on January 23, 2007
Built at 1/2 scale, this is a fun campy experience, more so for those who have never been to the real one. If nothing else, go for the great view.Our visit was enhanced by the fact that we had a two for one admission coupon from the Total Rewards program I signed up for Bally's. Admission is usually $9 per person. Admission tickets are purchased in the gift shop under the tower (inside the casino).Be forewarned that on the way to the elevator, you will be accosted on a replica of the Pont Alexandre III (pont is French for bridge) in order to get you to pose for a photo you can purchase after your visit. IMO, tacky tourist thing to do. Politey say no and move towards the elevator.The ride to the top is in a very cramped triangular shaped elevator. Once out on the upper level, you'll have a stunning, panoramic view of the valley, from 460 feet above the ground. As I looked at the Bellagio across the street, I thought this would be a prime spot for watching the water show.The platform is very narrow and caged in. The staff control how many people can be on the observation deck at any one time, but it can be cramped at times.While we were waiting in the ticket line, we took note that there were two very chicly dressed French ladies standing behind us. My husband speaks very strong French so their presence made for an interesting moment. Once up top, my husband clearly heard one of the women remark that she "disdained" the Vegas version of her homeland's famous landmark. I can hardly blame her, though it made me wonder why she came up at all. If you have ever been to the real Eiffel Tower in Paris, nothing can compare.The Eiffel Tower Experience is open daily, weather permitting. If high winds are present, it is closed. The procedure is to start evacuating visitors when winds reach 30-35 mph (the elevators even slow down for safety) and closing the tower when wind speeds reach 40mph.The Eiffel Tower Restaurant on the 11th floor of the tower. We did not dine there. I suspect it is meant to imitate the Jules Verne Restaurant in the Paris Eiffel Tower. My bet is the food isn't as good.Make sure you take photos of the tower from the outside. The best spot I found was the walkway over Las Vegas Blvd leading to the Flamingo. Day time photos are ok, night time ones with the tower glittering in lights is simply gorgeous!
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