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Re: Las Vegas Area Attractions Discussion

Postby Mr Stratosphere » Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:48 pm

Yeah it was the shooting log flume, when the guns and targets worked, it was a great attraction! Great addition to what would really just be a leisurely log flume with one drop. It was still a fun ride!

There was a period of time that Buffalo Bill’s was operating with weekends only operations, the entire property would shut down during the week. I hope they do something to turn it around.

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Re: Las Vegas Area Attractions Discussion

Postby SoCalJasonland » Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:31 am

coasterlvr wrote:poor Buffalo Bill's. I used to take the casino bus there a lot with a bunch of seniors. it was a day turn around bus. cost 10 bucks and got a free buffet from Buffalo Bill's. I'd get a day pass and ride all the rides all day. lol

the train was cool, and i'd ride sometimes, but i had really no need to go to the other casinos.


Wow, I used to do something like that during the 90s. There was a bus pickup stop near the Lantern Development Center at the 57 & 60 freeways. I would call the Bingo numbers on the bus for the old people and they would give me their coaster coupons out of our special fun book. Now I see a lot of buses headed toward Pechanga as I don't think people want to travel as far to play slots.

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Re: Las Vegas Area Attractions Discussion

Postby VegasBaby » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:16 am

I think that the development of the Premium Outlets South and the Charleston Premium Outlets really hurt the Primm area as well. The Primm Outlets used to be the best outlet mall in the Vegas area and tons of people were bused out there from Vegas every day. Now that Vegas has two great outlet malls in town, there's really no reason for people to go to the Primm Outlets. I also think that the Silverton and the South Point hurt the Primm hotels as they gave travelers lower-priced hotel options that are nicer and closer to the Strip.


I haven't ridden Desperado in years and I've been meaning to stop by and ride it again. My issue is that the operating scheduled isn't very consistent, so I don't want to drive an hour for it to be closed.
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Re: Las Vegas Area Attractions Discussion

Postby KBrylczyk » Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:32 pm

Mr Stratosphere wrote:I plan on adding a lot of content about Vegas attractions that are no longer here, gone, some forgotten, but I haven’t forgotten!


Start with Fright Dome, lol.
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Re: Las Vegas Area Attractions Discussion

Postby JimmyBo » Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:13 pm

I remember opening year of Desperado and that ride scared the crap out of me. I thought I was going to be thrown out of the restraints but also sucker punched by Mike Tyson with how that thing beat the crap out of you. I loved the Log Flume when the guns worked. When they didn't, it was a waste of money. I also did the Turbo Drop too so that was fun.

I still think the best roller coaster ride ever in Vegas was Speed at Nascar Cafe. I'm still a little bummed that the ride closed and I think it's still wasting away in some abandoned lot.

I also remember a simulator ride at Luxor where you went in an elevator first for a portion of the simulator while standing up, and then into an actual "Star Tours" type vehicle for the rest of it. I thought it was the coolest simulator at the time that I rode it which i think might have been the late 1990's.

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Re: Las Vegas Area Attractions Discussion

Postby Mr Stratosphere » Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:43 pm

JimmyBo wrote:I also did the Turbo Drop too so that was fun.

A neat fact is that this Turbo Drop was the prototype from Logan, Utah"

JimmyBo wrote:I think it's still wasting away in some abandoned lot.

Yup, still rotting away across from Mandalay Bay.

JimmyBo wrote:I also remember a simulator ride at Luxor where you went in an elevator first for a portion of the simulator while standing up, and then into an actual "Star Tours" type vehicle for the rest of it.

Yes!! In Search of The Obelisk, an IMAX RideFilm that is now the Jabbawockeez Theatre, will definitely be doing a spot on that in the near future, as well as the old Nile River flume that was once inside of Luxor.

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Re: Las Vegas Area Attractions Discussion

Postby coasterlvr » Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:34 pm

Desperado was smooth when it was new. the drop tower wasn't built until later. i liked how they took your picture at the very top. also, the light guns weren't part of opening on the flume if i remember correctly. because although i know they had the guns, i've actually never rode it with them, but have ridden the flume a lot.
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Re: Las Vegas Area Attractions Discussion

Postby coasterlvr » Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:37 pm

JimmyBo wrote:I also remember a simulator ride at Luxor where you went in an elevator first for a portion of the simulator while standing up, and then into an actual "Star Tours" type vehicle for the rest of it. I thought it was the coolest simulator at the time that I rode it which i think might have been the late 1990's.



don't forget the boat ride around the perimeter of the casino. lol
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Re: Las Vegas Area Attractions Discussion

Postby JeromyL » Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:48 pm

Mr Stratosphere wrote:Yes!! In Search of The Obelisk, an IMAX RideFilm that is now the Jabbawockeez Theatre, will definitely be doing a spot on that in the near future, as well as the old Nile River flume that was once inside of Luxor.


Back in 2001 I used to race R/C cars in the junkyard near Pahrump hwy and Jones.... and I used to drive past the old boats from the nile river rotting out in the desert every weekend :)
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Re: Las Vegas Area Attractions Discussion

Postby PeoplemoverMatt » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:17 pm

Mr Stratosphere wrote:Yes!! In Search of The Obelisk, an IMAX RideFilm that is now the Jabbawockeez Theatre, will definitely be doing a spot on that in the near future, as well as the old Nile River flume that was once inside of Luxor.


Somewhere there's an old VHS called "The Making of Luxor" or something that showed the grand opening of Luxor, and some behind the scenes and brief POVs of the three stage Obelisk attraction. The simulator was stage 1, but then there was "Luxor Live" which was a weird talk show style projection show, and "Theatre of Time" which was the IMAX movie that closed up the story. I have that VHS somewhere. If I could ever find it, it would be one to convert to DVD if possible for sure.

I do remember the simulator outliving the other two by a few years. Luxor Live became Carrot Top's theatre if I'm not mistaken. The IMAX theatre showed conventional IMAX movies for a while but then even that died out.
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