Friday, May 29, 2009

Day 5 - Adventuredome at Circus Circus

Adventuredome is probably the most recent addition to Circus Circus. It’s a loud, enclosed theme park – a great place to send your kids when you want to drink and gamble among interesting characters.

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Since we were there, we had to do it. Dad bought all-day passes for Rachel and me, and he and Mom went off to drink coffee and such.

Rachel and I weren’t sure what to do first. We settled for the first thing we saw – Spongebob 4D (they also had this attraction at Excalibur).

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We waited in line for a good thirty minutes before finally getting in the theater. We sat down in a cheap motion vehicle with other kids and teenagers. The ride operator told us that if we unbuckled our seatbelts, the ride would stop. The 4D adventure started, and it turned out to be the exact same version of the Spongebob 4D attraction at Carowinds in Charlotte, NC that we’d been on a dozen times before – only smaller and dinkier. Well, just as Spongebob gets stung by jellyfish, the ride turns off. The ride attendant asks in a monotone voice, “Who unbuckled their seatbelt?” No one would confess, but we all knew it was the boy behind me or his friend because he had to buckle his seatbelt, again. The boy complained, “Hurry up and start it, again!” Then this teenage girl beside Rachel turns around and says, “Ehmahgawd we wouldn’t have to do this again if you’d just kept your seatbelt on.” So, the ride started again, and this time we made it to the end.

The next attraction in our rotation was laser tag. We stood in line for five minutes or so then realized we were going nowhere and decided to skip this for the time being. We decided to do the feature attraction – the purple rollercoaster.

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It was fun and surprisingly rather frightening. This ride definitely had the best loading time of all of the rides in the park. We did it twice in a row, then decided to go on the swinging pirate ship (Rachel loves this ride).

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Once we got on (another ten minute wait), the ride attendant said that if you get scared and need to get off, raise your hand. Well, some little kids freaked and raised their hands halfway through the ride. The ship stopped and they left, but we got to stay on. Rachel and I decided to switch rows (because these children were squooshed into us). The ship started again with a few new people, and this time we made it all the way through.

Next, we did some spinny carnival ride. It was pretty fun, but I felt a bit sick after. We did some more spinny carnival rides. One practically stole a phrase from Disney’s Big Thunder Mountain (“Hang onto your hats and glasses because this here’s the wildest ride in the Wilderness!”) – “This here’s the wildest ride in the West!” Pffff….

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circus show we walked by

After all of the spinny rides, we decided to give laser tag another shot. We made friends with this kid by himself who was being harassed by another kid by himself. It was weird, but somewhat amusing. We ended up waiting about half an hour, so we needed something to keep our attention.

I did surprisingly well at laser tag once I figured it out – I ended up being third (and I’m terrible at laser tag). I hid behind a barrel with Rachel and shot unsuspecting victims. Rachel, on the other hand, didn’t score at all.

After laser tag, we left Adventuredome to find Mom and Dad. It was fun because we like amusement parks. We didn’t, however, take into account crowds. We figured we’d be able to walk on rides, but we ended up having to wait at least ten minutes for everything. It took around three hours to do seven rides. Once again, our parents were bored at a crappy casino.

We left Adventuredome and walked to the Sahara to take the monorail back.

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The Sahara had a pretty cool-looking rollercoaster.

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We did the rides at the Statosphere on a previous trip.

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Balconies of the Sahara.

Dad insisted that getting off at the Flamingo was closer to our resort than getting off at Bally’s. Mom and Rachel didn’t believe him, but we all got off with him, anyway. It was probably about the same distance.