The building binge in Las Vegas is coming to fruition, with two mega-playgrounds having opened last month and another, the 5,000-room MGM Grand Hotel, Casino and Theme Park, set to debut Dec. 18.
Luxor Las Vegas, a 30-story pyramid fronted by an obelisk and a sphinx larger than Egypt's, opened Oct. 15. Treasure Island, a casino with a buccaneer theme park, opened Oct. 26.
Other new entries this year are Grand Slam Canyon, a 5-acre amusement park at Circus Circus, and the Debbie Reynolds' Hollywood Hotel-Casino and Movie Museum, at the site of the old Paddlewheel Hotel.
Still on the way are a mile-long monorail route for carrying visitors between MGM and Bally's Casino Resort, and a $12 million people-mover to go from Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road into Bally's.
Buffet meals are still a bargain in Las Vegas. The newly opened Treasure Island has a sumptuous buffet featuring separate areas for Chinese, American and Italian food; dinner is $6.99 plus tax.
If it all seems daunting, several publications can help sort it out and provide money-saving tips for getting the most out of a Vegas trip. Among them:
* Las Vegas Advisor is a 12-page newsletter that guides visitors through the maze of attractions and promotions. The November issue focuses on the three newest resorts and lists the city's top-10 values, led by a steak dinner at the Horseshoe for $2 from 10 p.m. to 5:45 a.m. A single issue of the newsletter is $5; a 12-issue annual subscription is $45. Contact Huntington Press, 5280 S. Valley View Blvd., Suite B, Las Vegas, Nev. 89118; (702) 597-1884.
* The 96-page 1994 Casino/Resort, Riverboat & Fun Book Guide, which has an extensive section on Las Vegas as well as gambling sights all over the country. It's $8.95, shipping included, from Casino Vacations, Box 703, Dania, Fla. 33004; (305) 989-2766.
* What's On in Las Vegas, a visitors' guide published every two weeks. Single issues are available for $3.95 from What's On, 4425 S. Industrial Road, Las Vegas, Nev. 89103; (702) 891-8811.