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Vegas noobies need "filler time." HELP!

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by BobbyG123, May 23, 2004.

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  1. Hi everyone,

    My wife and I going to Vegas for 3 nights over Memorial Day Weekend and need some advice on filler time between our scheduled plans. Basically, we're looking for conveniently located things to do while we're on our way to (and after) our shows. We'll be staying at the Aladin, so their breakfast buffet is a can't miss from what I hear. Here's what we have scheduled. Any advice is welcome

    Check in Friday 3:00pm / going to 10:30 Mystere show

    Saturday wide open until Rita Rudner at 8:00 @ NY/NY

    Sunday wide open, but considering seeing Skintight if we can land 2-1 coupons.

    Thanks for your help!!!
  2. Dougie

    Dougie I am IN!

    Sep 18, 2002
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    2-4-1's are readily available for Skintight. They are in every Vegas publication. There is also one in Casino Player magazine.

    On the way to Rita Rudner, have dinner at ESPN Zone. Even before that, check out the lion habitat at MGM. On the way in, take in the 911 display at NYNY. Ride the coaster, it's a doozie. Gambling at NYNY is fun, nice casino, but will be pricey and space will be at a premium on Saturday night.

    I have decoded to see how many VIP lounges I can crash on my next trip. NYNY is a soft touch in that field.
  3. dawnmarie

    dawnmarie Tourist

    Sep 8, 2003
    Atlanta, GA
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Rent a car (cheap!) and do the Hoover Dam or visit the desert on Saturday. Or, visit the conservatory at Bellagio and the art museum at Venetian. Or spend hours at the lunch buffet of your choosing. [​IMG] Have fun!
  4. rbrent11

    rbrent11 Tourist

    Feb 25, 2003
    Hey Bobby,

    Skip the breakfast buffet at Aladdin (you'll want to hit the lunch or dinner buffet at Aladdin), but the breakfast buffet next door at Paris is MUCH better.

    [ May 24, 2004, 08:49 AM: Message edited by: rbrent11 ]
  5. sharoncity

    sharoncity Guest

    Don't know about the Aladdin buffet, But you don't want to miss the Paris breakfast buffet!!!!!
    We would have breakfast buffet (different hotel each day) and then spend the next several hours walking, checking out each hotel. There is so much to see at each one. That alone will fill your time. See the Mirage Volcano at night. Venetian canals are not to be missed (don't even have to ride, just stand and watch), TI Sirens show, Caesars Forum shops, Bellagio lobby and Conservatory, Luxor, MGM Grand Lions......
    Just make sure you bring your MOST comfortable walking shoes!! :D
  6. doctor_al

    doctor_al VIP Whale

    Nov 25, 2002
    Twin Cities
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    I'm not a fan of buffets, but it's worth noting you'll be around Sunday morning, and that means champagne brunch type buffets (which we did at Bellagio and liked it) and the gospel brunch at Mandalay's House of Blues restaurant. One of the appeals of the Aladdin buffet is the breadth of items (middle eastern stuff, for example) which might be better sampled at lunch or dinner.

    Also, don't know where it fits on your agenda, but the Fontana Bar at Bellagio opens at about 5 pm, has light jazz and a patio where you can watch the fountains. No cover that I'm aware of.

    Some afternoon shows: Mac King and Ronn Lucas (Harrahs and Rio, respectively) get good reviews and are inexpensive, especially with coupons available in magazines, etc. Or if you want to get in a "big magic" show without the $100 tag, Tropicana's Rick Thomas performs in the afternoon.

    Have fun!

    [ May 24, 2004, 11:05 AM: Message edited by: doctor_al ]
  7. BobbyG123

    BobbyG123 Guest

    Thanks everyone...I'm one of those dreaded "type A" personalities when it comes to short trips like this. If I leave too many gaps in the schedule, I'll simply eat and drink myself silly. Not that there's anything wrong with that. I'm assuming that the Aladdin is centrally located on the strip. Will I need a car to get to Treasure Island or NY/NY? If not, I'll probably just compile all of your suggestions and fill our days. ESPN Zone is a great idea, as I like to gamble on the sports games. Thanks again.
  8. tvon

    tvon VIP Whale

    Jan 14, 2004
    Boston, Ma
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    as im sure mikey would suggest.. GAMBLE!! [​IMG]
  9. YoungGun

    YoungGun VIP Whale

    Aug 4, 2003
    Southern California
    I must concur with everybody that the Aladdin is best experienced at for the first time at dinner. Their food is great anytime of the day, but breakfast is pretty standard, Americanized stuff. My first meal there was a breakfast and I was pretty disappointed. Food was great, but all the exotic stuff I was looking forward to was not there. The Middle Eastern station had very few offerings (less than the Middle Eastern section at The Palms breakfast buffet). I believe the Italian and Chinese areas had mostly Americanized breakfast items as well.

    I have heard Paris breakfast is good, though mostly for the pastries and crepes. I've never had a chance to eat at Paris, but my friend, who is more of a steak and eggs breakfast type of guy like me, doesn't like it much. He prefers Mandalay Bay. Personally, I like Bellagio's breakfast. Very high quality and the most exotic breakfast buffet I have come across. It may be that Bellagio has a high number of Asian guest because their breakfast has some very authentic Asian dishes. Last time I was there they had Chinese porridge and Asian style soy milk. If you're in the mood to try something out of the ordinary try Bellagio. However, if you just want something good and close to where you're staying, the Aladdin buffet is pretty good. I believe their prices are lower than Paris and Bellagio.

    Just to add another suggestion on something to do, you might want to try to learn a new game. Maybe something like Pai Gow or Let It Ride. Not great games to play regularly, but I believe Aladdin offers free lessons where you can learn the game and play a few free practice hands. They they'll let you play a few more at really low minimums. Even if you lose a few dollars, it is a cheap way to pass some time and learn something new. My friends are big craps fans and they still take the lesson each time so they can take advantage of the lower minimums.

    EDIT: Just realized I missed some of your questions. Aladdin has a great location. It is in the center strip close to some of the nice places such as Bellagio and Paris. I've stayed at the Aladdin before, it is very nice. Being as lazy as I am, if I were you I would drive or take a taxi to either TI or NYNY. I saw Siegfried and Roy 2 years ago and the walk from The Mirage back to my room at the Aladdin was not pleasant. It wasn't a bad walk and there are so many people around that I had no safety concerns, but the heat, the detours due to construction, the porn guys, and the fact that I was dressed up for the show made it a little uncomforatable.

    ESPN Zone is a nice place to eat, but I don't like watching games there. The set-up in the restaurant section (Studio Grill) is too restaurant like to really enjoy the games. The games are shown on various screens around the restaurant, and if many games are on at the same time, it may be hard to find a screen showing what you want. The Screening Room is the sports bar type are with all the screens on one wall (like in a sportsbook) and all the tables angled so you have a good view of the screens. I highly recommend watching games in the Screening Room, but that can be hard at peak times or when there is a big game. Get there early if possible. They have let us order off the Studio Grill menu in the Screening Room in the past. As I said, the food is very good (I recommend the ribs), but it is not sports bar type food. The focus is on the entrees, which are on par with any other upscale, casual restaurant. Personally, I would prefer to eat more sports bar/finger foods when watching a game. I have found their appetizers to not be as good as their entrees and to be in smallish portions. I did not like their buffalo wings. With so many nice sportsbooks in Las Vegas, it would be easy to find a better place to watch than the ESPN Zone, unless you can get into the Screening Room.

    [ May 25, 2004, 12:41 AM: Message edited by: YoungGun ]
  10. sharoncity

    sharoncity Guest

    I personally wouldn't opt for renting a car, especially because it is a holiday weekend. You can always take a cab to TI if you are not big on walking. (It is a pretty good hike to TI from Aladdin - especially if you wearing heels! [​IMG] .) We did a lot of walking during the day, but used cabs in the evenings. NY NY from Aladdin is not too bad of a walk at all IMHO. Venetian is directly across from TI, you could go there before Mystere and check that Hotel out. It is incredibly beautiful!!
  11. NEON

    NEON Tourist

    Mar 12, 2003
    Santa Fe
    Bobby, Skintight is not a bad show, especially with 2-4-1 or free. Also, when you arrive on Friday at 3, if you are not as big into gambling -as we are, you can catch Big Elvis (free) at the Barbary Coast close by, between 3-6. If you swing by, we plan on being there and I have extra "free" tickets to Mac King and Ron Lucas. I say free because you have to buy one drink at like $7 each, but still well worth it!
    Let me know and I can plan on bringing them for you and meet at BC Friday while checking Big Elvis out... [​IMG]
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