Vegas coaster operating hours

Tuesday, June 17, 2003 5:15 PM
I need help from the Vegas experts. Stephanie and I are going to in town for a little less than 48 hours starting Thursday night, and the plan is to sleep as little as possible. Seeing as how everything else is open 24/7, what's the story on the coasters there? If I'm strung out on girlie drinks at 3 a.m., I know I can get food, but can I get a coaster ride?

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Tuesday, June 17, 2003 5:34 PM
when i was there a couple of years ago, the manhattan express closed at midnight. it may be different now. i think it was 6 bucks a ride. well worth it. you may want to try checking their website.
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Tuesday, June 17, 2003 5:49 PM
No coasters past midnight typically, and most close earlier than that if I remember correctly. Last I checked, the Manhatten Express cost a whopping $12/ride without a coupon!
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Tuesday, June 17, 2003 6:10 PM
I was just there last week.... ME runs daily from 10am to midnight. I think (?) Speed was 10-10. Stratosphere... who knows. I've been there twice, and haven't gotten to ride the coaster either time (this time, the excuse was they were closing it at 5pm for cleaning....)

If riding ME, look in your hotel room for a local magazine. They usually have $2 off coupons.

Skunky

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Tuesday, June 17, 2003 8:18 PM
We were there in January. I believe 10pm to 12am is closing time for the coasters on the strip depending on the spot.

ME was $12, Speed was $8 ($11 unlimited), Big Shot/High Roller combo and a ticket to the top of the stratosphere was $17, I think a single ride on Canyon Blaster was $5. Don't know why I threw that in, but now you know.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2003 11:47 PM
What a relief that Speed offers unlimited rides for only $3 extra. Do any of the other Vegas coasters offer unlimited rides? If ME is as painful as some people have said it is, maybe multiple rides aren't even an issue. ;-)
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Wednesday, June 18, 2003 3:33 AM
I was there a couple years ago and on my last day, I tried to hit all the thrill rides i wanted to ride (didnt really care to hit High Roller). I thought the Speed deal was great, I got about 10 rides on that in the 2hrs I was at the Nascar Cafe. I think I found a coupon for ME in one of those Vegas magazines that a floating around everywhere when you get there.
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Wednesday, June 18, 2003 5:14 AM
Stratosphere was offering a special deal for $19.95 when I went this past March- unlimited Tower access and rides for the entire day. So if you wanted, you could ride in the morning, and if you planned on being back in the area that night, go for another round.

Not 100% sure on the Strat's ride closing hours... but I do know they open at 10:00 am.

Have fun-
ray p.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2003 7:20 AM
Jeff, I think everyone is right about the closing times, so don't expect a ride at 3 in the morning. I don't know if you have been there before, but missing the Stratosphere attractions, or the Adventuredome shouldn't get you down. If you only get one ride make it Speed. I went on ME two years ago and talk about rough, but it was a decent coaster (very, very expensive though). One more tip, check out the Bellagio fountains, to me they are the best 'free' show in Vegas (even better than the Pirate Battle). I hope that helps, and I will be quiet now.
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Wednesday, June 18, 2003 7:36 AM
You talk about getting food at 3 a.m. When I was there in 2001, my wife and I arrived about 2 a.m. starving. We were surprised to find the doors closed on many restaurants. We had to walk several blocks before we found one that was open.

On top of that, there is no fast food aside from McDonalds. It's either buffet or you have to leave a tip.

This was a huge surprise, considering all I've heard about 99-cent steak and lobster dinners and $5 buffets, etc.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2003 7:50 AM
I heard the pirate battle is now performed by half-naked women. I saw it on the AP wire (presumably from the Journal-Review). Apparently Vegas wants to be more "sexy" and not all family-like.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2003 7:55 AM
Indeed, you are correct Jeff. But the new show doesn't open until october. Maybe then the Pirates will reclaim the top free show in my book.
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Wednesday, June 18, 2003 8:06 AM
Too bad I'm going in August then -- I'll miss the revamped show. Sigh...

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Wednesday, June 18, 2003 8:13 AM
Actually, if I'm not mistaken, you'll miss the *entire* show. I remember reading somewhere that the show itself was closing down soon (if not now) and wont re-open till the re-vamp.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2003 8:17 AM
That's probably true, although I haven't really checked. The reason we're going is Blue Man Group, though, so I honestly won't really miss it...

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Wednesday, June 18, 2003 9:17 AM
Blue Man Group is so much fun. Saw it in Chicago a couple years ago. I got a banana stain on my favorite shirt (and if I explain that, it'll give away a surprise.....).

I really have no desire to see a half-naked pirate show. Jeez, control yer testosterone... ;)

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Wednesday, June 18, 2003 9:38 AM
Greg, Blue Man Group is gonna be in Pittsburgh in August.

$12 per ride? For a TOGO? Yikes! And people say $28 is expensive for a Kennywood Ride-All-Day!

I must admit, though, this looks pretty cool.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2003 9:43 AM
kpjb,

I have to admit, that was a sweet element! And, actually, I liked the coaster...it's not on my "Best Rides Ever" list but it sure ins't on my "Cold Fries Bad" (to use 'Playa's phrase) list either...

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Wednesday, June 18, 2003 9:55 AM
Den, I know what you're talking about. Well, sortof. I've seen the original NYC production of Blue Man Group twice, before Blue Man was anything more than the single little not-nationally-known production in NYC. Now there are 4 set shows (NYC, Boston, Chicago, and Vegas), plus the touring rock group. The rock show is not the same as the set shows, although I've been told the Boston, Chicago, and NYC shows are pretty similar to each other.

kpjp, are you sure about August? If so I'd be thrilled -- I'm going to miss the Blue Man Group Complex show on July 12 at Starlake (Coca Cola, Post-Gazette, whatever) Amphitheater due to a birthday party, and I'm pretty bummed about it.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2003 9:59 AM
I saw that the Blue Man touring group is coming to Columbus this summer. I assume it is just their music, minus the hilarious skits and biting satire, so I have no plans to see it.

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