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There's talk about a Lost Wages trip sometime late this year.

I've been to Vegas once before - Victoria Day long weekend, 1996 with Kat (long time good friend of mine). I even still have the text journal entries, I should dig them out and post them. We stayed at the Excalibur and it was fantastic fun. We weren't much into gambling. We did play some slots and I think I came out $8 ahead in total.

We went mostly to see the shows - King Arthur's Tournament (the one where you eat a cornish game hen with your bare hands); Sigfried & Roy; the Lipizaner Stallions; and I thought we saw something else too, but I don't remember now. Maybe we spent the entire rest of the time just walking around. That's one thing about a Vegas trip that seems to be universal: be prepared to WALK. A LOT.

My WishList of Things To See if/when we go:

  • The Star Trek Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton - Tix: USD$25 + tax.
  • Mystère, Cirque du Soleil at the Treasure Island - Tix: USD$80 + tax. We need to get tickets way farking early for this. Like a few months in advance.
  • Fremont Street Experience - it's a canopy over the street and it's a light/laser show to music. latraviata says it's free. =)
  • Hoover Dam - I think this is a little ways away from Las Vegas itself...
  • O, Cirque du Soleil at the Bellagio - Tix: USD$110.00 and USD$90.00 + tax. piyomomo's suggestion.
  • Blue Man Group at the Luxor - Tix: USD$82.50 + tax. piyomomo's suggestion
  • The Pirate Show - just outside the Treasure Island. This is a free show at specific times, but you kinda have to go early to get a good spot.
  • The Bellagio Fountains - I think this is a free show at specific times.

I wouldn't mind seeing The Tournament of Kings (tix: $44.66) at the Excalibur again. But I WANNA SIT IN THE WHITE SECTION!!! Front row, if at all possible. Or if we can't, then front row in any other section.

I think we should try to book as much as we can ahead of time before we go. If you wait until you get there, things will be sold out, you wander aimlessly from hotel to hotel trying to find the ticket booth (because we won't have internet connection when we get there), you'll get crappy seats, etc.


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dcm_wong
May. 7th, 2002 11:38 am (UTC)
They say "O" is the best. Of course poor man like me never get to see shows like that. My friend said Blue Man is hilarious in its own unique way.

I'm quite sure Pirate show and the Bellagio Fountains happen once every hour... you will know it's about to start when you see a crowd gathering around the area.

But I WANNA SIT IN THE WHITE SECTION!!! Front row, if at all possible. Or if we can't, then front row in any other section.
Calmly walk to the front of the line, introduce yourself and casually mention your reservation (something like "I'm Princess of Wales and my assistant made a front row reservation for me") after the famous 50-buck handshake, you can sit almost anywhere you want. I'm pretty sure most hostesses will accept the nice litte handshake, although for popular shows like "O" may be, just may be, you'll need a 100-buck handshake. Heck, if you do the 1000-buck handshake you can even sit on stage :) Anyways, sometimes (mind you, I said sometimes) it's not that good to have front row seats, the same logic why no one sits front row to watch movies apply here. It is always better to sit at the booths if they have those, IMO. The wheels do turn smoother with some grease :)

Hoover Dam will cost you the whole day, probably back at night, so might want to skip that if you don't have too much time on your hand.

think we should try to book as much as we can ahead of time before we go.
yes, that would be a very good idea. True not just for the one show you mentioned, I hear (remember poor chap like myself can't afford luxury like this)popular shows like the white tiger gig at Mirage is sold out months before. And I thought the white tiger thing was getting old...
piyomomo
May. 7th, 2002 12:09 pm (UTC)
i hear blue man group replaced sigfried and roy for being the best show in vegas.
for blue man, you don't want to sit in the first 8 rows.
bride
May. 7th, 2002 12:14 pm (UTC)
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I saw Sigfried & Roy. It was good, but not spectacularly impressive.
dcm_wong
May. 7th, 2002 01:22 pm (UTC)
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i hear blue man group replaced sigfried and roy for being the best show in vegas.
It's all opinions, but I'm not surprised. Jobless Joe like myself can't afford to see either blue man or white tiger :)
bride
May. 7th, 2002 12:18 pm (UTC)
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it's not that good to have front row seats

I agree with you on that. But for the Tournament of Kings, front row is best. Same with Sigfried & Roy (the white tiger show) because they bring out cubs near the end and let the front row people pet them =)

wheels do turn smoother with some grease

I'd rather just book early to get good seats =)
dcm_wong
May. 7th, 2002 12:57 pm (UTC)
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I agree with you on that. But for the Tournament of Kings, front row is best. Same with Sigfried & Roy (the white tiger show) because they bring out cubs near the end and let the front row people pet them =)
Yea, that's why I emphasize sometimes :)

True, but for the last minute people among us, if the show is worth it, paying $25 extra per person is ok... plus I'm not sure if you can get the really really good seats by booking.
green_paper
May. 7th, 2002 04:18 pm (UTC)
You don't want to sit in the first row for "O" because not only will you get wet, but your neck will get tired from looking upwards for the entire show. There are about 2-3 steps up to the stage from the first row, so if you were in the 4th or 5th row, then the stage would be at eye-level.
dcm_wong
May. 7th, 2002 05:30 pm (UTC)
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mmm... sounds familiar...

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