New state credit! Yup, this leg of our trip brought us to Nevada! We had a few days in Vegas to look forward to but had to get a stop in Primm out of the way first. What a dive this place was! The best thing about Primm and everything in ot is that it makes you appreciate Las Vegas a hell of a lot more!
It's a long drive from Anaheim to Vegas and there' not a lot to look at except for this!
George Mason RIP.
New state credit!
This Double Western Bacon Cheeseburger was by far the highlight of my visit to Primm. Seriously.
Of course, this place is the real reason any coaster fan stops in Primm.
There's a bit of a "Blackpool Coral Island but more depressing" vibe inside Buffalo Bill's.
Speaking of Blackpool, there's Desperado! The Arrow hyper that took The Big One's spot as the tallest coaster in the world back in the 90s.
We had to wait a while to get on this as the hotel won't run the coaster unless they ahve at least six people there to ride it.
This was about as excited Michael got during our whole visit to Buffalo Bill's.
At least we got on the coaster, I guess! It was pish! But I guess that keeps with the theme of the place!
Onto Vegas next!
Last edited by Divv3k on Thu Jul 17, 2014 8:52 am.
The next few days of our trip were spent in Las Vegas! It's certainly a unique place that everyone needs to visit. Great food, boozy drinks, awesome hotels, cool shows, crappy rollercoasters.. There really is something for everyone.
Here's a look back at our few days in Vegas...
Welcome to New Yo... I mean, Vegas! Where we stayed in New York!
This place looks a little more elegant than Buffalo Bill's.
This was the view from our window. Always great to hear screams of pain from riders as you try to sleep at night. ;)
We started our tour of Vegas hotels in the Bellagio where we foudn this huge WPT poker tournament ongoing.
Daniel Negreanu! As an avid viewer and small time player of poker over the years it was really exciting to meet this guy and get a photo with him. If only I could play poker like he does!
More Vegas hotel stuff!
Eat this World of Color!
I think this means I've got all my fountain credits for this trip. I hope so.
It's the little things you see in Vegas like spiral escalators that help make all those hotels really cool.
Our first show of our visit was Blue Man Group!
It was quite similar to the show I saw in Orlando in 2008 but this show had something that one didn't. Balls.
As cool as the strip looks during the day it looks super awesome at night!
Bubba Gump! This was my first visit here.
And oh man, it was awesome, though I was a bit perplexed that our drinks were more expensive than our food at this place!
Memories of Primm are well on their way to being vanquished in Begas! (Check out that sunburn!)
We also checked out the "old strip" up at Freemont Street. It's a little sadder and more depressing up here but it's interesting to see at least.
Of course, there was the little matter of Circus Circus to attend to while we were in town.
Ch-ching! This was before El Loco was built so it was really one and done in the pink tinged greenhouse.
No credit for grown ups on this one. Would you expect anything less from a Pepsi park?
Our second evening took us to Paris...
Where we saw Jersey Boys! I LOVED this show. It's just a shame the Vegas audience doesn't get into it the same way a London or Broadway audience might. But it's still great show.
These guys seemed to enjoy it too.
Night fountains! Now I TRULY have all teh fountain credits!
Manhattan Express doesn't look any more appetising at night.
Just in case you felt that there weren't enough McDonald's logos in this trip report.
Steak'n'Shake in Vegas? I'll go for some of that!
m&m shake awesomeness!
As burgers on this trip went this certainly wasn't the best (Five Guys and In-N-Out were way better) but it's still a decent effort and it's cool that Steak'n'Shake is an option here!
Michael's a huge fan of Pawn Stars. I know nothing about it but apparently this place is a big deal.
Pawn shop porn....
So that's Vegas! A fun place to spend a couple of days that I can only imagine would be an absolutely riot with a big group of friends. We need to engineer a Brit Crew visit to this place...
Our trip ended with a few relaxing days in Carlsbad - it was a nice change of pace after running around like crazy hitting stuff in LA and Vegas. Of course we still took out a little time to visit a park or two...
Final big park of the trip - Sea World San Diego!
Not-so-much-a-journey-but-rather-just-a-slide to Atlantis!
The theming in the Sesame Street land is very cool!
But Manta is even more cool!
Such a fun ride - have Mack even made a bad ride in the last five years??
Don't give me any of your Blackpish. Show me some whales!
The shark exhibits are always my favourite parts of Sea World parks.
This wasn't a long visit to Sea World, there isn't a whole lot there that interests me but the coasters and Shamu show were fun. Just need to get that San Antonio park credit now!
Seeing as we were in the vicinity we also stopped by Belmont Park!
Last credit of the trip - Giant Dipper!
It's not gonna win any awards but I do love a seaside wooden coaster!
We spent our last evening in San Diego in one of my favourite places there - Old Town!
I almost bought one of these luchadore masks before realising I would have absolutely no use for it whatsoever.
Looks like this guy's having a great time!
This place might be my favourite restaurant in San Diego - Rockin' Baja!
It's great - you got all the authenticity of amazing Mexican food without having to be in Mexico!
Michael managed to seamlessly blend in with the Old Town locals.
Our last morning was spent wandering around Downtown San Diego. Like most cities, it has buildings.
One last photo of Michael and I as I bring this trip report to a close!
And that's it for Divv California Adventure! Writing this TR has reminded me of what a ffun couple of weeks it was - I really need to get back over there in the next couple of years!
I don't know how I missed all these updates! It looks like you had a great trip. And yes, Nevada is pretty much that ugly through the entire state! I'm still lacking the Desperado credit. Maybe one day I'll finally get it.
Cool end to the report! And if you think 'authentic' Mexican food in California is good, wait till you try it IN Mexico!!! It's a million times better literally right on the other side of the border....and improves as you move south!
These pages are in no way affiliated with nor endorsed by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Cedar Fair, Legoland, Merlin Entertainment, Blackstone, Tussaud's Group, Six Flags, Universal Theme Parks, the Walt Disney Company or any other theme park company.
photos and videos on this website were taken with the permission of the park by
a professional ride photographer.
For yours and others safety, please do not attempt to take photos or videos at
parks without proper permission.
You need a sense of humor to view our site,
if you don't have a sense of humor, or are easily offended, please turn back
Most of the content on this forum is suitable for all ages. HOWEVER! There may be some content that would be considered rated "PG-13." Theme Park Review is NOT recommended for ages under 13 years of age.