Vegas Area Question

Tuesday, December 7, 2004 6:48 PM

It's looking like I might be out on the west coast for a conference in February and I was toying with the idea of stopping in Vegas on the way home (and it is, in fact, on the way between California and Dublin). Can someone tell me if the various rides in the Vegas area (I'm thinking mainly the Stratosphere but I'm interested in the others too) are normally open in February?

Many thanks,

Tuesday, December 7, 2004 6:55 PM
Unless there are high winds or maintenance/rehab issues, expect most rides in Las Vegas to be open during your visit. And of course, the rides at Circus Circus are protected by the big pink dome... so you should have no problem there! :)

Ray P.

Wednesday, December 8, 2004 10:48 AM
I absolutely loved Speed the Ride at the Nascar Cafe in the Sahara (kind of kiddie corner to the Stratosphere). Ride this before going to the Stratosphere.

The XScream flat ride really freaked me out. That was all we rode up there as the coaster was closed and I did not care to ride the spaceshot since I had been on so many before anyway.

Circus Circus Adventuredome was closed while we were there but will definitely not miss it next time!

Manhattan Express at New York, New York was ok. It was fun but definitely could use better restraints on it.

There are a ton of other things to definitely check out in Vegas if you havent been there in the evening depending on if you can do that. If you can definitely check out the Bellagio fountain show, Sirens of TI at Treasure Island. The Mirage volcano is pretty neat to see too. Just some of the sights to see.

Also be sure to check out recent trip reports on Vegas for more: *** Edited 12/8/2004 3:50:37 PM UTC by beast7369***

Wednesday, December 8, 2004 11:05 AM
Sirens bites. Please do not do him any favors.
Wednesday, December 8, 2004 11:18 AM
I'm only going to have one evening and one full day in the area to play with. But I would like to hit all the coasters if I can. Is it possible to get out to Primm for Desperado without a rental car?
Wednesday, December 8, 2004 11:19 AM
If you are driving, check out Desperado in Primm, NV; it's a few miles outside of town.
Wednesday, December 8, 2004 11:38 AM
"A few miles out of town" = a 45-minute drive.

But it's worth it, IMO. If anything, you get to experience being in a place so flat that you can clearly see Desperado a full 12 miles before you get to it. And the surrounding mountains are beautiful.

I believe certain casinos - MGM Grand? - offer bus rides to Primm.

Wednesday, December 8, 2004 11:43 AM
Den said:

If anything, you get to experience being in a place so flat that you can clearly see Desperado a full 12 miles before you get to it. And the surrounding mountains are beautiful.

Den is correct, you can see it from miles away as there is nothing out there, the mountains are really cool to see to.

Don't forget, Insanity should be open then to so you have 4 rides at the Statosphere plus Circus Circus, MH at NYNY and Speed at Sahara.

Wednesday, December 8, 2004 12:17 PM
There definitely should be no problem hitting all the coasters in Vegas (not sure about Primm added on) in one day.
Wednesday, December 8, 2004 12:24 PM
My 2 cents -- Save yourself some money (and a migraine headache), and skip Manhatten Express at the NY-NY. Roughest. Coaster. Ever. :)


Wednesday, December 8, 2004 1:48 PM
Anyone able to answer my question above, i.e. is it possible to get out to Primm for Desperado without a rental car? Failing that, anyone know of anywhere in Vegas that'll rent a car to an under-25? :)
Wednesday, December 8, 2004 1:56 PM

Not sure about not having to drive but you can check out Fox Rent A Car, they might rent to under 25, that is who we rented our car from, we spent 175 with all the bs taxes for a midsize car (Hyndai Sonata I think) with unlimited miles for a week. is the website

Wednesday, December 8, 2004 2:07 PM
There is a shuttle that will take you to Primm> I found this on a site for the outlet stores in Primm:

"Shoppers can board a shuttle in Las Vegas at Desert Passage at the Aladdin or the MGM Grand for $12.99. The shuttle leaves several times daily and it's great for those who don't feel up to the drive and aren't on a strict schedule. The shuttle pick up/drop off at the mall is located outside the Polo store. Call (888) 424-6898 for reservations."

Wednesday, December 8, 2004 2:09 PM
Yeah, looks like they do, for only $15/day extra. Given how long I'm going to be there it might be the way to go. We'll see.
Wednesday, December 8, 2004 2:10 PM
The Shuttle might be better given how often I get to practice driving on the wrong side of the road. I'll figure out something in due course anyway. Thanks to all responders.
Wednesday, December 8, 2004 2:16 PM
I know you're a DDR player, so I must mention that the circus circus place is a major bemani hotspot. Like 3 machines, Beatmania, Taiko, so don't miss that.
Wednesday, December 8, 2004 2:18 PM
Very good. I haven't really investigated that closely but I was thinking I might stay there. Is it within reasonable walking distance of everything except Primm, or am I massively confused as to the size of Vegas?
Wednesday, December 8, 2004 3:02 PM
Depends on your idea of "walking distance", but personally I think from Circus Circus you can easily walk up to the Sahara and Nascar one day, and down to New York New York another. It'd be a bit much to do it all in one day, though.

There's always public transit, too, though.

Wednesday, December 8, 2004 3:16 PM

Den said:
"A few miles out of town" = a 45-minute drive.

In that part of the world, 45 minutes is a few minutes. :)

But yah, definitely worth it. As they said. The hotel probably has its own shuttle from the strip.

Wednesday, December 8, 2004 3:21 PM
I should qualify my previous post with the fact that I'm Irish -- walking is not a problem to me.

I just put the four outfits into mapping software - Circus Circus, Nascar Cafe, the Stratosphere, and New York New York, and the longest walk is about three miles to the latter -- not really a problem for me.

All I need therefore is to figure out Primm and I'll get them all in easily enough :)


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