The 4 Best Las Vegas Happenings for Winter 2014

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Adventuredome theme park at Circus Circus casino
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Las Vegas has a load of changes in store for 2014. Among them, the grand openings of two new Strip casinos: SLS Las Vegas (formerly the Sahara) and a yet-to-be-named hotel that'll take over the completely renovated Bill's Gamblin' Hall at the corner of The Strip and Flamingo Road. But for now let's focus on the near future and spotlight what's shakin' the next few months.

The Linq

The Strip's new $550-million outdoor mall, sandwiched between the The Quad (formerly Imperial Palace) and Flamingo hotels, partially opened in late December. So far, a handful of eateries and shops have turned on their lights at The Linq. As has O'Sheas, a slick reincarnation of the endearingly dumpy, Irish-themed casino demolished to make way for The Linq project. Still to come: The inaugural spin of the 550-foot-tall High Roller observation wheel, scheduled for February.


If visiting the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop isn't enough to satisfy your Vegas "Pawn Stars" fix, January 21st sees the Golden Nugget hotel's premiere of PAWN SHOP LIVE! -- a stage production parody of the hit TV show. The real stars (Rick Harrison and the gang) have given the multimedia comedy their blessing. And word is they'll appear in pre-taped video clips and occasionally show up in person. Chumlee groupies, rejoice!

El Loco (Circus Circus Las Vegas)

In late January/early February, the Adventuredome theme park at Circus Circus (pictured at top) ups its ante with El Loco roller coaster -- a twisting, turning, insanely steep, negative G-force ride sure to make your stomach do somersaults. Or, to achieve the same intestinal reaction you could dine at the Circus Circus buffet.


Downtown, daredevils will soon be able to zoom high above Fremont Street on the Slotzilla zipline, which will launch riders from a 12-story-high, slot machine-themed platform. The monster, originally scheduled to open last summer, has experienced all sorts of delays that have pushed its debut to February, maybe. With riders traveling at speeds up to 40 mph, the Slotzilla experience will last mere moments and cost around $30. In other words, it'll be just like playing an actual slot machine.
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