Kiss Mini Golf to Close and Relocate to Rio Las Vegas

The Kiss Mini Golf attraction just off the Las Vegas Strip will close on Feb. 7, 2016.

The popular, glow-in-the-dark Kiss Mini Golf will relocate to, of all places, Rio Las Vegas. The new location is expected to open sometime in April, 2016.

Kiss Mini Golf

The Kiss Mini Golf party isn’t over, it’s just going on the road.

Kiss Mini Golf will take up residence in the space formerly occupied by the Rio’s Village Seafood Buffet. The Rio’s seafood buffet was recently combined with the hotel’s Carnival World Buffet. Read more.

The Kiss Mini Golf at Rio will be a monster at 13,000 square feet. Appropriate, since the company operating the venue is Monster Mini Golf. There will be a quiz.

Rio seafood buffet

The Rio’s shuttered Village Seafood Buffet will be transformed into a buffet of rock. Or something.

No official announcement of the move has been made, but that makes spilling of the beans even more fun.

Kiss Mini Golf at Rio

A peek over the curtain at the entrance of the former seafood buffet.

Kiss Mini Golf is a family-friendly blast, and should provide some much-needed energy to Rio Las Vegas. The current Kiss Mini Golf location boasts a wedding chapel, and there’s no word yet on whether the new Rio location will offer that amenity. The Kiss memorabilia and gift shop will certainly make the move.

Kiss Mini Golf Las Vegas

The original Kiss Mini Golf had its grand opening on March 15, 2012. While it has some groupies, the location (in a strip mall) has been challenging.

Also livening things up at Rio will be “Rock of Ages,” opening Jan. 25 in the newly renamed Rock of Ages Theater (previously Crown Theater). Guy Fieri’s new restaurant, El Burro Borracho, also opens soon in the former Buzio’s Seafood space.

Honestly, Rio could use a boost. Remember, this is the same resort that devotes a large swath of its casino floor to timeshare sales. Not near the casino floor, or just within sight of the casino floor. It’s on the actual casino floor.

Rio Las Vegas timeshare

Don’t let your head explode. You’ll never get the stain out of your clothes.

Kiss Mini Golf is a surprising but refreshing choice for the Rio, and we look forward to seeing and sharing more.

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  • Bouldersteve

    Being in a major Vegas hotel should boost business. Never went to the current location. I am sure of a price increase.

    • ElectricGypsy

      I’m sure it will cost more than I’m willing to spend for mini-golf. I enjoy mini-golf, but I don’t need to overpay for generic greens with giant decorations, and I suspect that’s what I’ll get from Gene Simmons.

  • ElectricGypsy

    I love mini-golf… love it, but I’ve never made a point to play it in Vegas.. not that there are a lot of options. (I’ve seen pictures on flickr of an abandoned mini-golf course somewhere in suburban Vegas. Super cool pics.)

    I feel like, as with most KISS products, the end result will be underwhelming, and overpriced. I don’t get to the Rio much, but having it there, rather than across from the Hard Rock, has to help a little bit. Wouldn’t it be a better fit for Excalibur?

    • badgervodka

      I’ve been there, and it at the end of the day it is just mini-golf, but the prices are totally affordable and they even have a nice beer selection you can take around the course with you.

      • Agreed, and it could be a fun addition to Rio, but they’re going to be hurting given the track record of Rio.

  • Jerry Duffy

    Our group played at Kiss Mini Golf a couple of years ago. It was campy, fun and on the expensive side (but what would you expect from Mr. Simmons?).

    If you enjoy mini-golf and are a fan of the band, I’d say it’s worth at least one visit. At a minimum, take a peek at the memorabilia/gift shop even if you don’t end up playing.

  • Jefe

    I’m not surprised as the few times I’ve been there the place has been empty or near-empty. Their popcorn tastes like packing peanuts – steer clear.