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Off Strip / Star Trek / Star Trek Convention / Conventions / Events / Rio Las Vegas / Star Trek Experience / Star Trek The Experience / Fun Vegas / → All Tags
Itís warp speed once more as Star Trek fans from around the world beam into Las Vegas for the 13th Annual Official Star Trek Vegas Convention July 31-August 3. For the fourth consecutive year, itíll be held at Rio.
You donít have to be a Trekkie (or Trekker as some prefer to be called) to enjoy the four-day adventure. As an ardent fan attending for the third year, this writer can assure you that Star Trek conventions arenít just for geeks and nerds. There are plenty of reasons to check it out, especially if youíve never attended a fan convention before.
VegasChatter Reviews / Circus Circus / The Adventuredome / El Loco / Roller Coasters / Fun Vegas / → All Tags
Here at VegasChatter, we love whatís new. Itís no surprise that weíve covered El Loco, the most recent ride addition at The Adventuredome, quite a bit. But, what about the rest of the ĎDome? 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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Once again, the holidays have snuck up on us and while it isn't yet time for Labor Day, National Scotch Day is right around the corner. If it isn't already set in your fave calendar app, July 27 is the annual date you want to mark.
Attractions / Vegas Delays / Fun Vegas / Openings / GameWorks / Town Square / Henderson / Cowabunga Bay / Water Parks / Arcades / → All Tags
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.
Going to be in Vegas for the Fourth? You wonít want to miss the fireworks. Weíve already brought you 11 places to view them and we canít recommend the spectacular shows casinos put on enough. Theyíre safe, free and orchestrated by some of the best production teams in the country. Time things right and you can even take in multiple shows this Friday. But, why limit yourself to just one day of fire in the sky?
Fun Vegas / Active Vegas / Las Vegas Walking Tours / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Fremont East / Fremont Street / Plaza / Shipping Container Park / Mob Museum / Rick's Restoration / Gold And Silver Pawn Shop / → All Tags
Itís amazing that some people can visit Las Vegas and never see more than The Strip. With the Hoover Dam, Red Rock Canyon and Lake Mead so close, itís mind-boggling that more tourists donít take advantage of nearby offerings. For some, the reason is they came to relax, enjoy bottle service by the pool and dance all night at clubs. For many, itís just because theyíre only here a few days and donít have the time. Enter Fremont Street. Itís very close to The Strip and is chock-full of rich history (and 99 cent margaritas!) visitors can soak up.
Wandering around Fremont Street on your own is fun, but you may be sucked into Mermaids for deep-fried Oreos or into Glitter Gulch for more than you bargained for, if youíre not careful. We recommend taking a tour with Las Vegas Walking Tours. Their Fremont Casino Center walking tour covers the length of Fremont Street plus Fremont East, the Container Park and properties just off Fremont like the Mob Museum and the Neon Boneyard.
Remember back in February when we told you the annual bike Vegas event would viva no more? Well, a new organization is bicycle-pumpin' some new life into the ride.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that "Perimeter Bicycling Association of America Inc., which stages El Tour de Tucson in Tucson, Ariz., is taking over the Viva bicycle ride from the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC)."
Fun Vegas / The Adventuredome / The High Roller / Wet N Wild / Cowabunga Bay / Stratosphere / Circus Circus / Attractions / → All Tags
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 arenít guaranteed success. We need look no further than the High Roller observation wheel to see proof of that. Itís 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:
Vegas Delays / Openings / Attractions / Rio Las Vegas / VooDoo Zip Line / Ziplines / Fun Vegas / → All Tags
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.
Circus Circus / The Adventuredome / El Loco / Roller Coasters / Openings / Attractions / Fun Vegas / Vegas Delays / → All Tags
When this writer's younger sister turned 16, I took her on New York-New York's roller coaster. It was her first time on a coaster. It was also her last. That means two things. One, I'm a horrible sister. And, two, I'm going to need to find another
sucker sibling to climb into El Loco with me.
Circus Circus announced on Facebook earlier today that its much anticipated coaster will finally take off next week:
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If you think itís a bit early in the year to be buying tickets for a haunted house, we would agree with you. Yet, thatís exactly what youíll need to do if you want to experience what is poised to become one of the most extreme haunted attractions ever created. Thatís because The Freakling Brothers, purveyors of terror in Vegas for more than 20 years, are bringing their most popular haunt from last Halloween back for a limited run this March.
The Victim Experience debuted last year as an extension of the already extreme Gates of Hell haunted house. Gates offered an experience so intense that it came with an ďRĒ rating and required that those entering sign a waiver. Word got round that visitors who were last to enter the house at the end of the night received extra attention. Once people started waiting around in attempt to be the last through, the decision was made to sell it as a separate experience. Limited to just five people per night, tickets for The Victim Experience sold out well before Halloween, much to the dismay of horror fans who didnít learn of the option until it was too late.