EDC Opening Ceremony Shuttles

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If you plan on getting to the Las Vegas Speedway early today to attend the Opening Ceremonies there is a shuttle option for it as an add on when you buy you shuttles passes at the EDC website.

If you pay for the add on then you can take a shuttle from Circus Circus between 3 pm and 6 pm today to attend the Opening Ceremonies with Premier shuttle pass holders having expedited loading on the shuttles.

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Circus Circus 50th Birthday Today

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Circus Circus today celebrates its 50th birthday the North Strip big topped themed resort was opened on this day in 1968 by Jay Sarno who conceived Caesars Palace and became president of the new Circus Circus. The original cost of Circus Circus in 1968 was $15 million which doesn’t sound like much in today’s dollars but that was a lot of money in 1968.

Circus Circus is the third oldest property on the Strip after both the Tropicana and Caesars Palace and maybe even fourth if you count the SLS which dates back to December 1952 and was most of that time called the Sahara. I have to admit i’m not the biggest fan of Circus Circus although it has its fans and its on Strip RV Park is a big draw.

The property makes money for MGM and even though for many years there have been rumors about Circus Circus closing I don’t see if happening anytime soon especially as the property makes money. After the Resorts World project and The Drew on the North Strip open maybe MGM Resorts will reexamine Circus Circus and its future but for the moment it seams safe.

Happy Birthday and congrats to Circus Circus on its 50th birthday

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No Fright Dome

A Las Vegas Halloween tradition for 15 years has come to an end as Egan Productions the company behind the popular Fright Dome has announced that there will not be a Fright Dome this year. 

The haunted attraction has been held at Circus Circus in their Adventure Dome Theme Park since 2003 and will be missed by locals and tourists alike. There are plenty of other things to do around Halloween in Las Vegas but its a shame Fright Dome wont return hopefully it will return next year. 

Fontainebleau Gets New Name

The Fontainebleau if your not familiar is a huge resort hotel on the North end of the Strip near Circus Circus that was never finished with the shell of the hotel nearly finished and has sat as a big blue window covered eyesore since. Work is now under way to complete the resort with a planned 2020 opening around about the same time as the nearby Asian themed Resort World Las Vegas huge hotel and casino. Because the Fontainebleau never opened under that name and sat for years vacant with that name we were expecting the new owners would rebrand the resort with a new name for the opening and they have it will be called The Drew. I’m not sure what i think about the new name i guess The Bob or The Fred were taken but The Drew does sound like a luxury hotel so i guess it works

So far the amenities announced for the The Drew when it opens includes a casino and clubs of course plus over 20 places to eat as well aS 500,000 square feet of convention space which makes sense as the properties location near the convention center which is also having a major expansion. The new hotel will have 4,000 hotel rooms which will be managed by JW Marriott which hasn’t had a presence on the Strip before.

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MGM Sells Gold Strike

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MGM Resorts International has announced they have sold Gold Strike their Jean, Nevada property to Jett Gaming a slot route operator. If you are not familiar with Gold Strike its the resort off to the right of the Interstate from California between State Line and Las Vegas. The property was part of the purchase when MGM bought the resorts at State Line which they sold but Gold Strike wasn’t sold as part of that deal. As MGM Resorts has opened more upscale properties the Gold Strike kind of operated on its own with its own players club that wasn’t part of the M Life players card. This may not be a shift to just upscale properties as MGM still operates properties such as Circus Circus, Excalibur  and Luxor and hasn’t shown an interest in changing them; This may be more that MGM is getting rid of a non core property and also one that has been rumored to closed down in recent times so hopefully the new operator will help the property.

 

RV Park To Close At Circus Circus

After thirty five years as a fixture of Circus Circus the KOA Circusland RV Park is due to close on September 29th with no world yet what will replace it in the area next to the Circus Circus manor. Plans mentioned in the past for that general area include a pool complex as well as a water park which drew lots of interest with a scale model, press conference as well as plans to the city but no real announcements since. MGM which has sat on a big plot of land near the new SLS seems to be ready to invest in the North Strip after doing a good job of lowering its debt; The big plot of land across from the SLS is due to be used as an outdoor festival ground for the Rock In Rio event which comes to Las Vegas in May of 2015. The Circusland RV Park space could just be used as parking or staging for the Rock In Rio event or work could begin on the water park we will have to see what MGM plans for the space. The RV park was a popular stop over with the rv crowd and it wouldn’t be a surprise if a smaller rv park appeared at some point at the back of the Circus Circus lot but for now rv’ers will soon have to find a place further from the Strip to camp.

Free Circus Acts at Circus Circus

Every day from 11am to Midnight above the midway at Circus Circus on the north end of the strip are free shows of circus acts.The acts are usually acrobats,clowns or tightrope walkers. If you are staying down that end of the strip it might be worth you seeing but i don’t know if i would make a trip just to see it unless maybe you had kids with you.The only clown i want to see is Krusty the Clown on the Simpsons but that’s just me.