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New Attraction at MGM a Sign of More to Come?

By MikeE on Monday, 14th September 2009 12:26am
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Over the last few years, we've read little about any new openings outside the world of celebrity chef restaurants, nightclubs, lounges, and designer shopping malls. I've been scanning my brain long and hard to recall the last time a significant diversion like a Shark Reef, Eiffel Tower Experience, or (if you were fond of Excalibur in the early 90s) Magic Motion Machine opened on the strip.

But today, the RJ reported that MGM has opened a new attraction, CSI - The Experience, where guests can spend 60 to 90 minutes away from a bar or slot machine to solve a simulated crime. While this isn't my cup of tea (especially at a cost of $30), if the reviews are positive enough, I'd be willing to give it a shot.

More significantly, though, one has to wonder what this says about the future of the city. This is the first time that significant money ($5 million) and square footage (12,000) has been dedicated to an attraction of this type in years.

While crime scene investigation doesn't exactly scream family fun, you have to wonder if Vegas is going full circle. Will more family-like attractions make a comeback? And what's the over/under on when Laser Tag hits the strip?



Comments & Discussion:

Is this a permant stop for the touring exhibit?

I attended the touring stop here in Boston, and it was ok. While it will draw in the same crowd as bodies and titanic, it is a little bit sciency and education heavy. I won't be paying an admission price to see it again thats for sure.

The cool portion was seeing the miniatures from the miniature killer series.

Given that it takes the space of the former arcade, just like Bodies, and just like Kahunaville, I pretty much wrote it off as "one less thing for under-21s to do in this town." Though I suppose the 17-20 year olds (provided they have some scratch) would enjoy it.

Based on the exhibit content, and the admission price, this strikes me as mostly an adult draw. It may not involve sex, but it involves the next best thing - violence!

Some friends went to the touring part of CSI: The Experience and thought it was pretty cool. I can see the attraction of basing it in the city that the show takes place in. This could be a money maker and the price isn't going to scare anyone away.

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