BOOM: The Boardwalk Goes Down

In light of the pending implosion of The Harmon, Vegas Inc. decided to list the Top 10 Vegas Strip Hotel implosions. I love implosions and figured this was a good excuse to visit the youtube archives.

For the next couple of weeks I’ll grab video of these 10 Las Vegas Strip Hotel implosions. We go to #8 on the list – The Boardwalk.

Opened: 1969

Closed: Jan. 9, 2006

Imploded: May 9, 2006

The Boardwalk — modeled after Coney Island, with a replica of the parachute drop and facsimile wooden roller coaster on the roof — opened as a branch of the Holiday Inn hotel chain. Many tourists, not knowing the ride was fake, would come into the casino and request a spin.

The casino was purchased by Boardwalk Casino Inc. in 1994, which added a 16-story tower in 1996. Mirage Resorts purchased the Boardwalk in 1998, becoming part of the MGM Mirage empire in 2000. The casino was closed Jan. 9, 2006, and the main tower was imploded on May 9, 2006, to make room for CityCenter, which opened in December 2009.

Destroyed In Seconds
Destroyed In Seconds

Las Vegas Fireworks!

Here’s a quick rundown on where you can find 4th of July fireworks in Las Vegas – even though some don’t go off on the night of the fourth.

  • July 3 – Caesars Palace
  • July 4 – Mandalay Bay
  • July 4 – Hilton
  • July 4 – Station Casinos Green Valley Ranch, Aliante Station, Red Rock Resort, Fiesta Rancho and Texas Station.

For more details check the Las Vegas Sun.  If you’re on the east coast, check the Atlantic City schedule.  Video from Mandalay Bay last year below.