Viva Las Vegas, the overused term. Since the company shuts down for two weeks over Christmas, Sean and I decided to head to Vegas for a weekend before all of the holiday chaos ensued. I hadn’t been there in about 3 years, last time for a convention, so I was looking forward to seeking all of the new “attractions.” Yes, there are other things than just gambling. Let’s see what was new, Palazzo at the Venetian, City Center, a couple Cirque shows, re-themed properties and many, many restaurants. I have always thought of Vegas as an adult theme park (many times too adult), but they seem to be changing that stigma. Although slowly, they are making progress.
Vegas is an interesting place because much like the boardwalk, it’s bright, loud and in your face. What I love most are the big huge outdoor shows and the signs, neon, LED, flashing etc… It’s really a ramped up version of what signs used to be like on the boardwalk.
We are seeing more of these come back over time: Gateway Arcade, the spinning fish at Joe’s, new neon at the convention center… not to mention many of the hotels along Ocean Ave. all getting into the game after years of decline. I can only hope that over time the signs will get better, brighter and more intriguing. It really adds to the overall atmosphere of the boardwalk.
So this year the biggest sign on the boardwalk is getting a facelift, and much like the signs along the strip in Las Vegas, the Giant Wheel will once again dazzle the night sky, letting everyone know that “our” boardwalk, the Wildwoods’ one, is a unique place full of fun and excitement for kids of all ages (even us older ones and our parents too)!