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Secret Garden?

Discussion in 'MyVegas' started by hattrick225, May 17, 2013.

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  1. hattrick225

    hattrick225 Low-Roller

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    Thoughts from anyone who's redeemed this one? Was it worth the pts? Does it include the tiger habitat, or just the dolphins?
     
  2. Auggie

    Auggie Dovahkiin

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    It will include both.

    Worth is entirely subjective: there have been a few posts on the Secret Garden over the years where to some it was great and a bore to others.

    The big thing is that the dolphin habitat to start with isn't like Sea World or anything like that - they aren't there to entertain or put on shows, so its mostly just watching the dolphins swim. The tigers are just really big cats, so like all other cats they sleep about 20+ hours a day. You will walk amongst their habitat cages and usually see one or two that are actually up and at 'em and then the rest are laying around sleeping.

    I thought the cat part was more interesting than the dolphin part. We went in on a 2-for-1 coupon we got from staying at Luxor and that was pretty borderline, to me, of the entertainment value versus the cost to get in there.
     
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    Auggie Dovahkiin

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    Just checking MyVegas it says that the reward includes both, so thats answered for certain there.

    The price is 19,950 points which isn't too bad: its not so expensive that you'd really have to sacrifice a much better reward to use it and can probably use it to soak up some leftover LPs - or if you were actually that close to where it does cost you a better reward the amount of LPs needed aren't that bad that you can't quickly earn them back and get both.
     
  4. jr7110

    jr7110 VIP Whale

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    As an Mlife Platinum member I get free passes to both the Secret Garden and the Mandalay Bay Shark Reef. I visited both for the first time just last week and have to say that for free, they were alright, but if I had paid the actual price of $19.99 per person for either attraction I would have felt royally ripped off.

    Neither offers much to see. First, the Secret Garden does not have a separate admission from the tigers - it is all one exhibit, separated into two parts. The dolphins swim in three pools - that is literally all you see - dolphins swimming in a pool. As Auggie stated, there is no "Sea World" style show with tricks - a least not regularly scheduled. I lucked out and happened to be there when the dolphins were being fed by their trainers and they performed a few flips and tricks, which were fun, but it was brief and there is no guarantee you will see any of that on a visit.

    The Tiger portion was a snooze fest - literally. Tigers and lions are nocturnal so they are more active a night. There are a few cages with one or two tigers or leopards in each and you get to watch a big cat simply lay there lethargically. Not exactly thrilling. The most exciting thing that happened was when one tiger got up, walked over to his cage mate and relieved himself. Charming. And there are not many of the animals to see.

    As for the Mandalay Bay shark reef, it was much of the same - you see a few fish swimming around in tanks, yes a few sharks, but any decent local aquarium would offer many more aquatic creatures to enjoy including the sharks. I wouldn't recommend wasting loyal points or real world dollars on either, IMO.
     
  5. Alhanalasa

    Alhanalasa Low-Roller

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    I went to the Secret Garden/Dolphin Habitat on my honeymoon trip, and we were lucky that there was a baby dolphin, and several baby tigers. The adults were definitely just sleeping, but the babies were much more active, and made it worth it for me.
     
  6. Ezzy711

    Ezzy711 Low-Roller

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    I used my pts for the free admission. It's no better than a mini zoo but the surroundings are nice. I might not be as happy if I paid, but as someone to gambles 90% of my time, I found it a nice respite from the action. It's not far from the casino, gives you some fresh air and vitamin D then back to the tables.
     
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    donfairplay Low-Roller

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    :evillaugh
     
  8. happy1906

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    This is great information. Thanks to all for posting and to hattrick225 for asking. I'd rather use the lp's for food/drinks and put the savings toward my bankroll. I can get 16 chances at a $grand for the price of admission.
     
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