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GailT
12-29-2006, 10:19 AM
I Just got back from Vegas. Did I like it, I'll say it was OK, not for me. I stayed at Mandalay bay "THE HOTEL". It was gorgeoues but it was to far from all the stuff in Vegas, Ya you could hop the tram then take a monorail but I'll tell you staying down at that end is not that great at all. Would I go back to vegas, nah, I am not a gambler, Ok so I love to gamble the slot machines but money just slips through your hands there, as far as drinking, lets be serious, how much can someone drink without throwing it back up?I only lost 50 bucks so you can see I am not willing to gambling my money I worked for to pay my bills. At 49 I like to be in my comfort zone and doing that with my money is not it.

topjars
12-30-2006, 06:56 PM
I absolutely loved Las Vegas.
Was there 4 nights and lobbed there the day before turning 50.
I couldnt get over the size of the hotels / casinos!! The architecture blew me away. I stayed at the Imperial Palace, choppered over the Grand Canyon, rafted down the Colorado River and drank from sun up to late every night.

My only regret was not venturing up the strip to Fremont St.:santa:

Danauk
12-31-2006, 08:10 AM
I love Vegas too, but living in the UK it is a treat to go there (as well as to WDW!) I have stayed at the New York New York and the Venetian (where we were given a free upgrade to a high roller suite - and I am so not a high roller, I only played a few slots). I liked Vegas for all the other stuff to do there, the helicopter flight to the Grand Canyon, all the rollercoasters, the indoor skydiving, the shows and all the free stuff to watch on the strip at night. I also enjoy looking in the shopping malls and just looking at the architecture of all the casinos and hotels. Next time we go back we are staying at the Bellagio as it is a georgeous hotel and has a great location. I can't wait to go back. This time I might actually play some table games, but then again I might not as there is so much else to do there too.

honeymom
12-31-2006, 08:27 AM
I Just got back from Vegas. Did I like it, I'll say it was OK, not for me. I stayed at Mandalay bay "THE HOTEL". It was gorgeoues but it was to far from all the stuff in Vegas, Ya you could hop the tram then take a monorail but I'll tell you staying down at that end is not that great at all. Would I go back to vegas, nah, I am not a gambler, Ok so I love to gamble the slot machines but money just slips through your hands there, as far as drinking, lets be serious, how much can someone drink without throwing it back up?I only lost 50 bucks so you can see I am not willing to gambling my money I worked for to pay my bills. At 49 I like to be in my comfort zone and doing that with my money is not it.

I haven't been in years, but I find Vegas best enjoyed in small quantities. Just a few days to hit some good restaurants/shopping/shows/seeing the different hotels. And, I like to stay mid-strip - we stayed at Treasure Island last time and I way preferred to MGM Grand, Circus Circus and Excalibur locations where we have also stayed. I have also stayed at Caesars for business, but I was too busy working to enjoy. I was at the MGM Grand for business also, about the first month it was open and hated it.

Andrea
12-31-2006, 06:22 PM
i also love las vegas were doing a girls trip in january for our birthdays!! i'm so excited i love all the shows. were not big gamblers at all. when my husband and i went last year for his birthday we were there for 6 nights and between the two of us we spent like 40 dollars the most gambling

mamaprincess
01-08-2007, 09:08 AM
Vegas is my second fav place next to WDW! I love vacations where there is tons of eye-candy, great food and lots to do. Vegas definitely fits the bill for me. Plus I can feel rich there even though we're just average folks.:thumbsup2

disykat
01-13-2007, 03:07 PM
I didn't like it at all. DH and I went for my 40th birthday. It's the only place I've ever gone on a vacation I can honestly say I would just as soon never go there again. I'd go if I were given a free trip, and I know I'd find plenty to do and have fun with, but I wouldn't "waste" a trip on it.

Andrea
01-13-2007, 03:16 PM
woohoo only like 15 more hours until we leave for las vegas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! woohoo

Emmo
01-14-2007, 03:01 AM
We went this last November and we loved it and are planning our return trip this year! We stayed at Circus Circus and knew it was at the top of the strip and actually enjoyed the walking we did!

Gambling was fun, video poker my fav., we gambled a lot yet came home with some money! We also drank a lot and never threw it up. We only had two days so Grand Canyon, Freemont Street and a show, besides other things, are on our list for this year!

If Vegas is not for you then thats fine, but I for one loved it!:yay:

ZipaDeeDooDah
01-14-2007, 11:11 AM
I Just got back from Vegas. Did I like it, I'll say it was OK, not for me. I stayed at Mandalay bay "THE HOTEL". It was gorgeoues but it was to far from all the stuff in Vegas, Ya you could hop the tram then take a monorail but I'll tell you staying down at that end is not that great at all.

Didn't you ask for advice about this awhile ago - which hotel/where to stay in Vegas? I seem to remember a few of us suggesting to stay more in the middle of the strip, that the Mandalay is quite far down the strip. ;)

Disneyfan63
01-14-2007, 12:51 PM
Hi,

Went to Las Vegas alone February 25-28, 2004. It was a "secret" trip because I didn't tell anyone other than my travel agent until after I had booked. I wanted to see what the fuss was about.

Stayed at the Mirage which is right next and connected by tram to Treasure Island. For $50 extra per night I was upgraded to a penthouse suite on the 28th floor that had a whirlpool tub.

I didn't gamble because I prefer to spend my money on a good meal or show. I saw (a little of) the Grand Canyon on February 26, 2004, a day on which it rained in Vegas and snowed at the Canyon. I saw Hoover Dam and lost my Cirque du Soleil Mystere ticket. Somehow got in the next night to that show at Treasure Island and enjoyed it.

The casino-hotels are all huge and cover at least two long city blocks each. I know it's about 2.5 miles from Mirage to Mandalay Bay. Everything is overwhelming in Vegas, especially at night with all the neon.

I didn't like it. Maybe it's because I was alone, didn't know anyone, felt out of place as a nongambler, and got sore feet walking past the porn slappers up and down the Strip.

Jim

BriarRosie
01-16-2007, 12:16 AM
I just got home a few hours ago from my first "real" trip to Las Vegas.
(By "real", I mean the Strip. I don't count my weekend in October to attend
my cousin's wedding at the JW Marriott resort 15 miles from there.)

Anyway, I stayed at Bally's with a friend who met me there from another city.
We jam packed in a lot of fun things to do, and yes, I like to gamble.

The absolutely BEST thing in the world is the Tix4Tonite booth. There was
one near MGM (by M&M World and the Coke themed store.) There are
others at various locations around the Strip, but they sell same day (and
sometimes next day) show tickets at huge discounts. To give you an idea,
we bought tickets to Penn and Teller, Star Trek Experience and Madame
Tussaud's for just slightly over $100 total per person. That's a deal.

I enjoy walking around the different hotels, but it's a LOT of walking. Best get
those ol' Disney shoes walking! The costs for the monorail are pretty
expensive, but it came in handy to buy a $9 round-trip ticket so I could get
from Bally's to the Las Vegas Hilton for the Star Trek Experience.

I had a great time and hope to go back again sometime.

GailT
01-17-2007, 05:48 PM
Didn't you ask for advice about this awhile ago - which hotel/where to stay in Vegas? I seem to remember a few of us suggesting to stay more in the middle of the strip, that the Mandalay is quite far down the strip. ;)


You are rught and I did but the big factor of picking that hotel ( Yes it was gorgeous and probably one of the best hotels I have stayed in anywhere) was the money. what I didnt mention in my first post my MS and was kicking up so walking was very hard for me dragging my leg along the way.

Vivianne
01-22-2007, 06:09 PM
We don't gamble but we enjoyed our trip last April. We stayed at the Orleans and took the shuttle to the strip. We saw:

Bellagio
Caesars
Mirage
Treasure Island
Stardust
Wynn
Venetian
Madame Tussauds
Paris
Aladdin

We had a great time. :)

We were exhausted and we didn't see everything. Which means they'll be another trip in the future. ;) Didn't think I would ever walk anywhere more than my trips to Disney, I was wrong......

BTW, I was dragging my feet at the end of the day. I had to wear my crocs in the room to recover..

CheshireCat
01-22-2007, 07:12 PM
:woohoo: I have never been to VEGAS....but the thought has always been in the back of my mind. I know eventually I'll get there...but no time soon. I'm getting some good ideas for hotels here & things to do. Thanks everybody!~:)

sandbar
01-26-2007, 08:20 AM
We were there in October. I enjoyed walking around the hotels, but that's about it. The Phantom of the Opera was the highlight of my trip. I'm glad I went, but I really don't care if I go back....except maybe to see the Phantom!

tracys2cents
01-26-2007, 01:22 PM
I think it's a place everyone should see at least once. A drive out around the desert mountains, Lake Mead , Red Rock Canyon......or even the 2.5 hours drive out to Zion National Park is well worth it if you are going to Las Vegas. There's more to see than just "the strip hotels".

mommykds
01-26-2007, 08:42 PM
I took my mom to Vegas for her 70th birthday last November. She has always wanted to go, I never wanted to go. I assumed that this would be the one and only time I would go..boy was I wrong. I loved Vegas!
We stayed at the Monte Carlo (about mid-strip) & were able to walk to everything. We saw Phantom, the Bellagio fountains, Pirate show at Treasusre Island, & took a gondola ride at the Venetian (loved the Venetian!)
I was also surprised at how clean & fairly kid friendly it was. I had different expectations I guess, but it was very enjoyable & I'd like to go again.
Oh & I don't gamble (I played $20 in slots just to say that I did it) & I don't drink & it was still a blast.

DisneylandGuy22
01-27-2007, 12:41 AM
is it true what they say....

"What happens in vegas stays in vegas"????" or is that just a rumor?:rotfl:

GailT
02-02-2007, 06:46 AM
well I am going back, just two nights and staying at the belliago, don't care about the money, I think to get the real affect of vegas ( this is my opinion) you should stay in the middle although I have heard the Wynn hotel is gorgeous but it is on the other end.

Angie_Ohio
02-05-2007, 08:46 AM
I am a huge Disney fan and have "dragged" DH to the world 8 times. Sooo, I finally gave in and went to Las Vegas for our anniversary three years ago. I had a blast. I don't enjoy gambling or drinking but loved Vegas. We stayed at Treasure Island. DH gambled while I read and sunned at the pool. Saw Mystere and the Wax Museum (Venetian is my favorite). We rented a car for one day and drove to Mandalay Bay for the aquarium and to see the resorts down there then to Rio for the seafood buffet. We drove out to Red Rock Canyon too. It was so beautiful. We were there late afternoon and saw the sun set.
We went back last year and stayed at The Flamingo. Great location!! Most everything in walking distance. Went to old Vegas by taxi one evening. This was very fun! Can't wait for my next trip in fall of 07.
Who knew?!
Angie_OH

Lissete
02-05-2007, 09:54 AM
We liked it. We stayed at the Venetian and we loved it. Although we are not gamblers, we do donate to the slots here & there. We saw "O" and that was amaing! Went to the Wax Museum, to all the hotels, and "people watched" alot!:lmao: We also walked ALOT! Everythin looks like it's just up the street a little bit, NOT!:confused3

We had a car so if we didn't feel like walking, we could drive. Valet Parkin is free, so why not?

I would go back.

marvel
02-05-2007, 04:32 PM
We loved Vegas. Stayed at Caesars and it is the best. Best location great amenities. Could easily be convinced to move from Australia to LA just to be near Disney and Vegas!!

And you don't have to be a gambler to enjoy it. Every hotel is virtually its own theme park :thumbsup2

Disney_Princess83
02-16-2007, 02:03 AM
We loved Vegas, probably more then LA last year. We went to Vegas for a week and saw most of the hotels and saw Barry Manilow, which was fantastic! Would love to go back

DeeDeeDis
02-16-2007, 03:21 PM
I'm with you gail - Vegas is not for me either.

Visited in August for a few days and am set for life. Hubby loves it and will be back there in March

Peri
02-21-2007, 04:49 PM
Lots of my friends don't care for Vegas but we love it. I have stayed at Mandolay Bay - that was my first trip and I was pretty much by myself - I had SO Much fun! Drank a little (not a big drinker but do one a day in Vegas) - played lots of slots, won some, lost some, came home about even. Shopping is fabulous in Vegas.

After that we started staying at the Golden Nugget downtown - once we stayed at Main Street Station (this is a HIDDEN GEM - very inexpensive and so fun!!). The Nugget is not cheap but now that they "know" us we get a good deal there. We buy the bus day passes on CAT they are five dollars apiece - then we go up and down the strip all we want for no additional charge. Please note that we do this even though we DRIVE to Vegas and have free parking! LOL - WEll we like the bus - you kind of get into it that way. We always walk each side of the strip - then we drive one day "off site" to Sam's Town and some of the Station casinos plus sightsee non casino stuff. We also drive to the outlet mall to load up on disneyana and wedgwood china.

We usually go to Penn and Teller but no other shows - although we "did" Wayne Newton a few years ago - I was all bald from chemo - and he was Wonderful and kissed every single woman in the house! Amazing and corny but so loving! I have also attended a couple of doll shows there, and one year we were there during the national rodeo championships= the golden nugget is a big cowboy hotel anyway, but this was amazing - with all the guests in the hats and the ladies in fabulous jewelled western wear - WOW> Another year we were there around December near Christmas and they had a cool Santa run for a health cause - the Santas (hundreds of 'em in santa hats) ran down the strip - it was nice because fewer cars for a while! it was on a Sunday morning.

Anyway, as you can see, I can go on and on about Vegas, just like Disney! lol

Hope you like your next trip better!

S

Kitty 34
03-01-2007, 07:28 AM
I've only been to Vegas once. We went with our sons who were 14 and 16 at the time so our trip was centered around finding things that the boys could enjoy, too.

This June I will be going with my Mom and sisters and not DH and boys....have a feeling it will be a different trip this time!!:rolleyes1 :teeth:

eyeheartgoofy
03-01-2007, 08:29 PM
I have been to Las Vegas twice and honestly don't care if I go back again. DH and I went together and I went on a girls only weekend another time. I enjoyed the shows, but casinos just aren't my thing and the fancy shops were way, way out of my price range ...

Disney_Dreaming
03-14-2007, 10:12 PM
I'm not a gambler so I only go to Vegas for the shopping (which I love to do) and of course the shows.

JennCa
03-24-2007, 10:02 AM
I love Vegas for a couple days. We've been many times and feel like staying on the strip is the way to go! Now that we have kids and need strollers, it's not quite the same.

We often fly in there and then drive to Zion, Arches, etc. for a trip. Airfare into Vegas if often cheap compared to the surrounding areas and I love the food there. We don't gamble, but we walk for miles eating along the way. Love the patisserie in Paris!!! Enjoy the shows and the general atmosphere, there is nothing quite like it.

jenn

GinnyM
06-07-2007, 05:09 PM
I live in Las Vegas. I stay away from the strip as much as possible.
This would not be a vacation destination for me.
I prefer Disney Resorts and National Parks.

fairycat
06-08-2007, 03:49 PM
I love Vegas but I except it for its surreal nature. It is a strange city, with lights sounds, drinking, gambling, theme park designs and weird stuff every where to be seen.

I live a 3 hour drive away so I go fairly regularly I have stayed

Excalibur
Venetian
Sahara
Fitzgeralds (downtown)
Circus Circus (when I was a kid)
Harah's
New York, New York

and many more I can't remember.

I have only had one bad experience (won't go into that but stay at a reputable hotel and always have reservations when HUGE conventions are in town). I liked all of these hotels for different reasons but would have to say that the Venetian was the nicest, NY the most convient, and many of the others were great for price.

Most people who don't like Vegas just aren't into gambling, drinking or the shows and honestly besides roller coasters and shopping there isn't that much else to do (though DH loves the arcades and there are some neat musuems). That is unless you do some of the cool day trips mentioned away from the strip. Which can be expensive.

Overall Vegas is a trip I think everyone should do and is a great trip because you can do it on almost any budget.

Would I chose Disney over Vegas probably but I love them for different reasons and need to go do both VERY soon!!

Spartangirl
06-08-2007, 05:30 PM
I love Vegas.....we have been there twice and stayed at Aladdin and the Bellagio. When we have gone, it was for four days......as much as I loved it, that was plenty of time! :thumbsup2

alohaliilo
06-08-2007, 06:03 PM
vegas is the dryest city i have ever seen

KimAshton
06-10-2007, 10:52 AM
I went in March 2006 for an event and I wasn't impressed. I had fun though till my friend ended up getting sick and stuck in the hospital. She missed our flight and had to rebook. I offered to stay with her and she said to go home.

Leggyb
06-11-2007, 01:14 PM
If you go to Vegas again you should stay at The Mirage/ Caesars Palace... those are in the thick of the action.. so to speak.

I'm not a gambler either.. but everytime we go to LV we like to shop (caesars palace, Fashion Place, Venetian) as well as watching the Bellagio fountains.. I have walked to all those places before so it is do-able.

WatchinCaptKangaroo
06-14-2007, 12:02 AM
is it true what they say....

"What happens in vegas stays in vegas"????" or is that just a rumor?:rotfl:

It stays there or between the people that were there. At least in my case.

WDWLVR
06-14-2007, 06:11 AM
Just got back from Vegas yesterday. Definately glad I went and we enjoyed a number of things we did, but I don't see us going back anytime soon. Just isn't us. DH doesn't gamble at all and I stick to the penny slots. :) Loved looking at the different hotels, saw Blue Man Group which was awesome, also did the Star Trek Experience which we loved. Stayed at Harrah's (DH was there for a conference and it was one of the conference hotels). Nice clean room and loved being in the middle of the strip. Didn't care for the pool area at all (way too small) and the casino was a bit too loud and flashy for my taste. If we were to go back I think we'd stay at Bellagio, MGM or Ceasar's.

Stitch 03
06-14-2007, 06:14 PM
The only place I love going to more then Vegas is WDW. I was in Vegas four times last year and I am planning three for this year. So far I have stayed at:

Bellagio
Wynn
Ballys
TI

Most of my trips are with my wife who loves the shopping and does not like to gamble. It works out perfect, she shops and I play poker. On my last trip I actually did a 14 hour shift at a TI poker table.

My favorite buffets:

Wynn (for Sunday brunch)
Paris
Bellagio (Breakfast - for great pancakes and French Toast).

Best hotel experience:

Wynn (room on the tower suites side)
Bellagio (where my wife and I stayed when we were married)

Best show (have not seen many):

Ka

Best Vegas experience:

1) Getting married
2) Calling my mom from the Paris lobby, telling her I am in Vegas and just got married

Next Vegas trip:

June 28 - July 2nd staying at the Bellagio in a fountain view room (2 weeks after our 5th anniversary).

casaazul
06-16-2007, 02:16 PM
I can take Vegas a bit at a time. Max amount of days for me is 3. We don't go that often as we have a 12 yo boy, and it really is not a super family destination.

That said, we are headed there in a few weeks! We got $50 rt and $70 a night lodging at MGM, so the family is headed there for 2 nights. Play in the pool, and enjoy the 110+ temps! :scared1:

polyfan
07-08-2007, 01:19 PM
Just got back, and don't plan on ever returning- much better and more for your money vacation options out there.

DisneyJamieCA
07-09-2007, 12:22 PM
I love Vegas, but I'm finding as I get older I don't enjoy as much. I'd much rather take my kids to Disneyland. Isn't it supposed to be the other way around? :rotfl2:

In the past we've stayed at:
Excalibur
MGM (2x)
Mandalay Bay (2x) - by far my favorite

We'll be staying at Monte Carlo when we go in a month for DH's 40th b-day. But this will also be our first trip with kids, so it's going to be different for us.

I enjoy playing the slots and roulette, but I find the table games harder to swallow as the minimums keep going up. I enjoy the shopping, the food and just checking out the other hotels.