What Would Bugsy Think? A Wannabe Mobster’s Take on the Newest Attractions Hitting Sin City.
You gotta wonder what Las Vegas founder Bugsy Siegel thinks about his desert vision now. Is he spinning in his grave under the original Flamingo Hotel, or is it his spiritual presence that has Las Vegas in a constant state of change, adding more glamour and glitz yearly to a seemingly perfect wonderland? One thing is for sure, Sin City is taking his vision to new and extraordinary extremes in 2014.
This new entertainment district is located right between Bugsy’s beloved Flamingo and The Linq (Old Quad, older Imperial Palace). Filled with high end shops and restaurants, it is the perfect venue for the gangster in all of us to drop some cash on our favorite mafia princess. Afterwards sit back and contemplate how to make good use of the worlds’ biggest and baddest observation wheel as a launching pad for the next mug on your hit list.
Thousands of showgirl wannabes are dusting off their sequined tutus in anticipation of casting calls for the revamped “Jubilee!”, scheduled to debut in mid March. Bally’s has held bragging rights for this show for over 30 years, known for being the only old-school style burlesque left on the strip. Now they want to add some new music and dance routines to bring it into the 21st century. The one thing that this modern day Bugsy asks is that they don’t get rid of the topless girls.
Another new way to bury the body, or at least launch it into the desert. This 12 story zipline is expected to be ready for action in February. Soar off of the slot machine themed platform right over the excitement of the Fremont Street Experience. The gut wrenching thrill from this attraction is guaranteed to make even the most hardened gangster weak in the knees.
Pawn Shop Live!
Not to be outdone by the guys over at Bally’s, The Golden Nugget has plans to turn the hit reality show Pawn Stars into a Vegas spoof, complete with a musical finale. Think Vito and Sons meets Broadway. Opening night is planned for late January with promises of the real Porn.. er Pawn Stars making guest appearances during performances as well as in the lobby. What’s next? Mob Wives Las Vegas? Now that would be a show.
As if a theme park in a casino hotel wasn’t enough, Circus Circus just had to take it to the next level by adding a 90 ft high roller coaster complete with what they are calling a beyond vertical drop. Sort of like being held by your ankles off the side of the Empire State Building. With tilted turns that make you feel like you are being thrown out of the open carriage, being tossed off the side of a building suddenly sounds like a good way to go. The Adventuredome plans to have it ready to ride in Early February.
What better way to round out a list than with a shout out to every gangster’s favorite city (after Vegas of course). The innovative New York-New York has not only brought the famous skyline to sin city, it now has plans to open an outside promenade reminiscent of a central park, complete with an I love NYNY novelty shop. Of course they also had to add an 18 foot tall Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, because, well because they can and the guys at the new Hershey’s World wanted it. Expect to be able to hit this city street sometime in early Spring.
The inner mobster in all of us is going to love all of these, and the many more exhilarating changes coming to Las Vegas this year. While a far cry from the humble beginnings of the Flamingo (which BTW was the nickname of Bugsy’s favorite girlfriend), this gambling mecca that has become the world’s favorite playground is exactly what Mr. Siegel would have wanted.