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Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Feb 25, 2020 12:07 am

^ I think the biggest thing for me was that I got the restraint to bottom out on my shoulder, so I didn't bang my head at all. If I didn't do that, I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it.

Instead, I was able to appreciate the "wonderful" engineering. I still love the terrifyingly little clearance between the trains when they articulate.
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Postby PKI Jizzman » Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:16 am

That El Loco looks like fun built into the canyon like that. I wasn't aware Chaos rides are a rarity, but I also realized the last time I rode one was probably Cedar Point 2005 haha. Yeah I don't have any recollection of them flipping, but trying to do so.

Man those Stratosphere rides... I'd be so tempted because they would totally genuinely scare me... but the price ugh..
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Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:23 am

^ SkyJump costs a lot no matter what, but you can get great deals on Groupon. I think I got an unlimited wristband for $25. Considering some observation towers in tourist areas are $15-20 alone, that was a great deal.
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Postby grsupercity » Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:50 am

I am a chance rides fanboy so the dome seems legit to me. I haven't ridden a Chaos since 2001 when the one at MIA broke off its axis arm. I have never seen a chance drop tower in real life and I would like to ride one before this one is gone. Family Kingdom I think has a sbno one?
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Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Feb 25, 2020 11:52 am

You aren't missing much with their drop tower, but I definitely am glad I got on one of the last Chaos rides. I think there's at least one other somewhere in Canada, but that may be it.
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Postby coneyislandchris » Tue Feb 25, 2020 12:11 pm

^ According to their website there is still one existing at Keansburg Amusement Park in New Jersey, but that place is so run down half the stuff never runs anyway. I haven't been there in about three years, but it was running at the time. So I can say I did ONE, at least...
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Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Feb 25, 2020 1:09 pm

^ That's one of the few New Jersey boardwalks I've yet to visit since I've heard nothing but cruddy reviews about that place. I didn't realize I had one so close to me.
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Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Feb 26, 2020 8:39 am

Las Vegas & Grand Canyon

As a first time visitor, Las Vegas was overwhelming. The best way I can describe it is Times Square in street form. Except replace all the skyscrapers with casinos.

After popping into almost a dozen casinos, we realized they all followed the same footprint. Lure people in with a fancy exterior, populate the bottom floor with a sea of slot machines and tables, have a well-themed mall on the upper level, and add an attraction.

Neither Emily nor myself are big gamblers. We couldn’t resist playing a game here and there, but in total I think we gambled less than $20 total. We were more there to soak in the atmosphere.

Here’s a recap of the casinos we visited.

Stratosphere
I’ll have a separate update for this one, but the views and rides were incredible. It’s just really far from the rest of the strip.

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Feast your eyes on the USA's tallest concrete tower (per Wikipedia).


Circus Circus
This was probably the most family friendly casino we saw. There were a lot of activities to keep kids entertained and we enjoyed the Adventuredome (separate update forthcoming).

But it was probably the saddest for gambling. I’d be hard-pressed to find another casino with as many people staring hopelessly at slot machines. The casino floor had this overwhelming feeling of gloom.

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I sort of found it funny they had this whole arena, hyped up this show, and sold concessions...but it was only 3 minutes long. Talk about anti-climactic.


Rio
The Carnival World Buffet was fantastic. Keep in mind, I’m used to the Old Country Buffets of the world. And while we skipped the zipline, it’s location atop the tower sure looked imposing.

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So much food. Good food too!


Caesar’s
As good as the Rio’s buffet was, the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesar’s blew it out of the water. It was more upscale, in terms of both the atmosphere and food. Jumbo crab legs, t-bone lamb chops, prime rib, slabs of bacon, etc. It was a glutton’s dream.

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I guess Caesar wasn't excited to see me.

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But I was excited to see this buffet.


Luxor
I loved this casino’s architecture. The pyramid structure was quite appealing from the outside with the giant spotlight, but it was even more of a marvel from the interior.

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Tron!

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The roof reminded me of the sliding staircases from Harry Potter.


Excalibur
I loved the exterior. It reminded me a lot of Story Land’s castle. Unfortunately, the interior was pretty basic.

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New York, New York
The casino would make the Big Apple proud. It was vibrant and bustling.

And you can bet I tried the Big Apple Coaster. I’ll put that one in a separate update, but it didn’t kill me. In fact, I actually liked it!

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The Big Apple Coaster was shaky, but it wasn't as rough as the season of the New York Jets.


Mirage
We really liked the animal/jungle theme of this casino. And the volcano show out front was eye candy at its finest. Who doesn’t like gratuitous usage of fire?

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Baby, it's cold inside.

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Now that's hot.


Venetian
So we arrived at the Venetian super late, so it was dead. Eerily dead. But we loved the bright blue sky and atmosphere. It reminded me of Tokyo DisneySea’s Venice area.

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Casinos at 2 am have less crowds than Dorney on a holiday.

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Winnings or amount I didn't lose? I'll let you decide.


Buffalo Bill’s

:lol: Just kidding. The website listed Desperado as closed until further notice. I just missed it by a few weeks based on some recent reviews.

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I’m still morbidly curious about this ride since I seem to have an immunity to rough coasters.


Hoover Dam

But our travels went beyond the Las Vegas Strip. One such stop was the Hoover Dam. We originally planned to take a tour, but they were suspended indefinitely.

So instead, we observed the dam from the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. If you drive over this bridge, you won’t see anything. And it’s probably a good thing; otherwise tourists would stop and cause a biblical traffic jam. But there's a free parking lot in the Hoover Dam area, so pedestrians can walk the bridge.

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What a dam good view!

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Water levels seem as low as Michigan's Adventure's prospects of getting a new coaster.


Grand Canyon

As impressive as the Hoover Dam was, it was topped by the Grand Canyon. Pictures do not do this natural wonder justice. The sheer size of this chasm is unbelievable. Just make sure you drive past the ripoff West Rim in favor of the South Rim.

But we almost didn’t even get to see the Grand Canyon. A 2.5 foot snowstorm knocked out power in the village and made several roads inaccessible. The route was slow, but the payoff was worth it. How many people get to say they’ve seen the Grand Canyon with snow?

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This was good motivation to get out of bed early.

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It feels like a cliche to say pictures do not do the Grand Canyon justice, but it's true.


While most of my trips are centered around coasters (and this one did have coasters), it’s nice to do some normal touristy things every once and a while. :lol:
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Postby Nrthwnd » Wed Feb 26, 2020 5:19 pm

:lol: That 33 cent casino voucher is a pretty good souvenir of your visit. And it's a good Lucky # too.
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Postby jedimaster1227 » Thu Feb 27, 2020 4:50 am

Seeing the Grand Canyon with snow is a pretty awesome sight! Thanks for sharing another great report!
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