Las Vegas getting back to adult entertainment

Posted Wednesday, July 30, 2003 6:05 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The buzzword in Sin City is adult, with a capital A. Not only are the resort casinos raising the stakes with unique and elaborate entertainment like Dion's show, which combines her singing with the artistry of Cirque du Soleil, but they want to remind you that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Sexy bathrooms and pirate shows are quickly taking the place of theme park-style attractions.

Read more from The LA Daily News via SFGate.com.

Wednesday, July 30, 2003 8:14 AM
Sexy bathrooms?? Dear god, I tremble to hear what the application of that will be....

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Wednesday, July 30, 2003 8:32 AM
Jeff's avatar That was the thing that stood out most to me on my Vegas trip a couple of weeks ago. The restrooms are all extra nice. The best one I saw was in Ra, the club at Luxor. Sinks were glass bowls with cobras for the faucets. Way cool.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2003 9:28 AM
As long as it stays adult and dosen't get to "adult", I'm fine with Vegas. I've always wanted to visit, and may get a chance to go. It just seems to me to be the ultimate adult Amusment Park.

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Beaver, its whats for dinner:p.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2003 9:37 AM
Treasure Island just recently stop performances of it's pirate battle show, to retool it into a more "sexy, adult" presentation (that will open later this year). They have also removed their famous skull marquee, and are going to try and rebrand themselves simply as "TI".

Just another symptom of what this article is talking about.

Jerry
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Wednesday, July 30, 2003 10:19 AM
Jeff's avatar I'm all for it. Too many damn kids when I was there, and it seems to be like that even at 2 am. Who lets their kids roam around Vegas alone, especially at 2 am?

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Wednesday, July 30, 2003 11:42 AM
I guess the same people who drop their kids off at the casino arcade, and let the newest "Street Fighter" game babysit for them all day.

Vegas and kids don't mix.

Jerry
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Wednesday, July 30, 2003 12:53 PM
Vegas has been pushing this "were more adult" line for the last year. While many of the hotels have stopped trying to entice families- (mgm, treasure island, new york new york)the kids will never be completely gone (just walk into excalibur or circus circus for proof of that). Why anyone would bring their kid is still beyond me.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2003 2:36 PM
But Las Vegas isn't just the strip. REAL Las Vegas is a city with lots of families.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2003 3:42 PM
Jeff's avatar ...and they make their living from the millions of people who visit there to have an adult good time. Locals don't stay in the hotels with their families, they stay home!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2003 7:02 PM
boblogone's avatar Vegas going more adult?
Do they plan on building a clone of an over mentioned ride no longer mentioned on this site?
Moosh, are they bidding on franchise rights?
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Wednesday, July 30, 2003 8:07 PM
CPLady's avatar As a long time visitor of Vegas, I agree there have been way too many *little* kids. One of the reasons we prefer to stay at the Nugget in downtown is the lack of kids. Less strollers to compete with. Not to mention our trips there were specifically for some adult time without kids.

After several years of having my mom stay with my son while we took the nice trip, we decided to treat her. The only problem was not having anyone to watch our son. He was 12, so we took him with us.

We stayed on the strip where all the "action" was. There was enough to keep him happy during the day and evening, not the least of which were the sims and coasters which *I* enjoy as well. Mom and the hubby hit the casino while I hit the sims and coasters with him. He loved the arcades (although some seemed a great deal like slot machines to me) and enjoyed the buffets, the fountains at Bellagio, the pirates at TI, the fountain at Ceasars, the Lance Burton show, and the wave pool and "river" at Monte Carlo. At night, mom stayed with him in their room while the hubby and I got in some adult time. Mom was happy, we were happy, and it was a vacation my son still talks about.

Would I be upset if Vegas returned to the more "adult" destination it once was? Not in the least. It's always been our adult getaway and I'd prefer to see less kids. But the fact remains that parents can't always take a vacation without the kids, and if Vegas wants to bring in the parents, they need to accomodate the kids in some way. I don't see the fancy hotel waterparks, arcades and amusements going away anytime soon.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2003 9:19 PM
I don't think Vegas ever considered itself a place for families. Think about it, if you went to Vegas for a week or two, you probably wouldn't want to bring your kids, but what other choice do you have? Sometimes, you can't just send your kids away to be watched, and you definitely aren't going to leave them home alone. So what do you do? You bring them with you.

Vegas saw this, and tried to provide something for the kids to do. This way, the parents could keep them occupied at certain times of the day, and when it was their bedtime, the adults had fun. I cannot understand why kids would be out at 2am, but I guarantee that family attractions only ever arrived in Vegas because of the reasons stated. Not because Vegas wanted to be family orientated.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2003 9:42 PM
And Krypton, have you ever seen the movie Vegas Vacation?

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Wednesday, July 30, 2003 10:18 PM
With the trend going back to adults it seems the possibility of building new coasters there becomes less and less. I think "Desparado" at Buffalo Bills at Primm at the NV/CA Stateline is the only hypercoaster in the west next to Goliath at S.F.M.M. that has the speed and more airtime, and is a great ride. Critics say it's rough and the end including the helix inside the mountain is lame. Can you imagine a 300+ foot tall mega coaster there?
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Wednesday, July 30, 2003 11:52 PM
I saw the Celine Dion show on July 3rd. Four $200 tickets by dad bought. Wow. I'm able to say it was worth it though. The most spectacular live performance I have seen yet. The special effects are unbelievable.
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Thursday, July 31, 2003 5:18 AM
Jeff's avatar I saw X at Aladdin for $44.95 each and instead of Celine Dion I saw boobies. That is a special effect.

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Thursday, July 31, 2003 6:34 AM
CPLady's avatar LOL! We have not ONCE gone to one of the boobie shows at Vegas, although I've mentioned it a couple times to the hubby. He's just not into that kind of entertainment ("what's the fun if you can't have what is being displayed") and if he needs that kind of fix, we go back to the room for a while.

We have seen Lance Burton several times, Mystere (loved it so much we even bought the CD), Penn and Teller (definitely NOT for kids), and, of course, the coasters and the freebies. We've got so many comps we can stay for a week without paying for a room, and most of the time can eat for free.

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Thursday, July 31, 2003 7:00 AM
Jeff's avatar How do you score comps? People talk about them like they're as common as sand in the desert.

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Thursday, July 31, 2003 7:21 AM
Of course gambling is required to get comps. The real trick is to make sure the hotel knows your gambling. For gambling at tables -the best way to let the hotel know is to tell the pit boss you want to be rated. This lets the pit boss know your serious and plan on being there a while. For slots or video poker you need to join the slot club at the casino (by signing up for a slot card). By using the club card the hotel will monitor how much you bet.

People like to talk a lot about geting comps but if your expecting a free room at the bellagio plan on betting serious money for several hours over several days. Its a business and the casino is not going to give a way the big perks easily. However, smaller perks, (free buffet, buffet line pass, hotel discounts and the like) can be had betting smaller amounts (for at least a few hours). One of the best ways to get a smaller comp is to sign up for a slot club. Just by signing up, you will start to recieve promotions from the hotel for discounted room rates during slow periods. I got a reduced rate at mandalay bay in two weeks from doing just that.
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