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Thanks for joining us on the last day of the fifth annual VegasChatter Awards.
While all of our awards are based on our personal experiences, we would be nothing without all the Vegas visitors, lovers and locals who send us tips, share personal stories, dish on gossip, ask us questions, and most of all, who comment -- whether they agree with us or not. You always keep us entertained and on our toes and we hope it's a two-way street. Keep it up in 2015!
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It's time for the fifth annual VegasChatter Awards! Today, we continue bringing you the best and worst of the year. All of our picks are based on what we've personally experienced in Vegas over 2014 -- the good, the bad and the mind-boggling.
The thrill certainly isn't gone in Vegas with this year's arrival of a few new, shall we say, uplifting attractions? The Adventuredome gave us a loco new roller coaster experience. Rio presented us with VooDoo Zip Line while Slotzilla sent us zooming to -- and over -- Fremont Street. But, one attraction rose above them all, becoming one of the most asked about (and photographed) landmarks in town while forever changing The Strip's iconic skyline.
If you havenít been on The High Roller yet, perhaps you were just waiting for a special occasion. New Yearís Eve, one of the busiest nights on the Las Vegas Strip, is probably not that special occasion you were waiting for; but, if you're up for braving the traffic (or are already planning to stay on or near the Strip), Caesars Entertainment has rolled out some interesting NYE options for revelers who want to celebrate high in the sky.
Three different packages (starting at $2,500, all inclusive) will offer a stationary view of the midnight fireworks from the observation wheel. A limited number of the High Rollerís cabins (basically the upper half) will be loaded with partiers and then the wheel will remain stationary as we tick over into the New Year. An average ride on the High Roller takes about 30 minutes, but this experience will last longer, making the full revolution plus another 30 minutes of fireworks viewing.
After trying Groupon, giving away passes at the blackjack table, knocking $5 off for guests of The Quad and Flamingo, offering locals discounted rides every Tuesday evening, trimming pricing for the summer and adjusting the ages of who can ride free, the latest
gimmick promotion is aimed at those with kids in tow.
You're running out of time to save five bucks on The High Roller, although there are still ways to score passes at a discount or even free, including spending some time in a Caesars casino. Especially, if you were going to make your way to a blackjack table, anyway.
Starting September 2, admission for the world's tallest observation wheel will be adjusted as follows:
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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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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?
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The VegasChatter corporate offices went on high alert when actress/producer/writer Mindy Kaling indicated on social media that a Vegas trip was imminent. It's always interesting to see what a celebrity will do in Sin City and usually pretty (although, for most, unintentionally) entertaining, too.
While Prince Harry still holds the honor of cheekiest visit to date, Mindy kept fans enthralled through a constant stream of social media updates. After following (obsessively) along, here's a quick guide on how to do Vegas, Kaling style:
1. Pack the appropriate essentials.
Vegas dress? Check. Bling? Check. Multiple bathing suits? Check.
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If your Fourth of July celebrations must start and end with a bang (don't go there), Vegas will have plenty of choices for you. Fireworks will be launched on The Strip as far south as Mandalay Bay and as far north as Stratosphere. If you're a local or have wheels, two popular off-Strip casinos will also light up the night sky. If you're not opposed to combining your Fourth with a true road trip, your options grow even larger. Here are 11 spots to enjoy fireworks on the Fourth:
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:
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The VegasChatter staff is super appreciative of resident shutterbug Greg Clarke and, hopefully, as a reader you are, too. Whether
bizzare bazaar construction updates or carefully planned before and after comparisons, the long reach of his lens has kept us all up-to-date while connected to the city's past. And, Las Vegas is full of personal perspectives. From Las Vegas Boulevard looking straight up at the glory of the Harmon Corner marquee, standing on a pedestrian bridge looking across at Cosmopolitan, staring out at the city lights from the Foundation Room, or from peering out of your pod while riding The High Roller, it's all spectacular. Even the latter examples provide multiple contexts, depending on the time of day or night. Well, Greg Clarke has once again pulled out his telephoto lens to provide yet another perspective that could otherwise be missed.
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Open for several months now, The Linq -- if you haven't discovered it yet -- is situated across the street from Caesars Palace, nestled between Flamingo and The Quad. The outdoor promenade features an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, retail space and is home of the world's tallest observation wheel, The High Roller.
The Linq has a pedestrian-friendly streetscape, filled with trees and cobblestone walkways. Various architectural styles are complemented by neon lights. There are several outdoor patios overlooking a beautiful light-filled fountain, which is centrally located. This is truly a new look for the Las Vegas Strip. After spending some time exploring, we put together a list of our favorite spots at The Linq from a decidedly male point of view, broken down in the following categories: Parking, Beer, Bro Shopping, Unexpected, and Date Night.