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Anybody Else Wish They Had Gone Vegas Earlier?

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by kevin853, Aug 25, 2016.

  1. kevin853

    kevin853 Tourist

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    There may be a thread before over this but couldn't see it. Went Vegas for the first time in April 2014 and absolutely love the place. Enjoy the glitz and glamour but also love the old style 'Vegas'.

    The second time I went I missed going in The Riviera by a couple of weeks as they had closed it. Gutted didn't go the first time but there were so many hotels to see etc.

    My dad tells me stories about Stardust, Dunes, Desert Inn etc etc. Just wondering does anyone miss those old hotels and should there be a place for both?
     
  2. Teedawg83

    Teedawg83 Tourist

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    Survival of the fittest.

    My first Vegas trip was 1990 and the Mirage was brand new. I was 30 years old and it seemed huge, bright and busy then. You could get a room at Flamingo or Tropicana for $20 a night, and low rollers like me were the target group: school teachers and 30-somethings.

    The old, now-departed casinos -- Desert Inn, Sands, Frontier, Dines, Stardust, Riviera, Westward Ho, Sahara -- didn't seem much different from the ones that have survived.

    Now the target is younger and more interested in the party and ultra-nightclubs than in a $1 shrimp cocktail. I haven't to Vegas in nearly 5 years -- my jaw's gonna drop at all the new stuff that's opened and changed since I was there last!
     
  3. VegasSchemer

    VegasSchemer Low-Roller

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    I am 27 and started going in 2013 and still wish for the old days! I love seeing old photos anywhere from Fremont in the 50s to the Strip in the early 90s.
     
  4. Imperial_Palace_King

    Imperial_Palace_King High-Roller

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    I could have gone to Vegas earlier, but it wouldn't have been any fun. I started going right when I turned 21. If I had a time machine one of my first stops would be rat pack era Vegas.
     
  5. LV_Bound

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    I know I wish I did.
    Hard to image Vegas when the comps were actually good. :wink2:
     
  6. Sonya

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    My first trip was in 1995. My husband and I were doing the long distance dating thing. Every other weekend, one of us would fly to visit the other. I was in the San Francisco Bay Area and he was in Victorville, CA. When he got back home from our first trip, he got a job offer to move up to the Bay Area. It pains me to think about all the boring weekends we spent at the mall, watching movies in Victorville when Vegas was just RIGHT THERE!!! Just 2 hours down the interstate.

    My dad has some stories about driving in from U of Utah when he was in college. They would go see all the great performers. They'd have surf & turf dinner for $5.99 and get dressed up in suits to go into the casino. If anyone ever invents a time machine, I'm going to go see the Rat Pack at the Sands and wear a gown and pearls!
     
  7. leo21

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    My first trip to Vegas the Dunes was getting torn down. My second trip to Vegas, I think the Sands was getting torn down. So, yeah, I wish I had come earlier so I could have seen them at least once. After my second trip, I had about a ten year hiatus from Vegas. I also wish I had my stuff together so I could have come back sooner. But I've more than made up for it.
     
  8. Blonde_4_ever

    Blonde_4_ever "The Welfare Queen of Windsor"

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    Yes..I wish I had gone sooner and MORE OFTEN.
    My first trip was 91,
    second was 97
    and third was 2004.
    What was with these giant gaps???!
    (My husband's idea)
    When I took over the trip planning I decided it needed to be way more frequently!
     
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  9. wormhole

    wormhole Low-Roller

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    I passed through LV during a 1985 road trip out west. I was under the false impression the formal dress codes form earlier years (decades?) were still in place and all I had with me was jeans and t-shirts, so I never stopped anywhere. I didn't make it back out there until 2004. I never gave much thought to LV during that gap.
     
  10. deansrobinson

    deansrobinson Low-Roller

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    We moved back to the states in '90...but never went to Vegas until around 2010 (or maybe later). It just never occurred to us to vacation there. I don't know that I regret not having gone earlier. Vegas seems to me to change but stay the same.
     
  11. Richard Alpert

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    I wish I'd been able to see some of Vintage Vegas. I love looking through the thread of vintage pics.
    I'm at least glad I had the chance to visit the Sahara and stayed at LVH when it was the LVH.
    No real regrets of not visiting earlier.
    The four c's kept us homebound for quite awhile anyway: college, careers, crappy house to fix, and cids!

    RICHARD
     
  12. Jackpot Johnny

    Jackpot Johnny Well-Known Member

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    My first trip to Vegas was 1969 as a newly minted Air Force Second Lieutenant in pilot training. We stayed one night at Caesars Palace. I thought it was the coolest place I'd ever been and I've been going back to Las Vegas ever since. I REALLY miss the old days of the 1970s. Everything was cheap then because they wanted you to gamble. Hotel managers with MBAs weren't trying to extract a profit from everything, rooms ,food, etc. -entertainment was cheap and utterly terrific. I'll never miss seeing Frank Sinatra live every chance I got. We could look back forever and go on and on, but to what end?

    Even though I have nostalgia for the 70s/80s, I think the very best time for me in Vegas over all those years were late 1998 and 1999. Mr. Wynn had opened Bellagio and we moved to there after being Mirage fans, Las Vegas was booming, most of the old hotels and the new ones coexisted, things were still affordable, I was at the peak of my economic status and had extra money to stay and play, and I was older and could appreciate it better. I loved the original Bellagio and all the other choices, old and new, we had then.

    Those were the days, my friend.
     
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  13. waverunner

    waverunner BBHMM

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    I agree with what Jackpot Johnny said.

    I've been going to Vegas since the late 70's. I loved the old Vegas. I look at Vegas as before Excalibur/Mirage, and after Excalibur/Mirage. Before 1989/'90, after '89/'90. Back then, the entertainment was inside the Hotels/Casinos. Then Steve Wynn transformed the Strip to a visual presentation where you didn't have to walk into the Casino, you could observe the property from the outside, allowing families to watch volcanoes, medieval sorcery, roller coasters, etc. Many people hated the family influence, many welcomed it. I have learned to accept Vegas no matter what the going trend is. It's still Vegas.
    But i must say my favorite time in Vegas was the late 90's. Most of my favorite hotels like the Stardust, Desert Inn, and Sands were still going strong along with the new kids on the block like Bellagio and Luxor. You could gamble on sawdust floors or marble floors.
    You actually had a "Strip", from Sahara down to Hacienda.
     
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  14. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    This topic has been discussed before but it's great that it resurfaces every now and then with new and fresh input from members.

    I wish I had gone to Vegas sooner. I certainly could have back then but was too busy working and putting family first.

    Now that I've been visiting for the past 11 years or so, I sometimes wish I did go when all the places like Boardwalk, Dunes, Stardust, and Riviera among others were basking in glory.

    But I still think I made the right decision and put family first. Now, with more discretionary income and the kids having flown the nest, its ME FIRST!!!!!!!!:headbang::wiggle::woohoo::woot::beer::drunk::feedme::thumbsup:
     
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  15. Camp Rusty

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    Missing Redd Foxx for twenty bucks at the Dunes on my first trip in 1978 is by far my biggest Vegas non gambling regret. That was shortly after my 21st. I would like to go back just to see that.

    I guess the entertainment would be the draw for me...... though the decent super cheap food sounded like so much fun :eek:

    Being there for a visible nuclear test would have been interesting. Kind of the ultimate new years fireworks.

    For me I relate more to the Casino period than the Rat Pack era, I don't think I'd be cool enough for those Sinatra days.:nworthy:

    Sure would love to hear the music in person of every era. The comics also, Don Rickles, Bob Hope,Red Skelton, Richard Pryor, Carson.
     
  16. FYMYAWF

    FYMYAWF Low-Roller

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    Agree, and would love to have been around for the days of the "classic" strip, but I think there's a bit of nostalgia goggles involved, though. I started going to Vegas in '11 and was able to actually stay at Riviera before they closed. It was a fun trip but the Riv was no doubt on the downslope by then. Very dated, run down and not at all "charming".

    I think in a few years we'll feel the same about Flamingo, the Trop, and who knows, maybe Circus Circus is not long for the world. Let's be honest, we don't see a lot of countdown timers here for those places.

    When they are long since totally renovated or torn down we'll have warm feelings for the old but be excited about the new. That seems to be the way Vegas rolls.
     
  17. Joe Strummer

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    I lived 2 yrs in Phoenix AZ when I was 22 yrs old.
    1976 + 77.
    Man....being so close to Vegas ?...........wished I had visited.
    But I didn't have any disposable money to gamble with - or how to gamble ?
    Even a H.S. buddy had moved there and was telling all of
    our crowd "You guys gotta come out here ! It's really great !"
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    My first trip was circa 1990.......I still didn't know how to gamble.
    But I was hooked !!!!!
     
  18. Bamalewie

    Bamalewie Tourist

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    I didn't even gamble until my friends talked me into going to Vegas in 05, I was only slightly interested in going. Man if I had known what I was missing. I love the old school rat pack cool era. I would have liked to been around for that.
     
  19. ruralhipster

    ruralhipster Low-Roller

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    I wish I would have gone downtown pre canopy.
     
  20. Jackpot Johnny

    Jackpot Johnny Well-Known Member

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    It was very cool back then. Old Vegas vibe with real Downtown bargains galore-definitely the canopy did nothing to improve Downtown in any meaningful way. I've always thought there was something odd about the canopy.