Please help with a Vegas Trip.

Thursday, January 24, 2002 6:21 AM
With a trip to Vegas in the near future I need input into what are the "Don't Miss Coasters/Attractions"?

Are there any discounts for any of the rides?

Please post your suggestions here!

Thanks for you help.

Thursday, January 24, 2002 6:32 AM

There's been a lot of things posted about Vegas around here... but here's my list of "must-see's":

* Race For Atlantis- Caesar's Palace. In my opinion, this is the best simulator ride around. It's a 3-D IMAX simulator ride with some amazing special effects (some of which appear to be close enough to touch). The storyline is pretty lame, but the ride is a thrilling... albeit expensive... trip (I believe it is now $10 or so for a ride, half of that for a re-ride).

* Speed: The Ride- Sahara Hotel and Casino. A great launched coaster that is very smooth for a Premier coaster. There are single-ride passes available (which I believe now consist of 2 rides), but if you plan on sticking around for a while, buy the all-day pass.

* Fremont Street Experience- Downtown Las Vegas. Not a ride, but perhaps the most amazing light and sound show you'll ever see. A giant dome stretches along Fremont Street for 5 city blocks from the Plaza Hotel to the Race Rock Restaurant. 5 or so different shows are presented on the hour beginning at dark. It's just so cool you'll want to see them again and again. There is no charge for the shows.

* Adventuredome- Circus Circus. A 5-acre, climate-controlled amusement park featuring the Arrow "Canyon Blaster" double loop/corkscrew coaster, an Arrow Chutes ride, a Chance Inverter, Chance Chaos, IMAX ridefilm, and several other attractions. There are also free circus acts performed in the casino. It's kind of weird playing slots with people performing trapeze acts above you!

* Big Shot- Stratosphere. You've seen it on TV... now try it yourself. Pricey, but well worth it.

There's plenty more to do in town as well..... but those are my "Top 5". Coupons are available for just about everything throughout town. Just pick up a copy of "Showtime", "What's On", or any of the other non-pornographic publications at hotels both on the Strip and downtown.

Enjoy your trip.


Thursday, January 24, 2002 7:39 AM
Hey Coaster God. There are so many attractions for people of any age in Vegas. As for coasters/rides here's my list of what you should definately not miss:

- The Stratophere's Big Shot is a must-do attraction. I personally think its better to ride it at night because of the great view you'll get of the neon city when all the lights are shining from the strip.

- Speed: The Ride shoudln't be missed as well. It's location is on the North end of the strip nearby the Strat so you can do this attraction right before or after the Big Shot if you please. The ride is is short but its launches are great and overall is smooth and offers excellent visuals.

- I'm still a fan of Arrow Loopers, and if you are too make sure you don't skip Canyon Blaster over at Adventuredome which is located in Circus Circus. The last time I rode it in July I thought that it was very smooth for an Arrow.

- If you have time, you can check out IMO another great Arrow coaster, Desporado. The hypercoaster offers unbelievalbe views of the Nevada desert. It's about a 45 minute drive to the West of Vegas, or you can take a shuttle bus from the New York New York Casino Hotel if you chose not to drive.

There are so many other attractions you may enjoy depending on your *age* and tastes. Here are some other suggestions:

- The fountains at the Bellagio are a nice touch to the strip. The show is free and it won't hurt to stop by.

- Effiel Tower may be a bit costly but offers nice views of the Bellagio and the strip.

- My favorite casino themed mall goes to Aladdin's Desert Passage and The Venetian Canal Shops. These places are a must see just for the beuatiful decor. If you're a shopper Vegas is probably one of the greatest places for shopping. There's also the Showcase Mall, Ceaser Shops, and Belz Factory Outlet.

Here's a link: to coupons for Vegas attractions. You'll find many discounts for rides like Speed and for resturants. Hope you enjoy your trip and best of luck in the casinos.

Mitch F.

Thursday, January 24, 2002 8:20 AM
For coasters, Speed: The Ride is the best in Vegas but the Manhattan Express at the NY:NY is also a good ride if a bit rough.

And if you've never seen them, you should definitely check out The Blue Man Group at the Luxor. It's an amazing, interactive show. I'd try and describe it but it's indescribable.

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." - Albert Einstein

Thursday, January 24, 2002 8:34 AM
If you visit Las vegas I'd say stay away from North Las Vegas, not the nicest part of town..

If they offer it, I'd encourage a bungee jump off the stratosphere, possibly the best airtime I've ever had.. doing this will make your day!

It's conflict that shows who a person really is!

Thursday, January 24, 2002 9:35 AM
Two Words:

RIO Buffet.

Do not miss this food stop. Quite easily the most extensive buffet you'll ever find.

For rides I'd go with Speed,Canyon Blaster, and  Big Shot (at night).

Also, there's a very funny topless revue at the Flamingo during the afternoon (if you're of age). Free admission coupons available in many publications but there is a drink minimum.

My other car is a Giovanola!

Thursday, January 24, 2002 9:39 AM
You could always rent a car and do an LA park or 2 as well!  I heard that drive is a doozy though...
Ride the New England Bush!
Thursday, January 24, 2002 10:10 AM
LoadedG.... I think you're referring to "Bottom's Up" at the Flamingo.  That show was beyond bad.... but for some reason, seeing a bunch of crusty old "comics" trying to be topical and risque made me laugh.  At least it was free... otherwise we would have been slightly upset!  ;)

To add to my original post, if you're looking for a "theme park-style" show, check out "EFX Alive" at the MGM Grand.  This $50 million production features amazing sets including fire-breathing dragons, a huge spaceship, unique variety acts, a tripped-out 3-D section, and a thin but interesting storyline..... all featuring the talents of Rick Springfield.  He even did an acoustic version of "Jessie's Girl".  Tickets are in the $50-$60 range, but the show is well worth it.

I also second LoadedG's suggestion for the Rio Buffet.  It is without question the biggest selection of food anywhere.  Make sure to save room for the desserts.  The woman behind the counter cut me a piece of chocolate pie so big I couldn't even finish it!  And while you're at the Rio, check out the "Masquerade Show in the Sky".  Presented a few times throughout the day (I think it is dark on Tuesdays and Wednesdays), this free show is a series of giant floats that are suspended from an overhead rail, all set to "Carnivale"-style music.  At the end, performers throw Mardi Gras beads to those watching below.  It is very colorful and an impressive sight to see.  For a $10 fee, you can be on one of the floats! 

OK, I need to stop or I'll go on all day.  Vegas truly is one of the greatest cities on earth.  There's something for everyone, even if you're not a compulsive gambler like myself. 


Thursday, January 24, 2002 11:39 AM
How many times do we haver to answer this question, seems it comes up every week geez.
Does CCI know how to make a bad coaster?

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