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Cloud 9: The Las Vegas Monorail of Strip Attractions

By MikeE on Saturday, 20th March 2010 3:44am
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Ahhh, Cloud 9. I wanted them to stop the gouging. I mean, really, $22.50 for a nice view of the valley? Nearly every hotel on the strip has rooms with an equivalent view for the price of the $20 trick. And if you're one of the few that doesn't have a view, then there's MIX at THEhotel, Foundation Room at Mandalay, or our beloved Mandarin Bar. Hell, even if the price of drinks at these joints scares you, there's always Paris' Eiffel Tower Experience with just as much of a panorama for only $10.

But what about the novelty of riding a tethered balloon you may ask? Gimme a break. Next time you vacation on southern California's coast, be sure to hit this. It's the same type of balloon, but it's so boring that you'll make a case to get a refund even though the ride is actually free.

Bottom line: Cloud 9's price was downright offensive preying on tourists who are out of the loop on these not-so-secret gems of the city. I can't say I was too sympathetic when they grounded it nearly two weeks ago for damage caused by wind, but now Mother Nature has gone wild defending the rights of us consumers.

Epic balloon pwnage!



Comments & Discussion:

Ah, but it's not just a view. The balloon itself is a weird donut shape with a hole in the middle.

This thing of third-party operators showing up with these balloons in touristy destinations seems to be a 'thing.' Starting last year some firm began doing it at Disney World, and everyone has wondered why because it won't fly when the wind is anything other than weak, and Orlando is the lightning strike city of America. It seems that Cloud 9 maybe is a different firm, some of the Disneyana people were suspicious about the adherence of safety standards with the FL one.

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