Archive for April, 2012

Las Vegas podcast #349 includes:

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Zip and Learn?

The RJ has an update to the Excalibur/Luxor zip line plans we broke in February. The FAA approved the plan on April 6, and Clark County signed off last night. The FAA approval becomes final on May 16, opening the door for MGM Resorts to start stringing the cables.

According to today’s update, three of the lines will serve as a multi-leg zip line course. The fourth line (starting at the Excalibur entrance) will function separately.

Here’s the weird part… the company that will run the thing, Ziptrek, plans to have guides (zip line sherpas?) lead zippers through the course, delivering educational lectures about “sustainability and four conditions which must exist in a sustainable society” during the two hours it will take to complete the course. People will be clamoring to get on the zip lines just to escape from the hippie buzzkill. How long before they drop the unnecessary lectures?

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Speed: The Ride Relocation

A few days ago, we began hearing that Speed: The Ride was finally being disassembled at the shuttered Sahara. According to a blog entry from the company doing the removal work, the roller coaster is headed for the Akita Plaza strip mall located across Las Vegas Boulevard from Mandalay Bay (not far from the alleged future home of the Skyvue ferris wheel).

A little more digging revealed additional details along with artist renderings.

Thanks to listener Allen for the tip.

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During my most recent Las Vegas trip, I had the opportunity to stay at Red Rock Resort for a few nights. While there, I shot some video of the room for your enjoyment.

I thoroughly enjoyed Red Rock Resort’s accommodations. The bed was super comfortable and had tons of pillows, which I always appreciate. The room had plenty of surface space for working and didn’t feel the least bit cramped. The design reminded me of Golden Nugget’s Rush Tower rooms, which I also really liked. I highly recommend Red Rock. If you’re not opposed to staying off-Strip (way way off-Strip), give it a shot.

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Las Vegas podcast #348 includes:

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Direct download of the podcast: Five Hundy By Midnight 4/15/12 84:37 min, 77.6 MB) or subscribe.

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see the dead-sexy Neil Young writhing on a lip-shaped couch while wearing nothing more than a merkin and a smile? According to Ticketmaster, you’re in luck.

As part of its huge renovation project, MGM Grand is apparently breaking new ground with this one-of-a-kind mashup of its long-running French dance revue and Canada’s most influential singer-songwriter. How they’re going to make these two things work together is beyond me, but Criss Angel still has his own show so I guess anything is possible in Las Vegas.

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