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ChrisFL
05-03-2001, 07:43 PM
I'll be there a week. I'll try to split my time between theme parks and trying to win cars at slot machines <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_wink.gif">

IOArules
05-03-2001, 08:03 PM
I've heard the best ride is Speed the ride, although I've never been on it. I have been on the Big Shot. That is a must ride. The view at night is incredible and it feels like your being shot off the earth.
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<BR>My friend recently went to Las Vegas for Spring Break and he stayed at NY, NY. He said that(can't think of name right now)the coaster there was terrible and the roughest he's been on. But you might want to ride it just for the experience.

Beanzear
05-03-2001, 08:14 PM
No matter what, you must ride Speed: The Ride! When i went I rode it 5 times because it was so great. It is really exciting and is so much fun because it goes backwards. Ride it at night and sit in the very front so you can be at the top of the tower. Have fun. Definetly go to Ny, NY. The coaster is really fun. Stratosphere Is a must as well, Skip Circus Circus. It is a waste, and smells.

OrlandoCoaster
05-03-2001, 08:52 PM
Do SPEED the Ride for sure. It is a cool ride. Also, Space Shot at NIGHT is amazing for the view alone. While you are up at the top of the tower, you may as well do High ROller. Why they have OTS restraints on that ride is beyond me.
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<BR>Skip NY NY unless you wanna drop $10 for one ride.
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<BR>And if you have the chance check out Circus Circus' corkscrew.
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Tycoon612
05-03-2001, 09:32 PM
The best ride there is definetly Speed. Then do The Stratosphere rides. If you have time do either Canyon Blaster or Manhattan Express. I say do both so you at least would have tried the rides. The Circus Circus one isn't as rough as Manhattan Express. I guess it soon will be since its an Arrow.

BiggJon
05-03-2001, 10:51 PM
Here's the scoop on Vegas:
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<BR>Sahara--Speed is a must. Smooth, fast, and fun. Definitely go front seat. Be advised, ride ops will make you take off your glasses, even if you have a strap for them (that's a pet peeve of mine)
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<BR>Stratosphere--Big Shot is a must as well. You can really do without High Roller, however. It really doesn't do anything but go in circles, and you can't see anything due to the restraints/seatbacks.
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<BR>Circus Circus--Canyon Blaster surprised me. It is a pretty smooth Arrow looper with some unexpected airtime. I'd definitely be sure to ride it. They also have an Inverter, which is one of my favorite flat rides.
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<BR>NY NY--Although it is somewhat rough, Manhattan Express is worth riding. Whether it is worth the $10 fee is debatable. The "heartline" twist and dive element is pretty cool. But, if you want to save money, see my tip below.
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<BR>TIP: If you have access to a car, you can drive 1/2 an hour on I-15 toward the CA border and go to Buffalo Bill's to ride Desperado. Although it is rough, and the second half is slowed by heavy braking, it is a long, fast, fun, and historic (one of the very first hypers) coaster. Buffalo Bill's and NY NY have the same owners, and when I was out there last year, they were running a 2 for 1 deal: If you rode one of the coasters, you got a 2 for 1 coupon for the other. So, if you ride Desperado first (at $6 a ride) you can get a coupon to get 2 rides on Manhattan Express for $10, which will save you $10 overall. Be aware that I don't know if they are still running this deal, but I bet they are. Buffalo Bill's also has a Turbo Drop, a log flume ride with a "shooting gallery" element (is the shooting gallery still operational?), and a motion simulator theatre.
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<BR>Happy Coastering, and good luck in the casinos!
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robvia
05-04-2001, 06:55 AM
ME at Ny Ny is a ripoff, boycott it because of the $10 price, and it's rough. Some say they lowered it to $6, but I don't care, they've fleeced everyone and now they must pay. If you do ride it, then hang out at the exit and someone will sell you an extra ticket for $5.
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<BR>Do Speed at the Sahara, play the $1 blackjack so you won't lose your "arse". Tip the waitress $1 per drink, and she'll keep coming back, a good way to drink top shelf cheap. As one article once said, Don't ask for a beer at the Bj table, ask for a Chevis.
<BR>Get the unlimited ride wristband for the Big Shot at the Strat, but not the high roller, go on it once just to do it.
<BR>Rent the car, and drive the 45 minutes south to ride Desperado.
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<BR>Oh, and you will lose your "arse" out there, I was like you, thinking I could win. No way, it's all fixed, lost $700, didn't hit anything. Can you tell I'm frustrated? So now I go in the vegas groups saying it's fixed and warn people not to play alot. Sure, I get flamed back saying it was just bad luck, but too bad, it's fixed, the slots are tight these days. Don't gamble for comps, sign up for the slot cards at each hotel and use them, but don't gamble for comps.
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<BR>If you wanna read about it, then go here to my trip report page with pictures.
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coasters4life
05-04-2001, 07:08 AM
I visited Sin City back in March and like always had a blast. Obviously the ride not to miss is their newest piece at the South end of the strip Speed: The Ride. If you're not familiar with Vegas its towards the end of the strip at the Nascar Cafe in The Sahara Hotel Casino. I recommend purchasing the all day ride access. It's only $10, and its the best bargain for any coaster in Vegas.
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<BR>You won't want to miss the Big Shot too. This is by far my favorite thrill ride. Ride it at night because the view you get from the ride of the strip or downtown Vegas is absolutley amazing at night.
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<BR>Other must ride attractions are Canyon Blaster at Circus Circus AdventureDome, and Desporado which is about 45 minutes west of Vegas at Buffalo Bills. These two are great Arrows and they shoudln't be missed.
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<BR>I hope this advice helps. Vegas has so much to offer for everyone. I'll be there again in July and I can't wait to get back on Speed. Hope you enjoy your trip with the coasters and tables. Good Luck.
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<BR>Mitch F.

Ghostrider
05-04-2001, 09:06 AM
I've been to Vegas twice in the past year, and I can now give a confident report in the rides.
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<BR>You simply must ride Speed at the Sahara. It is a blast. You'll love it, and it's one of the cheapest rides in Vegas.
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<BR>The Canyon Blaster coaster at Circus Circus is a great ride too. From the outset, it just looks like another Arrow loopscrew, but the ride is nicely themed and has a great helix at the end through the mountain. Worth a ride indeed!
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<BR>Despite the fact that it is the coolest LOOKING coaster in Vegas, the Manhattan Express at New York New York is falling apart fast. It is a really painful ride now, especially after the second drop and into the loop. The trims are so bad now that you lose all the fun of the second half of the ride. It is still good for one ride, but at $10 a person, it's not worth any more than that. Too much pain!!!
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<BR>High Roller at the Stratosphere is a worthless piece of junk. It is nothing more than a slow moving kiddie coaster with OTSR's. Why do they need these?!?! You can't even turn and look out at the view because they're in your way. It is slow and stupid. You can easily skip this one.
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<BR>DO NOT miss the Big Shot up there though. This is worth more than one ride, as it is just way too freaky. You will never be able to experience a ride at 1000 feet anywhere else. It's like the end of your life when you are launched up into the sky. Awesome.
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<BR>If you do venture over to Stateline, you can ride Desperado, which is a good long ride and has a great first drop, but doesn't do much else. It's alright, but I wouldn't go out of my way to ride it. The majority of the ride is nothing more than a bunch of air-less camelbacks unless your ride from the back seat, which happens to be the most painful area to ride in. Pretty mediocre coaster.

rolluh coastuh uv luv
05-04-2001, 06:18 PM
Speed, Desperado, and big shot are all you must must must must must must...ect... ride.

theriddler
05-05-2001, 01:09 PM
im pretty sure everyones got it covered, butheres my tips:
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<BR>Speed: The ride is definitely worht riding. day or night, its really fun.
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<BR>Desperado- this ride was really fun, and pretty cheap, only 6 bucks!
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<BR>the stratosphere rides- ride these ONLY at night!!!! The High Roller is scary, thouhgh it only circles the tower, you do it at 35 mph over 1000 ft. up, so... and thre big shot is unbelievable.
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<BR>manhattan express- this coaster at NY NY i dont understand y everyone thought it was bumpy i thouhgt it was great. its really fun, ride it.
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<BR>canyon blaster- this ride was OK, but by far the worst of the bunch. if uve got the time, ride it, its only 5 bucks, but if u dont, skip it. <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif">
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ChrisFL
05-05-2001, 02:13 PM
Thanks everybody for your input. <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif">

Nevis
05-05-2001, 07:46 PM
Yes, do everything that everyone has said above, but they missed one, althought its not a coaster, its better than a coaster. On circus circus drive beside the hotel, there is a 170ft bungy jump. Just do it, don't chicken out, it will be the best thing you've ever done in your life, I guarentee it <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif"> The company is called AJ Hackett bungy and go on there site <!-- BBCode auto-link start --><a href="http://www.bungy-world.com/" target="_blank">http://www.bungy-world.com/</a><!-- BBCode auto-link end --> to learn about how safe and fun they are <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif"> C'ya on the jump platform <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_wink.gif">

Corkscrewed
05-05-2001, 08:22 PM
1. Speed! Speed! Speed!!!!
<BR>2. Canyon Blaster is nothing special, but it doesn't hurt either.
<BR>3. Manhattan Express is $6 the last time I checked (Nov.), but it's a Togo. Even though it's supposedly a looping hypercoaster, its drop is less than 200 feet (something like 160), so it doesn't count. Plus, it's kinda weird. Must be the Togo in it. I guess if you want to ride all of the coasters, you should go on it, but this would be number three on the coaster list, right behind Speed and...
<BR>4. ...Desperado, a mighty hypercoaster with plenty of air time and wicked curves. Plus, you get to ride a former record-holder, one of nine years (tied w/ Steel Phantom).
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<BR>Don't go on the coaster @ Stratosphere, and if you're acrophobic, Big Shot might just kill you. It's freaky. That's the best word to describe it.
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Medusa1861
05-06-2001, 11:23 AM
speed the ride or and canyon blaster

coaster man098
05-06-2001, 12:24 PM
speed the ride and big shot you just gotta hit. i also reccomend you goto circus, circus and get a wristban and hit canyon blaster, its very fun.

bsfcstrfrk
05-12-2001, 03:58 PM
SPEED is cool, CANYON BLASTER is ok, DESPERADO is out of town but fun, MANHATTEN EXPRESS sucks big and HIGH ROLLER is only cool because you are so high up, put it on the ground and it is a waste of time.

RCman4
05-12-2001, 11:51 PM
Speed: The Ride, rules, it is a must. Big Shot, if you miss i pitty you. Manhatten Express i thought was awesome. if there is one to miss most people say it would be this one. i don't think so though. High Roller is fun and a great view. maybe a warm up coaster. i didn't bother to go out to primm to ride desperado. shark reef at Mandalay Bay was awesome, it is a thing not a ride. don't go to MGM amusement park. in one word, weak.

Catherine
05-13-2001, 12:09 AM
If you really want to ride Desperado and don't have a car there are busses that go out there for like $10 a trip (There is a huge outlet mall out there, in addition to 2 casinos). We caught the bus at the MGM. If yoiu can find a good coupon book around town they do have coupons for the bus ride out and back to Primm for free.
<BR>If you like simulator rides, don't miss Star Trek: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton (within walking distance from the strip, trolly & bus also go down there from the strip) & the new motion ride located in the newer part of the Forum Shoppes at Ceasar's Palace (next to the Cheesecake Factory). You get a discount if you buy both ride tickets at once. Oh, there is also decent motion rides at the Venetian as well. Have fun!

ChrisFL
05-13-2001, 10:48 AM
I get a free shuttle from my hotel to anywhere local, so I think I can get to Desperado.
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<BR>I'm going to skip anything I can do at home, like the Shark reef. I can go to Sea World and see a bigger one. Bungee Jumps and stuff like that are all over Orlando. Wet'n'wild, Gameworks, NASCAR cafe, all are in Orlando, so I'm in no major need to see those.
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<BR>Isn't Star Trek like $50?
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<BR>I saw about the Atlantis ride at Caesar's Palace. Looks interesting.
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<BR>I thought they closed the MGM park. I wasn't planning on going there anyway.
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<BR>Ok, I plan to do this:
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<BR>Speed: The Ride
<BR>Desperado
<BR>Big Shot
<BR>High Roller (I read somewhere they made it faster recently (??))
<BR>Atlantis at Caesar's Palace
<BR>The Adventure Dome stuff
<BR>and maybe some other sims and stuff. I know of a few hotels that have them.
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<BR>I don't mind the rough coasters that much (steel ones, at least) so I might try the Manhattan one if I have enough time.
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Smoky
05-13-2001, 01:16 PM
I've not been to Las Vegas since 1998, so my information is a little outdated, and I think everyone has covered just about everything there is to cover, so here are my impressions:
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<BR>Manhattan Express (NY.NY) - Looks promising, trouble is the restraint system is awful. What I do is to sit up as high as I can when loading, and then after the train leaves the station, slouch down and get comfy. The Barell Roll is fun, but the rest of the ride feels too much like a TOGO stand-up done sit down style and it ends abruptly (although probably abruptly enough for some people), I feel it would have been great had they had another 500ft of track in the dark. However when I rode it was $5 a ride, if its as high as $10, then 1 ride should be more than enough, $10 is way too expensive. Also when I was there the queue had this humourous video with a cabbie dancing with some old lady on the escalator and some really awful Pepsi ads.
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<BR>- Canyon Blaster (Circus Circus) - One of the tackiest hotels ever(with a huge scary sign with a clown on it) has a somewhat good theme park inside. Best ride is of course Canyon Blaster: the Double Loop, Corkscrew. I rode this one 30 times, and only the corkscrew is rough. After 30 times (bought a POP band) though, my shoulders were hurting. There was also a shoot the chutes water ride there, but I didn't ride it. The rest of the park is extremely tame, there Pirate ride wouldn't raise the hackles of someone whose idea of terror is Lollipop swing. Or to put it another way, most Pirate boats swing up to 75, this one only swings around 25 and the ride is too short.
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<BR>High Roller (Stratosphere) - Dull Dull Dull!!! made even worse by the fact this "kiddie ride" has horsecollars. Put it this way: the revolving restaraunt at the top was scarier (and that includes the prices on the menu.) This makes Riverside's Black Widow and PGA's Grizzly seem good by comparison.
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<BR>Big Shot (Stratsophere) - This is a must ride. This Space Shot blows away just about every space shot I've ridden, namely by the fact its on top of a tower. When you shoot up, the tower disappears below your feet and you see nothing but the city 1000ft below. You also get to listen to a cheesy rendition of Elvis Presley singing "Viva Las Vegas." The only thing that would have made this ride better would have been purple velvet seating and some pink flamingos. <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_wink.gif">
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<BR>Lightning Bolt (MGM) - I don't know if this still exists or not. MGM used to have a small theme park hidden behind the casino across the street. It was slightly better than Circus Circus, and was nicely themed. The roller coaster, called the Lightning Bolt, was more of a kiddie ride, but I enjoyed it. Small double dip down and some heavy figure 8 turning and then a second lift (tire drive) with some air filled rough Arrow track over a few fences and a sharp turn into a garage. Nothing scary, but I enjoyed it. They also had some other rides, a river rapids ride (which had water that smelled like an open sewer) that wouldn't make anyone wet even if they reached into the water, and a Chance Chaos which I find pretty tame for a thrill ride. They also had one of those swing towers (I think they are called Skycoasters) which I didn't ride, and a Log Flume which I did ride and the Log ride was ok. I think MGM closed this park down, but I've not heard anything.
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<BR>I missed Desperado and Speed wasn't built at the time I visited so I can't comment on them. Oh yeah, there appears to be a roller-coaster on top of Holiday Inn's boardwalk, but really its a fake setup. Although I bet they could fit a good Prior and Chruch twister up there. <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_wink.gif">
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<BR>Oh yes...save your money, eat at the buffets instead of the restaraunts.<BR><BR><font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: Smoky on 2001-05-13 13:22 ]</font>

Catherine
05-13-2001, 01:34 PM
Last I heard Star Trek was around $15 and the Atlantis motion ride @ Caesars was $10 but they had a deal going where you could buy tickets for both for $20. Hopefully, this deal is still going on.

Panther525
05-21-2001, 09:16 PM
speed the ride rocks, and i didn't really hate manhattan express

Nevis
05-21-2001, 10:01 PM
No man, they're aren't any bungy jumps all over orlando, believe me...I've checked <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif"> So do it in Vegas...its not out of ur way <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif">

CoolCoasterKid
05-21-2001, 10:08 PM
My friend went to Las Vegas and he had a sort of bad time. First of all, much to his disappointment, the Big Shot and High Roller were closed because it was too windy. <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_frown.gif"> Then he went to Circus Circus and didn't like the Canyon Blaster; he said it was too short. He probably would have liked Speed: The Ride, but his glasses were falling off during the ride so he couldn't see anything. He didn't get to go to Desperado. <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_frown.gif"> And finally, he compared the Manhattan Express to Viper @ SFGAdv; I think you get what I mean about ME.
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<BR>I can't comment on these rides because I haven't been on them, but from the looks of it, I would say that Speed and Desperado look the best, and Big Shot if you want to get scared out of your wits.

KumbaNut
05-21-2001, 11:39 PM
OK here are a few Ideas: Ride Desparado. This ride is cool, althought it is a bit out of the city, it is worth the trip. NY/NY is.. rough and slow. THe 2 first inversions are cool, after that.. eh. Another thing. Something good to do is indoor skydiving. It is near the middle of the strip and the building isn't obvious, but the ride is cool. You enter an up-right wind tunnel and once the turbine starts, you start to float. You can do interesting flips and things.

ChrisFL
05-26-2001, 11:02 AM
Just thought I'd review this and say thanks again.
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<BR>I'm leaving later today...
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<BR>BTW, the indoor skydiving is in Orlando as well, and there used to be bungee jumping all over Orlando, now it's more skycoasters, skyscrapers, and other bungee-style rides.