It's been years since we headed down there. So long that we couldn't remember how to get down there. Our trek started out at the Studio Walk area, by CSI. That didn't work out. There are ZERO signs in MGM telling you how to find Star Lane. After asking three separate folks, we discovered the entrance is in the lobby, in the furthest possible place away from the casino. (Another option is to take a monorail elevator all the way down. But, you'll need to be using the monorail.) The Lane is really a corridor, linking parking and the casino, but they fixed it up with stores. Not a bad idea. But, it always felt a little bit of an after-thought. Looks like they've spruced it up and recent developments suggest more will come. So, let's all head downstairs.
This was the first hint we found in the whole of MGM, that a comedy club exists. Underground, indeed. A number of these other businesses also don't even register a mention on the official MGM web site. So we've decided to offer you a handy guide. Feel free to copy and paste, MGM.
They sell magnets. They must sell a lot of magnets. Think of the economies of scale at work. Once again, magnets.
Rainforest Cafe Retail Outpost. A mini version of the larger store upstairs. No cafe down here.
Fat Tuesday's specialty is frozen drinks. Some in those novelty yard-long things. How awesome is that? Six other locations on The Strip. No line at this one. Next door is the soon to be Project Pie. It will serve pizza. The project, we think, is you get to choose the toppings. Its crazy down here.
Vegas-themed things to buy. The sign is cool, though.
Harley Davidson emblazoned items, although you'd be confused by a first look at the entrance.
Houdini's Magic Shop, one of the company's four outposts on The Strip. They'll happily demonstrate tricks for you.
Pearl Factory offers pearls and jewelry. Perhaps "Elegant Pearl Emporium" was already taken as a name.
Häagen-Dazs sells ice cream. Now, you know the rest of the story.
Brad's comedy club. We couldn't see inside, but the outside wasn't built with laughs in mind. Bananas would be a funnier name.
At the main entrance to the club, a sign will tell you if Brad himself is performing. It costs more if he is. He's been on TV. And, your neighbors will know who he is.
Mrs. Fields Cookies and one of those places that puts your face in very convincing situations with celebrities. Maybe like Brad Garrett?
Grand Candy has candy. How grand is in the eye of the beholder. But you are also in the MGM Grand. Ha! See that comedy club? It's all in the name.
As we were leaving, we noticed a tiny Nathan's Hot Dog outpost, right by the ticket machines for the monorail. Handy!
Now if it's been a while since you've been upstairs at the other entrance to the monorail, Studio Walk, you might notice even more changes. The Jersey Shore-type clothing place is gone. Yay! Replaced by a Blizz frozen yogurt branch. Plus, there's a Sony 3D showcase. Those things feel like the entertainment equivalent of timeshares to us, so we passed on a viewing.
It's all a work in progress. Take a look at the current signage, clinging to the memory of Studio 54. Still, we're genuinely looking forward to MGM's unveilings. We're just not sure of their timetable. Or, what's really behind the mysterious black sheets.