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  1. PhotobearSam

    PhotobearSam <font color=red><img src=http://www.wdwinfo.com/ph

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    I have not been on the community board in a while so I better start by saying hello.....:wave2:

    My hubby and I are taking my 68 year old Mom to Vegas on January 27 th. we are staying a week, then heading to the Grand Canyon for 2 days and then one more night in Vegas before we return to Florida.

    I have the condo booked and the flights, what I need it tips on getting good prices on food and entertainment. We are not gamblers but love to go to shows. My hubby lives good food. Any help?

    We are only renting a car for the last 3 days to go to the Grand Canyon and back. Any tips?

    I am so out of my element. Usually, I plan, plan, plan.....this was so last minute. We booked our flights yesterday. HELP!!!:eek:
     
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  3. cabanafrau

    cabanafrau DIS Veteran

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    Hit the Las Vegas discussion group on Trip Advisor to quickly & easily get lots of help. They even have an itinerary section which can shortcut some of the learning curve & help you ask the best questions suiting your trip. Have a great time.
     
  4. RC Fan

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  5. jel0511

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    The Wynn buffet has GREAT food!!!! Expensive at $35pp, but worth it!!!! One of my favorite places to eat in Vegas!!!! Also, the dining room at Bright Angel Lodge at the Canyon has good food too... The dining room at El Tovar (also on the canyon rim) was VERY expensive for what we had IMO..... Also you need to have made reservations in advance to eat at El Tovar, it is a beautiful dining room... Go for breakfast as the room is better during the day, as at night it is VERY dark.....
     
  6. PhotobearSam

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    First timers.......can't wait. I wonder if there is a service that will deliver groceries to the condo?
     
  7. RC Fan

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    Vons will deliver groceries.

    Vegas is not warm this time of year either--everyone seems to think it is. Naturally it will be nicer than NB right now!
     
  8. cabanafrau

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    We got lots of comments from anybody who saw the video DD shot during our first drive up Las Vegas Boulevard after we arrived. The sight is really something to see & the video is a great way to remember our first taste of the place -- especially since it's someplace that reinvents itself so frequently and dramatically.

    I know you're not going to have a car the entire visit, but if you do happen to have an opportunity, I'd highly recommend making a video like this one to capture the memories.

    The Las Vegas message board mentioned above is another great source of information. Man, I wish I was planning a trip there -- or practially anywhere right now. Too darned cold here.
     
  9. DizBelle

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    In case you didn't know, the drive from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon is loooooooooooooong. Don't drink anything because the places to go to the bathroom are very few and VERY far between. The scenery is lovely though.
     
  10. jel0511

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    That's true if going to the South Rim, which is where were last summer. It took us approx 6 hours for the drive from the South Rim to Vegas. Now, if you're going to the West Rim, the one run by the Indian Tribe who's name escapes me right now, that one is only about 3-4 hours I believe and not as nice IMO from the South Rim.........
     
  11. klacey1

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    For shows, I don't have much advice, but you should definitely see a Cirque (I've heard amazing things about LOVE, which features the music of the Beatles and is at the Mirage).

    Food-- you're in Vegas, you have to try a buffet! Our personal favorite is Wicked Spoon at the Cosmopolitan. It's not cheap, but it's delicious! All of the food is individually portioned, so it's more sanitary than a regular buffet. The offerings are much more unique than a standard buffet-- my boyfriend tried pig's ear when we went!

    Mon Ami Gabi is the best priced steakhouse on the strip-- it's a lovely little bistro-type restaurant at the Paris hotel. Steak was cooked terrificially. We only went for dinner, but I've heard the breakfast is amazing, too.

    We found a little touch of Disney at the Palazzo-- part of their free carnival show featured a stilt walker exactly the same as D'Vine!
     
  12. PhotobearSam

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    We are actually in Florida for the winter but brought warmer clothes forVegas knowing it would be cold.

    We know the drive to the Grand Canyon is long. We plan to drive there then sleep there for 2 nights then back to Vegas.

    Can't wait.
     
  13. RC Fan

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    I hope you have a great trip!
     
  14. Dan Murphy

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    Hey, Sam. :wave2: Happy New Year to you and Richard. Nice to 'see' you. I am not too frequent here either.

    I will be there when you are. :cool1: I get there afternoon the 27th and leave afternoon of 31st. I am there for a business conference. Would be nice to meet up again, if possible.

    I always try to take in a Cirque show while there.
     
  15. CPT Tripss

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    Be prepared for significant snow . . . and cold . . . at the Grand Canyon.
     
  16. Kae

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    The buffet at the M is getting great reviews. Also the new Buffet at Ceasars looks very promising. Donny & Marie are at the Flamingo heard it is a good show. and don't forget the Fountains at the Belligio.

    Kae
     
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    At Planet Hollywood there is the Earl of Sandwich, food is awesome for the sandwiches. The Buffet is excellent there! The wicked spoon is really good. The Rio Buffet is also excellent food! Remember to wear comfortable shoes, everything may look close , but it is not.


    There are ticket booths on the strip for discounted rates. If you feel walking is to much, you can ride the duece bus for 7 dollars for 24 hours. It goes up and down the strip as well as to the old part on freemont st. The way to sometimes cut down on costs for the buffets is to go in the afternoon before dinner time. Then you can always snack in the evening.

    There is a ton of shopping to be had. Take the camera. Sometimes there are coupons for the buffets just by typing it in. I found one for 5 dollars for everyone in our group. Every little bit helps. The Bellagio has a huge chocolate fountain that is picture worthy and a nice bakery to go with it. So much to list. You will have a great time!
     
  18. Shutterbug

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    Las Vegas was in the mid 60's at the end of January last year.
    Depending where you are coming from thats plenty warm lol.
     
  19. dis-happy

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    Get on the website right away and see if you can book a room at the Canyon. Much better to stay on site there. One time we were able to upgrade while there to the El Tovar even though everything was showing full previously but even our room at the basic lodge ( can't remember the name) was ok. The food court there was pretty good too if you don want all full service meals.

    The ranger programs are great and FREE. Check the schedule...some are nighttime inside, others are walking tours. If you like to hike check out the South Kaibob trail. It's a little off the beaten path (so not crowds of people on it) with spectacular views.
     
  20. scotty s

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    My wife and I went to Vegas (1st time) last month for the National Finals Rodeo. We had a rent car so we were able to drive around and see alot. We also spent a day ay Hoover Dam and had lunch in Boulder City at the Southwest Diner (we loved this little place).
    We are not gamblers either but seeing all the lights and casinos was really fun. We did not go to the Canyon so can't comment on that.
    We stayed at the Luxor and would not reccommend it. We loved Ceasars Palace and the Venetian. We saw Terry Fador one night and he was hilarious!!
    I made a short video of our trip and the link is below. There is some rodeo footage about half way but only last a few minutes. The rest is all Vegas. I ended it with the water show at the Bellagio. I am going to make a seperate video of Hoover Dam experience.
    Enjow the Sinatra and Elvis tunes and I hope this gets you even more excited about going!! Watch it in HD

    http://youtu.be/NCbNf-FVWSo
     
  21. PhotobearSam

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    That would be so nice......I will send you info when we get close to leaving. I hope you have a great New Year in 2013
     

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