All right, I took a jaunt to AC yesterday and this is what I observed. It's clearly a property in transition with signs calling this property "The Playground" and "The Pier at Caesars" both in plain site. Basically, only the front half of the mall (closest to the boardwalk) is currently open to the public. The one exception is the third level area with the lounge chairs in the sandboxes leading to the defunct water show and the special event rental area. That area is still open and rentable for private affairs. Yesterday there was a wedding party on hand. Oh, and Bart sucked all the sand out of the sandboxes on this level. Now the lounge chairs just sit on bare concrete but you still have the same great view looking downbeach. Now for the stores. Not a whole lot left and I can only imagine that at least some of the stores were relocated from farther back before construction got going. There are only five restaurants/cafes on the dining level. What was the place with the awning that says Luck, Life, Love or something like that? And the first two levels only had about 32 open stores spread among them including Starbucks, Louis Vuitton, Victoria's Secret, Apple, and It's Sugar. Even with the active businesses confined to a small area, there are still a depressing number of vacant storefronts. The second level's trademark starlit sky look is still in place. I probably didn't miss much, but I do wish I took a closer look before they closed so much of the mall off to visitors. The House of Blues is basically a chain store except it's a chain of musical performance venues. With the Showboat closed I'm surprised I haven't heard anything yet about them moving to another AC location...possibly the Playground since it would fit Bart's plans perfectly. And even though it's not related to the Pier, I was pleasantly surprised to see Rainforest Cafe is still open. It's probably the only piece of the entire Trump Plaza complex still in operation.