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Location of original Luxor front desk

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels' started by Bring Up The Lid, Jun 8, 2017.

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  1. Bring Up The Lid

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    Sorry, no idea....

    .........but, they had a ride ? I only stayed there once, maybe fifteen years ago and I don't remember seeing a ride. I know they de-themed it some time ago.

    Didn't mean to hijack your thread.

    Cool picture.
     
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    Grab the book "Super Casino" by Pete Earley. It's a great read and details the rise of Circus Circus and has lots of information about the construction and renovation of Luxor before MGM owned it.
     
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    They had a Nile RIver "ride" when it opened. I don't think I ever did it, I believe it snaked around the lobby area at some point.
     
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    Take a trip back in time! Man I loved Vegas in the 90's! Here is everything you ever wanted to know about how awesome Luxor was

     
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    I would like to have seen Luxor in the 90s when it opened, but I did not know it existed back then, I "discovered" it in 2004 or 2005, after my first trip to LV, and stayed there on my second trip.
     
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    I spent many a night in Nefertiti's Lounge listening to the live music and having drinks! Luxor was a blast back in the day.

    Now . . .
     
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    This is so awesome seeing this. I wish I'd been around Vegas then.
     
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    I was still in diapers when this video was made. Holy smokes, has that place ever changed! Really wish I could have been 21+ when Vegas was like this.
     
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    It was AWESOME! From fun themed little grind joints like the Boardwalk, to the full on in your face themes at MGM (Hollywood complete with an amusement park) Excalibur (working dragon show, costumed characters walking around) and just every sort of fun you wanted.

    MGM completely ruined Luxor, how stupid are you to try and retheme a frickin pyramid? Today's Vegas is all mostly the same. Money. Large pretty resorts that all look like an office building on steroids.

    But there is still enough 90's vegas left if you look. Excalibur some charm, but outside of some new carpet its still a time capsule of what it was like to walk thru in the 90's. NY NY across the street is the same. They dicked with the casino some, took our the trees and rivers (You could actually gamble in Central park) but outside of the facade chop its still good. Same with the Ventian, Bellagio, Mandalay Bay & for the most part CP, Ballys, Harrahs, Paris, and Flamingo. All pretty much look like they did, to a visitor, back then.

    The properties that have had their hearts pulled out include Luxor (mentioned) MGM (mentioned and the saddest of all) Monte Carlo (went from European Elegance to Any Mall USA), Mirage (Whats Tropical about black?) & Treasure Island (just try to find a pirate).

    Pretty much everyone else has been blown up since then:
    Aladdin (now Planet Ho)
    Barbary Coast (Now Cromwell)
    Boardwalk (Now City Center)
    Imperial Palace (Now Linq)
    Stardust/Riviera (now dirt)

    I know everyone on here shits on them. But if you want to see the last truly remaining time capsule in Vegas, just go to Circus Circus. Hell, I think the cornbread in the buffet is the same roll since 1995!
     
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    Hacienda (now MaBay)!
     
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    My first visit to vegas was 2003 and stayed at Excalibur. So Luxor was the first place I walked to for a glimpse. The river ride was gone by then, but they still had the talking camels and more theming. They still had one of the more popular clubs back then (Ra) which was right in my wheelhouse when I was in my twenties. I miss the old Luxor. These days, the Mexican restaurant is the only reason to go there
     
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    This made my day! Haha.

    I don't profess to be a Vegas "historian", but I've certainly done my research on the subject, and what you're saying is definitely consistent with my observations. Indeed, the one time I've been to Circus Circus, it felt surreal. Looking past all of the Vegas first timers who have the requisite uncomfortable "this is not what I thought Vegas would be like!" looks on their faces, I felt like I was in a movie made before I was born. While I feel that way a lot more downtown (especially at Cal/MSS/Fremont/ElCo/4Q), Circus Circus is the only real mega resort of that era that seems to be untouched.

    In my research, I've seen quite a bit of Barbary Coast (and Wild Bill's) before it became the Cromwell. I think that the evolution of that building really shows what Vegas has become. It's pretty sad.

    Part of why I love Vegas so much now is not just because of its rich history, but because of what a cult following it has built - and also retained, in spite of all of the seemingly unattractive changes that have taken place. The spirit still survives, no matter how much faux glamour you can paint over the "real Vegas". To me, that's what what makes Vegas what it is, even if it's something I only get to appreciate here, or while chit chatting with Vegas old timers downtown.
     
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    We are bird of a feather friend. Sometimes I wonder if I love Vegas for Vegas. Or if I still love her because she reminds me of something that truly changed my life once. I honestly think if I came to Vegas for the 1st time right now, with so many joint being interchangeable (Sometime I forgot I'm in Cosmo after walking out of Aria), if I would be as big of a fan.

    I don't club, I rarely shop, Fine Dining is not my thing and I don't feel like getting dressed up to hit the tables. But I see enough of her left that I still say "Oh yeah, that's my girl!"
     
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    We were lucky our first trip was 93 when all was new and good, talking camels, river ride, artifacts, laser show Luxor was truly like walking into another world same with Excal now both are mere shells of themselves sadly.
     
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    I'm fortunate enough (old enough?) to remember and experience some of the theming - Aladdin when it was still Aladdin, Barbary Coast even before it was Bill's (the restaurant there was probably my first late night meal), Boardwalk (not so fond memories of that one), IP (ditto), and Stardust and Riviera. How quickly it's all changed, now that I consider.

    I went in Circus Circus...once...:blink:
     
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    You people are taking me down memory lane. My first trip to Vegas was in 2000 at the ripe old age of 25. We loved the Luxor. It may not have been as themed as opening day, but it definitely still had it's theming going on. We always like the gaming and atmosphere there. Club RA, was just up my alley back in those days. (Oh, if those pyramid walls could talk!!). I like to think I'm not old now, but I do miss the old school Vegas places that seem to keep closing.
     
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