las vegas coasters... worth the trouble?

Tuesday, November 20, 2001 12:27 PM
do you think that th e coasters in vegas are bringing in sufficient revenue to warrant more being built or are coasters better suited to theme park environments? any ideas, im just contemplating the possibilty of more vegas coasters in the future becuase they seem to all be very good.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2001 12:35 PM
The Stratosphere already has their next ride in the works.  From what I have heard, Speed at the Sahara is very successful.  Remember that the casinos are getting $5-10 per ride for these coasters, with the enormous amout of potential customers on the strip I don't see how these things could not make money.

*** This post was edited by Mike Slisinger on 11/20/2001. ***

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Wednesday, November 21, 2001 4:17 AM
Not to mention a lot of the casinos are trying to lure parents with kids. Most families take vacations to places that are family oriented, so Vegas, until the last 10-12 years or so, was primarily an adult destination. The coasters, arcades, sim rides, and all the free attractions are now drawing on a part of the population that Vegas was missing out on before, with the added advantage of drawing parents into the casinos for gambling as well.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2001 5:03 AM
They will build more because the truth of the matter is for several towns near vegas it is the only place to ride coasters within a 3 hour drive. Speed: The Ride is doing fairly well but the real winner is Manhatten Express. Since it is a highly visable coaster it is a high traffic coaster. It costs to much to ride. But even at $10 a pop people are waiting over an hour on the weekend. Did you know in the 4 years it has been open it has made 7 times more than what the coaster cost! And BTW the stratosphere thing is not going to happen right now.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2001 5:56 AM
the manhattan express was an extremely rough an unpleasant ride. you bought your ticket from a lady at a cash register! then you got on the ride. i got an extra ride on it, but i almost said no! i wanna get off!
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Wednesday, November 21, 2001 9:01 AM
Actually, beside Primm (45 minutes away), there are no coasters within 4 hours of Las Vegas. The closest "major" theme park outside of the city is Six Flags Magic Mountain. Here are some times for all of ya.

These are estimates from my house (non stop) which is the northwest part of town:

Six Flags Magic Mountain: 4 hrs

Knott's & Disneyland: 5 hrs

Universal Hollywood: 6 hrs

Seaworld: 6.5 hrs

Sure there are Scandias in Ontario and Victorville, but we already have one here in Vegas. Arizona is mostly out the question as it takes 6 hrs to get to Castle's and Coasters which alone is not worth the drive.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2001 9:39 AM
universal studios is actually only about 4 hours and 20minuts away. Anyways,i sure hope they can get the Fish hook up becuase i always drive to vegas!
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Wednesday, November 21, 2001 10:57 AM
yes, i was just gonna mention that bit about universal. It is only about 20minutes south of sfmm and would be on-the-way from SFMM to disney & knotts. I live in PHX and Castles n Coasters is 5 minutes away. I havent been there in 10years. I have driven 5-6hrs for Knotts x2, SFMM x3, and Vegas all this year. Dont waste your time with CnC.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2001 12:13 PM
everytime ive been to Universal its taken over 5 hours. thats all i gotta say. dont forget traffic is heavier taking the 15 to the 10 to the 110 to Universal than 15 to the 18 to the 14 to the 5 to Universal. sure going thru town is shorter distance wise, but traffic is a killer.

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