Comparing “Vegas Musts” – 2005 vs 2015


Vegas Bright reader & podcast listener Corgimom compares her Vegas Musts between 2005 and 2015.

I don’t get to Vegas as often as I used to. Back when a Vegas trip was a quarterly thing for me, I had many “Vegas Musts.” Things have changed through the years – here is a look at what a difference ten years makes to our Vegas experience. Let’s compare…

Vegas Musts

2005:
Eat breakfast in the Sidewalk Café at Bally’s (now closed).
2015:
Order breakfast from room service on our first full day – and sleep in, because we never go to bed until 1 am Vegas time that first night.

Vegas Musts

2005:
Walk from Bally’s to Riviera or Stardust, stopping in every casino along the way to play the slots (with the exception of Casino Royale and O’Shea’s – too smelly).
2015:
Rent a car and spend most of our time at local casinos like Green Valley Ranch, Red Rock, Silverton and M Resort, playing VP and table games.

Vegas Musts

2005:
Enjoy a mocha latte while watching the Sunset Stampede at Sam’s Town.
2015:
Have a few beers during a VP session (finding those Full Pay Deuces Wild machines is getting harder and harder).

2005:
Try to get a comped headliner or hot show tickets from our host, preferably Seinfeld, Leno, Love, Danny Gans, Bill Engvall, Mystere, etc.
2015:
Enjoy the free lounge bands in the casino, preferably while gambling.

Vegas Musts

 

2005:
Spend one night “slumming” Downtown to people-watch and eat cheaply.
2015:
Spend more time Downtown because that is where the better gambling odds can be found.

2005:
Have a Ruby’s Diner burger for lunch at the airport on the way home.
2015:
Book an early evening flight and arrive at the airport at the last possible second so we have as much time in Vegas as possible.

2005:
Stand on the pedestrian bridge between Bally’s and Bellagio at night to watch the traffic and the fountains.
2015:
Stand on the pedestrian bridge between Bally’s and Bellagio at night to watch the traffic and the fountains (some things are just too good to pass up).

Photos: [Greg C., Sammasseur]

2 Comments on "Comparing “Vegas Musts” – 2005 vs 2015"

  1. Chris in Nashville | September 14, 2016 at 7:05 am |

    This is great. That photo of the Fitz makes me sad. I love the D, but Fitz was my second favorite (after Golden Nugget) while it was there.

  2. Awesome take on the idea! I’ve been going to Vegas for about 5 or 6 years and I can definitely see my preferences changing already.

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