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dreamin_disney
03-12-2009, 03:00 AM
DH and i got married in Jan of this year(11years together). We didnt go on a honeymoon and are thinking of going to vegas on the 22nd, We will drive there. We dont really gamble. DD(10) will also be going with us.

We plan on doing free things and checking out the hotels. Hopefully we can see an inexpensive kid friendly magic show.

We plan on walking and taking the bus system up/down the strip. My main concern is finding good inexpensive food to eat. I keep hearing Ellis Island is good and cheap$$$ but I dont know if kids are allowed and cant find any info.

Please give me some tips where to eat budget friendly. 2A 1 C

Thanks

dizluvah
03-12-2009, 04:12 AM
check out cheapovegas.com - they have info on all kinds of things - hotels, food, free things to do

for your daughter I suggest you check out the M&M world - multi-level store filled with all things m&M - just fun to browse through - it is near the MGM/NY NY end of the strip

We were married in Vegas and used to go annually for our anniversary - but in 2005 we "found" Disney and haven't been back to Vegas since. So some of my show info may be outdated but there was a great (kid friendly) ventroliquist act at the Rio (can' t remember price it was an afternoon show). Also Tropicana used to have mini shows in their casino with two or three performers above the casino floor - flying around/suspended.

The monorail is an inexpensive way to go from one end of the strip to another.

ambgoph
03-12-2009, 05:11 AM
Another good website to check out is http://l*******************
They have a top 10 list of budget things.

Be sure to check out the lion habitat at MGM and the conservatory in Bellagio.

Sign up for player's cards at the casinos. Some give you a "funbook" with coupons. Before you go, go to the websites of casinos you're interested in staying at and give them you're e-mail. There are really cheap rooms these days.

You're best bet for cheap food is downtown. You can find 2 for 1 tickets for shows in the entertainment flyers around town or there are discount ticket booths around town.

Have fun.

aka-mad4themouse
03-12-2009, 07:09 AM
I'm going to move this to the California & West Forum. I think that you'll get a lot of help with what you're looking for.

BTW, congratulations on tying the knot!

andrews_dad
03-12-2009, 07:24 AM
If you are ever shopping for a Vegas room ....

http://www.vegashotelhunt.com/

http://www.vegas-promotions.com/

Coupons and updates ....

www.lasvegasvegas.com

http://www.vegas4locals.com/coupons.html

http://www.vegasresource.com/


One trick that the wife and I have done in the past to really get great deals. Some hotels offer a bunch of add-on's, like two free drinks, $15 in slot lay, free breakfast 1 day, free ride on their roller coaster, free show or 2 for 1 show, etc. Well, you only get one of these per stay. So, if you are savvy about it you can stay a night or two and move on to take advantage of the next offer. For instance, one time we stayed 7 days and bounced from NYNY Hotel and Casino, checked out and when to Excalibur for a couple of nights, and finished the trip at MGM .... all walking distance from one another and easy to drag the wheeled luggage to the next stop. Then at each spot we got the free show tickets or free slot play or whatever .... plus we got into their reservation systems and now they email us more promos and discounts all the time. If you are cheap enough it is easily done!

dreamin_disney
03-12-2009, 11:11 AM
Thanks for the info. Bally's and Bills gambling saloon rooms deals are for
50.00- 60.00 per night. I'm trying to get something in the middle. My 1st choice would be treasure island but the other two are cheaper. Many say walking the strip is long but what do you think with a 10 yr old? We did wdw in Nov 9 nightseveryday at the parks and dd did ok. I was the one hurting-lol!
We will be in vegas Sunday and MOnday 22-24. Tues we will just eat breakfast and head home.

anyone do the bus system and how much$$$. We really dont want to drive down the strip and have to find parking, not sure if we will have to pay for parking each time

RichNKatHolly
03-12-2009, 11:34 AM
Thanks for the info. Bally's and Bills gambling saloon rooms deals are for
50.00- 60.00 per night. I'm trying to get something in the middle. My 1st choice would be treasure island but the other two are cheaper. Many say walking the strip is long but what do you think with a 10 yr old? We did wdw in Nov 9 nightseveryday at the parks and dd did ok. I was the one hurting-lol!
We will be in vegas Sunday and MOnday 22-24. Tues we will just eat breakfast and head home.

anyone do the bus system and how much$$$. We really dont want to drive down the strip and have to find parking, not sure if we will have to pay for parking each time

Just FYI - free parking at all the casino hotels.

Have a great time. I'm going in May and can't wait. I'll be brining DS9 and DD6.

Anewman
03-12-2009, 12:42 PM
Thanks for the info. Bally's and Bills gambling saloon rooms deals are for
50.00- 60.00 per night. I'm trying to get something in the middle. My 1st choice would be treasure island but the other two are cheaper. Many say walking the strip is long but what do you think with a 10 yr old? We did wdw in Nov 9 nightseveryday at the parks and dd did ok. I was the one hurting-lol!
We will be in vegas Sunday and MOnday 22-24. Tues we will just eat breakfast and head home.

anyone do the bus system and how much$$$. We really dont want to drive down the strip and have to find parking, not sure if we will have to pay for parking each time


You can do Excalibur for $30 bucks a night, with a March 22nd arrival

https://reservations.mgmmirage.com/bookingengine.aspx?pid=EXC&host=offer&code=XMARH&kbid=1162904&sub=915497

dreamin_disney
03-12-2009, 12:46 PM
You can do Excalibur for $30 bucks a night, with a March 22nd arrival

https://reservations.mgmmirage.com/bookingengine.aspx?pid=EXC&host=offer&code=XMARH&kbid=1162904&sub=915497

great price but we are trying to get closer to the center of the strip, since we plan on walking or using buses

Anewman
03-12-2009, 12:57 PM
great price but we are trying to get closer to the center of the strip, since we plan on walking or using buses

Have a good time, but I would really plan out what exactly you are going to be walking too.

With a 10 year old, the south end of the strip is not horrible. You have

Luxor(tut exhibit, plus Chris Angel, and 3d films)
MGM(free lion habitat)
Tropicana(bodies exhibit)
Excalibur(midway and tournament of kings)
New York, New York(roller coaster)
Monte Carlo(lance Burton arguably the best magician in vegas)
also very close is a gameworks other shops in the area.


Again good luck but I would really plan out you desired destinations, you might find that center strip will equal more walking.

dreamin_disney
03-12-2009, 01:22 PM
Have a good time, but I would really plan out what exactly you are going to be walking too.

With a 10 year old, the south end of the strip is not horrible. You have

Luxor(tut exhibit, plus Chris Angel, and 3d films)
MGM(free lion habitat)
Tropicana(bodies exhibit)
Excalibur(midway and tournament of kings)
New York, New York(roller coaster)
Monte Carlo(lance Burton arguably the best magician in vegas)
also very close is a gameworks other shops in the area.


Again good luck but I would really plan out you desired destinations, you might find that center strip will equal more walking.

Thanks I've been so busy focusing on the TI, belligo fountains,circus circus, mirage volcano. I guess i better plan it out better

Fountains at the Bellagio

Caesar's Palace The ceiling is a sky, there are fountains and a fiery display.

The Volcano at the Mirage

Sirens of TI

Lion Habitat at the MGM Grand

Studio City at the MGM Grand Hotel
You can view pilots for upcoming shows here, and offer your opinions on what you see!

Conservatory at Bellagio

M&M's World

Hoover Dam (maybe)

Anewman
03-12-2009, 01:41 PM
Thanks I've been so busy focusing on the TI, belligo fountains,circus circus, mirage volcano. I guess i better plan it out better

Fountains at the Bellagio

Caesar's Palace The ceiling is a sky, there are fountains and a fiery display.

The Volcano at the Mirage

Sirens of TI

Lion Habitat at the MGM Grand

Studio City at the MGM Grand Hotel
You can view pilots for upcoming shows here, and offer your opinions on what you see!

Conservatory at Bellagio

M&M's World

Hoover Dam (maybe)

From Excalibur the Circus-Circus, Mirage, TI and maybe even Ceasars might be a little too much of a walk if going both directions. If you were to take the Duece(buss) to TI, and walk south hitting those resorts that would cut out half of the walking.

The rest would require equal or less walking from the Excalibur.
This Map is not exactly to scale, but it gives you a general idea of how much walking might be required.

http://www.vegastripping.com/images/sys/vegas_strip_map.gif

Pakey
03-12-2009, 03:19 PM
I enjoy walking and have walked the strip many times from one end to the other. For a rough estimate, each hotel is about 1/2 mile from the next one to give you an idea. Keep in mind that if you are walking, there will be guys on the sidewalks handing out cards for strip shows with pictures on them of scantily clad women and it's almost impossible to avoid them. Also, in the evenings, there will be some heavily intoxicated people out walking on the strip too. My last trip a few months ago I got to enjoy the men from of a wedding party puking all over their tuxedos as they walked from Caesars back to NY NY. The sidewalks are narrow, lots of construction in spots, and it's hard to walk abreast.

Also, I'd much rather stay at TI over Excalibur. Not necessarily for the location, but the hotel is nicer (although there is a lot more for children to do at Excalibur).

dreamin_disney
03-12-2009, 04:23 PM
From Excalibur the Circus-Circus, Mirage, TI and maybe even Ceasars might be a little too much of a walk if going both directions. If you were to take the Duece(buss) to TI, and walk south hitting those resorts that would cut out half of the walking.

The rest would require equal or less walking from the Excalibur.
This Map is not exactly to scale, but it gives you a general idea of how much walking might be required.

http://www.vegastripping.com/images/sys/vegas_strip_map.gif

Thanks for the map:cheer2:

dreamin_disney
03-12-2009, 04:25 PM
I enjoy walking and have walked the strip many times from one end to the other. For a rough estimate, each hotel is about 1/2 mile from the next one to give you an idea. Keep in mind that if you are walking, there will be guys on the sidewalks handing out cards for strip shows with pictures on them of scantily clad women and it's almost impossible to avoid them. Also, in the evenings, there will be some heavily intoxicated people out walking on the strip too. My last trip a few months ago I got to enjoy the men from of a wedding party puking all over their tuxedos as they walked from Caesars back to NY NY. The sidewalks are narrow, lots of construction in spots, and it's hard to walk abreast.

Also, I'd much rather stay at TI over Excalibur. Not necessarily for the location, but the hotel is nicer (although there is a lot more for children to do at Excalibur).

do you think we will have the same issues since we are going Sunday and Monday and leaving Tuesday. I'm hoping it wont be to baD

it's kelly
03-12-2009, 07:42 PM
With a Vegas trip in the making I have been using vegasmessageboard.com for tips. Hope you have a nice trip!

Anewman
03-12-2009, 07:59 PM
do you think we will have the same issues since we are going Sunday and Monday and leaving Tuesday. I'm hoping it wont be to baD

There are drunks in Vegas EVERY DAY, but most of us dont come out till well after dark.

Please dont be one of those parents that walks around the strip with their kid at 3am, and point at me while I crawl back to my room.

dreamin_disney
03-12-2009, 10:12 PM
With a Vegas trip in the making I have been using vegasmessageboard.com for tips. Hope you have a nice trip!

Thanks i'm off to check it out:goodvibes

dreamin_disney
03-12-2009, 10:14 PM
There are drunks in Vegas EVERY DAY, but most of us dont come out till well after dark.

Please dont be one of those parents that walks around the strip with their kid at 3am, and point at me while I crawl back to my room.

lol! hopefully we will be back in our rooms by 9-10pm
I told dh that I want to go someday without dd. I love mix drinks so maybe next-time i'll be out til 1-2am-lol!

Husker Mickey
03-13-2009, 09:15 AM
We have riden the bus (Duece) several times and find that the 24 hour pass is a great tool. It costs $7 and can be bought on the bus upon entering. You just tell the driver that you want a 24 hour pass, you put in your $, and out spits a pass for you to use. We like to get one during an afternoon and still use it the next morning to go somewhere. HTH!

dreamin_disney
03-14-2009, 01:25 AM
We have riden the bus (Duece) several times and find that the 24 hour pass is a great tool. It costs $7 and can be bought on the bus upon entering. You just tell the driver that you want a 24 hour pass, you put in your $, and out spits a pass for you to use. We like to get one during an afternoon and still use it the next morning to go somewhere. HTH!

thanks for the info. We are driving to vegas on March 22 I think its a 5 hour drive. dd is excited to go on a trip.

dreamin_disney
03-19-2009, 11:03 AM
leaving in 3 days:cool1: :banana: :woohoo:
Hopefully the weather is nice:goodvibes

xman111
03-20-2009, 02:19 PM
lucky, lucky.. have a safe trip..

RichNKatHolly
03-20-2009, 02:24 PM
Have a great time!! I just heard from my photographer who lives there and she says it's about 75 degrees. Sounds fabulous to me!!!!

jlima
03-21-2009, 12:04 AM
Have a good time, but I would really plan out what exactly you are going to be walking too.

With a 10 year old, the south end of the strip is not horrible. You have

Luxor(tut exhibit, plus Chris Angel, and 3d films)
MGM(free lion habitat)
Tropicana(bodies exhibit)
Excalibur(midway and tournament of kings)
New York, New York(roller coaster)
Monte Carlo(lance Burton arguably the best magician in vegas)
also very close is a gameworks other shops in the area.


Again good luck but I would really plan out you desired destinations, you might find that center strip will equal more walking.FYI - The Tut exhibit is no longer at Luxor; that exhibit was dismantled last year and the items donated to a local museum.

The Imax theater is also no longer at Luxor; but there are two that are not far; the Palms and the new Rave theater at the Town Center mall have Imax theaters for movies; just a short cab ride.

However, the Bodies exhibit and the Titanic exhibit are now both at Luxor.

There are midway games at NYNY as well as Excalibur; and if your 10 yr old is at all into video games, you must bring him to GameWorks.

dreamin_disney
03-21-2009, 01:16 AM
Thanks for the info. We do plan on doing a buffet at the orleans hotel. I found out they also have a movie theather and bowling alley. I need to printout my list of stuff to do and map it out. We are leaving on Sunday morning and theres rain in the forecast. Hopefully we make it through the pass before it rains. We will go through victorville ca. I think theres rain in vegas too uugh. If it does then Sunday would be good to hang at the orleans eat, bowl and maybe a movie. Then Monday hit the strip
for late lunch/early dinner:
Ellis Island
orleans
7.77 special areon on the list

i'm going to pack some turkey grinders(sandwiches on hogie roll)chips and soda for the way up there I think its a 4-5 hr drive. Iwill also pack up some snacks

Is the area where Ellis island is, is it a bad area??? Some say yes others say no. If its not to bad i want to have breakfast and dinner. I also ready their ribs are good

DisneySuiteFreak
03-21-2009, 10:06 AM
Be careful driving in Vegas in the rain. No offense to any Las Vegans, but they are not used to driving in the rain there because it almost never rains (in a normal year) and the oil and crud tends to build up on the freeways and when that combines with the water...well you know what they say about oil and water don't mix.
Just in case you and your hubby decide to take in a little gaming, there are child care centers that have fun activities at Orleans and Palms where you can drop off your daughter for a couple of hours. (At least there used to be; not that I've ever used them. I heard they were good quality though and regulated by the state, etc.) You can't leave the casino if you do this though.
Also please note that kids under age 12 are not allowed to be left alone in a Vegas hotel room. One parent must always be with them.
:cheer2: Have fun!:yay: I wish I found your thread earlier so I could have contributed. :flower3:

dreamin_disney
03-21-2009, 01:25 PM
Be careful driving in Vegas in the rain. No offense to any Las Vegans, but they are not used to driving in the rain there because it almost never rains (in a normal year) and the oil and crud tends to build up on the freeways and when that combines with the water...well you know what they say about oil and water don't mix.
Just in case you and your hubby decide to take in a little gaming, there are child care centers that have fun activities at Orleans and Palms where you can drop off your daughter for a couple of hours. (At least there used to be; not that I've ever used them. I heard they were good quality though and regulated by the state, etc.) You can't leave the casino if you do this though.
Also please note that kids under age 12 are not allowed to be left alone in a Vegas hotel room. One parent must always be with them.
:cheer2: Have fun!:yay: I wish I found your thread earlier so I could have contributed. :flower3:


We are worried about the weather, driving wise. There are lots of accidents anyways on the way there due to people speeding so imagine the rain. I just want to get through the cajon pass because the conditions can be bad depending on weather.

As far as the childcare we dont plan on using those since is a family vacation. Plus i'm an overprotective mom-lol!

dreamin_disney
03-25-2009, 01:12 AM
hello, we're back. I'm soooooooooo sore from all the walking-lol!

We stayed at Bally's $59.00 per night for 2 adults( plus dd that dh didnt put in out ressie) He checked in and they gave us a room in the south tower. The only room they had was a room with a handicap bathroom(the's no tub , the entire bathroom floor is all open to the toliet and sink area but there was two drains. ) I wasnt happy about that plus what if a handicap person needed it. The rfoom was also behind the elevator so all night we heard the darn thing go up and down. Even though we booked online a week in advance the rooms are 1st come 1st serve, but they said for another $20 per night we could getr another room in the north tower, i thought trhat was a set up uugh! I stuck it out but the 1st night i woke up around 2:30-4am and the 2nd night 2=3am, dh woke up the 1st night too.
ith the
1st day we went to the Orleans. DD played at the arcade. Then we went to the movies there. With the movie stub you get a free game of bowling(need to be with someone over 21)
first night we walked the strip and dh realized he forgot ther camera uugh. so we just walked . We kept missing the volcano twice the first night(show every hour). Sirens at TI was canceled due to winds.

2nd day we had breakfast at Ellis Island. I had dh go in 1st to make sure dd could go in there. As we sat in the car there were some interesting people walking by(scarey). It was also funny to see some people that didnt look like they belonged (upper middle class older people).Dont get me wrong i grew up in a ghetto area but with dd i'm more cautious.
The place is older and it smelled weir at the front of the casino. Once we went to the eating area it no longer smelled. At first i fault weird because there were no other kids.After an hour another kid 13 came in and there was a baby somewhere.
I got 2 eggs,toast,potatos and 4 slices of bacon. ice tea
dh got 2 pancakes, 2 eggs and 2 bacon ice tea
dd got the french toast sm orange juice
total was 22.00

after breakfast we went to circus circus and let dd play some games and we watched one circus act.Then headed to Orleans hotel were dd and dh played 5-7 games of bowling. Then drove over to checkout the cola and M&M, Then had dinner at outback. Next we head back to our room and relaxed. Finally we made it to the strip around 7:30pm. Leaving the venitian the darn camera battery went low, so dh had us wait for him while he went back to the room(ballys) to get the other battery uugh! DD and i walked to ti but sirens was empty and it was windier than the night before, so called dh to tell him to meet us at the mirage. We got there at the end of the volcano show. Dh finally caught up and it was getting late so we didnt wait an hour for the nextshow. We moved on to ceasars looked around, took pics and gbought a slice of snickers cheesecake for later back at the room. Then we walked over the the belligo and we did see the water show which was neat. We head back to the room and we were pooped lol! Having dd(10) with us hard staying on budget. I wanted to try the ellis island stead but not a place to tsake dd in the evening.

we also bought snacks here and there. Budget not so much but still did ok.My left leg and foot is glad its over. I have a nerve or tight muscle from my butt to my foot thats been acting up. Advil was helping

going/again
04-06-2009, 12:33 PM
I enjoy walking and have walked the strip many times from one end to the other. For a rough estimate, each hotel is about 1/2 mile from the next one to give you an idea. Keep in mind that if you are walking, there will be guys on the sidewalks handing out cards for strip shows with pictures on them of scantily clad women and it's almost impossible to avoid them. Also, in the evenings, there will be some heavily intoxicated people out walking on the strip too. My last trip a few months ago I got to enjoy the men from of a wedding party puking all over their tuxedos as they walked from Caesars back to NY NY. The sidewalks are narrow, lots of construction in spots, and it's hard to walk abreast.

Also, I'd much rather stay at TI over Excalibur. Not necessarily for the location, but the hotel is nicer (although there is a lot more for children to do at Excalibur).

how would the sidewalks be for a wheelchair, thanks