Las Vegas 7/28 & 7/31 Canyon Blaster & Desperado

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Wednesday, August 1, 2001 9:46 AM
On our way to SFMM we went through Vegas and our first stop was Circus Circus to ride Canyon Blaster. I have ridden Speed and Manhatten Express before so I didn't ride those two this time.

Canyon Blaster at Circus Circus has a nice layout with the mountain it wraps around. THis was the very first coaster for my sister-in-law and the first coaster outside of Lagoon for my wife. They were both pretty nervous. I thought this coaster moved pretty fast for it's size and I loved that it was all in-doors. The two loops are great but I loved the corkscrews. I love Arrow corkscrews! Then it has a nice ending as you fly through the mountain. I really liked this coaster and I enjoyed watching the girls stagger as they got off. They enjoyed it too but got some good motion sickness. I give the ride an 8/10. There isn't much else there besides the coaster so go and ride it and enjoy but I wouldn't worry to much about the other little rides.

We hit Desperado on our way back from California. I dropped the girls off at the outlet stores and I went to ride Desperado. I got in the front seat and put on my seatbelt. I loosend up the seatbelt and left the lapbar about a foot off my legs. The ride attendent asked me if the lapbar was locked and I said it was and he left it there! I couldn't believe it. Just the day before I tried getting away with about 8 inches on Goliath and the ride op said, "Not in your lifetime." And she pushed down the lapbar. Back to Desperado...thank goodness I had that seatbelt on. The first drop is great and then you go over the first twisting hill with tons of speed and you fly out of your seat and then you start to get thrown all around. Desperado flies through it's bunny hops with tons of speed and I kept getting thrown into my seatbelt. The ride actually scared me because it was so jerky. It has a nice finishing helix through a mountain just like Canyon Blaster but I don't think I will ever ride this coaster again. If you like a really rough coaster that feels like it will fall apart then go and ride Desperado. I give it a 5/10. It would be a 3 but I liked the first drop!
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Wednesday, August 1, 2001 4:58 PM
I agree with you on Desperado. It was a HORRIBLE ride. Manhattan Express was much better. Desperado was extremely painful in the means of jerky transitions and sharp sudden track movements. The trains are also very shaky. Mix that and 80 MPH with the dry hot air of the Nevadan desert, you've got one ride you don't want to waste $5 on. Don't let its "I'm a hyper coaster so ride me" impression fool you. The ride is horrible. The first drop and helix were the only good parts, but those went by fast too...You can get those twice as good and real smooth on Goliath just miles away...
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Wednesday, August 1, 2001 7:16 PM
i felt the same way about Desperado....read my review for Las Vegas just for July 27th and 28th..just below your topic..

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Friday, August 3, 2001 10:59 PM
Well, someone has to disagree...

I personally liked Desperado, once I rode it enough times to figure out how to make myself comfortable on it. I found the three giant, raised camelbacks to be great, and the whole ride bumpy but enjoyable. I rode it with the yellow train when its wheels were wearing down, and that was painful, but with a new set of wheels on the pink train, I rode it 20+ times with the wristband and came away unscathed.

I know that if you have to alter the way you ride, then it isn't a truly great coaster in some people's eyes. But I liked it just as much as Goliath. I've been riding it since 1998 and have never found it to not be worth the stop.

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Monday, August 6, 2001 9:50 AM
I loved Desperado. I think its just the violent ride thats neat about it. The thing never lets up!
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