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Be prepared to climb the stairs in center strip.

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by Champster1, Mar 28, 2015.

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  1. Champster1

    Champster1 High-Roller

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    FWIW.... I just returned from Vegas Weds after 5 days at Ballys. During my time there NONE of the escalators worked on any of the center strip (Ballys/Cromwell/Ceasars) corners. The exception would be on 1 occassion the up escalators on the Ceasars corner worked briefly. After a couple of days I just walked out of the side door of Ballys and walked acoross the street. Walked around Cromwell as opposed to the hike up and down the stairs on the 2 corners. No indication of any work being one to any of the escalators either.
     
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  2. Julie888

    Julie888 High-Roller

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    If you're looking for employment in Vegas, train as an escalator repairman. They must be in demand.
     
  3. C0usineddie

    C0usineddie VIP Whale

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    A couple flights of stairs will do most people some good.
     
  4. Snidely

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    Zombie survival rule #1: Cardio

    There must be a rule in Vegas that escalators must be taken out of service on a periodic basis. It's like the road work in Pennsylvania. They shut down the road but no one works on it.
     
  5. pirviii

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    In all my visits to Vegas, I'd say that 90% of the time escalators and moving sidewalks were not working. It was actually a rarity to ever see one working and would usually elicit a comment about our suprise.
     
  6. waverunner

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    I applied a couple of years ago because of this, but my application was turned down because i'm only Gold.
     
  7. WickedWife

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    This!
     
  8. Carol1113

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    Just another FYI on this--if you have a problem with being able to use the stairs there is an elevator available
     
  9. Auggie

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    The majority of the escalators have been off on The Strip since 2008. In the early days they'd actually block some off where they'd make it look like they were doing repairs, but then they just pretty much left them off.
     
  10. red318is

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    I was in town 2 weeks ago and didn't come across one that wasn't working
     
  11. Julie888

    Julie888 High-Roller

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    Be careful who your fellow passengers are.
     
  12. Aces and Eights

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    When I'm in Vegas, I try to take the stairs going up but take the escalator going down (easier on the knees). I try to make up for not going to the gym. The one set of stairs that gets my breathing up is in TI up to the tram level from the casino.
     
  13. Piggylane

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    in reality it's very difficult for them to keep running. The sand, dust, dirt and occasional protein spill gum up the tracks, gears and motor. The motors are oversized typically by a factor of 4X of the expected load so they don't overheat. It's the environmental factors that lead to their breakdown more often than indoor ones.

    Exercise is good anyway, unless you break an ankle!
     
  14. Turtleman

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    It's probably bragging, but Ms. Gecko and I ALWAYS climb the stairs regardless of temperature. The only exception is when Ms. Gecko was hauling a roller board, but we've since switched to backpacks. It's faster than riding the escalators and it's the least we can do after sitting and drinking on our butts all day. We find it particularly amusing how folks even line up to ride the down escalators.
     
  15. MrCravat

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    Should have tried the $20 trick
     
  16. UKFanatic

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    I don't mind the escalators being down because I like the exercise. But I admit I was highly annoyed at the escalators last weekend at Harmon corner going down to Planet Hollywood. The down escalator was not operating, there was some idiot in one of the costumes walking VERY slowly down the escalators and the space in front of PHo was occupied by the nearly naked showgirls asking for tips and the troupe of guys playing music on buckets. all those factors combined to slow down the descent to the point where the line down the escalators backed up a solid thirty feet. That's the only time I have been annoyed by one of the escalators being out
     
  17. wishman35

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    Cardio does all of us some good - but that is no excuse for the lack of functionality and traffic it causes. If they won't be kept up - then replace them with wide stairs. Walking down "escalator" stairs not functioning = a narrow, awkward stairway down.
     
  18. RiddickBull

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    Oh no stairs! I think I need one of these for my next trip.

    [video]https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ik286spRM1w[/video]
     
  19. BCMike

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    I rarely see the escalators down there except for the flat ones that go into PH and the old school tunnel ones that used to take you into Ballys (since replaced by the shops I think). Actually, Bellagios outside are down pretty often too but I don't go in that way usually.

    The one consistent time I see them all down is when it's raining or had rained.
     
  20. BackInVegas

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    I see the escalators working quite often. But I prefer the stairs, since it is faster. I am not a patient person, and standing on the escalator kills me. I also despise the people movers in the airport when people purposefully block it so I cannot walk past them. You know, Stand Right, walk left.

    I also run up the stairs at the Vegas airport when I come home, I never use the escalators.
     
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