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In addition to seeing more than 2,000 animals, guests can now get up close and personal with select creatures such as stingrays, green sea turtles and zebra sharks. The new Animal Encounters include the Stingray Feed, Sea Turtle Feed and, if you’re brave enough, the Shark Feed.
The Mirage better prepare itself for swooning guests who will be succumbing to cuteness overload at the sight of the newest additions to Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. Three white lion cubs, all boys, have arrived at the Strip attraction straight from Johannesburg, South Africa.
The three brothers, not to be confused with VegasChatter’s 3Brothers, are named Madiba (the tribal name of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela), Timba-Masai and Freedom.
These days, it's pretty easy to forget that wild animals still prowl The Strip. Gone are the days when headliners like Siegfried & Roy and Rick Thomas ruled the night with furry companions at their side. Even MGM Grand's Lion Habitat has become a lost Vegas footnote.
That's not to say animals are nowhere to be found on Las Vegas Boulevard, they're just off the beaten path making it challenging to remember their existence. Mandalay Bay's Shark Reef is tucked away in convention land. Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is lost in the obscurity of afternoon matinees/Miracle Mile/the V Theater. And, at The Mirage, a burger joint can now be found where wild animals once roamed. Still operating out beyond the resort's pool, Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, is looking to the adorbs factor for renewed interest.
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Caesars Entertainment has taken to the casino in an effort to drum up business for the High Roller observation wheel. Last week, Flamingo, The Quad and other Caesars casinos began issuing free High Roller tickets to any player that received a suited 21 at the blackjack tables. That means any time the first two cards dealt to a player are an Ace and a 10, Jack, Queen or King in the same suit (diamonds, hearts, clubs, spades), the player would receive a coupon for a free ticket to ride. The coupons are non-transferable (in theory, not so much in application) so whoever the ticket is made out to has to use it.
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While Vegas will never (knocks on wood) try to be a family mecca when it comes to tourism again, it's turning out to be a great time to be young at heart in Sin City.
There's the Slotzilla zip lines downtown, VooDoo Zip Line at Rio, The High Roller observation wheel at The Linq, El Loco roller coaster at The Adventuredome, and the return of Wet 'n' Wild, too. This month adds two more attractions to the list -- Cowabunga Bay, a long-delayed water park in Henderson, and the return of GameWorks.
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When it comes to amusement parks and one-off thrill rides, Vegas is big on ideas. Execution is another story. For every Ferris wheel, water park, or rollercoaster that goes up, it seems there are three that never make it beyond a press release. And, those that do (eventually) open aren’t guaranteed success. We need look no further than the High Roller observation wheel to see proof of that. It’s not all bad, however, as there are a handful of attractions that have proved successful over the years. So, what makes them work? What does it take to run a successful attraction in Vegas?
Discounts for The High Roller observation wheel have been popping up for just about everyone. They've been so plentiful that this writer joked just recently that if there wasn't one for you, you should wait for it. Guests of the Flamingo and Quad have been offered $5 off admission with their room key, locals have had the chance to have kids ride free, and moms rode for free on Mother's Day. (Dads, you'll get the same treatment on Father's Day with the added bonus of a free drink... with the purchase of an accompanying ride. Just use promo code "DADSROLL".)
Now, tourists with young ones in tow will be happy to see the addition of new, specially priced family packs for the summer. Individuals riders are also getting a break. Here's a look at the new pricing being rolled out through Labor Day, September 2:
Before the debut of Hershey's Chocolate World at New York-New York, some scoffed about buying chocolate which would only melt away in the desert heat as visitors continued their trek up or down The Strip. If that's you, there are four reasons to drop in, anyway: free samples, freshly made goodies you should really eat on the spot, a plethora of non-candy souvenirs and the chance to snap your photo with a costumed character that won't demand money before you walk away. (And, probably, the cleanest ones you'll find in Vegas, too.)
Officially one week old, the two-story monument to Hershey's is a direct in-your-face to M&M's World across The Strip (as well as neighboring kiosk, IT'SUGAR, which should probably just fade away now). And, to this writer at least, Hershey's is more spacious (M&M's World has more floors but is way too narrow) and offers more than enough merchandise diversity to be the clear winner in that candy war.
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When riding the High Roller last month at The Linq, we couldn't help but wonder if the views of Las Vegas and beyond were really that exclusive, especially when the Eiffel Tower at Paris has been giving the same sort of views for the past 15 years.
So we rode up the Eiffel Tower the other week to do a bit of comparison.
· The Eiffel Tower costs $14 for an adult ticket. The High Roller is $24.95 during the day and $34.95 from 6 p.m. on. Winner: Eiffel Tower
· The Eiffel Tower is pretty straightforward. Ride up an elevator and, voila!, viewing time. The High Roller puts you through an elaborate boarding process before you get to even step into the observation wheel pods. Winner: Eiffel Tower
· The Eiffel Tower lets you make your own time. You can hang out as long or as little as you want. The High Roller
traps keeps you in the pod for about 30 minutes. Winner: Eiffel Tower (Unless you hook up in the pod then: High Roller)
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Will the Rio's delayed VooDoo Zip Line finally open this Friday, May 23?
Signs are hopeful with an inside source telling our friends at Vegas Rover today that this weekend is still a go with either a Friday or a Saturday, May 24 debut. Test riders were spotted flying between the off-Strip resort's hotel towers throughout the weekend. VegasChatter reader Henry M. reports visiting family at the Rio who had a "great view of the loading zone." He tells us single riders were taking multiple trips all Saturday afternoon. Henry snapped the pictures you see at the top of this post as well as just below.
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We know, promises, promises. We hear that Naked Eyes song from way back, too. But, our friends over at the Vegas Rover Facebook page have it on good authority (read: a worker) that the much-delayed VooDoo Zip Line at Rio will open in just over a week.
The newest camera shop on the Strip harkens back to the finest 1948 had to offer.
The Polaroid Fotobar and Museum is newly opened at The Linq and features 8,500 square feet of space dedicated to a retail store plus an upper level exhibition space chronicling the history of the revolutionary photo company. The museum showcases one of five functioning 20x24 Polaroid cameras in existence.
The Polaroid Museum is home to the “Capturing Celebrity” exhibit, presented by the Andy Warhol Museum. Get an insider’s look at the images the famous photographer captured from behind the lens of his own Polaroid cameras. The photos in this collection depict actors, musicians and other celebrities including John Lennon, Dolly Parton, Farrah Fawcett and Muhammed Ali.