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    Las Vegas as theme park?

    What attractions in Vegas would you suggest for the theme park fan?

    The Star Trek Experience? Stratosphere tower? Freemont experience, the dancing fountians? Circus Circus? There seems to be a lot to choose from.
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    Re: Las Vegas as theme park?

    Las Vegas is one big theme/amusement park already. One big park with lots of alcohol.

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    Re: Las Vegas as theme park?

    Oops. Let me clarify my original post.

    I'm planning a trip to vegas. As a theme park enthusiast what attractions should I be sure to see while in vegas.

    Are the attracitons I cited worth the time/money? What else is good?

    I know I want to catch 'O' but past that who knows...
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    Re: Las Vegas as theme park?

    Walking through all mall inside of the Venetian is pretty awesome. Yeah it's a mall but it's themed soooooo awesome. I love the canals and gondolas.

    The Sirens of TI is a cool show to see and it's free which is the best part.

    Try the roller coaster at New York New York.

    The stratosphere is pretty awesome on top. They took out their roller coaster the last time I was there but they have other rides that have you dangling over the edge. While there catch "Bite" pretty cool show.

    and the definite must is my Mecca.............Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville!!!!! The place is just awesome. My suggestion would be to start off with the Margarita Bong then order the Cheeseburger in Paradise and finish up with their chocolate cake. Just great!!!
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    Re: Las Vegas as theme park?

    I agree with much of what has been recommended...

    except the NY rollercoaster... try it, but it is possibly the worst roller coaster I have ever ridden. Maybe if you have lower expectations you might like it more than I did.

    The Adventuredome (indoor theme park) at Circus Circus is a pretty neat and the circus acts are cool.

    Star Trek is one of the most amazing rides I have ever been on (and I have never seen the show.)

    However, let me warn you of one thing everything in Las Vegas is very far away from everything else.

    It's not easy to walk from place to place and it takes a whole lot of time to do so. They do have cabs and places that rent bikes and moped etc.

    However, if you don't gamble (I don't) most of this stuff isn't worth the effort it takes to get to it. The Belagio has a great 10 minute water show, BUT if it took you a half hour to get there it might not seem so great.

    Bottom line is, Las Vegas is full of casinos. They are there for the purpose of gambling. The entertainment is all designed just to draw you in and keep you around so you can spend more money.

    If you are ok with that you will have a great time. If you expect it to resemble one of Walt's parks you will be very disappointed.

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    Re: Las Vegas as theme park?

    Best bargain on the strip is getting an all day pass on the duece (The bus that goes up and down the strip) It's only 5 dollars for 24 hours and they have numerous busses running. The longest I had to wait was 10 minutes. The bus goes down the strip and to Fremont Street. Better than walking unless you are doing the Strip Drinking game. Start off on one end of the strip. Buy a margarita by the yard and start walking down one side of the strip. At every casino go in and get a drink. Keep going until you need a cab to get you back to your hotel. It's best when you go with a bunch of friends. Everyone puts in 20 bucks and the last one standing (Or the last one who doesn't quit) wins the pot.
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    Re: Las Vegas as theme park?

    BEST Attraction: The Star Trek Experience at the Hilton. the theming and scope of their attractions is amazing, not to mention the walk around characters, the museum and gift shop and restaurant. A little on the pricey side, but I love it the best.

    Worst Attraction: Manhattan Express at the New York, New York. If you like coasters, you'll be very disappointed. The ONLY saving grace is that it was on an episode of CSI... and that's not much of a saving grace.

    Circus Circus: Fun for simple Thrill Rides. The rollercoaster, I think it's called Canyon Blaster, is pretty good, better than Manhattan Express... blah. Good for a few hours, but you'll want to shower after. It's pretty dirty.

    Speed: The Ride: Probably the best roller coaster in Vegas. A nice launch, a huge loop and a vertical tower you go up, stop, and go backwards. I love it. There is also a Nascar racing thing there that is pretty fun, it would be more fun if you liked nascar... but it was still pretty fun.

    Stratosphere: The roller coaster is gone, which is good, it was pretty lame, but the attractions they have now are CRAZY!!! Alone they would be tame, but your so high up it makes everything more scary. For the best experience, save these rides till night.

    Buffalo Bills: about an hour west of Vegas is Primm and the Buffalo Bill's resort. They have Desperado, which used to be the tallest, fastest roller coaster in the world (back in, like 1995 or something). It's currently the 5th longest (I believe) in the world. There is also a big-shot type ride and a few others. A nice diversion and a fun coaster.

    Shows: My two favorites are "Love" and The Blue Man Group. If you like naked women, these don't have any so... you know....
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    Re: Las Vegas as theme park?

    Quote Originally Posted by Moonliner View Post
    Oops. Let me clarify my original post.

    I'm planning a trip to vegas. As a theme park enthusiast what attractions should I be sure to see while in vegas.

    Are the attracitons I cited worth the time/money? What else is good?

    I know I want to catch 'O' but past that who knows...
    Oh I see! I've been there too many times to count. Here's what I like:

    -The water fountain show in front of Bellagio. If you're lucky you'll get to hear the Andrea Bocelli song.
    -The flower garden at Bellagio.
    -The forum shops at Ceasar's.
    -The shops at Alladin.
    -The roller coaster at New York New York is ok.

    If you want to go to clubs/bars/lounges, I can give a bit of advice about that too.

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    Re: Las Vegas as theme park?

    I second the Speed the Ride and Canyon Blaster. I try to get on one or the other when I am out there. Forum Shops at Caesars and Desert Passage at Aladdin are the shopping places I stop by. If you are at the Bellagio step inside and see the miniatures and look for the chocolate fountain. There is so much to do there.





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    Re: Las Vegas as theme park?

    Quote Originally Posted by PirateChick View Post
    I second the Speed the Ride and Canyon Blaster. I try to get on one or the other when I am out there. Forum Shops at Caesars and Desert Passage at Aladdin are the shopping places I stop by. If you are at the Bellagio step inside and see the miniatures and look for the chocolate fountain. There is so much to do there.
    The chocolate fountain! I never actually got anything to eat from there but it is really nice to just walk by and look at it. I haven't seen anything like that in L.A.

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    Re: Las Vegas as theme park?

    Great ideas one and all, thanks.

    Has anyone tried "The Drive"?
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    Re: Las Vegas as theme park?

    Nope, I have never tried that. Something I forgot in my other post, sometimes places to eat are an experience all on their own. I enjoyed Margaritaville, they have a great gift shop that I spent a lot of money at last summer. Also if you go to the Hilton and go on the Star Trek Experience go to Quarks Bar. I have eaten there once and it was good, I think I am going to try to go there next weekend when I am there to see Phantom.





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    Re: Las Vegas as theme park?

    I LOVE to ride the spiral escalators at Caesers Palace...all 3 floors, back to back to back...people look at me weird...i dont care! i'm having fun and a kick out of those puppies

    That's as good of a ride as any. There used to be a water park open, but since has become a condo tower
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    Re: Las Vegas as theme park?

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    Has anyone tried "The Drive"?
    Closed just the other month. People weren't very interested in paying to test drive cars that they could test drive for free back home.

    Be careful about when you choose to go to Adventuredome at Circus. It's a hotbed for gang activity. I think Wednesdays are the worst but I can't remember and these things may have changed as security wisens up. I don't know if it's as bad as SFMM, but it can get rougher than the main drag of Fremont downtown so if you're uncomfortable there watch out. Generally on weekends when the whole strip is packed and room rates go through the roof and there's tourists everywhere the gangbangers will go do something esle.

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    Re: Las Vegas as theme park?

    How long did it last? I had never even heard of it and I was there last summer.





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