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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – January 24, 2001

WELCOME to Access Vegas News and Reviews, now with subscribers in 45 countries around the world! This is the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com We talk about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about.

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HOTEL SPECIAL – Harrah’s Las Vegas from $59.95 a night! This deluxe casino hotel is located in the heart of the strip across from Mirage and Caesar’s Palace. Some of the features include a state of the art fitness center with sauna, Olympic size pool, whirlpool and much more. This rate is subject to limited availability and is subject to change without notice. To view more information, Click Here: http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-discounts.htm

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This Issue: Melinda – The First Lady of Magic

Curious about a show, restaurant, or other Las Vegas attraction that looks fun? Let us review it for you first! Suggestions are always welcome at: mailto:[email protected]



 

 


EDITORS NOTE: It has been a generally quiet week leading up to Superbowl weekend, although an entertainment convention and athletic gear convention (both closed to the public) have brought more star sightings then usual.

The word on the Superbowl is to bet the “under” (wagering that the combined scores of both teams will be under a certain number). With rain predicted all weekend, it will be a good time to be indoors watching the game. We have the updated list of hotel Superbowl parties linked this week.

Finally, we are proud to add CompuBank to our list of advertisers. FDIC insured, access 24/7, interest checking, and free online bill paying saves you time and money. Link toward the end of this issue.

LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

WHO, WHAT, WHERE – A couple of writers from the UCSD Guardian came up with a great, compact list of most of the major Las Vegas casinos and what each offers to do and see. Good one to print out before you next trip at http://news.excite.com/news/uw/010119/university-2

HOWARD STERN – will be taping his Monday morning show live at the Hard Rock casino following the SuperBowl (Sunday night). E! Entertainment television will also be shooting it for future use, and Hard Rock employees featured in the upcoming April issue of Playboy are expected to be on hand.

Howard has experssed a desire to place a $1 million bet on one hand of Blackjack, but with no takers so far. Where are (former Binion’s owner, now deceased) Benny Binion and (former Vegas World owner) Bob Stupak when we need them? Both of those men would take just about any bet at any time, especially when it brought that kind of publicity. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-18-Thu-2001/living/15200105.html

MGM MIRAGE – has postponed their plans to turn the Holiday Inn Boardwalk into a Generation-X casino. The original idea was to have a high tech hotel-casino to appeal to the newly “dot-com” rich and those who have grown up with new technology. Instead, the company will focus on an Atlantic City casino they are building. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-18-Thu-2001/business/15252865.html

WIND FARMS – This is a little off topic, but interesting given the power shortages plauging California: The Nevada Test Site, 65 miles north of town and once the home of nuclear bomb testing, is going to be the new home for the nation’s second largest electric producing wind farm. When completed in 4 years, it will generate enough juice to feed 160,000 homes. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-18-Thu-2001/business/15255966.html

$25 HOTEL REBATE — you pick the hotel! Our partners at Hotel Reservations Network are giving you $25 back on any 2+ night stay in Las Vegas or any major city they reserve. Claiming your cash is simple:

1. Print out: http://www.accessvegas.com/100-rebate.htm
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3. Send in for your rebate when you get home.

It doesn’t get any easier than that, and you get their low price guarantee
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CONCERTS AND SHOWS:

SHOW REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* Folies Bergere – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-19-Fri-2001/weekly/15238357.html

SHOWS – See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?amid=3230&cscheme=1

SuperBowl – More hotels have listed their SuperBowl parties. List at http://www.lasvegas.com/events/superbowl2001

SHOWS AND HEADLINERS – listings available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-shows.htm
CONCERT – listings available anytime at http://www.accessvegas.com/entertainment/index.htm

DINING RESERVATIONS – For a small service fee, you can now guarentee reservations for that “special night out” during your visit at http://www.bookvegasdining.com/dvpricing.cfml?amid=143&cscheme=5

RESTAURANT REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* Golden Steer (near Sahara) – http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/departments/2001_01_18/dining_taste.html
* Olio! (MGM) – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-24-Wed-2001/living/15256696.html

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LAS VEGAS WEATHER – This 5 day forecast is courtesy of Weather.Com:

Thursday – 54/40 Mostly Cloudy
Friday – 53/34 Partly Cloudy
Saturday – 54/34 Showers
Sunday – 57/34 Rain
Monday – 56/32 Scattered Showers

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FEATURE STORY: Melinda – The First Lady of Magic

Las Vegas has it all: exploding volcanos and pirate battles right on the street, German guys with white tigers, famous headliner entertainment, and now for the first time in some 5 years, the most-publicized female magician in the world.

I first saw Melinda play downtown at the Lady Luck almost 7 years ago. The room was packed, the price was right, and and it was a nice entertaining mix of basic magic and Vegas “show and dance”. Melinda has spend the past few years in locales ranging from Atlantic City to Branson and recently brought her show back to Las Vegas. She grew up here, and worked as a dancer in Siegfried and Roy along her way to showroom stardum.

Melinda’s 90 minute show is really the tale of two shows. The first part relies and reflects heavily on here older material, much of which she has been doing for years. Unfortunately, it comes off a little too cheesy and fluffy, with the dance numbers almost overshadowing the magic and not letting the crowd get into a dramatic mood needed to thrououghly enjoy the illusions. That is unfortunate because the magic, while standard magic show fare, is well done including levetation, mid-air vanishing, and reappearing in the back of the showroom.

About halfway through the show, we are given a change of pace with a 15 minute performance by 3 Argentinian’s who demonstrate talent and humor with traditional drum playing and bolo ball displays. One of the unfortunate aspects of an early show (this one started at 6:30 PM) is that the crowd isn’t in the late night party mood (i.e. 5 drinks into the night), but they really brought the crowd to life and it was a good warm-up for the bigger illusions.

The second half brought out the showstoppers. A full sized Lamborghini was suspended above stage and a number of audience volenteers were invited on stage to verify that it was a very real car. After the car was draped and reved to “200 miles an hour”, it simply vanished out of thin air. The other truly memorable illusion is her Drill of Death, where a huge drill screws through her body and lifts here high in the air.

Melinda has come a long way, both with her magic and now performing in the beautiful C2K showroom of the Venetian. There truly isn’t a bad seat in the house. If there is one drawback, the show is almost as much Britney Spears as it is spellbinding magic. Melinda could easily pass for the pop singer’s older sister, with her beauty, obvious devotion to fitness and dance, and bubbly personality . Unfortunatly, it is a thread doesn’t completely go away even during the most serious of illusions when we need to be biting our nails.

Overall, it is an enjoyable show combining magic flare with the dance numbers one expects out of a traditional Las Vegas show. Melinda is very personable, quick with wit and laughter, and interacts with the audience very well. The show leaves you with a nice, warm feeling. Although Melinda and her dancers wear some very “body conscious” outfits, the show contains no overt sexuality and is very suitible for children.

Melinda, First Lady of Magic plays every evening but Wednesdays. Show times vary by day of the week, but are in the early evening. Tickets run from $38 – $88, with childrens tickets (under 12) $22. Call ahead to the Venetian at (702) 414-1000 and ask for the box office to confirm times and prices. The show is selling pretty well, so reservations are suggested.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Janene Bahr of Moorestown, NJ wrote:

>Hello hello from cold and rainy New Jersey!!
>
>I must reply in reference to this issue’s feature story on De La
>Guarda.á My best friend Jen and I were in Vegas last month for our
>bi-annual trip.á We were indecisive as to which show we were going to
>see, and which show was even available at the time.á We just happened
>to be in the Rio feasting at their fantastic buffet, when we noticed
>all the signs for De La Guarda.á We went to check it out and bought
>tickets for that night on a whim.á We had no clue what to expect and
>we were totally in for a spectacular show!!á It was incredible.á The
>drama, the music, the skill of the actors was amazing.á It truly was
>like a roller coaster ride from start to finish.á We got rained on, we
>got hugged and we danced and jumped around and played with the
>balloons.á I really can’t say enough about the show.á On piece of
>advice: dress down.á Wear jeans because you will get wet if you choose
>to participate in the show.á Let loose and have a fantastic time!
>
>Thanks for the newsletter Ted!

Nita Vandermark wrote (about De La Guarda):

>Experienced it.á Save your $’s.á Standing for 90
>minutes with loud noises and eery, creepy wet people
>meandering through the crowd and pawing some of the
>attendees, or being grabbed by bungee jumpers and
>wisked up and away.á Not my idea of a LV “show”.

I printed both of the above letters to demonstrate the range of opinions regarding De La Guarda. It is not a typical Las Vegas show in any respect, but more of an experience. As we noted in last week’s review of the show (archived at http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com/01-01-17.htm ), “While not sexual in nature, it is primal and stretches your imagination. It is for the young or young at heart and requires an open mind.” Jubilee or Folies Bergere is more in order for someone interested in a typical Las Vegas show.

Sarah Swain wrote:

>Hello,
>
>Having visited Vegas twice, the last time being at Christmas, it is
>great to receive all the latest news about the place, if not a little
>depressing that I’m not there!
>
>While I was there I went to see David Copperfield at the MGM, on
>Christmas eve.á It was completely amazing.á Even more thrilling was
>the fact that I was picked from the audience to take part in the show!
>Don’t know if you’ve seen it, but he changed the color of my pants
>with another girl!!
>
>Being a Journalism student, here in England, I was wondering if I
>could write a review for the page, and add to it my experience.
>(though I can’t tell you how he did it as I had to sign a secrecy
>contract!) – or maybe you are going to review it?
>
>Viva Las Vegas!

As we note at the end of this section, guest article submissions are always welcome. It doesn’t hurt to ask ahead of time as this newsletter has a pretty narrow focus (we cover very little that isn’t on the Strip or downtown, and only review regular or recurring shows and events). While we don’t provide compensation at this time, we do give you full credit if used.

Cheryl Hopkins wrote:

>I came on holiday last June to Las Vegas and had a
>fantastic time. I stayed in Caesars Palace which was great
>we also saw Gladys Knight she was very good. We only
>stayed for five nights so we had to see as much as we could
>in that time, saw all the entertainment out side many of the
>hotels on the strip the best one being the fountains at the
>Bellagio.
>
>We are coming again for two weeks in September this year
>and i cant wait…

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Your input is welcome. Write us a “letter to the editor” at mailto:[email protected] While space doesn’t permit publishing every letter, we do certainly read them all and they help shape our content. Please include your name if you wish to have it published (stating your city is optional). Also, guest article submissions are welcome with full credit to you, your website, etc., if accepted.



 

 


ONLINE POLL – What most influences which Las Vegas hotel you stay in? Let’s hear your opinion at http://www.accessvegas.com — results will be published in two weeks!

Results from last weeks poll “If money were no object, which high end show would you go see?”

O 31%
Siegfried and Roy 22%
Danny Gans 18%
Blue Man Group 14%
Mystere 13%

FREE CONTESTS:

RULES: (unless otherwise noted or link to outside contest): You may enter every contest, but only one entry to each. The 20’th entry in each contest will be the winner. Send a blank email to the specified email address — we’ll get your mailing address from you only if you win. Also, please do not enter if you have won within the past month.

Race Rock – Gives away caps, t-shirts, etc. from the Race Rock restaurant each month. Enter at http://www.racerock.com/racerock/giveaway.html and reach our Race Rock review archived at http://las-vegas-news-reviews.com/00-09-06.htm

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Have a request for a review? Boggled when you come to town and see the hundreds of dining, attraction, and show opportunities? Let us know what you’d like to hear about! Unlike the tourist magazines where all of the “articles” are really paid ads, we give you the honest scoop. If you appreciate this service, please consider booking your rooms and rental cars for ALL destinations with us at http://www.lodging.com/affiliates/us_reservations.cgi?remote=tedinvegas You get secure ordering with the convenience and savings of booking online!

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All contents copyright MMI Ted Newkirk. All Rights Reserved.
January 24, 2001 ISSN: 1529-2770

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – January 17, 2001

WELCOME to Access Vegas News and Reviews, now with subscribers in 45 countries around the world! This is the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com We talk about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about.

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This Issue: De La Guarda

Curious about a show, restaurant, or other Las Vegas attraction that looks fun? Let us review it for you first! Suggestions are always welcome at [email protected]



 

 


EDITORS NOTE: It was an interesting week in Las Vegas, with two straight days of rain and one lucky $9 million Megabucks winner. Despite a match that is failing to draw intense interest, SuperBowl weekend is shaping up to be as huge as ever so make sure you check out our link to the updated listings. Also, if you enjoy this newsletter, please take a few seconds and rate us at http://www.ezine-dir.com/cgi-bin/links/rate.cgi?ID=93

LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

SURVIVOR – A handful of local hotels have placed odds on who will win the new round of the CBS television show Survivor. The odds are for entertainment only, since Nevada law prohibits taking bets on events with a known outcome (which explains why you can’t bet wrestling, something that is frequently asked). Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-10-Wed-2001/news/15190913.html

SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING – Visitors and new residents are sometimes surprised to discover that you can ski and snowboard an hour from Las Vegas on beautiful Mt. Charleston. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-09-Tue-2001/living/15120727.html

SIEGFRIED & ROY – are rumored to be on the verge of signing a “lifetime” contract with the Mirage that will let them finish out their careers at the hotel that brought them their present wealth and fame. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-15-Mon-2001/news/15228696.html

HOT SPRINGS – About an hour east of town is a scenic and reasonable secluded area with two springs that well out of the desert. Full story and map at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-07-Sun-2001/living/15131923.html

ART BELL – The infamous late night talk host returns to the airwaves Feb. 5, broadcasting from his remote house in Pahrump, NV (about an hour west of Las Vegas). His show is heard on over 400 stations nationwide (you can’t flip around the AM dial late night without hearing him on 2-3 frequencies) and the show returns to flagship station KDWN 720 AM here in Las Vegas. KDWN is one of the many Las Vegas stations you can listen to online. We have a full list at http://www.accessvegas.com/tvradio.htm

NOT SMOG – That brown haze that hangs over Las Vegas is dust kicked up from the desert. It isn’t pretty, and we are in EPA violation over it. The desert is a naturally dusty environment and the onslaught of new construction kicks it up at a ferocious rate. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-13-Sat-2001/news/15221246.html

NEW YEARS EVE PHOTOS – It appears some people were confused and assumed that the five example photos were the only photos we posted. If you didn’t see all 30 photos, the photo tour starts at http://www.las-vegas-new-years-eve.com/01.htm

REGIS – broadcasts his show from The Rio this week (Tuesday – Friday). Check local listings for show times and channels.

MEGABUCKS HIT – at Harrah’s for $9 million. A US Airways flight attendant decided to do some gambling on her layover and made it a very profitable one. Full story at http://www.casinowire.com/archive/200101/2212.shtml

$25 HOTEL REBATE — you pick the hotel! Our partners at Hotel Reservations Network are giving you $25 back on any 2+ night stay in Las Vegas or any major city they reserve. Claiming your cash is simple:

1. Print out: http://www.accessvegas.com/100-rebate.htm
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3. Send in for your rebate when you get home.

It doesn’t get any easier than that, and you get their low price guarantee
to boot!



 

 


CONCERTS AND SHOWS:

SHOW REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* Legends of Comedy – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-12-Fri-2001/weekly/15173462.html

SHOWS – See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?amid=3230&cscheme=1

SuperBowl – More hotels have listed their SuperBowl parties. List at http://www.lasvegas.com/events/superbowl2001

Drew Carey’s Improv All Stars – comes to the MGM Jan. 25-28. Live performances on Jan. 27 will air live on Pay Per View. Tickets are $85 inclusive and on sale at (800) 929-1111 and MGM discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-strip-hotels.htm (MGM link).

Headliners – The following headliners have been added to our Shows and Headliners page at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-shows.htm : Don Rickles, George Carlin, Rodney Dangerfield, Carrot Top, Englebert Humperdink, Tom Jones, and David Copperfield.

RESTAURANT REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* Florida Cafe (Howard Johnson’s Strip) – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-03-Wed-2001/living/15095704.html

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LAS VEGAS WEATHER – This 5 day forecast is courtesy of Weather.Com:

Friday – 54/36 Mostly Cloudy
Saturday – 54/34 Mostly Cloudy
Sunday – 62/33 Partly Cloudy
Monday – 62/32 Partly Cloudy
Thursday – 62/33 Partly Cloudy

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FEATURE STORY: De La Guarda

de-la-guarda-rio.jpg (12198 bytes)DE LA GUARDA – This new show at The Rio defies all description, but I’m going to try! The show combines elements of carnival, rave, concert and theater. There is no dialogue, no star, and NO SEATS! Instead, the action and performers fly over your head in a loosely choreographed display. Later in the show, the cast actually mingles in the audience encouraging general happy excitement and dancing. Confetti, balloons, and manufactured rain contribute to the controlled and very entertaining chaos.

Most of the show takes place over your head. You walk into a dark theater surrounded in black with a paper ceiling over your head. The paper covers the entire show area, and is backlit to provide a unique landscape that lets the cast and technicians use sight and sound creating a buildup to a show that explodes from the sky.

The free flowing show uses electronic music and live vocal chants to stimulate the ears as a sharp contrast to the primal basics of water, balloons, unusual lighting variety and the human form to pleasure the eyes.

The beauty of the show is that you can make it out to be whatever you want. You can stand at the edge of the action and just take it all in (keeping clean and dry) or you can surge to the center of the crowd and dance in rave fashion soaking in the “rain” and excitement. While not sexual in nature, it is primal and stretches your imagination. It is for the young or young at heart and requires an open mind. If you still enjoy a good rollercoaster ride, you will probably enjoy this show.

De La Guarda plays Tuesday – Saturday at 9:00 PM with an additional Saturday night show at 11:30 PM. Tickets are $45 plus tax and available by calling 702-252-7776 Casual attire is encouraged.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Jean Haka of Waukesha WI wrote:

>Hi Ted!!!
>
>Just a short note today on our wonderful New Years Las Vegas
>experience!á We arrived in Las Vegas on December 30 from the snowy
>Midwest — were happy to just to be in the warmest place in the nation
>for over New Year’s!á Yes, and we broke the rules and brought our 2
>kids along, but both are teens / almost teens and have been to Las Vegas
>before.á (Also, being an airline employee, they’re used to traveling
>and have been to Vegas 2 times before). I was prepared for massive
>crowds and waits to play the slot machines etc., but I was surprised
>that I could get to almost any slot that I wanted, the crowds didn’t
>overwhelm us and we had a great time!á We stayed at the Flamingo which
>worked out well especially on the night of New Year’s Eve.á Whenever
>we go with the kids, it is a different type of vacation than when just
>the hubby and myself go — visited Madame T’ s Celebrity “Wax”
>Encounter — it is amazing!!!á Also went to the top of the Stratosphere
>with the kids — well worth it!á Did the malls at Venetian and MGM, too.
>Had a great time!á The night of the fireworks we started out down by
>the Luxor — thinking that it would be less crowded down there and a
>better view up the strip.á We decided to relocate closer to our hotel
>about 10 PM and took the monorail back to Bally’s.á We ended up
>standing in front of Ballys in the plaza area with some other local
>families with kids, too.á There were a ton of police and security all
>over — so we all felt safe.á We did NOT venture out onto the street
>itself, which was closed and packed with people–mostly the
>twenty-somethings and all having a great time!á We enjoyed the
>fireworks — it was great to be part of the biggest party in the world
>for New Year’s Eve for the REAL millennium and the kids really enjoyed
>it, too!á Then we just had to fight the crowds going across the street
>and back to our hotel and get an elevator up to our room along with
>the hundreds of others all doing the same thing!á We returned back to
>the snowy mid-west on January 3 — I’d say that by Jan.á2 almost half
>of the original NY Eve guests were gone–but some were starting to
>come in for the big electronics convention the following weekend.á I
>was amazed that when we were walking back to the Flamingo after the
>fireworks had ended how many of the crowd were walking down the street
>back to cars etc. — I’d say that over 50% of the crowd was walking away
>from the strip!!!á (Does anyone stay in California to celebrate the
>holidays — do they all come to Las Vegas?) But over-all it was great!
>I’d do it again — with or without the kids!

Glad you had a great time. There isn’t anywhere quite like Las Vegas for New Year’s Eve! My continued strong warnings about bringing children to Las Vegas aren’t anti-child or meant to be a blanket statement. It is a warning for first-time visitors under the false impression that this is a family town. While Las Vegas was only marketed as a family destination for a couple of years in the early 90’s, the general media continues to perpetuate the myth.

Many of our readers are gleaning information for their first ever visit and to them I continue to advise coming without the children. After a visit, you can then decide if your children’s ages and interests are conducive to what Las Vegas has to offer, and more importantly, if you are willing to think about the arrangements ahead of time so that both parents have the time to gamble if they wish.

Ken Armstrong of Ontario, Canada wrote:

>Look forward very much to your newsletter.á We have been to Vegas each
>year for the past eleven years & booked our trip for this year today.
>We have always stayed at the Stardust as we bring other couples with
>us and they find it easy to find their way around there.á Good
>location, nice clean rooms, good restaurants & the new buffet is
>great.á We liked the old Warehouse (buffet) but things change.á The staff at
>the stardust are all just great people.á My question is regarding the
>Frontier hotel. On our last visit there was talk of a new building
>replacing it & as I check construction news etc., I find no mention of
>it.áPerhaps you can help.áKeep up the good work & thanks for
>keeping people informed.

Plans to remodel or implode the Frontier were put on hold a few months ago in light of a softening economy and tighter financing market.

Mark Basingstoke of Hants, England wrote:

>ááááááááááááááááááá I have been receiving your news letter for over a
>year now and think the content and advice you give is first class.á I
>went to Vegas for the first time in Jan. last year for 4 days and I was
>hooked.á We then went for 10 days in Sept which was absolutely
>fantastic, I just love the place.á My girlfriend and I are planning
>another 2 or 3 breaks there year.á One will be New Years Eve (enjoyed
>your photo’s) we cannot make up our mind about other times.á Do they
>have any major celebration’s for 4th July as this is one time we are
>thinking of coming over.á Keep up the excellent work.

New Year’s Eve is unique in the total closing down of The Strip, and this is the first time in over a decade that there have been fireworks (although talk is strong of making it a yearly tradition). American holidays like July 4’th, Memorial Day, Labor Day, et. al. are just very, very crowded and expensive weekends. While Las Vegas has a number of July 4’th fireworks displays, the only one near The Strip has been at the Stratosphere, and not the overwhelming type of display we had on New Year’s. With the exception of New Year’s, I’d plan your vacation away from the crowded holiday weekends.

Wendy Prior wrote:

>I would just like to write and thank you for the comprehensive news
>bulletin on Las Vegas and for all the hard work you so readily put in.
>Again this is greatly appreciated.
>
>I will be visiting Las Vegas in the first week of June and your
>bulletin has allowed us to obtain the optimum stay.

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Your input is welcome. Write us a “letter to the editor” at [email protected] While space doesn’t permit publishing every letter, we do certainly read them all and they help shape our content. Please include your name if you wish to have it published (stating your city is optional). Also, guest article submissions are welcome with full credit to you, your website, etc., if accepted.


Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Scenic Southwest Tours – by plane, bus, or even helicopter! You’ve seen the glossy ads in the tourist brochures. You’ve thought about it. You come all the way to Las Vegas — why not see one of the some of the most famous landmarks in the world! Don’t by tricked by web sites & magazines that offer discount tours. Taxes, park fees, permits can almost double the price. Our prices are inclusive – no hidden charges! Best Las Vegas Tours


ONLINE POLL – If money were no object, which high end show would you go see? Let’s hear your opinion at http://www.accessvegas.com — results will be published next week!

FREE CONTESTS:

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Weatherbug – Download Weatherbug and you are entered to win a free Las Vegas vacation when you register. Weatherbug is a great program that give you up-to-the-second updates on the weather conditions in your area using the same weather stations the TV news uses. More info at http://ww2.weatherbug.com/aff/default.asp?zcode=Z3390&DoCheck=True

Free Helicopter Tour – Win a Free Las Vegas “Strip” Helicopter flight for two. Enter at http://www.maverickhelicopter.com/enter.htm

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AIRFARE SPECIALS – This area will appear whenever we come across airlines offering Las Vegas specials. We can’t sell you a room unless you can get here! Please remember (as with any special), fares are restricted and subject to availability:

Vanguard Air – Is returning to serving the Las Vegas market on April 1 with fare specials. Check http://www.flyvanguard.com/pressreleasedetail.asp?ID=148 for details

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Have a request for a review? Boggled when you come to town and see the hundreds of dining, attraction, and show opportunities? Let us know what you’d like to hear about! Unlike the tourist magazines where all of the “articles” are really paid ads, we give you the honest scoop. If you appreciate this service, please consider booking your rooms and rental cars for ALL destinations with us at http://www.lodging.com/affiliates/us_reservations.cgi?remote=tedinvegas You get secure ordering with the convenience and savings of booking online!

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New to the list? Back issues and subscription info can be found on the web at: http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com

Don’t hesitate to forward this newsletter to friends and associates, or better yet click here: http://www.recommend-it.com/l.z.e?s=826126 to recommend it to friends with a chance to win $10,000!

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January 17, 2001 ISSN: 1529-2770

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – January 10, 2001

WELCOME to Access Vegas News and Reviews, now with subscribers in over 40 countries around the world! This is the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com We talk about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about.

This weekly newsletter is free and only sent to those who request it. If you receive this by mistake, unsubscribe information is at the bottom. Feel free to forward this to friends and associates in its entirely. To subscribe, simply send a blank email to [email protected]

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* Best Tours/Rates for Grand Canyon, Hoover, more: http://www.accessvegas.com/tours

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HOTEL SPECIAL – Harrah’s Las Vegas from $59.95 a night! This deluxe casino hotel is located in the heart of the strip across from Mirage and Caesar’s Palace. Some of the features include a state of the art fitness center with sauna, Olympic size pool, whirlpool and much more. This rate is subject to limited availability and is subject to change without notice. To view more information, Click Here: http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-discounts.htm

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This Issue: 01.01.01



EDITORS NOTE: The newsletter is packed, the photos are online (see feature story). The De La Guarda review has been in a holding pattern over the holidays but I’ll have it next week and we’ll be back to a new review every week. In the words of infamous boxing referee Mills Lane, “Let’s Get It On!”

LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

SUPER BOWL PARTIES – The Super Bowl brings more testosterone to Las Vegas than any other weekend. Every bar, every lounge, every TV everywhere is tuned to the big game. Many of the hotels throw “all inclusive” parties where the price of admission gets you all you can eat and drink. The R-J has these listed at http://www.lasvegas.com/events/superbowl2001 If you are looking to go crazy betting the game, we suggest the Imperial Palace. They put up a pile of interesting and wacky side bets that must be seen to be believed.

HERE WE GO AGAIN – A group of investors has plans on the drawing board to build a 40 story megaresort across the Strip from Mandalay Bay. Virgin Atlantic’s Richard Branson is considering throwing his hat into the project, which is having some problems acquiring the remaining few parcels needed to pull off the project. Stories at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-03-Wed-2001/business/15149127.html and http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-04-Thu-2001/business/15159717.html

ELVIS – would have turned 66 a few days ago, and AP just did an article on The King’s continuing popularity here in Las Vegas at http://www.journalstar.com/nation?story_id=3033&date=20010108&past=

TAKE THE TRAIN? – A couple of years ago, Amtrak abandoned service to Las Vegas, which (as part of a longer route) only operated three times a week with a 7.5 hour ride between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. However, they have been hard at work to restart daily LA – Vegas service using faster equipment and special stretches of double track allowing the fast passenger trains to pass slower freight service. The money for the new trains and track improvements are available, and the new trains are reported to be plush and have the latest entertainment and amenities.

The delay? The planned 22 mile long passing siding is in the Mojave National Preserve, home to a tortoise that has been listed as a “threatened” species. Although adding another set of rails beside a present rail line would seem to have minimal additional impact, government environmental red tape threatens to delay the project for many months. Full story at http://www.latimes.com/travel/vegas/lat_amtrak001217.htm So, our friends from Southern California continued to be hampered by an 8 hour drive on the weekends or crowded air flights to come visit.

WE’RE #1 – Besides having the biggest fireworks display for New Year’s Eve, we are #1 in another category. It came as little surprise that Nevada was the fastest growing state in the nation for the past decade. Our growth of 66% far outpaced neighbors Arizona (#2 with 40%) and Utah (#4 with 29%). Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Dec-29-Fri-2000/news/15126494.html

SLOTS – When you make your way through the slot jungle, have you ever wondered the “what’s” and “why’s” of slot placement and who decides? The R-J recently had an interview with the VP of Slots for Coast Resorts at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Dec-31-Sun-2000/business/15119724.html

LAUNDRY – While you are wondering … what does happen to the linen at a resort with 5000 rooms? Find out at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Dec-26-Tue-2000/living/14787173.html

$25 HOTEL REBATE — you pick the hotel! Our partners at Hotel Reservations Network are giving you $25 back on any 2+ night stay in Las Vegas or any major city they reserve. Claiming your cash is simple:

1. Print out: http://www.accessvegas.com/100-rebate.htm
2. Book a room online at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-discounts.htm
3. Send in for your rebate when you get home.

It doesn’t get any easier than that, and you get their low price guarantee
to boot!

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CONCERTS AND SHOWS:

SHOWS – See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?amid=3230&cscheme=1

Second City – comedy troupe have confirmed plans to start playing The Flamingo in March, replacing the long-running “Forever Plaid.” Details at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-10-Wed-2001/living/15200323.html

SHOW REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* David Brenner – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-05-Fri-2001/weekly/15096137.html

SHOWS AND HEADLINER – listings available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-shows.htm
CONCERT – listings available anytime at http://www.accessvegas.com/entertainment/index.htm

5 Star Awards – Picasso (Bellagio) and Renoir (Mirage) each repeated the honor of receiving the Mobil Travel Guide 2001 Five-Star Award. These are given to a handful of restaurants around the country (17 this year) who exemplify fine dining. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-10-Wed-2001/living/15195910.html

RESTAURANT REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* Harley-Davidson Cafe (on the Strip) – http://www.lvcitylife.com/dining/stories/01010401d.html
* Mortoni’s (Hard Rock) – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Dec-27-Wed-2000/living/15083266.html
* Tommy’s Rib & Steak House (Algiers) – http://www.lvcitylife.com/dining/stories/00121401d.html

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LAS VEGAS WEATHER – This 5 day forecast is courtesy of Weather.Com:

Thursday – 55/43 Showers
Friday – 50/33 Showers
Saturday – 53/30 Partly Cloudy
Sunday – 53/29 Partly Cloudy
Monday – 54/29 Partly Cloudy

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FEATURE STORY: 01.01.01

The New Year came in with a big bang, literally. A fireworks show called the “Big Bang” simultaneously went off from the roofs of 14 casinos up and down The Strip. Each of the hotels looked like a Roman candle going off with sparks flying everywhere. This was accompanied by loud and constant “concussion bomb” explosions that literally rocked The Strip.

At a time when much of the US was unfortunately freezing, buried in snow, and many without power, New Year’s Eve dawned beautiful and sunny. Temperatures were in the mid-60’s during the day and remained in the mid-40’s leading up to midnight. The crowds were unprecedented, with estimates ranging from 300-350,000, and Metro (Police) reporting by 10 PM that the entire length of the Strip was completely closed to traffic.

There was no shortage of news coverage, both locally and around the world on networks like CNN. We had our brand new Sony Mavica FD-85 digital camera out on The Strip. (My thanks to those readers who recommended it to me a few months ago when I asked for info on a digital that handles low light well.) Despite the throngs of people and general merriment, we managed to get 30 great photos of the fireworks, the crowds, the crazies, the ladies and The Strip on this unique evening. We also have listed links to other photos and stories:

ACCESS VEGAS NEW YEARS EVE PHOTOS (30 photos) – http://www.las-vegas-new-years-eve.com

R-J story “2001: A Vegas Odyssey” (7 photos) – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-01-Mon-2001/news/15142507.html
R-J story “`Big Bang’ not a bust” – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-02-Tue-2001/news/15144938.html
KTNV story (2 photos, video link doesn’t work) – http://www.ktnv.com/news/jan01/toplv2001.asp
R-J spectacular photo of hotels ablaze – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Jan-02-Tue-2001/news/15144938.html

The only sour note? An unnamed hotel executive was quoted lamenting the money spent on a celebration which drew heavily on the 20-something crowd. Generally speaking, casinos prefer to fill the town with a crowd that is a little more established and mature (read: has more disposable income). This is probably one of the same morons who a few years ago questioned the need for hotels to have websites or facilitate booking rooms online. (Las Vegas has always been way behind the online curve, and it didn’t dawn on these guys that parts of the rest of the world are using the internet to find information and buy things 4-5 years ago.)

Note to casino executives: Credit card companies advertise all over college campuses, trying to get their cards into the hands of those with no money. Why? Because someday those students will be making the big bucks, and still using that card. Vegas “ain’t no different.” These 20-somethings had a great time, went home and each told 20 friends how cool Vegas is, and will be back year after year with more and more money to enjoy themselves with. (End of rant.)

Did you come here for New Years? If you did, we want to hear from you! What part of The Strip were you on, what did you see, and what did you think? If you had to drive to The Strip (from an off Strip hotel or home), what time did you go and where did you park? As noted last newsletter, I suggested people get down there before 6 PM as the side streets fill up and hotels start to only allow guests to park in the garages.

I can only be in one place at a time so it would be great to hear what things were like all up and down The Strip. Also, if you have any photos you would allow us to put online, please attach them! Write us at [email protected]


Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Scenic Southwest Tours – by plane, bus, or even helicopter! You’ve seen the glossy ads in the tourist brochures. You’ve thought about it. You come all the way to Las Vegas — why not see one of the some of the most famous landmarks in the world! Don’t by tricked by web sites & magazines that offer discount tours. Taxes, park fees, permits can almost double the price. Our prices are inclusive – no hidden charges! Best Las Vegas Tours


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Kit Lindsay ( http://www.lindsaytransmission.com ) of Warrensburg, Missouri wrote:

>Denise and I were there for the holiday, and saw the Blue Man group at
>Luxor for the first time.á We have seen almost every show in Vegas and
>I have to say up until last Sunday night I thought that Mystere’ at
>Treasure Island was the best show in town.á Now I think it is a toss
>up between the Blue Men and Mystere’.á We couldn’t decide how we were
>going to describe it to friends that we will recommend it to, finally
>settling on “Fabulous musicians that play very interesting
>instruments, allot of percussion and sound effects and no speaking.
>Lots of laughs and audience participation.Ӈ I hope this accurately
>describes the show and encourages others to see it.á It is GREAT!!
>
>Before we visit Vegas each time we always consult your newsletter and
>I don’t remember seeing the review for the Blue Men, but I may have
>missed it.á We visit Vegas two to three times a year and usually see
>two shows per visit.á I also have to say that we have yet to see “O”
>and hope to send you a personal opinion on that one after April’s
>visit.
>
>Still have to say that the Palace Station is the best place to
>stay/gamble as there are fewer children, and the restaurants serve
>”regular food” like you usually eat at home.á I don’t eat lobster and
>prime rib at home, and don’t want to eat it at every meal on vacation
>either.á I am probably the exception, however.á I do think that Vegas
>is getting overcrowded with folks that should leave the kiddies at
>home until they are adults, but that is another issue to discuss.
>
>Thanks again for all your hard work on the Vegas News and Reviews.

Blue Man is on the short list. I have been meaning to review it for quite some time as its popularity is soaring. I have their CD and have been addicted to the unique pulsing rhythmical music. I have yet to hear one negative comment about the show, and it is a top seller on our shows page at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-shows.htm If anyone wants a free preview of the music, go to the Blue Man Group page at Amazon for free click-and-play song samples: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000038A2S/invegascom (My fave is song #5 “Rods and Cones”).

This week’s new poll asks everyone which show they would go see if money were no object so don’t forget to go to http://www.accessvegas.com and vote.

You hit the nail on the head about the kids. I was SHOCKED at how many strollers and mothers holding babies I saw this New Year’s Eve. These people paid a premium for rooms, airfare (or fought traffic heavy traffic flowing in for the weekend), and were exposing their kids to noisy fireworks and 1/3 million tipsy revealers. My advice to parents? Do the family vacation with Walt Disney. Come to Vegas sans the kids for fun and romance.

David and Jennifer Parker from Wales in the UK wrote,

>Hello, My wife and I visited your city from Dec.á 3rd to Dec.á 10th.
>Your e-mail information prior to the trip was excellent and gave us a
>great insight to the area and made getting around much easier.á Las
>Vegas was everything we were told about only better. We hope to be back
>in the near future.

Good to hear you had a great time! I still have a hard time grasping the worldwide readership (this internet thing, what a concept, huh). But, I think info like this is even more imperative to those of you who have to fly 12-18 hours or more and spend serious money to come visit our crazy city.

Dale Jackson wrote:

>Thank you for your wonderful newsletter and web site on my favorite
>vacation spot, Las Vegas!á I know you probably get lots of these kind
>of letters.á I hope you can stand to read one more.á (I’ll keep it
>short!) I just wanted to express my appreciation and gratitude for all
>of your hard work in keeping all of us out here in cyberspace informed
>about the latest goings on in Vegas.á I live in Beaverton, Or.á and
>your newsletters help to warm up cold and rainy nights by temporarily
>transporting me to a warmer and brighter place.á Once again, from the
>bottom of my heart, Thank You!

I always appreciate the kind words, and as a native Oregonian (sorry Notre Dame and Texas fans) who gets up your way frequently, I can appreciate what it is like to come see our Las Vegas sunshine!

Matt Schafer wrote:

>Ted, My wife and I visited Las Vegas for the first time earlier this
>year.á I have a question.á Those people at the hotel that ask you if
>you will be in town the next day (meaning, from what I gather: Will
>you be around that evening to go to a show?) and they want to give you
>information about shows at specific hotels (Bally’s and MGM come to
>mind).á Each time this happened we politely declined thinking that it
>may be some sort of way to “trick” us into something.á What are these
>people trying to “sell” us?á Should they be listened to?á Do they have
>good deals on the shows?á We would like to know for a return trip
>sometime in the future.á Thanks, and keep up the good work.

They want to waste a couple of hours of your valuable time to pitch you on a time-share. When you add up what your time is worth here (airfare, hotel, etc.) you are better off avoiding the hassle. They best way to avoid them is to tell them you are leaving tonight, or split up with your significant other until you get past them (they generally don’t pitch single people).

Lisa wrote:

>á I have seen on TV many times a place the locals call the “casino
>graveyard” where all the old neon signs are.á Where is this place and
>is it open to the public ?á I would love to see it.á Any info you give
>would be helpful.

The signs that have been refurbished and are operating are at the East end of the Fremont St. Experience downtown (by Race Rock, etc.) There is a yard in another part of town where a bunch are stored awaiting restoration (or just collecting dust — nothing rusts in the desert), but to my knowledge it is not open to the public.

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Your input is welcome. Write us a “letter to the editor” at [email protected] While space doesn’t permit publishing every letter, we do certainly read them all and they help shape our content. Please include your name if you wish to have it published (stating your city is optional). Also, guest article submissions are welcome with full credit to you, your website, etc., if accepted.


Rental Cars – Don’t pay top dollar! Enter the dates of your visit and compare prices from virtually every major rental car agency (most US cities). Book the lowest price company or your regular agency. Save the hassle and some money – Car Rental Savings Search. Few regret renting a car. Free shuttles and city bus rides can be slow and smelly. Taxis can cost what a rental car costs. Your vacation time is valuable — make the most out of it!


ONLINE POLL – If money were no object, which high end show would you go see? Let’s hear your opinions at http://www.accessvegas.com — results will be published in two weeks!

Results from last weeks poll “If you fly, which airline do you usually fly to Las Vegas?”

Southwest 38%
Other 17%
National 10%
America Trans (ATA) 7%
Delta 7%
Alaska 6%
Northwest 5%
United 5%
TWA 0%
US Airways 0%

FREE CONTESTS:

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Have a request for a review? Boggled when you come to town and see the hundreds of dining, attraction, and show opportunities? Let us know what you’d like to hear about! Unlike the tourist magazines where all of the “articles” are really paid ads, we give you the honest scoop. If you appreciate this service, please consider booking your rooms and rental cars for ALL destinations with us at http://www.lodging.com/affiliates/us_reservations.cgi?remote=tedinvegas You get secure ordering with the convenience and savings of booking online!

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New to the list? Back issues and subscription info can be found on the web at: http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com

Don’t hesitate to forward this newsletter to friends and associates, or better yet click here: http://www.recommend-it.com/l.z.e?s=826126 to recommend it to friends with a chance to win $10,000!

Please ask for permission before reproducing the content in any
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All contents copyright MM Ted Newkirk. All Rights Reserved.
January 10, 2001 ISSN: 1529-2770

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – December 27, 2000

WELCOME to Access Vegas News and Reviews, now with subscribers in over 40 countries around the world! This is the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com We talk about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about.

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* Best Tours/Rates for Grand Canyon, Hoover, more: http://www.accessvegas.com/tours

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This Issue: New Year’s Eve Info and Webcams

Curious about a show, restaurant, or other Las Vegas attraction that looks fun? Let us review it for you first! Suggestions are always welcome at [email protected]


 


EDITORS NOTE: Where did 2000 go? It seems like yesterday we were celebrating 2000, told our computers (and life as we knew it) would grind to a halt, and Las Vegas was reeling from embarrassment for the Millennium New Year’s Eve BUST. 365 days later, we are ready to make amends. Whether you are going to be here or just catch some of the action online, we have all the info you need this week.LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

HARLEY-DAVIDSON – has inked a deal with slot maker IGT to put the infamous motorcycle manufacturer’s logo on a line of slot machines. These machines will also feature motorcycle engine noises, which has to be an improvement to the “Wheel of Fortune” sound you hear droning through a casino every 30 seconds. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Dec-22-Fri-2000/business/15090821.html

RED ROCK CANYON – This area of amazing desert scenery is only about a half hour from the Strip and well worth the drive. The 13 mile scenic loop takes you through multicolored cliffs as well as a great lookout point. Getting there is simple: Head to Charleston Blvd. (just a few blocks north of Stratosphere) and head west about 15 miles. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Dec-03-Sun-2000/living/14897424.html Don’t have a car? We have Red Rock Canyon tours at http://www.accessvegas.com/tours

LAS VEGAS FOR DUMMIES – This turned out to be a solid book on book on Las Vegas that doesn’t pull any punches. You can read a recent review at http://www.lvcitylife.com/News/stories/00121404n.html and it is available for $12.79 from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0764561626/invegascom

WWF HOTEL – Every couple of weeks, someone writes and asks me about the state of the (former) Debbie Reynolds Hotel on Convention Center drive. The World Wrestling Federation bought the property to turn it into a themed resort with live TV production from the property. However, with their involvement in the XFL and their concerns about the location, they sold it (at a profit, mind you — about an 8% return on their investment). Full story on the new owners at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Dec-27-Wed-2000/business/15110931.html

$25 HOTEL REBATE — you pick the hotel! Our partners at Hotel Reservations Network are giving you $25 back on any 2+ night stay in Las Vegas or any major city they reserve. Claiming your cash is simple:

1. Print out: http://www.accessvegas.com/100-rebate.htm
2. Book a room online at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-discounts.htm
3. Send in for your rebate when you get home.

It doesn’t get any easier than that, and you get their low price guarantee
to boot!


 


CONCERTS AND SHOWS:SHOWS – See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?amid=3230&cscheme=1

SHOW REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* David Brenner – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Dec-22-Fri-2000/weekly/15061420.html
* Bill Acosta – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Dec-01-Fri-2000/weekly/14915174.html
* Houdini Lives Again – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Dec-22-Fri-2000/weekly/15049202.html

SHOWS AND HEADLINER – listings available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-shows.htm
CONCERT – listings available anytime at http://www.accessvegas.com/entertainment/index.htm

RESTAURANT REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* Eiffel Tower Restaurant (Paris) – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Dec-22-Fri-2000/weekly/15064047.html
* Hollywood Brown Derby (MGM) – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Dec-13-Wed-2000/living/14921056.html
* Le Cirque (Bellagio) – http://lasvegas.citysearch.com/profile?id=7023142&fid=2

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Note: Our hearts go out to those of you in areas of the Southern U.S. who are getting hit hard by snow and ice storms not common to the area. For you our New Year’s wishes are power, water, and warmer temperatures.

LAS VEGAS WEATHER – This 5 day forecast is courtesy of Weather.Com:

Thursday – 66/39 Mostly Sunny
Friday – 71/38 Mostly Sunny
Saturday – 68/39 Mostly Sunny
Sunday – 65/34 Mostly Sunny
Monday – 61/32 Partly Cloudy

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FEATURE STORY: New Year’s Eve Info and Webcams

NEW YEAR’S EVE – is just about here and things are shaping up nicely. The resorts skipped on the high priced entertainment, finally figuring out that people come to Las Vegas for New Year’s Eve to PARTY. Last year, the Visitors Authority spent their budget on advertising. This year, they are blowing it on the fireworks show. If you are within driving distance of Las Vegas, you can still nail sub-$100 a night rooms around town at decent hotel and motels. Check http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-discounts.htm for rates.

If you don’t mind the crowds and partiers, The Strip is the only place to be for this one-of-a-kind celebration. Forget New York City and Times Square, where reports note that you have to show up at dawn on the 31’st to nail a good spot and public drinking is frowned on. (BTW, for any math buffs, do us a favor: take the number of people reported to attend the Times Square ball drop and divide it by the number of blocks of roads barricaded off for these people. With apologies to our friends in the Big Apple, our best magicians couldn’t squeeze the reported number of people into the reported area).

If it sounds like we have a rivalry with Times Square, you are close. We were encroaching on their claim to fame as the most popular U.S. New Year’s Eve destination until last year when the Visitors Authority and hotels sat on their thumbs and did … nothing … for New Years (sans Paris Las Vegas which dropped confetti off their Eiffel Tower). We WILL eventually claim the mantle, but now we get to play catch-up. Oh, and we are!

We are going to have $500,000 worth of fireworks going off over a 10 minute period starting at midnight and stretching almost 4 miles, so anywhere between Mandalay Bay and The Stratosphere is going to be hot. If you love crowds, get towards the center Strip (Flamingo). Need some air? Head away from that area until the crowds thin out (generally south of Tropicana and north of Sands / Spring Mountain [Treasure Island]). Just don’t bring glass containers or get out of line, and you can drink what you want. In fact, vendors were selling beer on the street last year. Oh, and restrooms (porta-potties): they are usually up by Treasure Island and down near Holiday Inn Boardwalk.

If you are staying elsewhere, and need to drive down to the Strip, it is wise to get parked by about 6 PM (either in a hotel garage or side street) BUT hey, it’s the Strip! I can think of few better places to spend a few hours of growing anticipation.

The fireworks show will be choreographed and synchronized to music simulcast by KLUC-FM 98.5 and KMXB-FM 94.1 (either one — bring your Walkman). Unfortunately, neither of those stations broadcast over the internet, but if you can’t make it here, you won’t be entirely left out in the cold. Las Vegas and The Strip have a record number of live webcams this year, and one is even a streaming cam! We’ve got them all linked at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-webcams.htm My advice? Try the first one listed (SmartConnect.Net — Flamingo and The Strip streaming). It is very new and few know about it, so it is likely to have the fastest response.

Crowds really start to pick up around 9 PM and center and south parts of The Strip are usually completely closed to traffic by 10 PM with the rest of it to follow quickly. By 11 PM (Pacific Time) you should be able to view the crowds and throngs of people. It is quite a site!

Even though I am a veteran of many of these Strip celebrations, I’m getting excited just thinking about it. I’m enjoying Christmas with my family in the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon but my Alaska Airlines ticket says PDX – LAS, Dec. 30, 2000. I wouldn’t miss this one for the world and hope you can enjoy it either in person or online. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2001!


 


Note: I want to thank each and every one that sent an e-card or note over the holidays. I’m happy to have a job where I help others make the most of their vacation. I am printing a letter that is representative of the many I received.LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Ian from England wrote:

>Thank you for sending me your Christmas Greeting card it was brilliant, we
>all had a lovely quiet Christmas here in England – guess what it actually
>snowed on Christmas Day it looked like a picture postcard.á I am afraid our
>scenery here in Sheffield is not as stunningá as The Nevada Desert!!!áá We
>only got back from Las Vegas on 29.11.00, so it is all still fresh in our
>memory.á We had a brilliant time there, our 5’th visit in the last three
>years, I am afraid we have all got the Vegas Bug!á We love everything, the
>shows, the entertainment in the hotel lounges, the food, the scenery and all
>those shops – it is our paradise!!!áá We are hoping to come out again, maybe
>in February if we can get the flights arranged to suit.á Thank You once again
>for sending me all the info in your newsletters, I can’t wait to read them!!!!
>Merry Christmas once again, Happy New Year 2001!
>Maybe one day I will get to meet you!

I enjoy meeting other Las Vegas “fanatics” but unfortunately, my schedule living and working in Las Vegas is usually as rigid as a visitors is fluid. Because the odds are that a number of subscribers are in town at any given time, I am giving thought to experimenting with “meet and greets” starting later this year. Nothing formal or time consuming — just times and dates in a central, casual location (probably a casino lounge on the Strip) where readers who are in town can stop by, say hello, and compare real time notes with like minded people. I’ll keep you posted.

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Your input is welcome. Write us a “letter to the editor” at [email protected] While space doesn’t permit publishing every letter, we do certainly read them all and they help shape our content. Please include your name if you wish to have it published (stating your city is optional). Also, guest article submissions are welcome with full credit to you, your website, etc., if accepted.

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ONLINE POLL – If you fly, which airline do you usually fly to Las Vegas? Let’s hear your opinions at http://www.accessvegas.com — results will be published first week of 2001!

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December 27, 2000 ISSN: 1529-2770

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