We slept in late and checked out just before noon. We had a very late breakfast downstairs at Carson Street Cafe again (did I mention how much I love the convenience of this restaurant?) and headed for Luxor. Since our last trip in May, Dan had wanted to see the second part of Search for the Obelisk. I couldn't remember what it was, but I did remember it was supposed to be stupid. We asked at the ticket counter and found out that in fact, it was stupid. It's a simulated talk show. Whatever.
Let me just interrupt this trip report to talk about how irritating I find the staff at Luxor. The girl who was working at the ticket booth was a complete bitch. I waited for the family in front of me to buy tickets and I stepped up. I asked politely, "I'm sorry, I can't remember, what exactly is the 2nd part of Search for the Obelisk?" She grunted, rolled her eyes and said, "It's stupid." She then pointed me to a sign in the far corner over by the entrance of the show. I calmly, without killing anyone, walked over, read the sign and talked to Dan. We went back and ended up getting tickets to the 3D IMAX show Into the Deep, but I was not happy about giving someone so rude any of my money.
Anyway, putting that behind me, we had some time to kill before the movie, so we went into the Sega arcade and had some fun. Dan rode the flight simulators in the corner that flip you around and upside down. All he said when he got off was, "Remind me to never do that again" as he held his stomach.
We calmed down by doing the racecars, and some other games. I
love the sega racecars. It is probably my favorite arcade game in
Vegas. Dan and I get so fiercely competitive when we race each
other. I recommend that nobody get between us. We usually end up
drawing a crowd. This race was no exception. About halfway
through the race, Dan hit my car and caused me to flip over and
crash! I was pissed, so I chased up to him and started reaching
over so I could slap him in the car next to me to distract him so
I could pass.
We made a couple of phone calls home and then it was time for
the movie. The Luxor's IMAX Theater is pretty nice. The rows of
seats are very steep so that you have a totally unobstructed view
in front of you. I liked the arrangement, but I can't figure out
what the safety bars that come down into your laps are for.
The movie was basically a trip underwater in Monterey Bay. I have been diving there a couple of times and they showed some of the nicer stuff there is to see. I laughed a bit at the sounds they had underwater. If anyone has been diving, you'll know what I'm talking about. Seals don't bark and there aren't many splashing sounds underwater in the real world. But overall, it was a good movie.
I really enjoyed the technology of the headsets. The last 3D
movie I saw as Captain E-O at Disneyland and this was FAR from
that experience. The headsets consist of polarized lenses for 3D
and have speakers by your ears to provide 3D sound as well as the
picture. It was pretty convincing. I was not the only one
reaching out to touch the kelp.
After that, we got an ice cream in the new Giza Galleria
shopping area and walked over to Excalibur to do their Magic
Motion Ride. The one playing was "Street Luge". As
always, it was fun and exciting. The Magic Motion Ride is my pick
for most reliable good time in Vegas. It has never disappointed
me.. and the price can't be beat, especially with the 2for1
coupon in the fun book (just ask at the promotions desk, they'll
give you one.) This time we were in there with a group of people
who were out for a good time. They were in their late 40's, early
50's and had been partaking of some ale.
The movie was fun. I still like the sand dunebuggy one better,
but this was a street luge (yeah, like in the Olympics, but on
wheels and on the street) down some scary roads. You have to
outrun the police on this thing and you don't always stay on the
road. It is a rough ride as always, and has a good plot. I give
it two thumbs up.
We walked back to Luxor, got our car from the valet and drove
in circles trying to find Alamo again. We got to the airport with
plenty of time to spare so I played a little bit more video
poker. Those machines are not good to me, but I can never resist
just ONE MORE HAND before I go.
At 5pm we were herded onto our Southwest flight and we waved good-bye to the strip out our window.
Again.. another wonderful trip and again, we spent the whole flight home talking about all the things we're going to do next time.