We all know about the Luxor Las Vegas with its sky beam seen for miles and its original Egyptian theme. We also know that some of the original Egyptian-themed areas (the Nile River ride, for instance) have been replaced by adult restaurants and entertainment. But have you visited lately? I hadn’t, but a fan asked for a video tour, and I’m always up for such a request.
As I have noted in the past, those of us with MLife credit cards are given players cards that allow us to self-park at MGM properties for no charge, and I have such a card. When I arrived at the Luxor midweek, I had no trouble securing a parking space close to the elevators.
My video tour is attached, complete with my astonishment at viewing the ESPORTS complex. The Luxor opened in 1993, a long time ago in Vegas terms. But the ESPORTS area made its debut this past March, giving the Luxor a very current vibe. I’m not a player of video games, but to think that some visitors to Las Vegas want to sit and play video games with strangers or enter tournaments with first-place prizes being in the $50,000 to $100,000 range is just amazing.
I don’t know whether I had ever seen the Luxor buffet (my post-menopausal memory is not what it used to be), but during my tour I did visit the downstairs buffet and was surprised at the still-themed layout with plenty of private eating spaces. The Luxor and Mandalay Bay have all-day prices for visitors who can eat at buffets at either location for $39.99 or $49.00 a day, a bargain. (A sign says the normal charges can increase on holidays.)
In addition to video games and the buffet, the Luxor Las Vegas has plenty of other non-gambling entertainment options including comedian Carrot Top, magician Criss Angel, the topless review Fantasy, Blue Man Group, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibiton and Bodies The Exhibition. While visiting the Luxor, I did go through the Bodies exhibition. No photos though, per a sign at the entrance. The exhibition is interesting; each display is accompanied by signage. I particularly enjoyed the depictions of the various stages of the development of a baby inside the womb. Of course, upon leaving the exhibition, one MUST pass through a gift shop.
A recent article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal again emphasized the roles played by restaurants, bars, shopping and entertainment in today’s casinos. Yes, gambling is available as well, but as the Luxor tour clearly shows, gambling is not the only reason, these days, to come to Las Vegas.