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Suggestions needed for Vegas with the parents...

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by Jason Welker, Feb 16, 2020.

  1. Jason Welker

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    Hey there everyone! So, I am a Vegas regular myself but I have run into a bit of a predicament of things to do with the parents heading out there with me and was just wondering if anyone has any good suggestions? Both my parents and my fiance's parents will be joining us out in Sin City for our upcoming wedding in June. My parents are still very mobile but my future father in law has a bad knee that he is not able to have the required surgery for until a few months after we go out there. He can walk around alright but long distances will be an issue.

    We have a few shows and nice dinners planned but besides that I am a little light on activities for the group. They are staying at Planet Hollywood and will have a rental car so they can drive to whatever hotel they need to. I just know some of those garages can be quite a distance from the casinos and such. If anyone has an experience with this kind of issue... any suggestions are welcome! I'm trying to convince him to rent a mobility scooter but stubbornness appears to be winning that war.

    Thanks in advance and I apologize if this has been brought up before.
     
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  2. andyg99

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    If the taxi drop off is closer he can wait there until someone brings the car around, not to sure of the layout of PH but that might be better than him trekking to the garage.
     
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    Tell him to get the scooter, and enjoy the extra freedom. I was stubborn in the early years of my MS, but have been using one since I was 30 years old.

    Probably quite perplexing for people that saw me riding around when I first started using one, but made my vacations immeasurably more pleasurable.
     
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    Unless there are a lot of activities that are not on the strip or downtown planned, It would probably be a lot less walking for them to just use taxis or Uber/Lyft to get around.
     
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    100% agree with this. With a rental car you have either walk a long ways to find it, or wait for the valet. Uber will serve the purpose well.

    As to what to do with parents. Tell them you have planned some group activities. The rest of the time, they are on their own. Maybe offer some suggestions, but let them know upfront this is how it will be. If you try to do everything together, there is a good chance they will be miserable.
     
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    Just FYI - the PH garage is absolutely a long, long way away. If they are mobility challenged they
    will need to valet for sure. That is a long walk to that garage. Might I suggest perhaps changing
    to Bally's - smaller, easy to navigate, garage is closer and more centrally located to visit
    places without as much walking. PH is darker, more young people and the layout requires alot
    of walking. Just my suggestion from your description of the parents and future in-laws.
     
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  7. smerrian

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    Take some of the advice listed above. PHo is a poor choice of hotel for your in-laws. The garage is a VERY far walk for self parking; you could use valet. The casino is dark and loud and definitely more geared towards your generation. Bally's and especially Paris would be much better choices for them. Paris has a beautiful motif that 'seniors', like myself, usually enjoy. Bally's is kind of bland but the rooms are slightly larger. First timers? I'd go with Paris. Plan on Uber/Lyft for most of your jaunts but maybe the car for an excursion.
    If the weather is nice, try a drive through Red Rock Nature Preserve. Go into the park and stop at the different look-outs. Very nice. Drive all the way through the park and come out on Blue Diamond Road. Drive into the Silverton Casino. They have a huge fish tank and if you're lucky you'll time it when they have a mermaid swimming around in there. Also connected to the casino is a huge Bass Sports Pro Shop. All kinds of outdoorsy stuff. I'm not an outdoorsy guy but I love just seeing what's in there. That's almost a full day trip.
    If you want to make it a really full day, stop in at Red Rock casino before hitting RR nature preserve or driving down to M casino afterward. Both are beautiful places in their own right. M has a great buffet to end the day with.
     
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    Something we did when I brought my dad was to get a wheelchair from the concierge. He is very stubborn but eventually admitted his limits.

    After his first problem, wherever we went, we valeted and then got him a wheelchair for a small tip. Some places wanted me to leave my driving licence for security, but that wasn't a problem.
     
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    As some have already mentioned, the self-parking garage at Planet Ho is a long walk to/from the casino/hotel. The best option would be to use valet or if his wife drives, she can drop him off close to the main entrance, then she can self-park the car.

    Other than gambling, there are plenty of things to do in Vegas, especially if you have a rental car. If this is their first trip to Vegas, the strip and downtown would probably be main attractions. Needless to say, the Bellagio fountain show is a must see for anyone new to Vegas. Downtown is nice, since the casinos are relative close together, unlike the LV strip and they have the new light shows too. The Mob Museum is also downtown which is a favorite of many. They can also take a tour at the Neon Museum.

    Depending on how many days everyone will be in town, there's Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire, Hoover Dam, as well as bunch of off-strip properties to explore.
     
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  10. Jason Welker

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    Appreciate all the advice and suggestions! Valet is a smart option for sure. And I never would.have even thought to ask for a wheelchair at the concierge! As far as the hotel situation... the parents picked Planet Hollywood. My fiance and I are staying at Cosmo and they didnt want to drop the $$ for that hotel. So they decided to be across the street and the moms wanted to be close to the miracle mile shops. I think i'm just going to keep pushing for the scooter option and hopefully he gives in. I am also not going to ditch them as mentioned above. They are going out there as a favor for my wedding and that's just not how I choose to treat people (unless they want to explore on their own). Plus, I have a few days on that backend after they leave in which I can do whatever I would like. So, I'm going to try and make their trip as enjoyable as possible. I'll have plenty of time for my own shenanigans. I was also looking into renting a limo from presidential for a 3 hr tour of the strip and downtown. I've seen all the main attractions on the strip probably dozens of times at this point so I might as well be able to sit back and relax in style with some champagne while they take in the sights. It will be fun watching them experience a lot of it for the first time.
     
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  11. mikeinctown

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    Since they've never been there, see if they can or would want to switch to an MGM property. You pay one daily fee to your hotel and any other MGM properties you visit the fee is included. Drove all up and down the strip my last visit and never paid anything extra other than tips. Not sure how CET properties work with their parking fees.
     
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    There is a difference between "ditching them", and setting up some alone time. After all, not everyone wants to do the same thing all the time. And that goes both ways. Maybe the Dads would prefer to gamble or hang at bar while wive's go shopping - just one example. Maybe some prefer to do a big breakfast while others just want coffee. But, to be nice they go to the buffet even though they really do not want to do it.

    I have no idea how both sets of parents relate to each other, but in many cases "in-laws" are very cordial with each other, but would really prefer to not have to do everything with this other couple. Some people will just not be honest and say what they REALLY want to do and not do.

    None of us (especially me) have no idea of the dynamics of this group. Congrats on your upcoming wedding. Come back and let us know how it turns out.

    (p.s. - I would agree that Paris is a better choice, but understand they picked PH.)
     
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    I would suggest that they not rent a car at all. Use Uber/Lyft, or even taxis. I think they'll find that easier, and likely less expensive than renting as well as dealing with parking hassles & expense.
    From the airport, using Uber/Lyft might be a PITA for them, so I'd suggest a cab from the airport...or splurge & do a curb-side "limo" (Is it still $60 for the town-car?).

    Even for short-hauls, using Uber to get from one strip casino to another will save tons of time, walking and stress...just tip well on those short trips.
     
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    Send the Moms to the spa, take the Dads to Sapphire!
     
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  15. AyDee

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    all these are great and valid points, you did not say how long the trip was or if they gamble at all..
    I'd second no car, just use uber, limo them in from the airport (Presidential? you could prob talk with the driver about your later limo tour)
    Love the idea of a combined day trip to Red Rock ending at the casino,
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    a stop during your downtown limo tour for an hour or two might be a great low roller experience, or a chance to see the freakiness of FSE, with short walks between casinos.

    Also, if it is any length of time, maybe start heavy with the "tour guiding" then let them call their own shots once they find their interests.

    the last thing that springs to mind is it would be baller of you to switch them into the Cosmo, I don't have much PHo experience though so IDK, and yes, they probably wouldn't want you to spend the money I am guessing.

    yet, this is truly a once in a lifetime occasion.
     
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  16. Jason Welker

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    I really appreciate all the time everyone took to respond to this! Just to answer a few questions that were posed that I forgot to mention...

    We will already be visiting the valley of fire/red rock area as our ceremony is actually out there followed by a couple hours of photos at cool spots in the area. It's some limo wedding package that's offered. Should be fun.

    My parents will not have a car. They still get around with no problem. They will be in for 3 days. My dad is a gambler.. my mother not so much. But she is more than happy to be our gambling cheerleader for quite a while. She just likes spending time together with all the family together- which is why I'm trying to pepper in a bunch of non gambling activities since my father would be content just sitting at the blackjack table. Balance.

    My fiance's parents will be out there for almost the 3 days. The only problem is that they will have no option but to have a car because they will be driving out from California as they are splitting their vacay between visiting family in Cali and then driving out to Vegas. Her mother and father are both not gamblers.

    And I would very much love to put them all up in the Cosmo.. but since her parents are paying for her sister and brothers room as well (dont ask...)... 3 additional rooms at the Cosmo for 3 nights is not an option financially. That adds up quickly. Lol. I've got a full reception to pay for when we get home
     
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