Hi everyone! I know there was a lot of general Las Vegas Area Attractions discussions in the Adventuredome Discussion Thread so I figured i would make one here for general discussion.
I decided to take a trip out to Primm to get lotto tickets, I called Buffalo Bill’s and they said Desperado was open, but upon arrival it was closed and never opened.
First off, the casino was very empty and slot machines are few and far between. People were playing but it wasn’t very busy at all. So I decided to walk around the property a bit and it’s really sad to see this place falling apart. I remember it in its hay day when it was crazy busy and people were all around!
Walking up to Desperado the sign said closed on the stairs and employees said it wouldn’t open today. The train was sitting in the station and I saw maintenance walking around. At this point I just gave up since the operating hours are only from 12pm to 5pm, they weren’t gonna open it up for just an hour.
I walked outside to where Turbo Drop once stood and you can tell they just tore the ride out as parts were strung about. They gave no mercy lol.
Then I walked over to the log flume, at the ticket booth, was a sign that was printed and said “Closed for Refurbishment”, but you can tell no work is being done on the ride. The control panel had a paper on it saying “DANGER this ride is deemed UNSAFE”. So no go there either.
So the only attractions open were the Frog Hopper and MaxFlight coaster simulator. Oh, and the Monorail that isn’t a monorail.
Disappointing trip, but if I win the lotto, it’ll be worth it!
Seems like such a waste. Primm looks awesome from satellite views, with those giant resorts and even a little monorail connecting everything. Almost seems too big to fail. If they had gotten a few more resorts with some added attractions, I wonder if they would have made it. Perhaps Buffalo Bill's screwed up by not focusing MORE on rides.
It was amazing until the recession and ownership changes. When Buffalo Bill's opened, there was even a railroad that visited all three hotels and wound inside and outside of Buffalo Bill's, but that was short lived. I remember going to Buffalo Bill's opening weekend and Desperado had a 2 hour wait and they were running all three trains. The property was super busy and extremely popular.
Here is some history of Primm:
Primm is name for Gary Primm, who was a good friend of Kirk Kerkorian (they developed New York New York together, Buffalo Bill's is a lot like New York New York)
Whiskey Pete's was the first resort built in in 1977, The second casino Primadonna, opened in 1990 and the last casino, Buffalo Bill's opened in 1994. The Fashion Outlets Mall opened in 1998.
In 1999 MGM Resorts (Then MGM Grand Inc.) acquired Primmadonna Resorts and changed the name to Primm Valley Resorts, and Primadonna was renamed Primm Valley Resort & Casino. During the time MGM owned the resorts, there was a shuttle bus to Primm and the shopping center, it helped people out there, everyone loved coupons!!
In 2007, MGM Resorts sold Prim Valley Resorts to Herbst Gaming (Excluding the Primm Valley Golf Course, which MGM still owns today). Primadonna was renamed Terrible's Resort & Casino.
In 2009 Herbst Gaming filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy (Attributing to the Recession).
In 2010 Herbst Gaming emerged from Chapter 11 Bankruptcy with new owners.
In 2011, Herbst Gaming was renamed Affinity Gaming, (Terrible's Resort & Casino was renamed back to Primm Valley Resort & Casino) who still owns Primm Valley Resorts today.
poor Buffalo Bill's. I used to take the casino bus there a lot with a bunch of seniors. it was a day turn around bus. cost 10 bucks and got a free buffet from Buffalo Bill's. I'd get a day pass and ride all the rides all day. lol
the train was cool, and i'd ride sometimes, but i had really no need to go to the other casinos.
Back about 6 years ago, we too took the free shuttle from Vegas strip to Primm for a day trip (that also did a quick stop at Hoover Dam, and the Ethyl M chocolate factory/cactus gardens before heading out there to drop us for the afternoon).
I clearly remember the shuttle driver taking us to the corner of the attached mall parking lot, and telling us we had just crossed State lines, and went to 3 States in that quick turn around.
Desperado wasn't open the day we were there, but we got a free buffet coupon (had to go to the casino next door, as the food in Buffalo Bill's wasn't open), neither was the monorail. I think we looked at the flume, but didn't ride it (it was a shooting flume ride, right?).
the friends we went with didn't want to gamble, so they went to the theater there and watched Avengers a couple of times, while we played slots - and came out way ahead too! (think they were paying out during the week to get word of mouth spreading, I suppose).
shame the properties seem to be in such poor shape now
What a shame! I've perused recent online reviews of Buffalo Bills, and it seems like a dead mall vibe is setting in. A lot of the negative comments remind me of aging hotels in Atlantic City. Even with Desperado's dated transitions, it's still quite large and iconic; I always thought that it, the flume, and the S&S tower were worth a novelty drive.
I love that the hotel carpet goes right up to the edge of the flume trough -- if I had silly money, that's exactly the kind of nonsense I would build at home.
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