Beautifully engraved certificate from Circus Circus Enterprises, Inc.
in 1999. This historic document was printed by the American Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of an allegorical man and woman sitting on a bench. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's officers and is
over 11 years old.
ESTABLISHED: Circus Circus Las Vegas opened on October 18, 1968.
LOCATION: On the Las Vegas Strip.
DESCRIPTION: Circus Circus Hotel, Casino and Theme Park was the first property of what has become Mandalay Resort Group, a corporation that currently owns or has interest in 11 gaming properties nationwide. First publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange in 1983, the corporation today controls more hotel rooms in Las Vegas than any of its competitors. The hallmark of Circus Circus lies under the legendary Big Top, where the world’s greatest circus acts perform on the Midway Stage. The Adventuredome at Circus Circus is America’s largest indoor theme park. The mega-resort has 3,773 guest rooms, the 399-space Circusland recreational vehicle park, a wedding chapel, four swimming pools, four restaurants and the world famous Circus Buffet.
PROPERTY: Situated on 68.30 acres, the buildings encompass 2,870,085 square feet.
Casino Tower: Two 15-story hotel towers with 776 guest rooms, which were fully renovated in 1998. Situated in the center of the property, the Casino Tower features two casinos, a race and sports book, circus arena, carnival midway, game arcade, multiple dining facilities, wedding chapel and retail outlets. The Midway Stage is located above the main casino on the midway mezzanine, and is featured in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest permanent circus covering an area of 120,000 square feet, capped by a 90-foot Big Top.
Skyrise Tower: A 29-story tower with 1,188 guest rooms includes its own casino, pool and connection to the shopping Promenade.
West Tower: The 35-story tower with 999 guest rooms was added in 1997. The West Tower is the center of property, featuring a luxurious new hotel lobby, shopping Promenade and dining facilities. The West Tower Promenade also serves as gateway to Circus Circus’ indoor theme park, The Adventuredome.
Circus Circus Manor: Five three-story buildings with 810 guest rooms, pool and convenient motor lodge style parking.
The Adventuredome: America's largest indoor theme park opened on August 23, 1993. Over 20 million people have visited The Adventuredome, which is fully enclosed by 8,615 panes of glass. Each pane weighs over 300 pounds.
Circusland RV Park: The Park features 399 spaces located on a 38.8 acres site. Circusland also contains a 24-hour convenience store, game arcade, coin operated laundry facilities, pool, Jacuzzi, saunas, playground, pet runs, disposal stations and a large meeting room.
Clown Marquee: Lucky, the Laughing Clown, standing 123 feet tall and 65 feet wide, is located in front of the Casino Tower on The Strip.
ROOMS: Circus Circus Las Vegas has 3,773 rooms. 3,638 are standard rooms and 135 are suites. Suites are available in different configurations including our 2,660 square-foot, premium multi-level hospitality suite with up to seven adjoining bedrooms, 14 Parlor suites, 11 Jacuzzi suites, two Jacuzzi Parlor suites and mini-suites. Standard rooms are in 460 square-foot floor plans with air conditioning, color television with pay channels and direct dial phones. 2,149 non-smoking rooms (most on non-smoking floors), 45 hearing impaired rooms and 122 wheelchair accessible rooms. Room service is available 24-hours per day.
DINING: The Steak House: Voted “Best Steak House" by the Las Vegas Review-Journal Reader’s Poll more than a decade. In 1996 the prestigious Zagat Survey judged restaurants in Las Vegas for the first time. The Steak House has won the award for “Top Steak House” six consecutive years. Exquisite dining in a warm atmosphere of casual elegance. Open for dinner 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., except on Saturday when the restaurant is open until 11 p.m. Sunday Champagne Brunch seatings at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Seating: 135.
Stivali Italian Ristorante: Voted “Best Italian Restaurant” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal Reader’s Poll. Traditional Italian dining, featuring homemade sauces, pastas and breads. Located in the Promenade shopping district. Opens at 5 p.m. daily. Seating: 171
Blue Iguana Las Vegas: Head South of the border at the Blue Iguana Las Vegas. Enjoy mouthwatering Mexican cuisine and famous margaritas in a festive atmosphere. The menu includes well-known favorites. While you wait for your food, enjoy over 30 different tequilas in the Cantina Bar. Open Sunday through from Thursday 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 5 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. The Cantina Bar is open Sunday through Thursday from 3 p.m. – 11 p.m. and Friday & Saturday from 2 p.m. – Midnight. For information, call (702) 836-6526. Seating: 260.
The Pink Pony: A 24-hour full menu cafe located near the main casino below the Big Top. Seating: 284
Circus Buffet: It has been said the Circus Buffet is the busiest buffet in the world. Since its $9.5 million total renovation was completed in 1998, the four serving lines average 8,000 customers per day. Breakfast is served from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Dinner is served from 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Brunch is served from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Seating: 1,005
Pizzeria: Features freshly baked pizzas, calzones and garden-fresh salad. Open from 11 a.m. to midnight daily. Seating: 94.
Barista Café: Start your morning off with hot coffee and fresh pastries. Open at 5 a.m. Located on the shopping promenade. Seating: 51
Westside Deli, McDonalds and The Adventuredome Snack Bar.
There are seven bars and lounges located throughout the Circus Circus property. The Sports Bar, West Casino Bar, Steak House Bar, Stivali Bar, Blue Iguana Cantina, Skyrise Lounge and Horse-A-Round Bar.
There are over 101,286 square feet of gaming space located in three full-size casinos. Guests can try their luck on 2,255 slot machines, including video poker, keno and 21. Gaming tables offer 53 Blackjack tables, 4 Craps tables, 7 Roulette tables, 1 Big Six game, 4 Pai Gow Poker tables, 1 Caribbean Stud Poker tables, 2 Let It Ride games, 1 Casino War game and 10 Poker tables.
Keno provides a 160-seat lounge on the main level of the Casino Tower as well as a full Race and Sports Book with a seating area featuring individual television sets to monitor sporting events.
Circus Circus provides personal gaming lessons for those guests who would like to learn how to play table games. Lessons are held in the Main Casino Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, at the following times: Blackjack 10:30 a.m., Roulette 11:00 a.m., and Craps 11:30 a.m.
The Adventuredome is America’s largest indoor theme park and features 21 rides and attractions, including the world’s only indoor double-loop, double-corkscrew roller coaster, The Canyon Blaster. Other top attractions include Chaos, a thrill ride that whirls its riders in three ranges of motion. The speed and intensity of motion provides a totally unpredictable ride every time. There is also the Rim Runner boat ride, which boasts a 60-foot water plunge and the IMAXÒ RIDEFILMÔ Cineplex currently showing Fun House Express and our newest film: ReBoot-The Ride, which will take you on a journey through cyberspace.
The Adventuredome was the first theme park in Las Vegas when it opened on August 23, 1993 and it welcomed its 20 millionth visitor in November 2001. The park is open daily year-round and maintains a constant temperature of 72 degrees.
The Adventuredome has many attractions suitable for younger children including a traditional Carousel, bumper cars, midway games, clown shows and arcade games. There are numerous other rides where parents can accompany their children, or they can watch from within camera range.
In 2001, The Adventuredome was ranked 15th in visitor volume among North American theme parks by industry bible, Amusement Business magazine. Amusement Business also ranked the Adventuredome 25th in visitor volume among all theme parks in the world at 3.4 million visitors.
In 1998 Circus Circus opened its shopping district, The Promenade. Set among cobblestones in a European motif, The Promenade features fashionable apparel from Marshall Rousso; collectibles and memorabilia from Celebrity Sport Arena; Circus Kids for children’s clothing and merchandise; Nothing But Clowns is filled with clowns of all shapes and sizes; Ethel Mâ Chocolates has your favorite gifts, the Sweet Tooth has confections and ice cream of all kinds; and many other fun and interesting outlets.
Since 1968 many of the world’s greatest circus acts have plied their craft under the famed Circus Circus Big Top. Performers from around the globe have made this the world’s largest permanent circus. Acts perform twice each hour on the Midway Stage from 11 a.m. to midnight daily. Visitors are treated to dazzling aerialists, trapeze artists, clown comedy shows and much more. Surrounding the stage is a huge carnival midway where players can win large, plush stuffed animals by participating in a variety of traditional games.
Circus Circus houses the original and longest-running hotel-casino wedding chapel in Las Vegas: the Chapel of the Fountain. A recently completed renovation has given the venerable chapel a fresh new look. Thousands of brides and grooms have declared their vows in this quaint and picturesque chapel. The chapel features in-house photographers, videographers and florists to ensure the high quality for which the Chapel of the Fountain is known.
CIRCUSLAND RECREATIONAL VEHICLE PARK
Circusland recreational vehicle park is the only one of its kind on the Las Vegas Strip. featuring 399 spaces with full hook-ups, Circusland also has its own pool that was renovated in 1997, a general store filled with provisions and camping accessories, a 12-machine electronic game arcade, a playground, a pool table and a large meeting room.
MEETING ROOMS AND BANQUET FACILITIES
Circus Circus offers 21,400 square feet of banquet and meeting facilities. Banquets of up to 500 and 700 persons simultaneously can be accommodated by the Circus Circus catering department.
ELEVATORS, ESCALATORS AND SHUTTLES:
There are 52 public elevators, 12 service elevators, nine escalators, two moving walkways and one sky shuttle.
Circus Circus provides 5,719 parking spaces in 3 high-rise parking garages and in surface lots. Valet parking is available 24 hours a day in both the front and rear portions of the property.
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Chronology of Growth
1968 - On October 18, Circus Circus celebrates the grand opening of its casino located on the Las Vegas Strip. The property consists of a casino, circus arena, carnival midway and restaurants under a permanent Big Top facade. Circus Circus does not offer hotel rooms.
1972 - Circus Circus’ first hotel, a 15-story Casino Tower with 400 guest rooms, is completed.
1974 - Assumption of operation by William G. Bennett and William N. Pennington.
1975 - 395 guest rooms are added to the original Casino Tower in May for a total of 795 rooms.
1978 - Circus Circus Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nev., opens on July 1 with 104 rooms and the same architectural and entertainment concepts as the Las Vegas property.
A five-story parking garage with 1,000 spaces is completed at Circus Circus Las Vegas.
1979 - Circusland recreational vehicle park is completed with 421 spaces. Full utility 50-amp hookups, swimming pools, Jacuzzi, saunas, 24-hour convenience store, fenced tots’ playground, pet runs, on-site disposal station, game arcade, Laundromat and grass areas are available.
Acquisition of Slots-A-Fun Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, immediately adjacent to Circus Circus.
1980 - Circus Circus Manor rooms open adjacent to Circus Circus Las Vegas near Circusland RV Park with 810 rooms in five 3-story buildings. Parking areas for each building, in-room kitchenettes, its own swimming pool and lobby.
1981 - Inauguration of space age Circus Sky Shuttle, linking major areas of the Las Vegas resort. Dual pink and white air conditioned cabins glide along an elevated guide-way spanning Circus Circus Drive 18 feet above street level. Sky Shuttle can carry up to 1,200 passengers per hour. Fully automated, pollution free, energy saving and quiet.
Acquisition of Silver City Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, approximately 1/4 mile south of Circus Circus. The exterior has been totally redesigned and interior expanded and remodeled.
Opening of 22-story addition to Circus Circus Reno, for a total of 725 rooms and suites.
1982 - Completion of $7 million expansion and renovation at Circus Circus Las Vegas, including enlarged casino, dining and valet parking facilities, interior decoration, and a new front entrance marquee.
1983 - Circus Circus Enterprises, Inc., becomes publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
Acquisition of Edgewater Hotel and Casino on the Colorado River in Laughlin, Nev.
1984 - Completion in July of 450 new rooms at the Edgewater for a total of 600 rooms, as well as complete exterior and interior renovation, including expanded casino area. New facilities include a race and sports book.
1985 - A second 1,000-car high-rise parking garage is completed at Circus Circus Las Vegas.
Construction begins on the 1,188 rooms, 29-story Skyrise Tower at Circus Circus Las Vegas. Topping off ceremony takes place on September 25.
Opening of new West Casino at Circus Circus Las Vegas adds 17,000 square feet of gaming space along with a new bar and snack bar.
July opening of 27-story Skyway Tower at Circus Circus Reno, for a total of 1,625 rooms and suites.
Announcement of plans to build a second resort in Laughlin, Nev., with an authentic replica of a three-deck Mississippi paddle wheeler, to be called the Colorado Belle.
1986 - Grand opening of the Circus Circus Skyrise Tower at Circus Circus Las Vegas on February 28. It features bars, dining areas, a swimming pool, a third high-rise garage, a 10,000 square-foot race and sports book and a 17,000 square-foot casino making the resort the largest casino in the world with over 100,000 square feet of gaming space. A new arm of the Circus Sky Shuttle is added as is the Circus Skywalk, a link to the Skyrise Tower and the Big Top.
Ground-breaking for the Colorado Belle on March 28th.
1987 - The 1,238-room Colorado Belle is topped off on March 26. Grand opening is held on July 1.
1988 - On April 1 Circus Circus Enterprises acquires 117 acres of Las Vegas Strip land, 70 acres of which will become designated the site for a unique castle-themed resort that will become the world’s largest hotel with 4,032 rooms. The resort-to-be was officially dubbed Excalibur on September 28 following an international $25,000 “Name the Castle” contest, which drew more than 183,000 entries.
Ground-breaking ceremonies for the Excalibur are held on October 7.
1989 - Ground-breaking for the new 26-story Edgewater Hotel and Casino in Laughlin, Nev., occurs on December 1. Includes a new six- story, 954-car parking garage.
1990 - Grand opening of Excalibur Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip on June 19. Excalibur becomes the world’s largest hotel.
1991 - Grand opening is held on February 8 for the new 970-room 26-story Edgewater Hotel and Casino in Laughlin, Nev.
Circus Circus Enterprises announces plans on November 14 for construction of a new pyramid-shaped resort in Las Vegas to be named the Luxor. The unusual 2,526-room hotel adjacent to the Circus-owned Excalibur, will use “inclinators” as opposed to elevators because of the pyramid shape. Luxor will emphasize the mystical qualities of ancient pyramids, and will be another first of its kind on the Las Vegas Strip.
1992 - Ground-breaking for Luxor on March 16; opening slated for October 1993.
Circus Circus Las Vegas announces plans to build America’s largest indoor theme park, The Adventuredome, on August 26. The first theme park in Las Vegas, the vast $90 million dome will feature the world’s only indoor double-loop, double-corkscrew roller coaster. The park will be open 365 days a year with a constant temperature of 72 degrees.
1993 - The Adventuredome opens to the public on August 23.
Grand opening of Luxor on October 15.
1994 - Completion of The Adventuredome remodeling and expansion project, including the addition of kiddie rides, bumper cars, enhanced dining and shopping facilities, midway games, hi-tech arcade games, a new dinosaur habitat, a Fossil-Dig, the Mystic Magic Theatre, and other attractions.
Grand opening on August 29 of Circus Circus Casino in Tunica County, Miss., with 60,000 square feet of casino area, 66 gaming tables, 1,451 slot machines, three restaurants, four bars, a gift shop, strolling entertainers and free valet parking.
1995 - The acquisition of Gold Strike Resorts is completed on June 1. Circus Circus Enterprises acquires ownership or partnership interest in the Railroad Pass Hotel and Casino in Henderson, Nev., and the Nevada Landing Hotel and Casino and the Gold Strike Hotel and Casino, both in Jean, Nev. Circus Circus Enterprises announces a joint venture with Mirage Resorts to build a new Las Vegas Strip resort, the Monte Carlo.
Ground-breaking for the Monte Carlo is held on April 19, a joint venture between Mirage Resorts and Circus Circus Enterprises. Grand opening is scheduled for the first day of summer in 1996, June 21.
Grand opening of The Silver Legacy, another joint-venture between the Eldorado Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nev., and Circus Circus Enterprises. The Reno-based resort features 1,720 rooms set in an Old West atmosphere.
Circus Circus Enterprises finalizes its purchase of the Hacienda Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for $80 million and assumes operation on September 1.
Monte Carlo topping-off ceremony held on December 20.
1996 - Construction begins in January on the new West Tower for Circus Circus Las Vegas. This will add 999 rooms, additional restaurants and shops to the venerable Strip property. Additional renovations taking place include re-carpeting and re-painting of the casino and midway areas and remodeling of the Casino Tower. Phase I of construction is scheduled for completion by the end of 1996.
Construction begins for the addition of 2,000 rooms to the Luxor on January 1.
Plans announced for a joint venture with Mirage Resorts on an Atlantic City project.
Circus Circus Enterprises announces a joint venture with Four Seasons Regent Hotels on June 17. Plans are unveiled to build a 400-room Four Seasons luxury hotel in 1998 as part of the Circus “Master-plan Mile.”
Grand opening of the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip takes place on June 21.
Circus Circus topps off its 35-story West Tower on September 25.
Grand opening of the West Tower at Circus Circus Las Vegas occurs on December 23. Featuring a centralized hotel lobby at the base of the new tower, which includes guest check in and a 40,000 square-foot shopping district called The Promenade. The Promenade also provides convenient access to the Skyrise Tower and serves as the new gateway entrance to The Adventuredome.
Partial opening of the two new 1,000-room towers, completing Phase I of the Luxor remodel.
Implosion party is held for the 40-year-old Hacienda Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip at 9p.m. on December 31 on national television. Plans are unveiled at the party for Project Paradise, a 4,000-room mega-resort to be built on the former Hacienda site. This tropical-themed luxury resort to be built next to the Luxor, will connect to a 400-room Four Seasons Hotel.
1997 - Circus Circus Las Vegas opens 8,000 square feet of banquet and meeting facilities in the Skyrise Tower, and renovation of the Casino Tower is completed.
Circus Circus Enterprises is selected to be one of three gaming companies allowed to build a casino in downtown Detroit, Mich.
The Adventuredome at Circus Circus opens its newest attraction in May, Fun House Express. The multi-million dollar ride is an IMAXÒ RIDEFILMÔ, which utilizes state-of-the-art motion simulator technology. Amusement Business magazine ranks The Adventuredome 21st in visitor volume among North American theme parks, and 39th in visitor volume among all theme parks in the world.
1998 - Project Paradise becomes Mandalay Bay in an unveiling ceremony of Circus Circus Enterprises newest Las Vegas Strip property on February 18. The $950 million South Seas-themed hotel will be a 3,700-room luxury destination resort set on 60 acres next to the Luxor. The Four Seasons Hotel will occupy the floors from 35 to 39 and have its own entrance, check-in, dining, pool and convention area. The project is scheduled to open in early 1999.
Circus Circus Enterprises and the House of Blues announce a partnership on April 29. A House of Blues will open inside Mandalay Bay featuring a live music venue and a 600-seat restaurant
1999- Opened Mandalay Bay in April. The $1 billion mega-resort added 3,700 rooms to the Las Vegas corridor. The South Seas themed property also added an 11-acre tropical lagoon with a sand-and-surf beach, lazy river ride, a swim-up shark tank, 15 outstanding restaurants, nightclubs, a showroom, a 12-seat arena and 100,000 square-feet of convention space.
Circus Circus Enterprises, Inc., shareholders approve company name change to Mandalay Resort Group's stock symbol changed to MBG.
MotorCity opens in Detroit. Mandalay Resort Group has a 53% interest in and operates MotorCity.
2000- The Adventuredome at Circus Circus opens its newest attraction in April, ReBoot: The Ride. The multi-million dollar ride is an IMAXÒ RIDEFILMÔ, which utilizes state-of-the-art motion simulator technology. The Adventuredome welcomes its 15 millionth visitor in April 2000. Amusement Business magazine ranks The Adventuredome 18th in visitor volume among North American theme parks, and 34th in visitor volume among all theme parks in the world.
The hotel opens its newest restaurant, a Mexican eatery called Blue Iguana Las Vegas. Other property enhancements for the year include a new swimming pool, new paint, carpet and seating area on the Midway, and new carpet in all the public areas of the hotel.
2001 – Amusement Business Magazine has ranked The Adventuredome 19th in attendance among theme parks in North America and 34th when considering every theme park in the world with 2.9 million visitors.
The Adventuredome opens its 19th attraction, a spinning thrill ride called Chaos.
In November, The Adventuredome welcomed its 20 millionth visitor to the theme park since opening in 1993.
History from company press information.