For much of the 1990s, there was a push to make Las Vegas more "Family Friendly" with the addition of a number of amusement park rides and roller coasters as well as a variety of daytime family entertainment options.   The Adventuredome opened in 1993 and has had two or three roller coasters inside it, the MGM Grand Adventures park opened in 1993 and had one roller coaster, the NASCAR Cafe opened in 2000 with the Speed - The Ride coaster, the New York, New York Hotel & Casino opened in 1997 with Manhattan Express coaster, the Stratosphere Tower opened in 1996 with the High Roller perched nearly 1,000 feet above the Vegas Strip, and Desperado opened in 1994.  However, Vegas recently has been returning to the mature "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" theme.  The Adventuredome still has three coasters and a few other amusement park rides, Manhattan Express is now called The Roller Coaster and still runs at the New York, New York Hotel & Casino, and Desperado still operates, but Buffalo Bill's hasn't added any major new rides in a long time, and all of the other Vegas coasters have been torn down.  MGM Grand Adventures closed in 2000.  The NASCAR Cafe closed in 2011.  The Stratosphere Tower still has a few thrill rides on the top of it, but the High Roller coaster was taken off the tower in 2005.

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