Ok well onto the Shows/Attractions:
Mystere @ Treasure Island. Ok I know everybody raves about this show and I’m a huge Cirque fan (I’ve previously seen Zumanity, Ka, Verekai and Quidam) but I have to say I wasn’t overly impressed with this one. Its like Cirque du Soleil for beginners and I consider myself an expert at this stage of the game. So the truth of the matter is . . . I fell asleep. I think that music they play has some sort of subliminal sleep message in it cause I was out like a light. Now 2 of my GF’s thought it was the best thing they’d seen since sliced bread - they absolutely LOVED it. My 3rd GF also slept. In her words “Really, how many times can you see someone do a flip for God’s sake?”. I believe Cirque is not for everyone - it is for me but this was such a basic kind of show that I just wasn’t that impressed, sorry. My favorite thus far, by the way, is Ka, hands down the best Cirque out there for the money.
Side note here for Mystere - the whole time we were there the ½ Price Ticket places were selling Mystere tickets for like 1/3 off the regular ticket prices. And the night we went it was not a completely full theater.
Madame Toussaud’s Wax Museum @ the Venetian. Now I have been through this before but I’m happy to report they have changed it up a little and added new people to see. I, of course, had 2 for 1 coupons so it was about $12 each for us to get in, if you pay any more than that you’re nuts. I mean, they’re not REAL celebrities for the love of Pete. So you know the drill here, some look darn good, some look darn bad -but fun to pose with them nevertheless. They also have this little haunted house feature which is so funny/scary that I’m pretty sure I peed my pants from laughter/fear.
Seigfreid and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat @ the Mirage. Well here’s one I didn’t have a 2fer for so we had to pay full price and I think it was $15.95. You can stay in there as long as you like but I don’t think its really worth all that - probably $9.95 is more like it. But it was very cool seeing all the dolphins, and the white tigers, lions, and cheetahs and the like. Don’t really feel the need to do it again anytime soon, but not bad. Others in my group thought it was fabulous - so to each his own. One note here, I really could have done without having to see the dolphin trainers get urine samples from all the dolphins. I’m still having nightmares about that. Can’t they do that before they let us all in for the day, good lord.
Star Trek Experience @ The Hilton. I’ve done this before but it was fun to do it again. I’m not a huge trekkie but I’ve watched the shows before so I get the jest. The show is pretty much the same as 2 years ago. We got our tickets from the ½ Price ticket booth on Fremont St. and paid $20 for both little shows - it probably ought to be $10 for both shows but then again they have to pay that Klingon chick and Borg dude to dress up all day so they need to get the finds from somewhere.
Rode the Deuce every day which is an attraction in and of itself. For $5 per 24 hours you can ride up and down the strip to your heart’s content. But let me just say this, the Daytime Deuce really bites. We waited an hour for the Deuce one day from 12 noon to 1pm and then the stupid thing was so full we still couldn’t get on. This happened a couple of different times with us during the day. But we never had this problem in the evening. What is the deal with that? As a general rule it is a fabulous and very cheap way to travel the strip but when you’re standing out there waiting for them like a moron you just want to commit suicide or walk which is just about the same thing in my book. We had a couple of really great bus drivers that were hysterical - but the majority were just trying to get their jobs done.
The rest of the attractions came in the form of the various people we saw every day in our travels. There are a plethora of kooky people out there and most of them were in Vegas the same time we were, bless their hearts. We walked through various hotels/casinos . . . Bellagio, Venetian, Flamingo, Hilton, O’Sheas, Casino Royale, Paris, Excalibur, IP, Four Queens, Binions, Fremont, Golden Nugget, etc.
Okay I’m such a low roller that this shouldn’t be a category here but I would be remiss if I just glossed right over it. The important thing here is that I came home a winner and that’s really all that counts with a Vegas Vacation isn’t it? My GF’s had never really gambled before so we probably would have see a lot more shows if they hadn’t become ADDICTED TO TABLE GAMES. I have to hand it to my one little GF she plays Texas Hold Em a lot at home but we all know that playing at home in your basement is not the same as sitting your butt in that chair with a table of nothing but straight faced looking dudes - but sat down she did - YOU GO GIRL!!! Ok so she was out after 3 rounds but the important thing is she got in there and got her feet wet. She’s better than me because that’s awfully intimidating and I am really afraid of looking stupid in front of a bunch of serious men.
We started out just with slots - I’m an interactive girl so I like the slots with the video screens and bonus rounds. My favorite is the Twilight Zone machine but you’ll be hard pressed to find that one anywhere. I only found it at the Riviera and the Four Queens downtown. The Aladdin floor walkers kept telling me they had a machine there but they LIED because I walked that floor a million times and never saw the stupid thing. Well my one GF was convinced that the Aladdin was cursed for gambling so we went everywhere else and played. We did a little there but nothing major. I hit 2 four of a kinds in a row at the Mirage, that paid out very nicely. In fact we were all winners at the Mirage in some manner. Once they got on a blackjack table though that was all she wrote. We spent the rest of our days in search of a $5 BJ table. They were around but they were most plentiful on Fremont Street where we stayed up until almost 4 am playing the dumb game. All in all I came out around $200 ahead from BJ, GF #! Around $120 ahead, GF#2 around $190 ahead and GF#3 (who gave up on BJ after losing her butt) won $165 from a penny slot.
All in all we were most happy. For those of you that made it through this I commend you for your commitment and I hope it gives you as much fun and joy as all the other trip reports I have read in the past and am completely addicted to.
I’ll be back in October with my husband and our mothers for another wonderful week in Sin City - the best place on earth.