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Crazy! Circus Circus’ new roller coaster El Loco to open in January

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A rendering of the roller coaster El Loco once it’s completed inside Adventuredome at Circus Circus.

It twists, it turns, and it is sure to make even the most seasoned roller-coaster rider scream. The anticipated thrill ride El Loco inside Adventuredome will begin operating in late January, Circus Circus announced today.

The final piece of the 1,300-square-foot track will be laid this week, and one of the electric yellow cars is already on display inside Adventuredome as a sneak peek for fans.

The high-thrills coaster, which replaces Adventuredome’s flume ride Rim Runner, will feature a 90-foot ascent with a “beyond vertical drop” producing a negative-1.5 vertical g-force, as well as a 45-degree outwardly banked curve and a 180-degree turn into a barrel roll on the track.

The 72-second ride also includes a compact four-person open carriage allowing for a tighter turning radius on curves and a free-falling sensation.

El Loco will be the second roller coaster of its kind in the United States — the other being the Steel Hawg at Indiana Beach in Monticello, Ind. — and the sixth in the world. It will undergo more than 2,000 safety test rides before patrons can try it out for themselves.

“As with all our rides, safety is our No. 1 concern,” Tom Nolan, vice president of operations for Adventuredome, said in a statement. “El Loco has a number of unique elements that make it a thrill-a-second ride, and this extensive testing process will ensure that every rider has a safe and fun experience.”

Announced in February, the ride was produced by Logan, Utah-based S&S Worldwide, who are no strangers to helping Las Vegas thrill seekers get their kicks, having developed the Big Shot atop Stratosphere in 1996.

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