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Well it looks like Buffalo Bill's has made all ride indefinitely closed according to their website (https://www.primmvalleyresorts.com/Amenities.aspx?info=attractions). Desperado has been 'SBNO' since December 2017.

 

Also, for those that follow Vegas development, the Lucky Dragon Resort, which opened in 2016, has also closed.

 

 

 

The website has been updated and Desperado is open 5 days a week.

 

 

When I drove past Buffalo Bill’s over the weekend, Turbo Drop has been dismantled. Wonder what happened to it or if it was scrapped. That version was the prototype, sad to see it gone as it was one of the most forceful!!

 

i thought it's been gone for years, no? i liked when they had the camera at the top.

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I’m not sure, it’s been SBNO forever but I can’t recall when it was removed. Really is a shame! I’ve been flying to California so much this was my first drive in a couple of years.

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I rode Desperado last Labor Day weekend. I think they shut it down in January. Rumor has it that they ran it over Memorial Day weekend, but didn't update the site. They seem to be following the Six Flags way of communicating.

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I rode Desperado last Labor Day weekend. I think they shut it down in January. Rumor has it that they ran it over Memorial Day weekend, but didn't update the site. They seem to be following the Six Flags way of communicating.

 

I've seen said coaster given the (not so) flattering nickname of Despera-DON'T. Is it rougher than the other two Arrow Hypers?

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Well... the other ones follow an out and back design, while Desperado just turns... a lot... at high speeds... and Ron Toomer designed it.

 

I thought it was garbage, but your mileage may vary.

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Well... the other ones follow an out and back design, while Desperado just turns... a lot... at high speeds... and Ron Toomer designed it.

 

I thought it was garbage, but your mileage may vary.

 

Well . . . at least Magnum XL 200 and the Big One are at amusement parks.

 

I wonder what the whole thought process was of building Desperado in the middle of nowhere (it's not that far from the California/Nevada border)?

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I rode Desperado last Labor Day weekend. I think they shut it down in January. Rumor has it that they ran it over Memorial Day weekend, but didn't update the site. They seem to be following the Six Flags way of communicating.

 

I've seen said coaster given the (not so) flattering nickname of Despera-DON'T. Is it rougher than the other two Arrow Hypers?

I perferred Magnum XL-200 by a pretty ride margin. I really find Magnum enjoyable. Desperado in my opinion was OK. It provies some airtime and enjoyable moments but that is offset by a pretty painful ride to be honest. Is it pure garbage like a Green Lantern at SFMM, or T3 at Kentucky Kingdom- NO, but it is one of the weaker hypers you will ride.
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Well... the other ones follow an out and back design, while Desperado just turns... a lot... at high speeds... and Ron Toomer designed it.

 

I thought it was garbage, but your mileage may vary.

 

Well . . . at least Magnum XL 200 and the Big One are at amusement parks.

 

I wonder what the whole thought process was of building Desperado in the middle of nowhere (it's not that far from the California/Nevada border)?

 

The thought process was "we need to draw people in." Stateline WAS popular for Californian's who didn't want to drive the extra time onto the strip or deal with the strip since it used to be the first place to legally gamble before Indian casinos popped up all over CA.

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^Wasn't Desperado, "the first of it's kind" as far as a tall, lengthy kind of steel coaster, that it was?

Which all of those other coasters around the world followed, eventually?

 

That's what I remember about why it was built. Because it was the first coaster like that.

 

And to draw people in, of course.

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^Yep. I'm not sure whether Desperado or Pepsi Max Big One opened first (both in 1994), but those two along with Steel Phantom and Magnum were the biggest coasters in the world at the time. And even today, Desperado is the 10th longest roller coaster in the world.

 

I actually really enjoy the coaster. Magnum is definitely better, but I never understood all the extra hate for Desperado. They felt about equally rough IMO, Magnum just had far more airtime.

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I feel like Desperado was actually really great in it's heyday. In terms of the layout, I actually love it, especially that long sweeping turn after the first drop.

 

But, to no one's surprise, between it being an Arrow and being independently owned in the middle of a tough climate, I imagine the maintenance hasn't been spectacular as the years have gone by. When I last rode it about a year ago, it wasn't as awful as I was braced for, but it certainly wasn't the smooth experience it was when it first opened. I have heard it's best to sit in a middle seat, so you're not over the wheels. It was rough but mostly tolerable in row #2.

 

By the way, in terms of this thread, is there maybe a separate "Vegas Rides" thread? This Desperado discussion, while interesting, is all happening in the Adventuredome thread. As one poster asked a while ago, is there any update to any progress on their rumored coaster? That news has been very quiet.

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I finally had the chance to go Las Vegas and I took out the time to visit the Adventuredome. My visit to this small indoor theme park was quick and to the point. Literally . . . I'm not joking when I say that.

 

I walked around first. . .

 

Bought two ride tickets for El Loco . . .

 

Rode twice . . .

 

And I left!

 

Canyon Blaster was closed down for repairs which I read about earlier before visiting, so I just had to bite the bullet on that missed credit. It looked like a great coaster, and I'm sure it was probably a fun ride. Oh well . . . that's life. LOL. El Loco on the other hand was truly mind blowing! That first dip, and then that first drop was amazing! And the rest of the ride was outstanding as well in my opinion!

 

Overall, would I pay for an all day wristband? Well, that depends on your purpose. I wanted to site see and I knew Canyon Blaster was closed, so it wouldn't benefit me buying an all day wristband. Heck, I didn't ride any other attractions, but I still had a blast (pun not intended)! I went for that one credit and all was great!

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^Too bad you missed out on Canyon Blaster. It's definitely one of the better Arrows out there. The only rough part, for me, was the final helix and some of the transitions in there. The loops and corkscrews were smooth as glass.

 

I agree that El Loco is a great ride. I'm not the biggest fan of the hard seats, but the funky elements and lap bars are definitely a big plus.

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^Too bad you missed out on Canyon Blaster. It's definitely one of the better Arrows out there. The only rough part, for me, was the final helix and some of the transitions in there. The loops and corkscrews were smooth as glass.

 

I agree that El Loco is a great ride. I'm not the biggest fan of the hard seats, but the funky elements and lap bars are definitely a big plus.

 

I know right! I hate I missed that credit as well, but I'll survive. LOL. But the seats on El Loco wasn't bad in my opinion. They seemed comfortable and provided a great ride. It's a great little park and I suggest anyone to visit.

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As one poster asked a while ago, is there any update to any progress on their rumored coaster? That news has been very quiet.

 

No, still a rumor. The only thing I can report is that the old part of the trough that led to the lift hill (the deepest part of the reservoir) is now party/banquet space. All that is left of the Rim Runner now is the lift, storage and maintenance area and the trough though to what used to be the drop.

 

I still love the fact that Inverter and Rim Runner are still operating well and still look like brand new rides, they really take care of their attractions.

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^Wasn't Desperado, "the first of it's kind" as far as a tall, lengthy kind of steel coaster, that it was?

Which all of those other coasters around the world followed, eventually?

 

As I recall, Dick Kinzel made the decision to built Magnum after seeing pictures of Bandit at Yomiuriland. So Bandit, while not a 200ft coaster, is kinda like the first hyper coaster at least in concept and the beginning of that entire genre.

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Hmm, all that open space.

 

Something like an S&S 4d Free Spin or a Premier Sky Rocket II could go there

 

And is Canyon Blaster as rough as any other Arrow Looper?

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