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Another Round of Resort Fee Increases May Hit The Strip

June 10, 2015 at 9:59 PM | by | Comments (39)

Looks like our 2015 Guide to Las Vegas Resort Fees will need to be updated...again.

Two of the lower-end resorts within the MGM Resorts portfolio must think of themselves as rather high-end, at least when it comes to charging resort fees. Yup, you might want to sit down for this one.

Sources say Circus Circus is upping their resort fee from $15 to $20 a night, plus tax ($22.40.) Currently, the Circus Circus site is advertising $26 room rates with $150 coupon savings book to be used for dining, retail outlets, The Adventuredome and "more!"

The Excalibur is also planning on increasing its resort fee from $20 to $25 plus tax. Room rates at the hotel start at $159 a night next weekend. And we thought paying $25 at the Wynn sucked. Paying $25 for a resort known for its dated castle turrets and male dancers will suck even more.

But what's especially egregious--if these increases do go into effect--is that MGM Resorts just made increases to these two properties in December!!! Seriously, how is this rampant and random raising of resort fees still legal?

There is some good news here and that is that the resort fee hikes are not in effect right now. So you will continue pay $15 and $20 respectively at Circus and Excalibur. Reservations through at least October are also using the existing $15/$20 resort fees for the hotel. But you know how it goes with resort fees in Vegas--they can hike 'em up anytime.

And that's not all!

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For Affordable Fun This Summer, Don't Forget About The Dome

Where: 2880 Las Vegas Blvd. S [map], 89109
May 14, 2015 at 11:24 AM | by | Comments (7)

When people ask us what to do in Vegas, we always have to remind them about The Adventuredome. Maybe it’s because you don’t get a $5 dollar off coupon for it every time you check into a hotel (cough, cough, High Roller). Or, maybe it’s because Circus Circus is all the way up in no man’s land. The bright pink structure catches the eye, but unless you’re staying at Circus Circus or are rocking in Rio, there’s not much of a reason to be in the area. The ‘Dome has been thrilling and chilling for more than twenty years, however, and there’s never been a better time to visit.

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Returning to THE Steak House At Circus Circus

Where: 2880 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
February 10, 2015 at 3:37 PM | by | Comments (12)

Sometimes, a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps, there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe we just don't want to spoil it all. Or, a dog ate our good pictures. There may still be that one dish worth writing about. A new one, an old one. A newsworthy one or a memorable one (for better or worse). It might be the one dish, or drink, out of the whole experience that gets us to return. Or, stay away.

Just One Dish is replaced today by just one plate. Most high-end steakhouses list everything on their menu as a la carte. If you want side orders, you’ll have to buy a serving usually meant for sharing. It's not really a big deal, but not the most economical way to eat. Many times, food is left uneaten or you end up eating more than you should.

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Where You Can Still Play Coin-Operated Slots

January 6, 2015 at 1:24 PM | by | Comments (12)

If you’re under 30 years old you may not remember the days when video poker and slot machines only paid out in coins. When I first started visiting casinos, each cashier window had a stack of wet wipes to clean the change off. Things changed in 2001 when, after a year of testing, IGT introduced the ticket in, ticket out system (a.k.a. TITO) that you see in most casinos today. Ahhhh... no more filthy fingers. TITO is now the standard on all machine games. We can just grab the ticket and redeem for cash at the cashier or TITO machine.

But, have no fear if you love casino history or just miss the clanking of change. There are still a handful of casinos in Las Vegas where you can find coin-operated slot machines. As a bonus we also found one just under an hour away in Jean.

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Beware The Five Dollar Catch At Circus Circus

Where: 2880 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
December 11, 2014 at 3:25 PM | by | Comments (19)

In Vegas, guest rooms can vary widely within a single hotel. We’ve looked at the differences between the towers at Rio. And, we’ve explored the best and worst that Caesars Palace has to offer. Choosing the wrong room type before your trip to Vegas can be a huge mistake. The consequences are most severe at a place we expect few would guess, Circus Circus. Even more surprising, the fact that five dollars is often all it takes to avoid such a disaster.

What are we talking about? The monstrosity that is the Manor Motor Lodge.

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MGM Resorts Raising Resort Fees

Where: 89109
December 1, 2014 at 8:37 PM | by | Comments (32)

On the heels of a new one-price-fits-all resort fee policy by Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts is ending 2014 by adjusting its nightly fees as well.

Effective this week, the properties of MGM Resorts will see resort fee increases ranging from an extra two to five dollars a night. Here's how it will all break down:

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Circus Circus To Eventually Offer RV Park Again

Where: 2880 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
October 1, 2014 at 8:21 PM | by | Comment (1)

The RV park at Circus Circus has closed... but, not for good.

While KOA has motored to Sam's Town to take over the off-Strip property's campground, folks who love the open road won't have to travel that far afield forever. The Circusland RV Park was shuttered to make way for MGM Resort's City of Rock festival grounds, but we were surprised to learn that it will -- eventually -- reopen. Albeit, as a much smaller operation.

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When The Adventuredome Is A Fright (On Purpose)

Where: 89109
August 27, 2014 at 4:16 PM | by | Comments (2)

NOPE.

While the masses of excited children and quasi-drunk tourists who regularly pass through The Adventuredome at Circus Circus are a tad scary, it’s time for something truly frightening as the metallic pink dome shifts into Halloween mode with Fright Dome. Opening Friday, October 3, Fright Dome will celebrate the 40th anniversary of classic horror flick The Texas Chainsaw Massacre by dedicating one of its six haunted houses to the theme.

Horror director Tobe Hooper and writer Kim Henkel are teaming up with Fright Dome to, hopefully, deliver quite the terrifying haunt. Attendees will see scenes from the flick as well brave the over-the-top sets and eerily accurate actors Fright Dome has become known for.

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The KOA Campground At Circus Circus Is Closing Soon

August 15, 2014 at 7:47 PM | by | Comments (14)

In 2012, we thought plans for a pool complex at Circus Circus would wipe out its long, long time RV park. That didn't happen, nor did the pool expansion. But, it seems the clock has officially run out for the campground.

Next month, the KOA Circusland RV Park will close to make way for MGM Resort's City of Rock, a sprawling outdoor festival ground that will debut in May 2015 with the US arrival of Rock in Rio. The Los Angeles Times reports that a smaller RV park could eventually return, but you know how that tends to go in Las Vegas:

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These Little-Known Cards May Separate The WINners From The Losers

July 28, 2014 at 6:50 PM | by | Comments (5)

Sure, you know all about match plays and “lucky bucks,” but have you ever used a WIN card?

These promotional cards and accompanying casino chips are the hidden secret for advantage gamblers seeking a little extra edge at the tables. (Just don’t ask us why WIN is in all caps as it doesn’t appear to be an acronym. Perhaps, they don’t want you to realize you can still LOSE.)

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Why We're Loco For The Adventuredome

Where: 2880 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
July 24, 2014 at 5:43 PM | by | Comments (3)

Here at VegasChatter, we love what’s new. It’s no surprise that we’ve covered El Loco, the most recent ride addition at The Adventuredome, quite a bit. But, what about the rest of the ‘Dome? It's been up and running for over twenty years, but is it worth your time? Or, is it a tourist trap better left for the Clark Griswolds of the world? This writer set out to answer these questions while conquering the new El Loco coaster during a recent visit to Circus Circus.

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What Does It Take To Succeed As A New Vegas Attraction?

June 26, 2014 at 4:10 PM | by | Comments (12)

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?

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