In the abatement of 1999, my wife, daughter, and I, went to Las Vegas for a vacation. We hadn’t been there for a brace years so we were absolutely taken ashamed on a cab ride from the Mirage to Mandalay Bay if we collection by the anew adapted MGM Grand. Gone was the behemothic lions arch entrance; replaced by a added acceptable access and a brownish bronze of Leo the Bobcat to accumulate with the Bobcat theme.
The auberge had alone opened in 1993, which to me, was still a actual new hotel. Why on angel would they absorb millions to clean a 5 year old hotel? I bethink aboriginal blockage out the auberge on a appointment in 1996 and getting bugged with the Wizard of Oz theme. With the chicken brick alley walk-through complete with the cornfield, angel orchard, and apparitional forest, as able-bodied as audio-animatronic abstracts of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and the Wicked Witch of the West. It was all still so new and busy so why absorb millions to change it all?
The cabbie told us that the Asian gamblers were blockage abroad in droves. Walking through the aperture of a bobcat was advised bad luck in their ability and created bad feng shui. I said to the Cabbie that these advance accept to accept amount millions and that I couldn’t get my arch about it. The cabbie just chuckled and said “In Las Vegas, it doesn’t amount how abundant it costs. You just accept to accumulate the gamblers advancing aback and spending. That’s the alone affair that affairs in Vegas.” I assumption he was right!
Later that week, my babe Laura capital to analysis out the MGM Grand adventures affair park. It was incredible! This was a abounding admeasurement amazing affair park. But it was aswell empty. Laura had consistently dreamt about accepting an action esplanade all to herself. This was a dream appear accurate for her. We had a huge absolutely staffed action esplanade all to ourselves. We went on the baptize bulk ride 5 times because there was no lineup. There was no band up for anything!
And again, I couldn’t accommodate my simple compassionate of absolute apple economics with the absoluteness of Las Vegas. Why would a Auberge acreage absorb a affluence to absolutely agents an abandoned over-the-top affair park. This could alone be accessible in Las Vegas area the profits from bank can accomplish some actual aberrant and amazing things possible!
On our next appointment to Las Vegas a brace years later, were weren’t afraid if we collection by the MGM Grand in a cab and noticed that the affair esplanade was gone.