Las Vegas Coasters

Monday, April 14, 2008 5:53 PM
I just recently got on the coaster at NY NY hotel in Vegas. It was a cool ride. Way longer than I expected. Has anyone else rode the coaster at NY NY? Did you like it?
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Monday, April 14, 2008 6:16 PM
Mamoosh's avatar The last time I rode it I swore it would be the last time I rode it. Ouch, ouch, ouch!
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Monday, April 14, 2008 6:24 PM
Jeff's avatar All of the coasters in Vegas suck. Speed is OK I suppose. And my opinion actually doesn't count Canyon Blaster because that part of the strip is dead to me. :)

Jeff - Webmaster/Editor - CoasterBuzz.com - My Blog - Twitter - Video

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Monday, April 14, 2008 8:08 PM
Yes. No.

Canyon Blaster is a good ride. It's too bad it's where it is.


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Monday, April 14, 2008 10:16 PM
The ride would have been much better without the restraint system. The bunny hops towards the end of the ride with shoulder restraints are not very pleasant.

I agree on Canyon Blaster which is surprising. I normally don't like arrow loopers. That area of the strip is a total dump and quite inaccessible due to the lack of a nearby monorail station.

*** Edited 4/15/2008 2:21:39 AM UTC by mulfdog***

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Monday, April 14, 2008 10:38 PM
Jeff's avatar You know, it looked so close to me when I stayed at The Venetian a couple of weeks ago, but I learned my lesson on that my first time to Vegas a few years ago. The reason the signs are so big is to make it appear that they're so close!

Jeff - Webmaster/Editor - CoasterBuzz.com - My Blog - Twitter - Video

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Monday, April 14, 2008 10:50 PM
I walked from the Hilton to Circus Circus because the monorail stop listed CC. Don't ever do that... especially at night.
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Monday, April 14, 2008 11:36 PM
Jeff's avatar I won't go anywhere north of the Wynn unless it's in a cab and door-to-door!

Jeff - Webmaster/Editor - CoasterBuzz.com - My Blog - Twitter - Video

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Monday, April 14, 2008 11:39 PM
Mamoosh's avatar I was in downtown Vegas the night the scaffolding at top of the Stratosphere Tower, which was still under construction, caught fire and was raining down to the street 1,000 feet below. My hotel was the Luxor. With Las Vegas Blvd closed at the Stratosphere and traffic at a snarl my friend and I decided to walk back to our hotel.

That was a long walk! lol

*** Edited 4/15/2008 3:40:51 AM UTC by Mamoosh***

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Monday, April 14, 2008 11:46 PM
... especially if you were drinking along the way. ;)
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Tuesday, April 15, 2008 12:20 AM
Mamoosh's avatar With most of the north end of the strip closed we had to walk south on a street parallel to LV Blvd...that unfortunately didn't have a lot of casinos.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2008 12:23 AM
beast7369's avatar I stayed at the Sahara when we were in Vegas and I really didnt find that end of the Strip to be as bad as Jeff makes it out to be. Sure it isnt Luxor or Paris. But it has it's own quirks and uniqueness without which the part of Vegas that Jeff likes might exist without. Speed was ok. Worth the credit but nothing too exciting. The Stratosphere rides on the other hand....now that was something to be excited about. Didnt get a chance to ride anything at Circus Circus as the entire dome was closed when I was out there. Also the coaster at NYNY was HORRIBLE! Maybe not quite as bad a Looping Star at Beech Bend but darn close.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2008 12:28 AM
Soggy's avatar Aw, come on... Circus Circus isn't THAT bad. I took my 2 year old there, and never felt threatened. Besides, Canyon Blaster is surprisingly good for a smallish Arrow.

I also say Speed is rather underrated. It's great. Not much to it, but fun nonetheless. I'm also a big fan of Desperado at Buffalo Bill's, call me crazy, but I can ride that all day. Fast and crazy, it has its rough spots, but in general, a good ride. Make the drive.

The rest are skipable, IMO.


Pass da' sizzrup, bro!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008 12:29 AM
DantheCoasterman's avatar ^Looping Star actually wasn't too bad this year...
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Tuesday, April 15, 2008 9:54 AM
birdhombre's avatar I enjoyed Speed - The Ride at Sahara, but Manhattan Express was meh. Since I wasn't wearing cargo pants, I hadn't yet put my cell phone away before approaching the platform, whereupon I was told I had to put my phone in a 50-cent locker. But I had no change, and there was no change machine, so I had to go back down to the cashier for some quarters. And the ride already costs $14.00.

On the plus side, after all this screwing around, our intended train had left so we got to sit in front on the next one. It's possible I was too busy being pissed about the 50-cent cell phone locker to enjoy the ride, but regardless I didn't think much of it. A coaster that rough needs some speed or semblance of thrill to make up for it, and Manhattan Express doesn't deliver... IMHO.

Got the credit, will probably never ride it again.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008 9:58 AM
Canyon Blaster is a very sruprising Arrow and the best coaster on the strip IMHO. If you can make the trip back there it is worth it. Just don't make any plans to eat at the buffet or even stay there.

Go in, get your credits, get out.

I guess you could say that last phrase about all of the strip coasters.

My Vegas standings:

1. CB

2. Desperado (If you can get out to Buffalo Bill's)

3. Speed

4. That POS at NY, NY

Just wait a while. Knowing Vegas the north end of the strip will revitallize as the south falls apart. Just give it another 5 years.


Thanks for another great season, VF!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008 10:12 AM
I'd take the rides atop the Strat above any Vegas coaster any day of the week. Otherwise, I'd ride for the credits and the credits alone.

Speed is okay. Whatever they call the coaster at NY NY now is no longer painful, which exposes the ugly truth that's it's a mind-numbing bore. I'm still kicking myself over missing CB.

I'd much rather spend a couple hours in a hot tub with a good yard at my side than ride the coasters in Vegas. But that's just me.

-'Playa


NOTE: Severe fecal impaction may render the above words highly debatable.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008 10:29 AM
rollergator's avatar Why do people love CB so much? I had it somewhere between Python @ BGT/A and Double Loop @ GL. Even the LibertyLand ride was smoother...

Speed I like alot, surprising to me - probably because the backwards travel doesn't involve any headbanging.

Interesting to see 'Playa's take on the "new and improved trains" on ME...his might be the most positive take I've heard about the ride since the new trains debuted. ;)

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008 10:34 AM
Jeff's avatar The central strip (Bellagio to Wynn) is the hot area now, if you can ignore the blight that is Imperial Palace. Points south aren't going to decline any time soon, especially with that big city-in-a-city complex going up. Planet Hollywood got much needed love replacing Aladdin too.

With Frontier and Stardust gone, the empty lot across from Sahara, all the crappy little stores between Wynn and Riviera, more empty lots and parking garages, that whole half of the strip just kind of blows. The couple blocks between Stratosphere and Saharah are also shady.


Jeff - Webmaster/Editor - CoasterBuzz.com - My Blog - Twitter - Video

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008 10:56 AM
Soggy's avatar Comparing Circus Circus & Sahara to Bellagio & The Winn, well of course CC & Sahara are going to come up short. I'm just saying that you can go to those places without fearing for your life.

The real dodgy part is the stretch between Stratosphere & Freemont St. Then there's Freemont St. itself. Stay to the front where the canopy is, and it's great. Wander to the back alleys, and it's like a different world. I have stayed at Golden Nugget, that was surprisingly nice. I have also stayed at Union Plaza, that was horrible.
*** Edited 4/15/2008 2:57:34 PM UTC by Soggy***


Pass da' sizzrup, bro!

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