on May 24, 2006
As a New Yorker, and a roller coaster fan I had to see New York, New York and ride the roller coaster. This glitzy New York mock up, had a traditional casino floor, restaurants etc.. It's special attractions included "Coney Island" a large (kid friendly) arcade complete with midway games, rides, simulators and full roller coaster complete with upside-down loops running through the hotel, winding through the building as well as over the glowing strip. The Manhattan Express roller coaster definitely beats out Circus Circus's enclosed coaster, offering a better, more exciting ride. The ride costs $12.50 but if you take the coupon books they hand out on the strip you can find discounts for this somewhat over-priced ride. Even if you can't find a coupon it might still be worth it, this ride reaches speeds up to 70 miles an hour and is supposed to be a sort of wild cab ride. The way this ride weaves through the building and over the strip is also a thrilling draw. Ride this coaster at night for the best views of the illuminated strip.The arcade will offer hours of entertainment for kids, with tons of coin operated arcade games and rides. I was particularly fond of the 25 cent Pac-Man game. New York, New York, offers the best roller coaster on the strip and a decent arcade, if that's your thing.
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