jedimaster1227 Posted October 9, 2019 Share Posted October 9, 2019 Just a few weeks after our trip to Atlanta we made our way to Las Vegas to celebrate a family member's birthday. This was our first time in Vegas, so I made sure that we visited as many casinos (not purely to gamble, but to take it all in) and to experience as much as we could in the four days we were there. Thanks to a meetup with a TPR friend, I had a partner to ride the attractions at The Strat and Circus Circus since my wife had no interest. I did also get a chance to ride Manhattan Express/The Big Apple Coaster at New York New York, which while terrifying, was not nearly as bad as I had mentally prepared for, likely because of the more recent refurbishment efforts by Premier. We also had the chance to experience Cirque du Soleil's O and visit Sigfreid & Roy's Secret Garden during our visit, both of which were unique in their own way. Overall, the trip was very quick with not nearly enough time to do everything I would have liked, to visit every casino I was interested in seeing or to dine at the restaurants that I wished to experience, but we had a great enough time and felt accomplished enough that the trip was worthwhile... One we'd revisit at some point in the future! Last time Atlanta... This time Vegas... Who knows where I'll be next time? They say buffets in Vegas are unparalleled. I certainly ate my fill, but I won't begin to claim that this was the best buffet I've ever experienced. Though having the option to enjoy full desserts at breakfast was quite nice. I'd only ever seen this view at LEGOLAND before this visit. Hotel/casino lobbies in Vegas each have their own unique style... Also surprising was the unique kinds of Sugarfina candies that you could find in each of the casinos' gift shops. Very rarely did I find the same flavors offered across multiple locations. The Venetian had to be one of the first casinos we'd visit. I knew the opulence would be overwhelming, but this is amazing for a US-based property. While it is no Tokyo DisneySea Venetian Gondolas, I did appreciate the indoor and outdoor gondola offerings... Just not the price. I've now been to two recreations of these famous landmarks and the real thing... Epcot is my favorite. When in Venice... Get blackberry cheesecake and raspberry cheesecake gelato. The complex is huge! Next up was the Mirage... An older property and smaller than I expected but still charming. Our hope was to see The Beatles - LOVE during our visit, but it was dark for the two weeks surrounding our weekend in town. Chihuly fancy fulfilled... For the first time this trip! You probably get this a lot. This isn't real Caesars Palace. Is it? I'm not going up to the roof... I wish I had time to dine here... Where could I be now? Oh lord. I've now been to three of the five Hershey's Chocolate World locations around the world... Niagara Falls and Singapore still to visit. Fun. I do love that the coaster does briefly roll through the casino. I wish you could see more of the coaster inside, but I love this little approach into the station. Nicer than I expected. It was by no means a "comfortable" ride, but it wasn't as skull smashing as I prepared for. The drops were *almost* fun. I've only ridden a few Togo's over the years... But surprisingly enough this was one of the more decent ones. The dive loop is all kinds of messed up though. I love Chihuly. They play the music from La Nouba before the show starts at “O” in Vegas... I was digging it before the show even started. The sheer amount of talent in this show is incredible. I don't know that I would say it was better than La Nouba... Maybe on par but super different. I'd rank both above Turuk, which as much as I love Avatar stands as the worst of the three Cirque shows I've seen. This portion of The Strip looks great at night. Of course, we watched the Fountains at Bellagio... They're no World of Color, but I enjoyed them. Believe it or not, the Bellagio ended up being my favorite of all of the Las Vegas properties we visited. I've watched 21 too many times to count, so there was no way I wasn't going to visit Planet Hollywood during our trip. The interior was quite trendy and very much my speed, but for how small it was by comparison to some of the other properties on the Strip, we weren't there long. If I had had more time... I can't stop staring. The next day we visited Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden at The Mirage. The dolphin tank reminded me A LOT of old school SeaWorld. Not a lot to them but quite peaceful and relaxing to hang around. This one dolphin was especially playful and threw a buoy our way. There was also a three week old baby dolphin swimming with its mother. I'd never seen such a young dolphin up close. Time to see some big cats. This is already better than the movie CATS. He agrees. Beautiful tigers... Before leaving The Mirage, we had to stop at Carnegie Deli. I was amazed to find this location open, considering the original closed a few years ago... This is one of two locations left. And this Reuben makes me want to visit Madison Square Garden to enjoy the other. Open in Florida please? Next up, Circus Circus. And this insane creation... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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