New York New York: Manhattan Express

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Tuesday, November 15, 2005 11:56 PM
coasterqueenTRN's avatar Speed: The Ride is worth WAY more than the $10. AWESOME coaster.

Manhattan was OUCH, and not worth the money. I did it once, and will probably never do it again, as well as Canyon Blaster. Bleh. I guess it will depend on how much alcohol I have in me next time.

I would rather spend my time at the top of the Strat. High Roller is boring as hell but X-Scream is just sick, but only in the front row (and with several 99 cent margaritas in you!) Good times!

The S&S Tower is a blast, and I still have to do Insanity. That's my main incentive on going back to Vegas in the near future. I just GOT to do that thing. It sucked missing it (twice) back in March but the peeps at the Strat were VERY cool about it.


Wednesday, November 16, 2005 12:44 AM
rollergator's avatar I think I'm the only one that came away from Canyon Blaster thinking "check".

The Twist-n-dive is the DEAL, good to see Intamin trying their hand at it with SpeedMonster...who knows, maybe Scandinavia *is* doable after all...

The manager at Strat was cool once he found out about Jeff's *plane-jumping* habit... ;)

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 5:54 AM
ME was something I'll never pay that much to do again. It was worth the cost one time for the credit and the Twist N Dive. Speed was by far the best coaster in Vegas. Worth the money to ride as many times as you can. I just wish we would have stopped on the way to the Strat for a quick launch at nite.

Canyon Blaster was pretty decent to me, I had a fun time, and will spend more time at Adventuredome next time I'm in Vegas.

I'll also be spending more time @ Buffalo Bills riding Despy, and trying out the S&S Tower & that amazing looking flume. Oh, and Riding Despy. It wasn't nearly as bad as people say. Could we move those trains to Maggie? Or at least one of them? I'm sure Despy isn't using all of it's trains...

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 11:42 AM
I like Desperado, I lot more than I like Magnum. It looks like a lousy design (and knowing Arrow, it probably is) but it really works. It throws you around a little but it's not at all uncomfortable.

I've been to Buffalo Bill's twice in the past year and both times the S&S tower was clearly not operational for quite some time. Anyone know what the deal is with that ride? I skipped the flume twice because I was twice not dressed to get wet. Next time...

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 11:57 AM
rollergator's avatar BB's flume won't get you wet...misted perhaps.

But what it WILL do, is make you reconsider what's possible in terms of mixed-genre rides...that thing doesn't get NEARLY the praise it deserves...

bill, did manage the S&S at BB's...but I had to go find my own ride operator... ;)

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 11:59 AM
Vegas coasters focus more on novelty then on quality. Casinos will simply place fake dummies on the coaster when the real dummies realize Vegas head-banger coasters suck. But they'll keep the coasters running because it looks cool and attracts guests. With the kind of money these resorts rake in, you'd think a quality wouldn't be such a difficult thing to maintain. Desperado used to be fantastic. Unfortunately, it still looks just as good the day it opened, but the ride went south a long time ago. Ride Vegas coasters the first year after they open, because its all down hill after that.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005 2:21 PM
CPLady's avatar I was lucky in that I got to ride ME the first year it was open and actually enjoyed the ride. Back then, it was much cheaper to ride (I'm thinking $8).

When I went to the Adventuredome in 1998, I was a bit surprised by Canyon Blaster. It was a better ride and had less headbanging than I'd expected from an Arrow Corkscrew. Guess I just caught it on a good day.

Not having been back since February 1999, I can't really say how these rides are doing now, nor can I give much of an opinion on the Adventuredome because when I was there, I walked away thinking it was a rather fun couple of hours spent there. I certainly didn't find it cramped and drab.

I hope to get back to Vegas sometime to ride Speed which was just shy of opening when I was there last.

I'd rather die living than live like I'm dead

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 3:35 PM
Robocoaster's avatar Coasterniece, I'm glad you enjoyed ME, although I also plan to never re-ride it. Make sure to visit Speed at Sahara if your ever back this way again. The last time I was there, the all-day wristband also included all-day access to the Nascar sim rides on the first floor, which I found to be extremely fun.

CB at the dome is a good ride, just nowhere as good as Speed. If you can get a trip to Buffalo Bill's in, don't miss it

They Live. We Sleep.

Thursday, November 17, 2005 12:40 PM
Star Trek was so entertaining. I had no idea what the experience was supposed to be. I haven't had that much fun on an attraction in a long time.

Our tower on the Stratosphere is pretty intense as far as S&S tower rides go. By far my favorite tower ride we've done.

Can't say a whole lot about the coasters...although I did ride Speed a solid 30+ times. $0.30 a ride is a good deal. The front seat of the Canyon Blaster carries the nice lateral float in the lead-in to the corkscrews.

Thursday, November 17, 2005 9:08 PM
I thought ME was a fun little ride... but I wouldn't pay to re-ride it. I think if they turned off the strong trim on the MCBR, and removed the pointless OTSR's, the ride would be a whole lot better than it is right now.

SPEED absolutely rocks btw... nothing beats floating inbetween the seat and the restraint on the way down that vertical spike... ohhh yea.

Thursday, November 17, 2005 9:17 PM
john peck's avatar When I went in Oct 2000...

I really LOVED Canyon Blaster. Never had a problem, loved the grey-out in the second loop. I found the coaster to be very transition-friendly and re-rideable. Matter of fact, I rode it 26 times.

Rode Desperado 19 times, unfortunatly, one of those in the "Ejector Seat" (for you Magnum riders out there who know which one the E-Seat is) That was a mistake! Ouch!

Took 2 laps, one front, one rear on ME for my 2 rides for one plan. Didn't really like either of them.

High Roller was closed and Lightning Bolt had closed for the season (which would have been it's last)

But I would say Speed was the most friendly ride on the strip.

I was in Vegas Last November, but didn't ride anything. Hign Roller was closed again


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