1994 Las Vegas compared to 2008





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Published on Dec 13, 2008

Some of the things that have changed from 1994 to December 2008. And still more development is on the way! Features Luxor boat ride and the MGM Grand Adventures amusement park.

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flargon dinglethorpe
The music is the best thing about this video
Sean Grady
In a porno vid near you. ;)
Zachary Bartlett
I WANT THAT AUDIO TRACK!!!!!! What is it???? How can i find it?!
looks like the whole video was filmed in 1994 not 2008. 
Oakview Films
I remember going to Vegas a long time ago when I was still a kid, and hitting up the Luxor. One thing I remember pretty well was that there was a simulator ride there called "In Search of the Obelisk" that took you on a tour of a futuristic Egypt, sorta a mix between Indiana Jones and Blade Runner. A few years ago, I returned back to the Luxor as an adult and while I was old enough to gamble and do all that jazz, I was bummed to learn the ride had long been closed.
Sean Grady
Moved to Vegas is 94. It changed for the worse.
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Sean Grady started going to Las Vegas in 1990 it's change for the worse now it looks like Hollywood Boulevard too many young kids
Hot 1kW
I carefully watched a few 1994 Las Vegas videos, including the above one. For some evil reason- like the walkway promenade that was paved over the former indoor perimeter water boat ride for example, among many more attractions- whereas indoor shopping malls were leveled for more corporate retail chains- Las Vegas, I'm certain, as well as other resorts, is not at all family oriented as much, but more money oriented with the latest fads of digital electronica... It's doggone true!
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Damien Grey
As someone who grew up in Las Vegas, this makes me sad...I really miss the MGM grand theme park, but hey at least we got Wet N Wild back.
Russell Meyers
That the park was great, was there opening day, good ol days
Tyson Stites
im getting the impression that las vegas is doing away with the whole "themed hotels" idea. i dont like that. even if themed hotels are cheesy and tacky, theyre still awesome compared to the crap theyre building now.
9 years later. Frontier's site is still empty Fontainebleu has been unfinished since 2009 Echelon has also been unfinished since 2008
Legendary hero
wow how ugly it's become I'm a native i remember all this
Sean Grady
I moved to Vegas in 1994 and left in 2013. I loved it in the 90's early 00's. My opinion on the change- The strip used to be all about the customer. The hotels knew that they were making money in the casinos, LOTS of money in the casinos, so they didn't charge much at all for food and rooms were reasonable. Employees went out of there way and bent over backwards for you. They genuinely wanted you to feel welcome whether you were a tourist or a local. You didn't need a players card for a hotel manager or a pit boss to comp you for dinner or even a free room. If you were a regular, they recognized you and if they didn't know you by name they would make it a point to. This was before everything was all corporate owned. Anything that was taking up space that wasn't sucking money from a customers wallet and into the hotel/casino coffers was summarily removed and replaced. For the love of god look at all these penny slot machines! They've taken over! The removal of the family friendly attractions is key and speaks volumes. In the 90's there were so many (I want to make a list but it will depress me) and now there is exactly one (maybe two) and god bless them for sticking it out but they are pretty much obsolete and really known more for having cheap rooms. If you go to Vegas just to stay at Circus Circus or Excalibur with your family it's sort of silly. Ok it's extremely silly. Last part of my rant because you did mention crime. I live in Oregon now and recently visited Vegas with my wife for the first time in my adult life as a tourist. In broad daylight I've never been so uncomfortable being in an area that I'm so familiar. The CD scammers, drugs dealers, 3 card monte's, hustlers. Even when you leave the casino the sharks continue to circle. A lot of this I remember from living there but it's never been this aggressive that you feel like your walking through paparazzi at times. Metro is well aware of what is going on on the bridges and they are doing nothing (in fairness this was about a year ago. I assume nothing has changed). The video shows what was a very cool place but greed took over. No one holds them accountable. They can get away with it. It's unfortunately the way of the world, which is a very sad thought isn't it?
It's mind blowing how much has changed. It's almost unrecognizable now compared to when I was there in late 96..
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