pacomartin
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June 6th, 2010 at 12:25:01 PM permalink
The Las Vegas Review Journal map previously had been 3 to 4 years out of date, which always seemed strange to me. It was finally updated a few months ago and is accurate and fairly readable.

It's a shame he doesn't put in the five ACE stops.
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June 6th, 2010 at 2:01:26 PM permalink
I just took a look at that map. The blue dots show locations of "Attractions", such as the Mirage volcano, the MGM Lion Habitat, and the Bellagio fountains.

What is the attraction inside Bally's? My question is not meant to be a poke at Bally's, but I just can't figure out what feature of the facility would be designated on a tourist map as an "Attraction". Any ideas?
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June 6th, 2010 at 3:37:53 PM permalink
That is the kind of map I've been trying to get on this site. Take it from me, don't ask a graphic artist to make you a map, you need someone who appreciates both the art and functionality of a map.
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June 6th, 2010 at 4:31:04 PM permalink
Maybe you should e-mail Mike Johnson who is the graphic artist at the review journal.
MJohnson@reviewjournal.com

If he has the map already, maybe he can pull off some of the more obvious graphic images like Vegas Vic, change the colors and some of the text and sell it to you.

He is a good graphic artist, a sample of his 18 of his illustrations is on his LVRJ webpage , and his LinkedIn website .

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June 6th, 2010 at 5:12:22 PM permalink
Quote: Doc

I just took a look at that map. The blue dots show locations of "Attractions", such as the Mirage volcano, the MGM Lion Habitat, and the Bellagio fountains.

What is the attraction inside Bally's? My question is not meant to be a poke at Bally's, but I just can't figure out what feature of the facility would be designated on a tourist map as an "Attraction". Any ideas?



The only thing that I can think of in this 37 year old hotel is the 38 year old game show.


But speaking of Bally's, it seems that empty garden with the moving walkway in the front of the building is bigger than the footprint of the empire state building. The southern tower facing Paris is not renovated as far as I know. You have fantastic views of Bellagio fountains. I wonder why it was never developed? It looks like you could do the work with closing the hotel and casinos.
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June 6th, 2010 at 5:25:47 PM permalink
Quote: pacomartin

The only thing that I can think of in this 37 year old hotel is the 38 year old game show.


If that's what the artist was thinking of, it is quite out of line with all of the other "Attractions" designated on the map. The only other attractions that involve humans performing are the CircusCircus circus acts and the Rio Masquerade in the Sky, neither of which is anything like the taping of a TV show. I've been trying to think of some sort of exhibit, but I have come up with nothing. I don't think I have ever been downstairs (or downescalators) to the shopping mall area of Bally's, so I don't know whether there is something down there I have been missing or not. Doubt it.

As for the south tower, I have no idea. I have stayed at Bally's a couple of times and have always booked a south tower room, because they are cheaper. I have never actually stayed in one, though. It's always an "upgrade" to the north tower. I don't know but have suspected they typically only use the south wing for super-discount groups or for when the north tower is full, otherwise saving on housekeeping expenses.
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June 6th, 2010 at 5:45:29 PM permalink
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If that's what the artist was thinking of, it is quite out of line with all of the other "Attractions" designated on the map.



I agree.

I define an attraction, especially in Vegas, as either:

1) an amusement park or ride, as in Adevnturedome, the rides at the Stratosphere, etc.
2) any kind of free show, with or without human performers, usually in a public space inside or outside the building, like the Bellagio fountains, the shows at Rio, the Sirens of Ti, etc.
3) Any display worth looking at. This includes the art gallery at Bellagio, but also the car exhibit at IP, the outside of the NYNY hotel, etc.
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June 6th, 2010 at 6:53:00 PM permalink
Well it is the only blue dot without a label. You would think that some of the general artwork in city Center would deserve a blue dot more than anything in Bally's.

It's hard to imagine in 1973 that this resort was the architectural marvel of Las Vegas.



I think they should take down this south Tower that was built in 1981 and has about 800 rooms. They could use the space and the space in the entrance and build something thematically tied in with the Paris and take advantage of the spectacular views of Bellagio Fountains.

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