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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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.
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.
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. ;-)
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.
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.
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.
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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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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