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Strap in for yet more exclusive, up-to-the-minute VooDoo Zip Ride news. It's the so crazy it just might work attraction destined to fly you between the twin towers of the Rio and then back again... backwards. Three hundred and fifty seven feet up in the air. And, up to 33 miles an hour. We have the very latest details and also a video preview from the company building the ride.
We're always curious to experience new things in Las Vegas. Even though the World Series of Beer Pong (WSOBP) has been around for almost 10 years we needed to see what it was all about in person. The WSOBP was exactly what anyone would imagine, times 10.
The WSOBP is held in a ballroom that you probably never realized existed, far away on the second floor of the Flamingo. On the first day of WSOBP, there were about 100 tables set up. The action was chaotic with that many games going on at once. The loud up-tempo mix of rock, pop and hip-hop only made things feel as if they were moving faster. People were dancing, taunting, jumping around, drinking and having a great time.
Imagine the old beer pong area at O'Sheas, but 10 times larger. This was a bro event. There were bro's dressed like it was Sunday afternoon and there were bro's in uniforms and then there were two awful performing bro's in bath robes that probably used WSOBP as an excuse to visit Las Vegas (and who could blame them).
This week, we received an invitation from our friends at Yelp to go ice skating.Yes, in this desert we call Las Vegas. This writer hails from frosty Chicago and was just starting to feel a little homesick about Christmas. Ice skating sounded like the perfect remedy.
The Cosmopolitan has transformed its Boulevard Pool into an ice skating rink for the holidays. A large platform has been installed over the top of the pool, creating both the rink and a green astro-turfed area with plenty of communal seating. The rink itself is composed of actual ice, unlike the rival “ice” skating rink at the Venetian.
While there's no longer any daily Bingo offered anymore on the Vegas Strip, you can bring your daubers on down to Circus Circus once a month for PRIDE Family Bingo. Sessions take place on the first Wednesday of every month in the hotel's Grand Ballroom. (Head to the Skyrise Tower to find it.)
We thought it was all about fancy daubers and lucky trolls. We'd been wanting to try our hand at Bingo if the opportunity arose, but it just kept alluding us. Walking by the very nice Red Rock Casino Bingo Hall, it seemed as good a time as any. But, now actually walking through the doors, hearing the caller announce Countdown Coveralls and Double Hardways and seeing folks staring at video screens, we realized we had zero clue how to play bingo in a very professional setting. The answer? Do absolutely nothing and let this magic box take care of everything.
We asked the nice lady behind the counter, how best to play? She told us pick up one of the portable electronic players, decide how much we were willing to bet ($20), she entered some details in her computer, included a few dollar bonus games and advised us on some simple do's and don'ts. Then, the Bingo Star terminal does all the work.
You choose your own lucky terminal from shelves charging the machines during the games. Then you sit down, enter the access code number from your receipt and the wireless box immediately starts logging all the numbers called out. You don't have to do a thing. You could read a newspaper while the games play. When you get within one number of Bingo, it buzzes. When you win, the machine gets all excited. Then an actual human checks your numbers and hands over your winnings.
Think The Pinball Hall of Fame is just too far off Strip for you to venture? Then head over to the Riviera for a taste of old-timey bumper fun. We've previously extolled the virtues of the original Hall of Fame on Tropicana with our highest praise. But, a little over a year ago, the folks at the Riviera transformed a regular arcade into an official joint alliance with the Hall.
While it's not great to see a hidden treasure of a restaurant exploited (in a good way) to the masses, it's usually cool to see things shared with a wider audience. In this instance, the Aladdin slot machine we first saw at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) is finally available to the public!
Many of the slot machines at G2E were built on technology already in use which was disappointed. Aladdin caught our eye, and other senses, because it had something that we'd never seen before. Here's what we wrote after first experiencing it:
We were encouraged to sit down and take Aladdin for a test drive (literally) when we took a second pass through the WMS booth and were blown away. The sharp-looking graphics are one thing, but that didn't seem very special. It was the chair. Seriously. The bonus round triggered a magic carpet ride that also triggered our chair to move along with the ride. Technically, the chair is a Sensory Immersion 2.0 Motion Chair which is powered by CPU-NXT3.
When you live in Vegas, it can be hard not to staycation here, too. And, why not? It's got amazing shows, dining, spas, rooms. Everything that makes us happy. That's what this writer has done in years past and what they'll do in years to come, too.
But, while Vegas is roasting in 100 degree temps now, this Chatterer actually beat it to San Diego and, during a day at Legoland, found that a love for Vegas is being instilled early in the kiddos crowding around us. Inside Legoland's Miniland USA sits a strip of Vegas in miniature. Mini welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign? Check. Mirage with mini volcano? Check. Mini Luxor, MGM Grand, Tropicana, and Stratosphere? Check, check, check and check.
Let’s paint a scenario. You’re in Las Vegas. You’ve done all of the obvious touristy things, but you want to know something not-so-obvious to do. Something fun and different. This series will walk you down The Strip, a few properties at a time, offering one fun and different thing to do at each. We hope you enjoy it and find something new to check out the next time you are in town.
We started our journey on the lonely northern tip of The Strip and have also covered some different things to do at the Wynn properties. We continued our journey across Sands Avenue to the Venetian/Palazzo complex and TI. Now, we are approaching the condensed area of The Strip. To tee that off lets talk about Casino Royale, Harrah’s, and The Mirage.
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When hanging out on The Strip we like to do three things - gamble, drink, and eat - then repeat, in some fashion. However, after doing this for a few days nonstop recently we needed to pause. After a relatively light lunch (we were gentle to the Aria buffet), we took a quick trip over to Pole Position to do a little Go Kart racing and play some games.
Since it was midweek and midday, there were only a few people around. There was no wait for races, which lasted about 10-15 minutes each. The first race is $30, while subsequent races are $25 for non-members. (Pony up anywhere from $5 to $4,999 to become a member. The top-tier Legend membership will get you in for free for one full year as well as 20 passes for friends.)
For your first few Vegas vacations, there's more than enough must do's to be found. And, to do again. But, what if you've been coming for years... and years?
VegasChatter fan DR wrote to us recently about this very common Vegas dilemma -- what do you do when the obvious has already been done?
Like pinball? Old school video games? Old-timey mechanical what-nots? There’s a place in Vegas you’re going to love. Turn those Wheel of Fortune cashout vouchers into quarters and drop them off at the Pinball Hall of Fame.
First it should be explained, although this is a Hall of Fame, this is not Cooperstown. Look at the entrance in the picture above. This is, in essence, a warehouse filled with stuff. But, it is world-class stuff. A committed attempt to create the world’s largest pinball collection and let us, Joe Public, walk in the door and play around with it. And, that’s what they do. Their mission is so well thought out, they turned the Hall of Fame into a registered non-profit and, after operating expenses, the remaining balance goes to charity.
You’ll discover 10,000 square feet of pinball, video games, candy for a quarter and popcorn, too. What are you waiting for? Well, you have to get there. At one and a half miles off The Strip, it just passes a psychological line for Vegas; that line of just too far off-Strip. There’s also nothing else near it, except the excellent British pub Crown & Anchor. So, it’s probably a singular mission for most visitors. And it’s really, kind of, not fancy at all. At all. If this becomes a date night, leave the Manolo’s at home.