The D is adding another show to its entertainment line up with an afternoon ventriloquist act staring Second City improv alum Patrick Murray and his cast of characters such as the Jamacian lady character Matilda seen in the start of the video above. The show called ‘Ja Makin Me Laugh’ is due to premiere tomorrow and will run in a daily matinee slot at 2:30 pm with ticket prices of $19..95 for general admission tickets and one note the show is intended for adult audiences only.

Circus Circus

After thirty five years as a fixture of Circus Circus the KOA Circusland RV Park is due to close on September 29th with no world yet what will replace it in the area next to the Circus Circus manor. Plans mentioned in the past for that general area include a pool complex as well as a water park which drew lots of interest with a scale model, press conference as well as plans to the city but no real announcements since. MGM which has sat on a big plot of land near the new SLS seems to be ready to invest in the North Strip after doing a good job of lowering its debt; The big plot of land across from the SLS is due to be used as an outdoor festival ground for the Rock In Rio event which comes to Las Vegas in May of 2015. The Circusland RV Park space could just be used as parking or staging for the Rock In Rio event or work could begin on the water park we will have to see what MGM plans for the space. The RV park was a popular stop over with the rv crowd and it wouldn’t be a surprise if a smaller rv park appeared at some point at the back of the Circus Circus lot but for now rv’ers will soon have to find a place further from the Strip to camp.

IMAG0270_edited-1It looks like Caesars are adjusting their pricing beginning September 2nd for the High Roller observation wheel located center Strip at the Linq. The new adult ticket price for the daytime will be $24.95 which was the original price but it had been dropped to $19.95 for the Summer months. The current nighttime price is $34.95 and will remain unchanged and youth pricing will be at $24.95 starting September 2nd. There is some good news the age limit for kids to ride for free with an adult has been raised from three and younger to twelve and younger. I recently stayed at Harrah’s and they had a $5 off coupon in the room coupon sheet and The Quad (soon to be the Linq Hotel) and Flamingo have also been known to offer this; so if you are staying at one of these properties close by you might want to check to see if you have the coupon. Since the High Roller opened the number of people riding it during the day is much less so we are not surprised they have kept the $10 price difference per ticket as many more people want to ride it at night so they can see the lights of Las Vegas. If you are a Groupon fan we have also see special offers on their for tickets in the past so it might be worth checking out if you plan to visit the High Roller on an upcoming trip.

Tonight at the Town Square outdoor mall on the South Strip is another chance to see a free movie being shown with tonight’s family movie being ‘Cloudy with a chance of rain meatballs 2′ in an outdoor area they call The Green at the Town Square. The movie will be shown on a 25 by 35 foot screen at sundown with free admission and if you want to get a good spot or watch the free entertainment before the show you might want to get there early. The movie is part of the Town Square Summer Movie Series where they show G and PG rated movies for free every Thursday night during the Summer weather permitting. If you are not familiar with the Town Square open air mall it is on Las Vegas Blvd but quite a bit South of the Mandalay Bay so you might want to get a cab or bus or drive to the movie.

Gold Coast SIgn NightIf you are member of Boyd’s B Connected players card they have a really good deal right now which is 40 percent off food at all Boyd’s owned restaurants when you play with points. The deal is good at all their Las Vegas properties including the California, Fremont and Main Street Station as well as properties close to the Strip such as the Gold Coast and The Orleans. The B Connected card is free if you are 21 or older with a valid id so if you are going to play at these or their other Las Vegas properties you might want to sign up if you plan on eating there.

IMG_0137The Atlantis Show is a free attraction located inside the Forum Shops next to Caesar’s Palace and uses animatronics to tell a story about Roman characters Atlas, Gadrius and Alia. If you have been to an amusement park such as Disneyland you maybe familiar with animatronic characters, the show itself is worth checking out if you are in the mall but not worth a special trip to see the show. The show runs hourly from about 11am every day and you might want to get there a bit earlier if the mall is really busy but for the most part it’s not hard to get a spot to watch.

Tonight if you are a local or a tourist looking for something a little different to do you might want to check out the Smurfs 2 movie being shown on the area they call The Green at the Town Square open air mall. The movie will be shown on a 25 by 35 foot screen at sundown with free admission and if you want to get a good spot or watch the free entertainment before the show you might want to get there early. The movie is part of the Town Square Summer Movie Series where they show G and PG rated movies for free every Thursday night during the Summer weather permitting. If you are not familiar with the Town Square open air mall it is on Las Vegas Blvd but quite a bit South of the Mandalay Bay so you might want to get a cab or bus or drive as a long walk in the August heat wouldn’t be fun.

Smaller of the two main signs the letters of the LVH have been replaced with Westgate.

Smaller of the two main signs the letters of the LVH have been replaced with Westgate.

New Westgate Las Vegas momument sign

New Westgate Las Vegas momument sign

So with the recent purchase of the LVH (the former Las Vegas Hilton) by Westgate Resorts a timeshare company I decided to take a quick monorail ride to the resort to see what changes had been made so far. Because the purchase was so recent I didn’t expect huge changes but as you can see from the pictures a lot of the former LVH sign age had been replaced with new Westgate signs. Inside the property the lobby, huge open casino floor and large sports book were pretty much the same as before as was most of the public areas and, for midweek pretty busy including a large group of Asian female flight attendants waiting to check in (no I didn’t take pictures of them sorry). The only real changes inside where the Westgate timeshare salespeople down the corridors off the main public areas in several spots. The corridor down to the Pizza Hut restaurants retail space has been transformed in to a room showcasing Westgate Resort properties and many small offices where I presume they can take you if you are interested in a timeshare. The former Las Vegas Hilton which more recently was known as the LVH is a great property but the drawback has always been its location its great for conventioneers because of its location next to the Convention Center but outside of conventions traffic is slower. The hotel is on the monorail route which does bring some tourist traffic and with the opening of the SLS soon should help a little in non convention times; While we are no fans of being bugged by timeshare people maybe the purchase of the property by Westgate Resorts will help fill up the rooms in off peak times which will be good for the property.

The cafe at the near Strip Ellis Island casino has long been a favorite for many because of its good value for money food options; I often used to visit the Ellis Island cafe but after several times of iffy service I have skipped stopping by there for food. Today I decided to give it another try and after I walked to the counter the hostess said “is the lounge okay” and before I could answer walks to the lounge which is actually the bar. I presume I was seated in the bar instead of the restaurant proper because I was by myself. I sat in the bar which they call the lounge for fifteen minutes listening too two drunk bar patrons shout at each other as they discussed which store or supermarket is best to buy liquor the conclusion it seems is Albertsons. Nothing is better when trying to enjoy a quiet meal than listening to drunk people yell at each other. If I was in a sports bar or brew pub I would expect some loud noise but not in a restaurant or cafe. Just before the waitress came by another patron was seated next to me and the waitress didn’t ask who was first she just started helping him yes I could have said something but I figured I would just order after. The customer then asked for meatloaf and the waitress said she didn’t think they had it and then two co workers told her they didn’t so then she headed off to the kitchen to ask the cook. After returning and informing the customer they didn’t have it the customer couldn’t decide what to get and the waitress went through a handful of coupons he had and explaining what each was on the menu. This took a long time and at this point I decided enough was enough and got up and left. I then headed over to Metro Pizza at Ellis Island and ordered two huge slices of cheese with a soda and because it was 2 for 1 Thursday’s I got both slices of pizza which was really good for $3 plus $2 for the soda I definitely will be back to Metro Pizza. I will give up on the Ellis Island cafe but the food is good and maybe if you are in a group you will have better luck with service.