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MGM Lion statue.

Las Vegas - Mighty Mutant

Las Vegas, Nevada

We walked into the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas and asked an employee where we could find the God of Money statue and the animatronic Foster Brooks robot we admired on our last extensive Vegas visit. She stared at us blankly for a moment, then said, "Those have been gone for YEARS. And the Wizard of Oz displays -- they're all gone now, too." It was embarrassing. We hadn't even known about the Wizard of Oz displays.

The woman that we had asked was an employee working the gift shop attached to Lion Habitat, a three-story-tall glass cube inside the casino inhabited by real lions. It replaced all of the other stuff. And in a year or so, it likely will be replaced by something else.

Neon Frenzy at the Riviera.

Odds are, you won't know that something's gone in Las Vegas until you drive there to see for yourself. The casinos don't announce closures, and independent news accounts are usually limited to a brief story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal/Sun, or on the local TV station, if that.

Any report of what is and isn't open in Las Vegas is a snapshot, preserving only the moment that it's taken. We can, right now, guarantee that all of the fabulous attractions listed here really do exist. But by the time that you read this well, who knows? Good luck.


Atomic Testing Museum - Miss Atomic bomb souvenirs.
Atomic Testing Museum - Miss Atomic bomb souvenirs.

Las Vegas - Mighty Mutant

S. Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV
A relentless barrage of casinos and attractions line the seven-mile Strip along S. Las Vegas Blvd, from the airport at the south end to Fremont St. downtown.
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