Circus Circus Adventuredome Adding First-Ever Interactive SpongeBob SquarePants Dark Ride

They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but this news is too good not to share. SpongeBob SquarePants is getting his first-ever interactive dark ride, and it’s coming to Las Vegas’ Circus Circus Adventuredome by the end of 2023.

Created by Sally Dark Rides and inspired by the hit Nickelodeon animated series, the new $6 million amusement ride named ‘SpongeBob’s Crazy Carnival Ride’ will be a hilariously entertaining, interactive attraction sending guests through seafloor scenes brought to life through vibrant sets, special effects, animatronics, and vivid integrated projections, fully submersing riders in the nautical nonsense of SpongeBob SquarePants.

“We are thrilled to add the globally recognized characters of SpongeBob SquarePants to Circus Circus,” said Shana Gerety, Senior Vice President of Operations for Circus Circus. “Guests from all over the world will love how the over-the-top optimism and humor that SpongeBob SquarePants embodies is integrated in this exciting new attraction.”

Riders will experience the beloved and renowned SpongeBob SquarePants in a highly immersive way. The ride starts when Mr. Krabs invites guests to try their luck at his collection of zany ride-through carnival midway games, and his arch-rival Plankton hatches an evil plan to steal the ‘Krabby Patty’ secret formula once and for all. With five people seated per vehicle, guests can experience the sensory-engaging journey through SpongeBob’s world.

According to Screamscape, the attraction will be located just outside of the entrance to the Adventuredome. While Spongebob’s Crazy Carnival Ride will be the first-ever interactive dark ride themed around everyone’s favorite resident of a pineapple under the sea, it’s not Spongebob’s first foray into theme parks (or the Adventuredome itself.) For many years, a Spongebob Squarepants 4-D film has popped up at countless motion simulator theaters in amusement parks and zoos around the world, and can still be seen in several locations today. There is also a Spongebob-themed roller coaster – Rock Bottom Plunge at Mall of America in Minnesota, along with the former Spongebob SubPants adventure, which operated at Texas’ Moody Gardens in the 2010s.

Spongebob’s Crazy Carnival Ride is scheduled to open by December 2023.