Wednesday, May 19, 2010

In case you're wondering ...

I went on a vacation last week. I had a few posts in the queue for while I was gone, but my brain is still recovering from going numb during the 12 hours staring at the road on the drive back.

Oh, and I will never, NEVER stay at the Excalibur in Las Vegas again. Never.


I thought it would be fun for my daughter, since she regularly pretends she's Sleeping Beauty and I'm Prince Phillip. I had fond memories from childhood when I stayed there with my own parents.

I remember a bunch of kid stuff to do and a great family atmosphere.

What did I find this time?

  1. The rooms have the same decorations and threadbare carpet from the original construction.
  2. The first "non-smoking" room we were given smelled like an army of chain smokers had lived there for a few years. That room also had a couple "mystery stains" on the tapestry on the wall. *shudder* Thankfully, they moved us to another room that wouldn't give my daughter lung cancer.
  3. The cool carnival type stuff has gone the way of the Dodo. Now, there are a bunch of trashy stores and a food court. Yep. A food court. Evidently, McDonald's and Starbucks has been around since the Medieval era.
  4. Getting equal billing with Tournament of Kings (something I remember from the glory days) is another show called Thunder from Down Under.
  5. Right inside the front entrance was a platform with a go-go dancer perched on top. Is there a word for something smaller than a string bikini? If so, that's what she was wearing. Thankfully, my daughter didn't notice her gyrating around in broad daylight.
I know Las Vegas typically caters to adults, but I didn't realize that attitude had crept so completely into everything. Thankfully, the preceding vacation was so awesome, even this adventure couldn't dampen it.


Carrot Jello said...

It's called SIN city for a reason

JMadd said...

I wonder what Circus Circus is like these days, if that's what the Excalibur has turned into.

trublubyu said...

i know! we stayed in vegas for a night about a year ago and i was shocked at how un-family friendly the city is. lots of changes since i was a kid and went there with my fam. thankfully, like your daughter, our kids were young enough that they didn't pick up on all the sleaze, but we won't be going back.

Christie said...

Yeah . . . you couldn't pay me enough to stay at Excalibur. Circus Circus either. Vegas went through a phase of being family friendly, but those days are over. About a decade ago they decided sex sells better than family fun. Bummer, huh? Er...poor choice of words.

Super Happy Girl said...

Well, at least it made a good post :)
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