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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – October 20, 1999

 

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October 20, 1999

Welcome to In-Vegas News and Reviews! This is the newsletter that talks about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about. This is not spam. If you receive this by mistake, unsubscribe information is at the bottom. Please forward this to friends who may enjoy it, but only in it’s entirety.

This is the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com Quality Las Vegas Tourist Information – Hotels, Casinos, Insider Tips, and more. If it’s about Las Vegas, it’s In-Vegas.Com!

Book Online and Save – Easy and Secure with Instant Confirmation on our sister sites:

Discount Rooms for Las Vegas, Reno, Tahoe: http://www.accessvegas.com
Nationwide Discount Hotels: http://www.lodging.com/affiliates/us_reservations.cgi?remote=tedinvegas
Discount Rental Cars – All Cities: http://www.travelnow.com/cars/search.jsp?cid=2005
Best Tours/Rates for Grand Canyon, Hoover, more: http://www.accessvegas.com/tours

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We are going to be on vacation for the next week and weren’t able to get to the Steve Wyrick Magic Show yet. That review will run in 2 weeks. In the meantime, if you were thinking about going, we have heard good things about it.

This Issue: Restaurant Reviews by Guest Columnist Les Kincaid

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


LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

O – at Bellagio is one year old and since we won’t be reviewing what we understand is a fantastic show before the end of this year, you may with to read a recent review at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Oct-15-Fri-1999/weekly/12131726.html and Bellagio discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-strip-hotels.htm (Bellagio link).

ET PHONE HOME – Nevada made news a couple of years ago by designating State Route 375 the “Extraterrestrial Highway.” If this sort of thing appeals to you, it’s an easy 2 1/2 hour drive from Las Vegas and you can see photos, get directions and read a detailed story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Oct-03-Sun-1999/lifestyles/12051609.html

TITANIC – The Rio will be displaying artifacts salvaged from the Titanic starting early next month. Details as they become available, story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Oct-07-Thu-1999/business/12098890.html and Rio discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/rooms/las-vegas-hotel-reservations-strip-area.htm (Rio link).

NEW YEARS EVE LAS VEGAS ROOMS – are still available! Call Hotel Reservations Network at (800) 666-5268 for a free price quote! NOTE: You MUST stay on the line until you get a person. HRN is NOT booking these specific dates online. We will be leaving this notice up as long as rooms continue to be available, but they are starting to go fast.

WINNERS! – Cheryl Erickson of Snohomish, WA won this weeks pass for four to Casino Legends Hall of Fame. Jackie Bovee-Petruska of Conover, WI won the Tropicana playing cards. Patricia McDonough of Denver, CO and Jeannine Warren of Natrona Heights, PA were the winners of the Folies Bergere programs. Gail McCauley of Toronto, Ontario won the 2 free passes to Houdini Lives Again.

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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

Want to see which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet? ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143

ART21 LAS VEGAS – Billed as an international premier art fair on the west coast for 1999, this show at the MGM will have 70,000 sq. ft. of sculptures, paintings, glass, and graphics representing 18,000 artists with over 4000 works of fine art from around the world. It runs November 3-6. A one day pass is $10 and a three day pass is $20. Tickets are available at the door and MGM discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-strip-hotels.htm (MGM link).


FEATURE STORY: Restaurant Reviews by Guest Columnist Les Kincaid

 

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Thai Spice

 


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:

Jim Depew wrote:

 

> By the way, the wife and I will be in Las Vegas for the News Years
>Celebration, but we’ll be staying at the Mt. Charleston Hotel on the
>mountain. Anyone who’ll be there, and has any suggestions, drop me a note:
> [email protected]

Lucille & Bob Olsen wrote:

 

 

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Your input is welcome. Want to hear more about a subject? Don’t agree with something we said? Write us a “letter to the editor” at [email protected] Guest article submissions are also 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!


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 pull out our own wallet and give you the honest scoop. If you appreciate this service, please consider booking your rooms and rental cars for ALL destinations with us.

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New to the list? Back issues 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,
but please ask for permission before reproducing the content in any
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You may subscribe to this newsletter by going to:
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[email protected]

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All contents copyright 1999 Ted Newkirk
October 20, 1999

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – October 13, 1999

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October 13, 1999

Welcome to In-Vegas News and Reviews! This is the newsletter that talks about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about. This is not spam. If you receive this by mistake, unsubscribe information is at the bottom. Please forward this to friends who may enjoy it, but only in it’s entirety.

Book Online and Save – Easy and Secure with Instant Confirmation on our sister sites:

Discount Rooms for Las Vegas, Reno, Tahoe: http://www.accessvegas.com
Nationwide Discount Hotels: http://www.lodging.com/affiliates/us_reservations.cgi?remote=tedinvegas
Discount Rental Cars – All Cities: http://www.travelnow.com/cars/search.jsp?cid=2005
Best Tours/Rates for Grand Canyon, Hoover, more: http://www.accessvegas.com/tours

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This Issue: HOUDINI LIVES AGAIN starring DIXIE DOOLEY

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


LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

TOURS, TOURS, TOURS! – Every time you visit, you probably see those glossy ads advertising tours to The Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Laughlin, and more. We have teamed up with Las Vegas Tour Desk to now offer you the best tours at great low prices! And unlike many tour companies who post a “come on” price and then hit you with every fee in the book after it’s too late, we list the actual complete price of the tours. No funny business or hidden fees. Just the great at low prices. Las Vegas Tour Desk has been booking only the best tours for years. See our new tour page at http://www.accessvegas.com/tours

BUFFETS – since we won’t be doing any buffet reviews for a about a month, you may wish to read comments regarding buffets as Paris, Bellagio, and the Resort at Summerlin. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Oct-13-Wed-1999/lifestyles/12128599.html

BEST OF LAS VEGAS – City Life magazine has released their reader’s poll results this week at http://www.lvcitylife.com

75 CENT BEER – Binion’s Horseshoe downtown dropped the price on ALL beer (both domestic and imports) at their casino bars to 75 cents this week. The bars have small signs on them noting the price. If you are downtown, it’s a heck of a deal. Also, we are proud to now be booking discount rooms for Binion’s at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-hotels-downtown.htm (Binion’s Horseshoe link).

FIESTA EXPANSION – has added a 1927 Kimball pipe organ as the centerpiece of Roxy’s Pipe Organ Pizzeria, an oyster bar, and expanded Gardu±o’s restaurant with patio seating. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Oct-12-Tue-1999/business/12131235.html and Fiesta discount rooms available at http://www.travelnow.com/s/hotel.html?ID=120406&cid=2005

NEW YEARS EVE LAS VEGAS ROOMS – are still available! Call Hotel Reservations Network at (800) 666-5268 for a free price quote! NOTE: You MUST stay on the line until you get a person. HRN is NOT booking these specific dates online. We will be leaving this notice up as long as rooms continue to be available, but they are starting to go fast.

WINNERS! – The five winners of the 2-for-1 coupons for Houdini Lives Again are Kelvin Quon of Burnaby, BC, Eric Greenberg of Swedesboro, NJ, Michael Gierhart of Huntington Beach, CA, Roy Lezada or Oxnard, CA, and Talph Thomas of Arlington, VT. Eric was also the winner of the Sam’s Town Buffet coupon. Olivia Flaversham of Burtonsville, MD was the winner of the pass for four to Casino Legends.

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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

Want to see which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet? ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143

THE HARD ROCK – is having 2 charity concerts on Saturday Oct. 23. At 3:00 PM, FOOFIGHTERS, JUVENILE, AND BLINK 182 ($15) and at 8:15 PM, SMASHMOUTH ($5). Tickets go on sale at 3:00 PM on Friday October 15. Tickets at (702) 693-5066 and Hard Rock discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/rooms/las-vegas-hotel-reservations-strip-area.htm (Hard Rock link).

STEVIE NICKS – plays New Year’s Eve at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. Tickets at (702) 474-4000 and Mandalay Bay millennium rooms are available at (800) 666-5268.


October is often thought of as a magical month with Halloween. With that in mind, we are reviewing three Las Vegas magic shows this month: The Illusionary Magic of Rick Thomas, Houdini Lives Again staring Dixie Dooley, and the Steve Wyrick Magic Show.

FEATURE STORY: HOUDINI LIVES AGAIN starring DIXIE DOOLEY

 

You can read more about Houdini Lives Again as well other afternoon shows at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Oct-08-Fri-1999/weekly/12084733.html and we have 2 comps to the show in our contest section.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

Rodger Williams wrote:

>I just want to agree with your assessment of Ellis Island. I was there in June from 2-5 am
>and while I would not have given a ride home to any of the table game players(of which there
>was only one table in action), I never felt uncomfortable on my first trip there. The
>employees were very nice and probably outnumbered the patrons.

Tedd Adamek wrote:

 

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Your input is welcome. Want to hear more about a subject? Don’t agree with something we said? Write us a “letter to the editor” at [email protected] Guest article submissions are also 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


FREE CONTESTS:

Note: You may enter every contest, but only one entry to each. Please note the expiration date and only enter if you will be in town and can use them. The 10’th entry to each contest will be the winner (unless otherwise noted). Just sent a blank email to the specified email address — we’ll get your mailing address from you only if you win (you have 72 hours to respond or we pick another winner).

HOUDINI LIVES AGAIN – 2 free passes to today’s reviewed show. Must be 21. Please only sign up if you will use them. Send entry to (contest closed)

TROPICANA PLAYING CARDS – one pack of playing cards from The Tropicana. Send entry to (contest closed)

CASINO LEGENDS HALL OF FAME – a pass good for up to 4 people to visit this spectacular exhibit at the Tropicana. You can read our review of it at http://www.accessvegas.com/free-newsletter/99-09-15.htm Must be 18. Send entry to (contest closed)

FOLIES BERGERE – we have a program from this long running Las Vegas show to give away. Send entry to (contest closed)

LAS VEGAS INVITATIONAL – anyone showing a Bank of America Check Card or Credit Card at any entrance gate on Friday October 15 receives free entry.

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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 pull out our own wallet and give you the honest scoop. If you appreciate this service, please consider booking your rooms and rental cars for ALL destinations with us.

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New to the list? Back issues 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,
but please ask for permission before reproducing the content in any
form — we would just like to know who you are, that’s all. Thanks!

You may subscribe to this newsletter by going to:
http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com or sending a blank email to
below

All contents copyright 1999 Ted Newkirk
October 13, 1999

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – October 6, 1999

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October 6, 1999

Welcome to Access Vegas News and Reviews! This is the newsletter that talks about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about. This is not spam. If you receive this by mistake, unsubscribe information is at the bottom. Feel free to forward this to friends or repost it in Las Vegas forums, but only in it’s entirety.

This is the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com Quality Las Vegas Tourist Information – Hotels, Casinos, Insider Tips, and more. If it’s about Las Vegas, it’s In-Vegas.Com!

Book Online and Save – Quick and Secure with Instant Confirmation on our sister sites:
Las Vegas, Reno, Tahoe Hotels: http://www.accessvegas.com
Nationwide Hotels: http://www.lodging.com/affiliates/us_reservations.cgi?remote=tedinvegas
Rental Cars – All Cities: http://www.travelnow.com/cars/search.jsp?cid=2005

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This Issue: THE ILLUSIONARY MAGIC OF RICK THOMAS

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


LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

HOUDINI LIVES AGAIN – starring Dixie Dooley and featuring Houdini style magic kicked off with Mr. Dooley escaping a regulation straitjacket while suspended 80 feet above Fremont St. downtown. It was a impressive stunt, with the height alone providing plenty of tension. You can see a photo at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Oct-06-Wed-1999/news/12094102.html and we have 2-1 coupons to this great show (reviewed next week) in our contest section. Discount downtown hotel rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-hotels-downtown.htm

99 CENT BUFFET – the Silverton Hotel and Casino is offering a 99 cent all-you-can-eat buffet every Thursday in October 1999 from noon to 9:00 PM. Silverton discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/rooms/las-vegas-hotel-reservations-strip-area.htm (Silverton link).

ESPN’S ESPY AWARD SHOW – is coming to Las Vegas after years in New York City. The show will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on February 14, 2000. That is Valentine’s day and what an opportunity to take your significant other to Las Vegas and also have one of the greatest chances to see stars that you will ever get! Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Sep-24-Fri-1999/sports/12016077.html Tickets at (702) 474-4000 and MGM discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-strip-hotels.htm (MGM link).

ELLIS ISLAND PARTIES – this casino behind Bally’s (kitty corner to the Maxim) is holding an “All you can Eat and Drink” Octoberfest Oct. 22 and 23 from noon until 11:00 PM for only $10.00. This includes a variety of food as well as their microbrews. They also do this $10.00 event every Sunday starting at noon and every Monday starting at 5:00 PM. The events run until the end of the days football game(s). They are also having a Halloween Karaoke Costume party starting at 9:00 PM that night. Ladies will drink free from 9-11:00 PM and there are cash prizes for costumes.

NEW YEARS EVE LAS VEGAS ROOMS – are still available! Call Hotel Reservations Network at (800) 666-5268 for a free price quote! NOTE: You MUST stay on the line until you get a person. HRN is NOT booking these specific dates online. We will be leaving this notice up as long as rooms continue to be available, but they are starting to go fast.

WINNER! – Bruce Pobanz of Las Vegas was the winner of the Sahara Speedworld free passes.

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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

Want to see which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet? ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143


October is often thought of as a magical month with Halloween. With that in mind, we are reviewing three Las Vegas magic shows this month: The Illusionary Magic of Rick Thomas, Houdini Lives Again staring Dixie Dooley, and the Steve Wyrick Magic Show.

FEATURE STORY: THE ILLUSIONARY MAGIC OF RICK THOMAS

Because of the length of other sections of today’s newsletter, this review will be on the brief side, but I can sum it up in one word: GO! This guy is good, and he won’t be doing an afternoon show forever. Use the restroom ahead of time — you don’t want to miss one minute!

Click for show price and times.


We were swamped with letters regarding kids in Las Vegas. We have tried to publish a good representation and only “signed” letters are published. Some letters were edited for space, but not content or context. For those newer to the newsletter, read our take on this subject at http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com/99-06-24.htm and our list of non-gaming Las Vegas activities is at http://www.accessvegas.com/activities-entertainment-kids.htm

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

 

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Your input is welcome. Want to hear more about a subject? Don’t agree with something we said? Write us a “letter to the editor” at [email protected] Guest article submissions are also welcome with full credit to you, your website, etc. if accepted.

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FREE CONTESTS:

Note: You may enter every contest, but only one entry to each. Please note the expiration date and only enter if you will be in town and can use them. The 10’th entry to each contest will be the winner (unless otherwise noted). Just sent a blank email to the specified email address — we’ll get your mailing address from you only if you win (you have 72 hours to respond or we pick another winner).

HOUDINI LIVES AGAIN – we have five 2-for-1 coupons to this afternoon show starring escape artist Dixie Dooley at The Plaza Hotel downtown. We will give these to the first five people who enter at (contest closed) NOTE: You must include your name and postal address for this one. Your info will not be used in any other way but to send the coupons to the winners.

CASINO LEGENDS HALL OF FAME – a pass good for up to 4 people to visit this spectacular exhibit at the Tropicana. You can read our review of it at http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com/99-09-15.htm Must be 18. Enter at (contest closed)

FOLIES BERGERE – we have a program from this long running Las Vegas show to give away. Enter at (contest closed)

SAMS TOWN BUFFET – this 2-1 coupon is good for any meal except Tue. and Fri. Seafood dinner nights. Must be 21. Holidays excluded. Expires Nov. 20, 1999. Enter at (contest closed)

LAS VEGAS INVITATIONAL – anyone showing a Bank of America Check Card or Credit Card at any entrance gate on October 15 receives free entry.

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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 pull out our own wallet and give you the honest scoop. If you appreciate this service, please consider booking your rooms and rental cars for ALL destinations with us.

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New to the list? Back issues 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,
but please ask for permission before reproducing the content in any
form — we would just like to know who you are, that’s all. Thanks!

You may subscribe to this newsletter by going to:
http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com or sending a blank email to
below

All contents copyright 1999 Ted Newkirk
October 6, 1999

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – September 29, 1999

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September 29, 1999

Welcome to Access Vegas News and Reviews! This is the newsletter that talks about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about. This is not spam. If you receive this by mistake, unsubscribe information is at the bottom. Feel free to forward this to friends or repost it in Las Vegas forums, but only in it’s entirety.

This is the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com Quality Las Vegas Tourist Information – Hotels, Casinos, Insider Tips, and more. If it’s about Las Vegas, it’s In-Vegas.Com!

Book Online and Save – Quick and Secure with Instant Confirmation on our sister sites:
Las Vegas, Reno, Tahoe Hotels: http://www.accessvegas.com
Nationwide Hotels: http://www.lodging.com/affiliates/us_reservations.cgi?remote=tedinvegas
Rental Cars – All Cities: http://www.travelnow.com/cars/search.jsp?cid=2005

FREE $25 GREEN CHIP CONTEST – Book a room or car for ANY destination with us and we’ll enter you to win a $25 chip from the casino of your choice! This monthly contest is open ONLY to subscribers of this newsletter so you MUST notify us at http://www.accessvegas.com/contest.htm after you book. Full rules and details are available at that page also. Already low rates and now a chance to win!

We want to congratulate John Michalowicz who won our August Green Chip contest. John opted for a $25 chip from the Golden Nugget. Good luck, John!

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This Issue: MADAME TUSSAUD’S WAX MUSEUM

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


LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:It’s another beautiful day in Las Vegas. We had an overnight low of 60 and are looking at a high of 90. We just got back from the $4.49 all-you-can-eat Feast Buffet at Boulder station, enjoying a full salad bar, made-to-order omelets, a complete array of breakfast foods, and (for those inclined) deserts. Whenever people ask us how we deal with the summer heat, I note that we get “summer” weather twice a year (spring and fall), we don’t shovel snow in the winter.KIDS IN LAS VEGAS – Before you call up U-Haul and toss the kids in the car for a “big move” because Las Vegas sounds like paradise, please consider that while this is a great place for singles and retirees, statistically speaking Las Vegas is no place to raise a child. You can read the cold reality in an article at http://www.lvcitylife.com/pages/Views/stories/99092301v.html Also, the Review-Journal just published a story regarding Nevada students ranking near the bottom at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Oct-01-Fri-1999/news/12061864.html

HOUDINI LIVES AGAIN – starring Dixie Dooley and featuring Houdini style magic kicks off an afternoon run in the showroom at The Plaza hotel downtown with a free publicity stunt that sounds like a must-see. Mr. Dooley will attempt to escape a regulation straitjacket at high noon in front of The Plaza on October 5. He will be suspended 60 feet in the air by his ankles. This event is free.

FREE RIDE – has shuttle and monorail info for Las Vegas — pick-ups, drop-offs, schedules, reliability ratings, en-route times, special considerations, and more. This handy pocket-sized Las Vegas Shuttle Schedule sticks to the important details — where to find the shuttles, when they arrive and depart, and which properties they go to. And it’s all for less than the cost of a single taxi ride. This guide is a must for those who don’t rent a car and you can pick it up at http://www.uponair.com/huntingtonpress/lasvegasadvisor/freeride.htm

FOUNDATION ROOM – at Mandalay Bay is THE place to rub elbows with the movers and shakers of Las Vegas. This members-only club costs $2000 a year to belong and offers quiet, uncompromising top-floor views from Mandalay Bay. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Sep-13-Mon-1999/business/11929702.html

LAS VEGAS BLVD. – you know it as The Strip, and the Review-Journal just did an interesting piece on the portions of the road that stretch miles north and south of the resort district. This interesting read (with photos) is at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Sep-19-Sun-1999/lifestyles/11958243.html

NATIONAL AIRLINES – the Las Vegas based airline just started serving DFW, offering the Dallas – Ft. Worth area their trademark low fares with great service. You can check fares at their site at http://www.nationalairlines.com

NEW YEARS EVE LAS VEGAS ROOMS – are still available! Call Hotel Reservations Network at (800) 666-5268 for a free price quote! NOTE: You MUST stay on the line until you get a person. HRN is NOT booking these specific dates online. We will be leaving this notice up as long as rooms continue to be available, but they are starting to go fast.

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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

Want to see which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet? ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143

RICKY MARTIN – has added a second show Sept. 11 at Mandalay Bay as the first one sold out within hours. Tickets at (702) 474-4000 and Mandalay Bay discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-strip-hotels.htm (Mandalay Bay link).

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR:K. Johnson and Family write:>My husband and I were out in Las Vegas with our 3 children for 3 weddings
>during the week of Aug. 13 – 20.á We were visiting as many of the casinos we
>could during the time we were out there. We have heard so much about how
>beautiful the Bellagio Hotel and Casino were, that we just had to go see it.
>We were ALL disappointed that we were unable to get thru the front door. The
>door guard would not let us go into the casino, because we were UNREGISTERED
>GUESTS with children under 21.
>
>We came all the way from Conn., and were NEVER treated like that by ANYONE.
>That is discrimination, and should NOT be tolerated..
>
>There wereá7 of us that had to turn around and exit the building.
>Do you know how hard it is to go anywhere this day and age with that many of
>us – we considered ourselves lucky that we were able to afford a trip to go
>anywhere. Here weáhad the opportunity to go to Lake Tahoe for a wedding
>there, and then Las Vegas, for 2 more weddings, and we were treated ROTTEN
>by the people of the Bellagio. There wasn’t any hotel and casinoáthat we
>entered, and didn’t walk out without buying anything to remember our trip
>by, so we took our money and spent it at Caesar’s Palace.

>I think they should drop that rule about unregistered guests not entering
>the building with
>children, and can it. There were other people, who were told the same thing,
>and they were quite unhappy being turned away like we were.
>My husband heard some senior citizen comment on how children shouldn’t be
>allowed in any of the casinos, and I think they should have shut their
>mouths.á They were probably there because of all the discounts the hotels
>give to them.á I would be out there more often if I could afford it, and
>given all the breaks they get.
>
>I heard that the rooms start at $400 a night. For the amount of us that
>came – I will stick with the $30.00 a night room downtown, and not have to
>worry about how we were going to feed the rest of us during our stay.
>I hope that by the time we return to Las Vegas during the summer of 2000,
>that we will find that the Owners and Managers of the Bellagio, change their
>minds, and let anyone enter their shops and casinos.
>
>All we heard was how Las Vegas was now Family Oriented – it certainly wasn’t
>that feeling with the Bellagio.á Many of the other casinos made us feel
>welcome, and they would politely tell the children to step away from the
>slot machines if they got a little excited when the quarters came out if you
>hit. That is expected!á Living in Conn. they don’t get to see that – it was
>new to them – you know, something they only saw on television..
>
>That was their first REAL vacation, and the Bellagio didn’t leave a good
>impression on them..
>They were fascinated with EVERYTHING they saw – except the Bellagio.á If you
>gave
>these 3 children this BAD impression, think of all the others that got the
>same idea.
>Wise up, Bellagio owners – change the policy – don’t forget – these are
>future visitors to your State….

Thanks for the input. Many people have been in the same situation and share your concern.

Let me tell you where they are probably coming from. You may or may not agree, but these are the cold hard facts (I’m just the messenger — don’t shoot me — I’ll list Bellagio contact info at the bottom):

Bellagio was built for adults. While they were still in construction, they made it a point to note that this would be an adult resort. People with children don’t tend to gamble, and gift shop profits don’t keep the lights on. They are a gaming company. In fact, many of the casinos realize that they made a big mistake earlier this decade in their attempt to cater to families. Theme parks don’t turn a profit. Not like slot machines, anyway. This town has once again decided (for the most part) to leave the family tourism to Orlando. In fact, the advertising slogan for The Tropicana last year was “Rollers, Not Strollers.”

In addition, many of those who pay $200 or more a night to stay at Bellagio specifically do so because Bellagio is generally child free. They are happy to pay for the ambiance of adult surroundings. And Bellagio is happy to have them playing $25 to $100 (or more) a hand at blackjack and craps. These “higher rollers” do receive discount or free rooms.

We understand that in Atlantic City, one must be 21 to enter all gaming areas. So, what Bellagio is doing is not without precedence, but it is a different policy from other Las Vegas hotel casinos.

The above is our take on this situation. We are not associated with Mirage Resorts (their parent company) in any way. We encourage you to write them with your complaint and let us know their answer:

Bellagio Las Vegas
3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89177

Also, we’d enjoy hearing thoughts (both pro and con) about bringing children to Las Vegas at [email protected] Please include your name if you allow us to consider it for publication.

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