Fright Dome Haunted House is Done at Circus Circus

Popular Las Vegas haunted house Fright Dome is cancelled at Circus Circus and we’re your only source for behind-the-scenes scoop about the direful news.

Here’s the lowdown.

Fright Dome being canceled at Circus Circus is the culmination of months of drama between Circus Circus (owned by MGM Resorts) and Egan Productions, the folks behind the lucrative Fright Dome attraction.

Fright Dome

Fear taps into our fight-or-flight response, releasing a hormone called epinephrine. Yeah, we still don’t get it.

The conflict centers around another attraction by Egan Productions, the Saw escape room.

Never heard of it? That’s part of the problem.

Rumor has it the Saw escape room attraction has been bleeding money for months. According to our sources, Saw’s investors have bailed and insiders believe the demise of Fright Dome could also signal a nail in the coffin for Saw.

It seems financial pressures from Saw resulted in Egan Production’s Jason Egan demanding a bigger cut of Fright Dome profits. While Circus Circus is said to have been open to negotiating Egan’s percentage, Egan stopped returning calls and tensions ran high.

In July, we heard things got so bad, Circus Circus staff began tossing out Fright Dome equipment and sets.

You know how ugly break-ups can be.

The ongoing conflict reached Defcon 1 levels when Circus Circus expressed it would run its own haunted house, essentially cutting Fright Dome out of the annual windfall it’s enjoyed for 15 years.

It’s unknown if Circus Circus plans to follow through on its threat.

For its part, Egan Productions isn’t saying much. In a statement, the company said, “Circus Circus has informed Egan Productions that it will not move forward with Fright Dome for 2018. While we regret this bad news, we are grateful to the people of Las Vegas for supporting Fright Dome over the past 15 years. We look forward to many successful Halloween events in the future.”

The long and mutually-beneficial relationship between Fright Dome and Circus Circus has, it seems, is done for good. In fact, it’s as if the attraction never existed. The plug has been pulled on Fright Dome’s Web site.

Before Fright Dome closed at Adventuredome, it was considered the premier Halloween haunted house in Las Vegas.

It featured five acres of space and six distinct haunted house experiences. Favorites included homages to the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and others. Other themes in the mix have included “Hillbilly Hell” and “Flesh Feast.”

Other recent haunted houses included “Zombie City” with a zombie theme, “Fright Dome’s Urban Legends” and “The Anniversary,” Fright Dome’s homage to itself, as far as we can tell.

Of course, no self-respecting haunted house would be complete without an ample supply of killer clowns.

While we are not a haunted house person, we suspect more than a few Las Vegas visitors will be disappointed by the closing of Fright Dome.

Update (9/14/18): A representative of the Saw escape room contacted us with information that contradicts several of the things we’ve heard about the attraction. The rep says Fright Dome doesn’t store anything at Circus Circus, so that would presumably make it impossible for Circus Circus to throw anything belonging to Fright Dome out.  The rep also states the owner of Saw is a sole owner, with no other investors. Saw also claims it is not “bleeding money,” but is, in fact, selling out. The company claims Saw is one of the most successful escape rooms in the world.

 

11 thoughts on “Fright Dome Haunted House is Done at Circus Circus

  1. FAKE NEWS

    FAKE NEWS! SAW ESCAPE ROOM SELLS OUT EVERY NIGHT AND HAS NO INVESTORS WHICH IS CLEAR FROM ALL THE ARTICLES. CLEARLY VITAL VEGAS DOESN’T DO IT’S RESEARCH.

    FRIGHT DOME DOESN’T STORE IT’S EQUIPMENT AT CIRCUS CIRCUS SO THAT WOULD BE HARD TO THROW IT OUT. TOO BAD VITAL VEGAS DOESN’T HAVE TWO NICKELS TO RUB TOGETHER OR I WOULD SUSPECT A LAWSUIT AGAINST THEM FOR THE FAKE NEWS.

    I WOULD SUGGEST THEY DO THEIR RESEARCH….

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  2. Tired of Trolls

    Too bad trolls dont have to nickels to rub together, otherwise they wouldn’t hide behind an anonymous screen name, lest they get sued for libel

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  3. Kevin

    I’m not sure why they even had a “Fright Dome” at Circus Circus, just walking around that place frightens me.. and as for the escape room attraction? That’s me looking for the exit doors anytime I’m in Circus Circus. What a proper shithole.

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  4. Sheding some light

    Egan doesn’t store any props or equipment at circus. Every year trucks bring all the things needed to make frightdome. As for why it’s not happening, Egan wanted a bigger cut instead of it being 50/50. Yes egan brings the props and stuff but circus is the one the provides everything from security, the ride attendants, food and beverage, etc. Even the the employees that sell the tickets are circus employees. Ultimately Egans part is the props, haunted houses and actors. Big brawl that happened about 3 years ago at fright dome, it’s wasnt egan dealing with it. It was circus security having to be involved. Should’ve kept it 50/50. Such a shame though, fright dome was awesome.

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  5. Andrew

    The real “problem” started when Fright Dome started licensing multiple franchises for their houses. It was fun when there was a singular theme to the entire park, BUT when it was 2 SAW houses, a clown house, a Friday the 13th house and a chainsaw house, it somehow took away from the immersion of the experience. I personally loved when it was their own original story and theme. The first Fright Dome I went to the story was Circus Circus was expanding the Adventure Dome and accidentally opened sealed mine shaft and all the attractions had some sort of mine theme. I went 11 out of the 15 years and worked there for 2. I am going to miss the Fright Dome.

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