Anywho, I had decided that I definitely wanted to get on Big Shot, X-Scream, and Manhatten Express. I didn't reach my goal but I did get to ride Speed and Canyon Blaster instead of the Stratosphere stuff. I still can't believe how much each ride costs.
On Friday, we stopped by NYNY to ride ME. I was a little cautious of going to NYNY because I absolutely hate the real NYC. Luckily, it was a better version of the real deal. Me and my bro waited about 10 minutes and were assigned the front seat. Sweet. I liked the way the train was somewhat elevated- it made for a more flying effect on the ride. The ride itself was pretty fun, but kinda forceless and very rough. It seems the top of the car doesn't sit on its bearings well or something because it feels like the car lifts up and slams down onto the track. I have never felt that on a steel coaster before. Anywho, the best part was flying near the strip. 6/10.
Sunday was pretty much our last day so we planned on heading to the Stratosphere at night. Strangely, clouds (not many) rolled in so we packed it up at the pool and decided to go to the tower in the early afternoon. When we finally reached it (it is quite a ways from the rest of the Strip and is surrounded by miles of trashy buildings, casinos, and tourist traps) they said all of the rides were down because of lightning. We knew there wasn't lightning so we didn't want to sit on our butts and wait for them to open, so we left :(
On the way back home (Treasure Island) we stopped at the Sahara for Speed. It looked extremely short, but hey, I had to ride today. My bro and I boarded in the last row. I was totally not expecting that launch. It was awesome! The rest of the ride wasn't very great (too much straight track) but that launch made up for it! Launch 9/10 Overall 7/10
note: Isn't it weird that the Nascar place is inside of an Egyptian themed casino?
We decided to walk the rest of it out and see Circus Circus. Circus Circus was the only downside of the whole trip. The decorations were so gaudy and awful it made you want to run away. We finally fought the mass amounts of people and armies of screaming kids to come upon the Adventure Dome. pink. I thought it was pretty neat the way they worked the rides into the mountain, although they were pretty outdated and it was the most insane bottleneck ever. Worst of all, the people were the most __________ (enter any race) trash that they made your local county fair seem like tea time at the Bellagio. After all of the madness, we decided we didn't come all this way without anything to show for- and plus Canyon Blaster is pink. The ride was very smooth and the ops were actually incredibly fast, Maybe even faster than CP. I liked the tunnels, but most of all, I liked the pink. It was fun, but it was still just an above average short Arrow Looper. Color 10/10 Ride 6/10
Overall, Vegas is an amazing city. Each night, my girl and I walked up and down the Strip until the wee hours of the morning. I would recommend staying in between Mandalay Bay at the beginning of the Strip and the mall next to Treasure Island. Anything after that mall (which had the most amazing food court) is pretty run down. It kinda sucked that I couldn't gamble, but I will be back in a few years! *** Edited 6/29/2004 5:52:26 AM UTC by mortdug***
In terms of the coasters you have pretty much got your summary spot on. What I would say though, unfortunately for you, is that you missed out on the two best rides in Nevada. Big Shot gives what I would describe as a 'one in a lifetime' moment and Desperado is one of my all time favourite coster experiences (although rough in places) which NYNY miserably fails to copy and improve on. X-Scream woulkd have also been a hell of a lot of fun. But hey, you still had a good time and that is the main thing. I managed to do all the coasters but missed out on 'Vegas Vic' and the Fremont Experience which I regularly kick myself for!
Well, I am planning a surprise trip for our 5th anniversary coming up soon, and I think we're going to stay at the Bellagio, which would be her "present." *My* present would be for her to allow me a couple of hours in the arcade and rides at CC. ;)
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