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The Making of Luxor

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels' started by JRRestoule, Mar 24, 2020.

  1. JRRestoule

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    I have that book, enjoyed the stories. Being stuck at home I may just give it another read :)
     
    So. Far. Away. :( Can’t wait!
    Even. Farther. Away. :( Still can't wait!
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  2. Jay in Victoria

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    Appreciate this post, great history of the luxor.
     
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  3. JaDubya

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    Wow I missed out. I remember hearing Luxor was bad luck or cursed or something so I always stayed away. I get crazy superstitious in Vegas.

    Watching this video, I wished I had checked out the ride. Looks like fun.
     
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    Agree 100 percent. While I still love Vegas, I miss the themes of the different properties that added a reason to visit each one. Now most of them have been stripped of their personalities and are virtually the same. Outside of a few properties, even the neon has been removed in favor of led screens. I also miss the 'ho dog, giant margaritas at the new frontier in a collectible glass, that blue specialty drink at treasure island in the pirate skull glass, etc. so much has changed, alot of it not for the better.
     
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    The specialty souvenir drink glasses definitely weighed down our luggage in the nineties. The wife had to have one from every trip. We had the pyramid from Luxor, something blue from IP, something gold and shiny from Trop. Used most of them as flower vases.
     
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    most of them were hurricane glasses, but a few like luxor, treasure island, frontier offered some pretty unique glasses. I hear you on the luggage part, between the souvenier glasses, calendars, decks of cards, novelty t-shirts, ashtrays and matches, and vegas themed boardgames like monopoly, it was a struggle to get the clothes you brought with you back home! Of course back then, they didn't charge you $35 each way to take your luggage.
     
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    My first LV trip was 94. Stayed at TI, which was also fairly new then. Remember the giant lion for entry into MGM Grand.

    Visited Luxor. Asked at info booth or ticket booth... we were advised to do the ride, ignore the boat.

    I've tried explaining the ride to others... they respond as if I'm some dottering ole fool imagining things.

    I think we did episode one, as described in that video. One thing I remember is one element of the attraction was supposed to be a descent, but dramatically became a free fall. In a fake-elevator, or in that ride seating car itself, I dont remember. But it was impressive. Similar to Epcot attractions, also relatively new in that era.

    I'd like see some comparative overlay, then and now. What remains, what's gone. All of those features inside? Even the water feature outside along LV Blvd, pre-tram -now gone.

    Thanks for posting

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    It was a simulated "malfunction" in an elevator resulting in a simulated free-fall with vibration and visuals.
     
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    After viewing the video -
    It's interesting to see NOTHING past the Luxor
    going south on The Strip.
    Also - the Project Manager Guy - mentions
    " A trailer park was once here, where Luxor now stands "
    *** Was that where " Vacation Village" was located ?
    or was V.V. further south ?
     
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    I never saw the boat ride in Luxor. My first LV visit was in 2004, did not visit Luxor intil 2005.
     
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    Vacation Village was just north of where Fry's is now.
     
  13. gr8whitenorth

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    So strange to hear the comment "It will be opened 24/7 and never close". Who knew.
     
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    I liked the heavily themed Luxor back in the day for the theme park feel, but for some reason I never felt good about playing there and I never did stay there or play seriously there. I walked through about 5 years ago when staying at Mandalay...perhaps for the last time. It was pretty sad.
     
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    Looks like the Nile river ride was removed before I even visited. One of my buddies asked some employee at Luxor about where was the ride entrance years ago and was essentially laughed at because the ride only lasted a short time.
     
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    Nice video. I stayed at Excalibur back when it first opened and was a huge sensation; from my room window I could see Luxor being built. I remember the cranes, the pyramid being halfway finished, etc. We went back later when it was finished and loved it. I remember that "Nile River" ride. What a trip that was! And all the Egyptian decor. As others have pointed out, this was back when every casino hotel was "themed." Each place had a totally different ambiance, and was a nice "escape" for adults. Just fun. Now everything's in a boring "office building" design. Sigh.

    Here's a video that shows the original Luxor. Enjoy:

     
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  17. bubbakitty

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    And the papyrus boats that raced in the sigma derby game...... Very cool.

    Anybody have shots of mom when the wizard of oz was inside the main entrance and stars of yesteryear were painted on the walls? We have a vhs tape of it but how does that help?
     
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    I have/had a book called SuperCasino that was all about building the Luxor. It was pretty interesting and shared some pretty interesting "behnd the scenes" stories.
     
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    I thought they had camels at the Luxor on Sigma Derby. (Or was I thinking of another place?)
     
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