good. Apparently there are plans to replace it some kind of new attraction, but so far exactly what this will be has not been leaked, and honestly, may not be entirely finalized at this point. Stay tuned!
(9/19/2023) Crews seem to be in no rush to complete the project, but the removal of the Chaos ride at the Adventuredome is still an ongoing project. A reader sent in some new pictures taken on Monday showing the removal progress as well as new construction signs now placed at the entrance/exit to the Lazer Tag arena.
(8/19/2023) A reader sent in some photos taken this week showing that the Adventuredome’s former Chaos ride is now in pieces and in the process of being removed.
(8/13/2023) According to the latest rumor, another new attraction is being planned for the Adventuredome. This one will require the removal of the park’s Chaos (already in progress), Laser Tag arena and Mini Golf attractions to make the needed space available. If this is right, the needed space for this new attraction sounds quite large, and could run from one side of the dome to the other, going from the Chaos footprint on one end, through the pirate themed mini-golf and into the laser tag arena inside the lower half of the fake mountain.
As for what might be coming… we’ve no idea at all at this point. While I’d love to think these could all be removed for one large ride, it is always possible that the three attractions may simply be replaced by three other small attractions instead. Just something to keep an eye on over the next year or two.