Transcript: Las Vegas and Orlando Bob Sehlinger answers your questions on Las Vegas and Orlando Budget Travel Tuesday, Jul 13, 2004, 12:00 AM Budget Travel LLC, 2016


Transcript: Las Vegas and Orlando

Bob Sehlinger answers your questions on Las Vegas and Orlando

Disney theme parks and Las Vegas are my primary beats as a writer, but I also write about skiing, mountain biking, and river running. Travel, a lifelong passion, is something I've learned a lot about, primarily by doing everything wrong at least once. I would be very pleased if the lessons learned through my goofs and blunders could smooth the bumps of whatever road you travel. Please feel free to ask whatever you want.

Bob answered your questions Tuesday, July 13, at noon EST.

Bob Sehlinger is the creator and Executive Publisher of the 60-title Unofficial Guide series published by Wiley Publishing Inc. A Lowell Thomas Gold Award winning journalist, Bob Sehlinger is author or co-author of over 20 travel guides and five books on whitewater canoeing and kayaking. His Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World and his Unofficial Guide to Las Vegas, along with the Unofficial Guide to Cruises, co-authored with Kay Showker, are each the number one best selling guidebooks on their respective subjects according to In addition to his travel guide credits, Sehlinger is a contributor to the Dallas Morning News, the Denver Post, Fox Television Network, and Minnesota Public Radio among others. Sehlinger and his Unofficial Guide organization are unique in travel publishing. Instead of publishing guides based on an author's singular tastes and preferences, Sehlinger begins every project with exhaustive research on the specific needs of his intended readers and then develops the guide to expressly address those needs. Sehlinger is also known for exposing the inner workings of the travel industry and for showing readers how to save money, time, and how to avoid hassle by drawing on this insider knowledge.

Bob Sehlinger: Hi, Bob Sehlinger here, ready to discuss Walt Disney World and Las Vegas.


Garden City, NY: Dear Bob, I intend to take a group of 30 adults (ages 50 to 70) during a slow convention week in February or March. I thought to book the Flamingo or the Imperial due to location and presumed price. Is either a good choice? Is either run-down, or do you have a better suggestion? I want to arrange for a day trip each day to the usual spots, such as Red Rock, Death Valley, etc. Can you recommend a local tour operator? Also, I am planning 2 nights in Laughlin (including a day trip to Havasu City). Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks for your advice.

Bob Sehlinger: I'd go with the Flamingo. The Imperial Palace will still be in the midst of a major renovation. You might also check Barbary Coast and Bally's. Finding a tour operator for day trips depends on what you want to do. The operators specialize in various activities like biking, mountain biking, rafting, hiking, climbing, horse riding, Lake Mead boat tours, auto touring etc. Route 66 Car & Van Rentals will equip to do your own driving tours (702 369-5642) check the Internet for specialized touring companies. We don't cover Laughlin, so I can't be of much help there.


Los Angeles, CA: Hey Bob. In a couple of months, a couple of my friends and myself will turn the magical age of 21. Naturally, we are planning a trip to Las Vegas to test out our new privileges that come with adulthood. Being college students, with somewhat limited funds, what are your suggestions as to how we can truly experience Las Vegas in our expected 4-day trip.

Bob Sehlinger: Stay in the middle of the Strip. Consult for the best deals on rooms. Visit the major Strip hotels. Spend an evening downtown. Play Blackjack. Take in the view from the Stratosphere tower. Drive out to Red Rock Canyon.


Olathe, KS: Bob, I would like to know if you have had a chance to see Zumanity in Las Vegas and what your take on that show is. Also, what is the Mirage currently doing now that Sigfried & Roy have gone dark? Thanks.

Bob Sehlinger: I loved Zumanity. It's very erotic but sometimes uproariously funny. But you'd better be comfortable with sex in all its myriad forms.


Harpers Ferry, WV: I've seen a lot of tour for helicopter rides into the Grand Canyon leaving from Las Vegas. With so many tour companies to choose from, how do we pick one that is safe and good? And are you spending most of your time just getting there and getting back?

Bob Sehlinger: You do spend a lot of time commuting to the canyon if they go all the way to the really scenic parts. Ask how far they go and what % of the time you'll actually spend at the canyon. All of the chopper tours are heavily regulated, so one's about as safe as another. Equipment is a different story&.ask about windows and visibility.

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