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  • Trip Report Coasters of Las Vegas

    I know folks around here tend to favor pictures - but seeing as this is one of my shorter trip reports, I thought I'd share it here:

    Trip Report
    Las Vegas Coasters
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    www.gregscoasterphotos.com <- Go there, it's good!

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    Re: Coasters of Las Vegas

    If you do return, take some time to explore the various hotels on the Strip. There really is a lot of details in the hotel/casino complexes. Examine the details that make the Venetian look like Venice. Bellagio is known for its fountain show, but it has a butterfly house inside that's also neat to look at. Just explore. There's also downtown where you have older properties like the Golden Nugget and 4 Queens. That stretch of Fremont St was famous, but is now a pedestrian promenade with the Fremont St Experience. The roof over it has a multimedia presentation that cycles throughout the night. There's even a zipline attraction under there. There are other places to visit outside town like Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam.

    Aside from Speed the Ride and Nascar Cafe, there's more entertainment that has been lost since the '90s ended. The north end of the Strip was once home to the Wet 'n Wild water park, which was closed and sold off to land developers (it's attractions were relocated to other water parks). MGM Grand originally opened with MGM Grand Adventures. The condos you pass on the monorail was home to the park. It was small, but had attractions like bumper cars and a log ride. There was also a studio backlot tour on a boat, a rapids style ride through a flooded town and mine, a sky coaster that paralleled the hotel's 25th floor, and a haunted mine dark ride. There was also Deep Earth Exploration, which combined a motion simulator with a few dark ride scenes as your underground tour goes awry. They also had an indoor Space Mountain like coaster that was eventually moved outside and extended. Luxor used to have a motion simulator near the food court called Search for the Obelisk. Caesar's Palace had its Journey to Atlantis motion simulator in the Forum Shops (lost to an expansion of the shops). Star Trek Experience was also lost. It used to be in the Las Vegas Hilton. The museum showing off props from all series was the queue. There were 2 separate ride theaters that combined a walk through portion and a motion simulator. As a whole, game arcades used to be in every hotel and were larger than they are today.

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      Hmm, thanks for sharing some details - while I'll keep questions about how "authentic" most of the hotels seem to myself, I realize there's a lot more to see and do than I did. It was hard as a first timer who, one, didn't know much about what was where, and two, had almost no time to see it. As far as my priorities, coasters and nice meals are pretty much it - and while I covered the coasters, there certainly would be a few restaurants I would like to visit. The attractions you mention are nice diversions (though most simulators are entirely overrated in my mind) once you're there, but definitely don't add up to enough to compel me to visit.

      It's a shame even more of the attractions are gone, too. Some I had heard of, others were news to me. But in the end, I couldn't help feel like it wasn't a town for me. I'm sure I'll be back at some point (probably for next year's conference), but Vegas isn't a place I feel compelled to get back to. At least on my own dime.
      www.gregscoasterphotos.com <- Go there, it's good!

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        Re: Coasters of Las Vegas

        Originally posted by sarki7 View Post
        Hmm, thanks for sharing some details - while I'll keep questions about how "authentic" most of the hotels seem to myself, I realize there's a lot more to see and do than I did. It was hard as a first timer who, one, didn't know much about what was where, and two, had almost no time to see it. As far as my priorities, coasters and nice meals are pretty much it - and while I covered the coasters, there certainly would be a few restaurants I would like to visit. The attractions you mention are nice diversions (though most simulators are entirely overrated in my mind) once you're there, but definitely don't add up to enough to compel me to visit.

        It's a shame even more of the attractions are gone, too. Some I had heard of, others were news to me. But in the end, I couldn't help feel like it wasn't a town for me. I'm sure I'll be back at some point (probably for next year's conference), but Vegas isn't a place I feel compelled to get back to. At least on my own dime.
        I was still just a teen when I first visited in the '90s, so it was arcades and theme parks for me. My first visit was only for a day and we pretty much stuck to the south end of the strip. The current MGM Grand was new. Luxor was new. Excalibur opened in 1990. Tropicana still soldiered on. Hacienda might have still been standing. NYNY was an empty lot. Still, even more changes as you head north. For what was already there, I had only seen some of it. I hadn't even seen it all, including Circus Circus.

        Star Trek Experience was pretty cool and I'm not even a Star Trek fan. The walkthrough portion added something to it, as it required actors and timed effects as your little group eventually gets to the point of boarding the simulator. The Klingon Encounter also had a post show to it.

        I'm going to see a friend up there in a few weeks. Last time I was there was last year, and then 2005 prior to that, just 6 years after 1999. Vegas at least has something for everyone, but the degree varies per person. I enjoy the hotel stay in a themed hotel. If you're company is picking up the tab, then enjoy the trip. Part of the fun for me, and I'll probably sound very boring by admitting this, is hunting for a bargain. The casinos may have special room rates that are less than advertised rates, or there might be a package deal of some sort. I've seen MGM's resorts give free breakfast/lunch buffets for each day of stay. I know Circus Circus has one where you're given a couple ride passes. Stuff like that.

        I live in the Phoenix area and our family does drive to Disneyland each summer. Sometimes I like to take a trip alone. But, $$$ is often a factor. While you can find some deals in Vegas, it can still be expensive. As I mentioned above, my first time in Vegas was for a day. Our hotel was actually in Laughlin, which is about 90 min away. It's along the Colorado River across from Bullhead City. Next nearest town is Needles to the south. So that trip was actually a Laughlin trip with Vegas as a day trip.

        I frequent Laughlin more because it's cheaper. Way cheaper. The cheapest room rate I've had is $9/night at the Colorado Belle. The package I like to reserve is only $29.99 and that includes 2 nights hotel stay with 2 free breakfasts and Krispy Kreme, plus 2 souvenir shirts and pack of cards (which have the casino logo on the back). With 9 casinos along a 2 mile stretch of Casino Dr, it's like a mini Vegas. They still have themes. The majority of the casinos do have over 1000 rooms and have high rise towers, but the casinos are smaller and less intimidating. Almost all of them are along the river, which brings a different energy than the river of cars that is Las Vegas Blvd. You have water play in the river, which Vegas doesn't have. Entertainment still come in on the weekend to perform. Food is also inexpensive. I like it better than Vegas.

        It's good you made it down to Buffalo Bill's. I hope you were able to feel difference between Primm and Vegas. That's kind of what Laughlin is like (though Laughlin doesn't have rides). Watching the Travel Channel, especially when summer rolls around, will give you some good ideas for places to visit. Youtube may give you some good results based on your searches.

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          Re: Coasters of Las Vegas

          From what I've heard and from videos I've seen, you did NOT miss much not being able to ride Speed. Everyone I know who has ridden it has said it was absolutely painful and wouldn't wish that kind of pain even on their worst enemy.

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            Re: Coasters of Las Vegas

            Huh - that's odd, that's pretty much the opposite of what I've heard from folks who've ridden. I know Premier has had their issues with roughness (e.g., Outer Limits, The Chiller), but switching those over to lapbar restraints has done wonders. Not sure if Speed had this treatment, but everyone I've talked to has said it was a solid ride and easily the best in the Vegas area. I'm sure it had some bumpiness to it, but my assumption was always that NYNY's coaster was the true pain inducer in the area.

            Even so, "not missing much" is no consolation to me. It's a coaster. I would have relished the chance to ride.
            www.gregscoasterphotos.com <- Go there, it's good!

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