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Shooting Guns at the Gun Store Las Vegas

Unlike the UK shooting almost anything is legal in Nevada and probably for this reason it attracts loads and loads of Brits every year. For only a few dollars you can become Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, and Crocket, Tubs or some Mac 10 or some Uzi wielding maniac. All of this can be done not 15 minutes in a cab from MGM Grand straight down Tropicana East.

When you first walk into the Gunstore you know feel like Keanu Reeves in Matrix you know the line “I need guns, lots of guns”. The Gunstore seems to have every gun available with all types of shotguns, machine guns, automatic pistols, revolvers you name it they have it.

Three of us went we chose a gun each, it was $30 per gun for 30 shots and as long as we bought 30 rounds each we were allowed to have 10 rounds on each gun. We chose a gun each, Glok 21 45mm, Beretta 92F and a .38 Special Revolver, we were given the guns in a box. Next you are given a pair of goggles and ear muffs and taken to chose a target, basically you have a choice of either a silhouette of a man running or a selection of terrorists in various poises some holding hostages some just holding guns. You are then taken into the range given a safety talk where they warn you that if they tell you to put the gun down and you don’t comply they will not warn you again but will shoot you. Then they load the gun for you and you pop away at the targets and hear the loud bangs from the other shooters.

When you have finished they will take pictures of you with the guns so that you can send them home and show you work colleagues how grown up you are. After shooting way with the above we hired the special forces favourite the HK-MP5 machine gun (this is the baby that the police carry at airports and the alike) which I think was about $50 for 50 rounds and then we hired the Desert Eagle which I believe was .50 Cal and bloody heavy this I think was $20 for 5 shots it made one huge bang and had a hell of kick and my friend did not move his head when he was aiming and git hit in the mouth by an exiting cartridge.

All in all good fun and fair value and a great opportunity to do something that you can not do at home, it’s not cheap but then it is not too expensive either.

Oh just one thing I took a few spent cartridges as a souvenir and forgot about them, these set off the alarm on the metal scanner at McCarran airport on the way back and earn’t me a special search in a private room !!

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January 28, 2009 Posted by | Casinos, entertainment, events, Holiday, Las Vegas, MGM, MGM Grand, sport, Stupid, Travel, Uncategorized, Vegas, vegas events, Vegas Strip, vegas tips | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Circus Circus, Las Vegas My Review

2880 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas
NV 89109
+1 (702) 734 0410
CircusCircus Las Vegas

Location Circus Circus is at the very North end of the Strip, a fair walk from the major new and more exciting casinos. Travelling by foot at night particularly if you go North, can feel uneasy.

Theme Well I guess you have already spotted this, nestling at the very North end of the Strip a 200 ft neon clown; yup it’s the Circus. The main casino structure is in the form of a giant big top and all the buildings have red and white stripes down them, you can see what they are getting at. The main casino continues this OTT theme with circus acts, swinging from trapezes or walking over tightropes 40 ft above you head. I am sure I saw a few clowns around both in and out of costume.

Attractions Circus Circus opened in 1968. It was the first casino aimed at the family market, so as you can imagine there are loads of attractions with many of them aimed at the little ones. Adventuredome including Grand Slam Canyon is now the only theme park available to the public on the Strip; MGM Grand has gone corporate hire only. This has rollercoaster’s, log flumes and all the usual thrill rides you would find elsewhere. All contained in a climate controlled massive glass dome. It represents great value at $16 for all rides all day. On the midway section (above the main casino floor) there is a state of the art video arcade as well as many fairground type stalls where you can win cuddly toys and the like. The centre stage gives free performances all day from 11am to midnight featuring animals, magicians, jugglers and the like, it’s free and there is never more than 30 minutes between performances. Hacket’s bungee jump also gives you the chance to jump from about 200 foot up with only an oversized rubber band to prevent you becoming pavement pizza.

Pool The pool is small and in a parking lot, it has horrible Circus Circus sun umbrellars and is full of screaming kids.

Shows and Entertainment Circus Circus is home to the largest permenant Circus in the world and they preform acts above the casino floor (see the James Bond film Diamonds are Forever), there is no actual showroom here and no shows ! There is the adventuredome but no proper shows, guess the kiddies would have to be cared for.

Dining Well the Circus Circus buffet is probably the most famous on the Strip, it is advertised everywhere as the cheapest on the strip and as feeding more mouths than any other. These are two facts that are most likely accurate, with dinner at just $11.99 lunch $10.99 and breakfast a mere $9.99 they are going to feed loads of people. The food is best described as boring and bland, I won’t go any further than that. Reviews I have read in several places made me decide to eat elsewhere. The food cannot be that bad though or it would not get the custom it does. The fact it has some of the longest dining queues in Vegas makes eating here is no quick deal. Circus Circus also houses a selection of fast food joints including McDonalds, Circus Pizzeria, a couple of Deli’s and a 24-hour coffee shop. Surprisingly Circus Circus also has two more up market restaurants Stivali (Italian) and The Steak House which is consistently voted the best in Vegas and friends that have eaten there feel its earn’t its accolade


Gaming Circus Circus actually has two casinos so far apart that a monorail joins them. In total there is 110,979 sq ft of gaming space, which has crammed in it nearly 3000 slot and video poker machines, about 70- tables and 7 roulette wheels. This is very much a low rollers joint and has stacks of nickel machines and table minimums of about $2, unlike other Strip casinos there are loads of these low stake tables. The skyrise casino is quite small but is quieter, less smoky and has less children in it than the main casino but no circus acts to watch as you wait for the change woman to get round to you. The service level you receive here is not as good as many other casinos on the Strip as it is aimed at low rollers and you get treated that way. The main casino is very smoky and this can not be good for the hoards of noisy, excited and badly behaved children that are everywhere. It has also been reported (though I haven’t seen it) that this casino is the chosen resort of the more unsavoury types who travel up from LA on US public holidays. Noticing that even the arcade has airport type metal detectors at the entrance there is probably some truth in this.


Drinks service
Forget it. We were there 3 hours and never got a drink. Don’t know I they are just stingy or are worried that a “minor” will steal it when you are not looking.

Overall Circus Circus is aimed at families and budget travellers and accordingly is exceptional value, you get a lot of facilities for the price. You do however pay for this by having to put up with hundreds of children and a very poor location. This is the entry level casino of the Circus Circus group which includes Mandalay Bay, Luxor and Excalibur. There are many far nicer places than this on the Strip, which will give you exactly the same odds.

Good points Um… very tricky. Guess it must be that there is a very large selection of nickel machines and that my sister hit a jackpot here. Rooms are also very cheap.

Bad points Equally hard. Either the terrible location or the clientele

Top Tip Pay and extra $5-$10 a night and stay at Excalibur, if you have to stay here make sure that you stay in a tower and not in the motor lodge rooms.

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August 19, 2008 Posted by | buffets, Casinos, circus circus, cocktails, Dumb, entertainment, events, Excalibur, Free Upgrade, Holiday, hotel upgrades, Las Vegas, Luxor, Mandalay bay, MGM, MGM Grand, news, slots, Stupid, Uncategorized, Vegas, vegas buffets, vegas comps, vegas events, vegas pools, vegas shopping, vegas shows, vegas spa, Vegas Strip, vegas tips | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Las Vegas with 6 teens – Trip Review

Traciee Dee wrote this trip report after travelling to Vegas with 6 teenagers and very kindly gave me permission to post this on my Blog. I know that many people emailing about travelling to Vegas with minors and this will hopefully give you an insight from someone who has actually done it. What makes her report unique is that she actually writes it from a unbiased point of view being a frequent visitor to Vegas accompanied only by her husband this time she could see it very differently and writes without the biased often seen by people who take children to Vegas.

“I know there is much controversy about kids/teens in Vegas so I thought I would put in my 2 cents after our trip.

“My husband and I go to Vegas two or three times a year, quick 2 night trips and we always have a lot of fun and enjoy ourselves. We start early and usually are wiped out by 10:30pm as we maybe had our first Bloody Mary at 8am. We have never brought the kids before this trip.

Long story short, due to teen schedules and life getting in the way our original summer vacation plans had to be scrubbed and we had to coordinate a quick trip before school starts on Monday. Kids wanted to go to Vegas and just walk the strip and go inside all the casinos. My husband and I were traveling with 4 girls 15-17 and two boys 18-19. Three were mine, 3 were friends.

We spent one night in Laughlin then a day at Cottonwood Cove where we rented a boat which was a blast. Drove to Vegas and spent two nights at Circus Circus. We stayed in the West Tower which had been redone and the rooms were quite nice. We got a deal which included a $10 hotel credit, two for one buffet (did not use) and 2 for 1 Mexitalia which was quite good and coupons for Adventuredome. Kids enjoyed the Adventuredome and I did not think Circus Circus was near as bad as the reviews I had read. That being said I would not stay there unless I had kids. Tip to avoid doing the long check out lines is to call an hour ahead and do the express check in.

We did the roller coasters. Sahara $10 per person for 60 seconds, NYNY we had two for one coupons-ride is $15 per person and a few hours at Adventuredome which was $20 per person with the $4 coupon we had from the hotel. Had dinner at Toby Keiths one night and ESPN Zone the other. Kids enjoyed both. We walked the whole strip and in and out of most Hotels/Casinos. We also used that double decker bus thing which was a steal at $5 per person for 24 hours. Only downside to the bus was the adults who did not want to wait in line and almost caused riots trying to cut in front of the line. We stayed out and about till after 1am and noticed the freaky stuff starts about 11pm.

Day three we spent a couple of hours downtown on Freemont and then off to Buffalo Bills in Primm-which is a story in itself….

Bottom line kids had fun, but there was a lot they could have done with out. The freaky, creepy stuff which is of course all a part of Vegas.

For me it was a tough two days. Honestly, I hated it and would tell any parent (especially with female teens) to think twice about the trip. The kids had little freedom as I wasn’t about to let them step a foot outside the Adventuredome without me. My advice, if you do take your kids, stay with them 24/7. I love Vegas, but it’s not a place for kids or teens. I saw things though a whole new set of eyes walking around with my kids and it wasn’t pretty. Enjoy Vegas for what it is and take your kids someplace they can have a little freedom and enjoy exploring on their own.

Funny thing happened to us at Mandalay Bay. We walked downstairs to try and find the ‘beach’ one night. Out of an unmarked door walk two of the freakiest guys we had seen yet. Dressed in black leather, gobbs of make up, spikey hair, major tatt’s and surrounded by body guards the size of the Hulk. One of the kids is looking at a poster on the wall and says isn’t this the guy we just saw? Face to face with Motley Crew and did not even know it.”

August 8, 2008 Posted by | buffets, Casinos, circus circus, driving, entertainment, events, Excalibur, Holiday, hotel upgrades, Las Vegas, Mandalay bay, MGM Grand, news, Stupid, Travel, Uncategorized, vegas shows, Vegas Strip | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Big Vegas Offers , MGM, Mirage, Excalibur, Luxor Mandalay Bay, as of July 19

Summers coming and it hotting up in Las Vegas, the hotels have loads of great offers and it seems that Excalibur probably has the best offer at the moment with a free upgrade to a renovated Widescreen Room for free, Mirage as its Summer special with rooms for $77 and MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay are giving great fly back promotions. All of the codes belwo are direct with the hotel this means that unless its a non refundable offer you pay only the first nights deposit, if your plans change you can get a full refund or change your booking up to 48 hour’s before checking in and if the rate drops after you book if you contact the hotel they will drop yours.

Many of the offers on some of my older posts are out of date so I have decided to replace all of them with in date offers listed below, all of these offers are available for everyone they are booked directly with the hotel’s giving you not only cast iron security but also the best possible rate as the middleman is cut out, unless stated on the booking page all are 100% changeable and refundable with no penalty and you only pay the first night as a deposit upfront. These are all the very best deals that can be found anywhere on the internet. All updated offers are also posted here and this is regually updated

Have fun – Simon

MGM Grand Summer Splash from $69
* $35 Dining credit
* 2 for 1 Grand Spa passes
* 2 complimentary MGM Grand poolside cocktails
* $25 Free slot play
Promotion Runs April 17, 2009 – October 10, 2009
Offer Expires October 10, 2009

 MGM Grand NFR Exclusive! from $70
Eat all day pass for 2 at MGM Grand Buffet
2 Free cocktails at any of the 4 main bars
Complimentary NFR program
Promotion Runs June 13, 2009 – December, 28 2010
Offer Expires December 28, 2010

MGM Grand Maximum Escape from $74
·$35 Activity Credit (per stay)
·2 Line passes to Studio 54 or Tabu
·25% off Spa Services
Promotion Runs April 11, 2009 – May

Mandalay bay All Inclusive Package from $99
The Everything under the Sun Package
Rates from $99 plus tax, per person, per night** (minimum double occupancy)
Unlimited drinks at the beach (domestic beer, wine and well)
Unlimited free dining
Promotion Runs June 16, 2009 – July 30, 2009
Offer Expires July 30, 2009

Mandalay Bay Summer Escape $99
Fly Back Free Certificate ($350 value)
$100 Cabana Credit**
$25 Sand Dollars (credit to be used at the beach)
Promotion Runs June 13, 2009 – September 10, 2009
Offer Expires September 10, 2009

Mirage Bonus Offer from $85
Enjoy a $50 Cravings Buffet Credit during your stay.
Promotion Runs June 14, 2009 – February 28, 2010
Offer Expires April 30, 2010

Mirage Website Offer from $77
Join us at The Mirage and enjoy discounted rates on our newly remodeled rooms.
Promotion Runs June 13, 2009 – April 30, 2010
Offer Expires April 30, 2010

Luxor COLLEGE SUMMER OFFER from $50
Start the fun early and enjoy this spring and summer at Luxor!
$50 OFF Cabana Rental*
VIP Passes to LAX and Cathouse*
Two Minimum night stay required*
Promotion Runs June 14, 2009 – September 3, 2009
Offer Expires September 3, 2009

Luxor Luxury Getaway from $65
One $30.00 Food Dining Credit for Tender Steak and Seafood Restaurant*
One $20.00 Spa Credit for Nurture Spa services*
One 2 for 1 admission to Nurture Spa at Luxor*
$10.00 in Free Slot Play for New Player Club Members.*
Promotion Runs June 14, 2009 – February 28, 2010
Offer Expires February 26, 2010

Luxor All Inclusive Package $210 including weekends !!!!
All You Can Eat, All Day, Every Day at MORE, the Buffet*
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Sunday Champagne Brunch included)
Two tickets to CRISS ANGEL Believe™
Two tickets to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition*
Two tickets to Bodies…The Exhibition*
Two Nurture Spa Day Passes*
Two VIP admissions to LAX (Wednesday through Saturday evenings)*
Two VIP admissions to CatHouse (Club closed on Tuesday evenings)*
Room check-in at VIP Lounge
Promotion Runs June 14, 2009 – December 31, 2009
Offer Expires December 26, 2009

Luxor Expect the Unexpected from $50
One $25.00 Food and Beverage Credit – valid for Pyramid Café,
MORE the Buffet at Luxor or Tender Steak and Seafood (based on availability)*
One $10.00 Beverage Credit – valid for use in Aurora, Flight, Liquidity or the Playbar*
One $25.00 Nurture Spa Credit towards any spa treatment*
$10.00 in Free Slot Play (for first time Players Club members only)*
Promotion Runs June 14, 2009 – February 28, 2010
Offer Expires February 25, 2010

Luxor Buy 2, Get 1 Free from $55
Stay 2 nights and get the 3rd night free on select dates in November, and December.
Promotion Runs November 22, 2009 – December 28, 2009
Offer Expires December 27, 2009

Luxor Golf Getaway from $50
On select dates enjoy the links and treat yourself to:
• Free Rental of Callaway Golf Clubs* ($50.00-$75.00 value)
• $25.00 off golf rack rate at the following golf courses:
Desert Pines and Royal Links*
Promotion Runs June 14, 2009 – February 28, 2010
Offer Expires February 28, 2010

Monte Carlo JUMPSTART JUNE from $50
Reserve a Deluxe room or a High Floor Deluxe room you will receive a $25 Food and Beverage Credit .
Reserve a Strip View Deluxe room you will receive a $50 Food and Beverage credit.
This offer is available for a limited time only, so book your reservations today.
Promotion Runs June 14, 2009 – July 2, 2009
Offer Expires June 30, 2009

Monte carlo VEGAS SUMMER ESCAPE from $55
2-for-1 Buffet at Monte Carlo
2-for-1 Il Fornaio Breakfast at NYNY
2-for-1 Drinks at BRAND Steakhouse inside Monte Carlo
2-for-1 ROK Vegas™ Nightclub Admission at NYNY
2-for-1 Roller Coaster passes at NYNY
2-for-1 Spa admission at Monte Carlo
2-for-1 Lance Burton tickets at Monte Carlo
35% off Zumanity™ tickets at NYNY
Promotion Runs June 14, 2009 – September 13, 2009
Offer Expires September 13, 200

NYNY Summer Escape from $55
Vegas Summer Escape. Two Hot Spots. One Cool Party.
2 for 1 Buffet at Monte Carlo
2 for 1 Breakfast at Il Fornaio at New York New York
2 for 1 Drinks at BRAND Steakhouse at Monte Carlo
2 for 1 ROK Admissions at New York New York
2 for 1 Roller Coaster at New York New York
35% off Zumanity tickets
2 for 1 Spa Admission at Monte Carlo
2 for 1 Lance Burton Tickets at Monte Carlo
Promotion Runs June 14, 2009 – September 13, 2009
Offer Expires September 13, 2009

NYNY $100 CITY PASS from $60 per night
Park Avenue Strip View Upgrade
2 Complimentary Welcome Cocktails
$25 Retail Credit
2 for 1 Complimentary Il Fornaio Breakfast
2 for 1 Complimentary Spa Admission
2 for 1 Complimentary Roller Coaster
Promotion Runs June 14, 2009 – August 31, 2009
Offer Expires December 29, 2009

NYNY COUPLES PACKAGE From $60
Las Vegas Evening Tour for 2 for only $61.95 ($120 value)
Park Avenue Strip View Upgrade
2 Complimentary Welcome Cocktails
$25 Retail Credit
2 for 1 Complimentary Il Fornaio Breakfast
2 for 1 Complimentary Spa Admission
2 for 1 Complimentary Roller Coaster
Food: Includes a light snack
Promotion Runs June 14, 2009 – December 29, 2009
Offer Expires December 29, 2009

NYNY SPA SUITE SPECIAL from $110
Upgrade from Skyline to a Spa Suite for only $50 additional per night.
Upgrade from Park Avenue to a Spa Suite for only $40 additional per night.
Upgrade from a Broadway to a Spa Suite for only $30 additional per night.
Promotion Runs June 14, 2009 – July 22, 2009
Offer Expires July 31, 2009

NYNY PLAYCATION from $60
Park Avenue Strip View Upgrade
2 Complimentary Welcome Cocktails
$25 Retail Credit
2-for-1 Il Fornaio Breakfast
2-for-1 Spa Admission
2-for-1 Roller Coaster
Complimentary ROK Admission
$10 FREEPLAY®
Discount offers from Town Square
2 $10 Game Card Vouchers to ESPNZone
Royal Links Golf Club Offers.
Promotion Runs June 14, 2009 – December 27, 2009
Offer Expires December 30, 2009

EXCalibur OUR BEST RATES! from $36
Book our best rates and you will receive:
TWO-FOR-ONE TICKETS TO THE TOURNAMENT OF KINGS DINNER SHOW.
20% OFF OF ANY SPA TREATMENT
Promotion Runs June 13, 2009 – December 28, 2009
Offer Expires December 28, 2009

Excalibur Stay and Play from $40
Offer includes:
$25 DINING CREDIT
Promotion Runs June 13, 2009 – March 31, 2010
Offer Expires March 31, 2010

Excalibur Bachelorette Party!from $81
$50 BEVERAGE CREDIT
2-For-1 TICKETS TO THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER (EXCLUDES VIP TICKETS)
VIP ADMISSION TO LAX NIGHTCLUB AT LUXOR
$50 IN PARTY PIT GAMING CHIPS FOR $40
10% DISCOUNT ON FULL-DAY CABANA RENTAL MON – FRI.
A FREE THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER POSTER
EXTRA PERSONS IN THE SAME ROOM STAY FOR FREE UP TO A MAXIMUM OF FOUR
Promotion Runs June 13, 2009 – March 31, 2010
Offer Expires March 31, 2010

Excalibur Bachelor Party! from $81
$50 BEVERAGE CREDIT
$10 OF TICKETS TO FANTASY AT LUXOR
VIP ADMISSION TO LAX NIGHTCLUB AT LUXOR
$50 IN PARTY PIT GAMING CHIPS FOR $40
10% DISCOUNT OF FULL-DAY CABANA RENTAL MON – FRI.
EXTRA GUESTS IN THE ROOM STAY FOR FREE UP TO A MAXIMUM OF FOUR**
Promotion Runs June 13, 2009 – March 31, 2010
Offer Expires March 31, 2010

Excalibur Family Package! from $54
2-FOR-1 tickets for Tournament of Kings dinner show
2-FOR-1 tickets to Adventuredome at Circus-Circus
2-FOR-1 tickets to our Magic Motion $-D movie ride
10 Free Play passes at the Fantasy Faire midway
20% Off on Bodies, the Exhibition at Luxor
20% off Titanic, the Exhibition at Luxor
Buy one, get the second admission for 50% to Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay
Additional guests in the same room stay free up to a maximum of four. **
Promotion Runs June 13, 2009 – March 31, 2010
Offer Expires March 31, 2010

MGM Signature Romance Package
Suites from $149.
half dozen chocolate covered strawberries
a bottle of champagne
omantic rose petal turn down service.
Promotion Runs February 21, 2009 – December 30, 2009
Offer Expires December 31, 2009

MGM Signature Spring Fling 2009
Suites from $129. Package
$50 credit at Walter’s Golf
$50 resort credit toward dining, entertainment, the spa or nightlife.
Promotion Runs June 16, 2009 – June 30, 2009
Offer Expires June 29, 2009

MGM Signature Stay 3 nights! from $129
Stay 3 nights at the Signature and receive $75 resort credit!
Promotion Runs February 21, 2009 – December 30, 2009
Offer Expires December 31, 2009

MGM Signature Stay 5 nights!
Stay 5 nights at the Signature and receive $150 resort credit!
Promotion Runs February 21, 2009 – December 30, 2009
Offer Expires December 31, 2009

MGM Signature Stay 7 nights!
Stay 7 nights at the Signature and receive $300 resort credit!
Promotion Runs February 21, 2009 – December 30, 2009
Offer Expires December 31, 2009

MGM Skylofts Exclusive
Daily Continental In Room Breakfast for 2
Daily complimentary gym access for 2
$100 Spa Credit per stay
Promotion Runs June 14, 2009 – September 30, 2009
Offer Expires September 30, 2009

Circus Circus  FAMILY FUN PACKAGE from $42
Book today and receive over $150 in savings
Adventuredome at Circus Circus buy 1 All Day Ride Pass get 1 free (up to 2 free passes) $49.90 value
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay buy 1 get 1 50% off (up to 4 discount passes) $16.96 value
The Roller Coaster at New York New York buy 1 ride get 2nd ride free (up to 1 free ride) $28 value
Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at Mirage buy 1 get 1 free (up to 2 free passes) $30 value
Tournament of Kings at Excalibur buy 1 get 1 free (up to 2 free tickets)
Bodies at Luxor 20% off (up to 4 tickets) $24.80
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at Luxor 20% off (up to 4 tickets) $$21.60
Book early, this offer is sure to sell out fast.
Quantities are limited.
Promotion Runs June 14, 2009 – September 10, 2009
Offer Expires September 9, 2009

Circus Circus BIGGER BIG TOP PROMO from $27
SKYRISE & CASINO TOWER SPECIAL
Receive up to 15% off our already discounted room rates.
This offer is valid in our Casino and Skyrise Tower buildings.
West Tower and weekend rates are slightly higher if available.
Promotion Runs June 15, 2009 – September 6, 2009
Offer Expires September 6, 2009

July 18, 2008 Posted by | bellagio, Casinos, circus circus, Cirque, cirque de soleil, Dumb, entertainment, events, Excalibur, flamingo, Free Upgrade, Holiday, hotel upgrades, Las Vegas, Luxor, Mandalay bay, MGM, MGM Grand, MGM GRand Arena, Mirage, Monte Carlo, news, shows, slots, Stupid, tipping, Travel, Treasure Island, Uncategorized, Vegas, vegas buffets, vegas comps, vegas events, vegas pools, vegas shows, vegas spa, Vegas Strip, vegas suites, vegas tips, xxx | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Getting Married in Vegas – Outside Wedding Venues

Other “Las Vegas” Wedding Venues

You can get married anywhere in Las Vegas ! You can hire a limo with the minister and the limo can stop outside the Bellagio fountains or the”Welcome to Las Vegas” sign the possibilities are endless. You can even get married in a helicopter whilst flying over the Las Vegas Strip. Outside of Las Vegas there are five famous beautiful natural areas where many people choose to get married, Lake Las Vegas , the Grand Canyon , Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire and Mount Charleston . Lake Las Vegas and Mount Charleston have hotels that offer anything from simple services to full wedding packages including receptions, at Lake Las Vegas you can even get married on a luxury yacht!

Lake Las Vegas Lake Las Vegas is 17 miles from the Strip but could be a world away. It’s a beautiful lake in the middle of the desert with a Tuscan styled village on its shores, golf greens to the waters edge and mountains in the background it is truly stunning. Lake Las Vegas plays host to a range of high class hotels, vacation homes,shops and restaurants and whilst it is beautiful there is a beautiful price tag attached. The Montelago Village offers wedding packages starting at $2700 for up to 20 guests these prices rise quickly and sharply. The other major resorts at Lake Las Vegas also offer wedding packages these are the super deluxe Ritz Carlton and Lowes Lake Las Vegas Resort

Red Rock Canyon 17 Miles west of the strip lies the beautiful Red Rock Canyon a beautiful National Park that looks like no other place I have ever seen on earth. Most of the chapels do packages to get married in Red Rock canyon generally starting at round around the $800 mark. You need a park permit needed to get married in Red Rock Canyon, this costs $180 and is usually included in the package costs but it would be wise to check. Its usually about 3 hours form when you leave your hotel to when you return if you go by limo and unless you hire a second limo you can generally only take 6 guests. Its worth remembering that the ceremony will be held outside in a beautiful setting but also remember that means no air con and no lights, its best to get married at sunrise or sunset. Remember that you will have been sitting for some time in the limo to get there which may mean you clothes get creased and your makeup and hair will have been done back at the hotel.

The Grand Canyon, anyone who has been to the Grand Canyon will not be able to explain well enough its GrandCanyonbeauty, awe and magic. It really is a place that you have to see to believe and when you do you will wonder if the other 6 of the 7 wonders of the World are as good as this. The majority of people who go to see The Grand Canyon go to the South Rim where there are a number of hotels and some of the best views across the canyon, this is a good four hour drive out of Vegas. If you are getting married in the Grand Canyon chances are that you will be flown out there in a helicopter the flight is wonderful but think about this when you are choosing what to wear as helicopters do not give you much room. Usually you will land in the canyon for your ceremony like Red Rock remember no air con and no toilets! You are also very limited in the number of guests that you can bring and you usually can’t hire a second helicopter to bring more people down. Most of the Chapels offer wedding ceremonies in the Grand Canyon and they tend start at around $2500.

June 25, 2008 Posted by | bellagio, entertainment, events, Excalibur, flamingo, gaming, grand canyon, Hatton, Holiday, hotel upgrades, Las Vegas, Luxor, Mandalay bay, MGM, MGM Grand, Mirage, Monte Carlo, music, national parks, news, resturaunts, shows, Stupid, Travel, Treasure Island, Uncategorized, undefeated, Vegas, vegas events, vegas pools, vegas shows, vegas spa, Vegas Strip, vegas tips, vegas wedding, wedding | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Biggest Discount rates, MGM Grand, Mirage, Monte Carlo, Signature, Luxor,Las Vegas

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Beneath are the current best deals available for these stunning MGM Mirage las vegas hotels, all are direct with the hotels this cuts out the middleman enabling the hotels to give you the best rate, as its direct with the hotel unless stated on the booking page yuo can cancel with no penalty up to 48 hours prior to check in. I hope this can help sonmone get the best deal.

MGM Grand, Las VegasMGM Grand Summer Splash! Rates from $69/night, and it comes with;
Two Free Inner Tube Rentals
$35 activity credit toward dining or entertainment
15% off spa services
Runs: June 11, 2008 – September 30, 2008

Expires: September 1 2008

Mirage Fathers day Offer
Make the Mirage your perfect Father’s Day gift. Room rates starting at $79 per night Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. Starting at $119 per night Friday and Saturday

MGM Signature, Las vegasMGM Signature Summer Splash
* $25 Entertainment Credit
* 20% off spa treatment
* Continental breakfast for two at Delights
* Kids(10 and under) eat a free poolside meal with adult meal purchase (The Signature Poolside Grill)
* 20% off at The Signature Poolside Grill
June 5, 2008 – August 31, 2008 EXPIRES June 12th

Mirage “Tower Suite Offer” Rates from $168/nt. Join us at The Mirage and enjoy 30% off, on our luxurious accommodations on select dates . Apr 29 – Sep 10, 2008. Promo Code: RRTWR08 (Exp 9/12/08)

Luxor Luxury Getaway
These online rates reflect a $10 discount per night,
Luxor, Las Vegas • One $30.00 Dining Credit good at Fusia our Asian inspired restaurant*
• One $20.00 Spa Credit for Nurture Spa services*
• One 2 for 1 admission to Nurture The Spa at Luxor*
• $10.00 in Free Slot Play for New Player Club Members.*
Runs June 5, 2008 – February 28, 2009 – Expires February 27, 2009

Monte Carlo SPECIAL OFFER
Receive Exclusive Low Rates!
Offer is non-refundable and may not be cancelled.
Two Night Minimum Stay.
Runs June 5, 2008 – July 31, 2008 Expires July 31, 2008

Circus Circus Las Vegas “Be Adventurous 2008” JUNE RATES fr $42nt (2 night minimum). Plus, $10 Resort Credit (apply towards food, beverage, retail, or room charges), 2 for 1 Dinner Buffet, 2 for 1 entree at Mexitalia Xpress, Free pitcher of Margaritas at the Garden Grill, $4 off The Adventuredome Theme Park and Free Fun Book ($100 Value). Feb 5 – Jun 30, 2008. Promo Code: BE07 (Exp 6/30/08)

ExcaliburExcalibur “30-DAY ADVANCE OFFER” SUMMER RATES FROM $61/nt. *Book early & receive $10 off our already low internet rates. (*Displayed rates already include discount. Offer is non-refundable & may not be canceled or changed. Total stay is charged at time of booking. Mar 13 – Nov 15, 2008. Promo Code:EBOOK (Expires 11/30/08)

Bellagio Summer 2008 Suite Offer
We invite you to experience Summer at Bellagio with this exclusive offer at our AAA Five Diamond resort casino. Suite rates starting from $299 per night.
Runs June 8, – September 18, Expires October 2, 2008

Monte Carlo, Las VegasMonte Carlo SPLASH PROMOTION
Discover a Monte Carlo like you’ve never seen and enjoy:
$20 Dining Credit
$20 Spa Credit
Complimentary Golf Club Rental – some restrictions apply
2 Complimentary Spa Admissions
$10 slot FREE PLAY
Food Court Coupons
Runs:June 5 – September 12 Expires: September 12, 2008 Continue reading

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Getting Married in Las Vegas – The legalities

Little Chapel of the WestLas Vegas Wedding Legalities
Getting married in Las Vegas is simple and easy in a nutshell you need to go to the Clark County Marriage Bureau fill in a form and pay $55+ $7.50 for the certificate, cash is the only form of payment taken. You are then free to get married in Las Vegas. The actual legal requirements are further down this page

Obtaining Your Marriage licence

You need to go the Clark County Marriage Bureau in person and you have to go together and the bureau only takes cash ($55) and they ask for the correct amount ! The bureau is  no longer open 245/7 but open 8am until midnight 7 days a week. At public holidays and particularly Valentines day you can find yourself queuing for a long time. You also need to show your passport, driving licence or birth certificate, surprisingly enough this (at least until next year) is only to prove your age not who you are ! You need to hand over a completed marriage licence application form each which you can download the form here you should download the instructions here they will help you. The Marriage Bureau suggests you bring a copy of the instructions with you when you apply for your licence. If you are not a US citizen under the title “Social Security (E)” write “NONE” Once you have handed over the forms and the cash and proved you are at least 18 you will be given a marriage licence this is valid for one year and allows to get married in Nevada by anyone licensed to perform marriages.

Obtaining Your Marriage Certificate
When you get to your marriage venue you will need to hand over your marriage licence, your minister (or appointed licensed person) will then marry you and he or she will file this with the Marriage Bureau so that a marriage certificate can be issued. The minister does not get paid by the wedding venue he works for tips so you should give him at least $50. Many venues will arrange for a marriage certificate to be posted to you or allow you to collect it from them at a later date. You can also apply for a certified marriage certificate by writing to “Clark County Recorder, P.O. Box 551510 Las Vegas, Nevada 89155-1510” and enclosing the fee of $10.

Marriage License Requirements

Requirements for U.S. citizens and non U.S. citizens are the same.

It is suggested that non U.S. citizens check with your local officials for special documents that may be needed to ensure that your marriage will be recognized in your country.

Applicants must be a Male and a Female, at least 18 years of age, and not nearer of kin than second cousins or cousins of half blood, and not having a husband or wife living.

Applicants may be required to prove their age. Those not having acceptable identification to prove age may be refused a marriage license. (Faxed copies, damaged identification, privately issued I.D., check cashing cards or photocopies of identification are unacceptable.)

Social Security Numbers are required on the Affidavit of Application for a Marriage License. Please know your Social Security Number. Those without knowledge of their Social Security Number may be refused a marriage license. It is recognized that non U.S. citizens will not have a Social Security Number.

Marriage Ceremonies: In order to have a legal marriage, a ceremony must be performed in the State of Nevada within one year from date of issuance of the marriage license by any person licensed or authorized to perform ceremonies in Nevada. The ceremony may be performed in any Wedding Chapel, Church or the Civil Marriage Commissioner’s Office. These marriages are recognized throughout the world.

Vows: In Las Vegas you are allowed to write your own vows so you can make your ceremony very very special you can make it as personal and unique as you wish here is a link to a fantatstic book that helps your write great vows that will make your day even more special.

Blood test: There is no blood test and no waiting period after a license is issued.

Divorced Applicants: Are required to know the Month/Day/Year/City and State of their divorce. The divorce must be final and filed with the courts in the state or country granted. You are not required to bring the divorce decree


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Day Trips from Las Vegas, including the Grand Canyon and Death Valley

Leaving the excitement of the MGM Grand, Excalibur, Bellagio and Mirage etc is not always easy but sometimes it’s good to take a break from the Strip for a day or even just a few hours to get out and about and see some natural beauty. There are many places that are worth vesting easily within a day’s reach of Vegas and I have listed a few below. This is not meant to be an in depth guide the links to the parks will give you far more information than I could but hopefully this post may help you plan. Have a great trip – Simon

Red Rock CanyonRED ROCK CANYON: Its about 20 miles west of Las Vegas out Charleston Blvd (you can pick up that street at the north end of the Strip) It’s a scenic drive-through park. Go early, not in the heat of the day; there’s no shade. The canyon did not have as much as we were hoping and apart from one main Red rock feature there was very little to make us want to go back. However one of my friends lives near by and says that if you leave the car in the car park and hike within an hour its spectacular, there us a an admission charge of $10, we did not pay as it was free on Christmas Day when we visited.


Hoover Dam HOOVER DAM:
Drive about 30 miles southeast of Vegas and go to Hoover Dam; the National Park Service offers tours there (@ $15.), though you can just park in the car park and walk over the Dam. Just before you get to the Dam there is a Casino called the Hacienda this offers great value food and is just the place for breakfast if you have left Vegas early, you can also take helicopter rides here over the Dam and Lake Mead. Go on past Hoover Dam to Boulder City and then to Lake Meade for a swim and/or to visit the new casino there. Also, there are tour companies that will take you on a cruise of the river below Hoover Dam.

Valley fo FireVALLEY OF FIRE STATE PARK: Drive about 35 miles north of Vegas on I-15 and go to Valley of Fire State Park, another scenic park area. This is my favorite NP within easy reach of Vegas it’s really nice and well worth the trip. When you are here you may see a wedding as many couples get married here but only in the morning as it gets very hot in the day. The landscape is like nothing else you will see on earth and you easily be mistaken for thinking that you are on another planet. The $6 entrance fee represents amazing value.

ZION NATION PARK: It’s a long drive to Zion (about 2-3 hours), but you can drive North on I-15 to Zion National Park and back in one day. It is worth the trip and the $25 per car admission, this like most other National Parks is valid for 7 days.

DEATH VALLEY:
If you like to visit National Parks, drive about an hour and a half south of Vegas on I-15 and take RT-127 to Death Valley National Park (total drive may be a good 3 hrs each way). Death Valley is hasDeath Valley the lowest point in the United States which is also the hottest place on the planet. It’s the place where in the summer you can fry eggs on the rocks, you will see mirages and is home to some of the most deadly creatures on the planet. You need to take lots of water with you something like 2 gallons each incase you break down and you need to check that your car rental company will allow you to drive there.

Grand CanyonGRAND CANYON: The drive to the Grand Canyon is 5 long hard hours on mostly two lane roads with trucks and campers (only a short way on I-40). You can drive there and back in one day if you leave early morning, like 6:00-7:00 AM. That will put you there about noon and you will have 4 or 5 hrs before starting back and getting back to Vegas about 11:00PM. Its worth considering staying overnight at the Grand Canyon not only to break the journey but also to allow you to see the Canyon at the two best times of the day sunset and sunrise this is a lifetime experience and is worth the investment in both time and money. If you are going to stay over try and stay in the park it will cost less than you think. The park has a $25 entrance fee per car.

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Nitetours, clubbing in Vegas – May and June 2008

Darin Feth, President of Nite Tours is a great friend of mine and I have asked him to write about what has been going on at Nite tours and also some tips for visitors to Vegas whch will feature in forthcoming posts. Nite tours is the premier way to get the best out of the club scene in Vegas it avoids the lines, the expense and general pains that you usually get trying to get into clubs in Las Vegas.

For the month of May had over 3,000 people from around the world join us on our World Famous Club Crawl. People from Australia, Beijing, Seoul, Denmark, Amsterdam, Italy and lots of drinking/partying Canadians. We also saw an increase in Americans on our tours and an increase of local Vegas residents on Nite Tours as it is so inexpensive to go on Nite Tours even the locals use it.

VIP Club Limo Crawls

For $69 per lady and $79 for men You receive VIP Access to 3 of the Best clubs (no line and all cover paid) 2008 limo party bus (like a nightclub inside), all you can drink beverages, VIP Hosts and so much more!

Nite Tours fetaure the following premier clubs and bars

CARAMEL, PURE, PREVI, THE BANK, TRYST, LAX, THE MIX, PLAYBOY/MOON, TAO, JET, GHOST BAR, RAIN, VOODOO, IVAN KANES 40 DEUCE, AND MANY OTHERS

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Top Ten Las Vegas gaming tips

Craps TableI am not going to give you in depth gaming advice or lessons for a couple of reasons: –

Firstly I do not want to give anyone any ideas of how they could win or more importantly be considered in any way responsible for their losses. If I were in a position where I had this knowledge I would be a professional gambler.

Secondly there are many excellent books that have far more resources behind them than I have. I would recommend that you use these books to learn the games but nothing more as if the authors really had systems that guaranteed winning they would not bother writing books.

  1. If you are not sure about a game or rules on a table stand back for a few hands and watch and learn, this will also give you the opportunity to decide if you are happy with the atmosphere at the table.
  2. DO NOT GAMBLE MORE THAN YOU CAN AFFORD – this is the golden rule. Chances are you will not beat the house, in fact there is no chance about it you will not beat the house full stop so gamble for entertainment not to get rich.
  3. Never hand a dealer money place it on the table he is not allowed to take it form your hand and trying to pass him money will only cause you embarrassment.
  4. If you think that a dealer is rude just leave the table you can play anywhere do not put up with bad service
  5. Find out when the casino has free gaming lessons and use them they are totally free, good fun and you are not under any pressure to play once your lessons have finished.
  6. If you are new to a game try playing in the morning when the casino is less busy then the dealers will be more able to assist you more. This is particularly useful with craps. I had a nightmare my first time playing when I shot I kept throwing the dice out of the pit and hitting people on other tales and couldn’t remember my bet odds. The croupier and other gamblers were fine about it. Things may have been very different if it had been say 10pm on a Friday night.
  7. Do not use any system that involves upping your stakes to cover your losses. You think that you can win Circus Circucbut it will not last you will have a bad run and lose big time in the long term. I used to play with systems like this but although you may win 4 out of 5 times in the end you will have a losing run that more than wipes out all of your winnings. The casinos love people who run escalating stake systems and casinos only love people who lose money to them. The only system that can work is to up your stakes when winning so you are gambling with casinos money. There are several strategies that if followed may reduce the house’s edge a little. This is particularly useful for blackjack but the house always has the edge this is what pays for everything.
  8. Don’t play Keno this has terrible odds stacked in the favour of the house and although simple is really not worth a bet.
  9. When you are new to a game look for a casino with low stakes that way if you are making mistakes or just learning your losses are likely to be smaller. Hotels on the Strip have higher minimums than those downtown but, Circus Circus, Rivera, Imperial Palace, Stratosphere, Excalibur, and the Sahara have lower stakes than the posher Strip casinos.
  10. Get an online account and practice before you get out to Vegas with many of these you get free bonus’s every month so you can practice on the casino’s money and you may get lucky

 

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