Fountains Of Bellagio

The Fountains of Bellagio are a popular attraction for both Las Vegas residents and tourists alike. This vast water feature is choreographed in time with lights and music to provide the sort of unique experience that cannot be replicated elsewhere.

These daily performances take place at the Bellagio hotel and there are able to be seen from a number of different vantage points on the Las Vegas strip, as the fountains are visible from both neighborhood structures and the street.

During the afternoon and the earlier parts of the evening, these shows take place every hour. After 8 PM, the fountain shows begin occurring every fifteen minutes, remaining on this schedule until midnight. During the holidays, the same schedule is adhered to, depending on the time of day when the shows are taking place.

Viewers receive a heads up for each performance, as the nozzles that are used in the fountain break through the surface of the water and the lights that are responsible for illuminating the towers of the Bellagio hotel change to a purple hue or a red, white and blue coloration depending on the music that will be played.

While shows typically take place as scheduled, they may be canceled from time to time, due to the presence of high winds. However, there are also shows that are able to occur despite high winds, as they are run with the usage of less power. If there are planned events, the show may be edited for time constraints, as songs are removed as needed.

Fountain Show Songs
There are a wide range of songs used in these performances, including “Your Song”, “Luck Be a Lady”, “Time To Say Goodbye”, “Viva Las Vegas”, “My Heart Will Go On” and “God Bless The USA”. The fountains reside in an eight acre lake that is man made and while urban legend states that used grey water from the hotel that has been treated is used to fill it, it is serviced regularly by a freshwater well.

This freshwater well was drilled several years before the fountain site existed as a means of irrigating a golf course that once operated in the same space. Believe it or not, the golf course was responsible for less usage of water than the current Bellagio fountain show.

How Detailed is It?
In order for the show to as planned, the creators have incorporated a labyrinth piping network of 1,200 nozzles. This makes it possible for the highly coordinated staged displays to take place in a timely manner each day and the aforementioned nozzles are coordinated with 4,500 lights.

The fountains were constructed at an estimated cost of $40 million. WET, a popular design firm that specializes in the creation of inventive fountains and water architecture, created the fountains and they use four different nozzles to create the chosen effects.

16 Extreme Shooters are used to send the water to heights as high as 460 feet, while 192 Super Shooters can blast water to a height of 240 feet. 798 Shooters shoot water in an upward motion and 208 Oarsmen jets give the water a full range of motion.

These fountains exist to prove that choreographed routines are not merely limited to showgirl routines and staged performances. There is a reason why the fountains of Bellagio have become one of Las Vegas’ most commonly visited attractions and these shows are given completely free of charge.

Wow – 30 People are Involved
The complexity of these shows requires a large staff, as there are 30 employees who have been tasked with working seven days a week on various aspects of the performances. Cleaning, maintenance and emergency repairs are all handled by the aforementioned staff members who work 365 days a year to ensure that the fountains are in proper running order and not experiencing any sort of malfunction.

At any given moment during the show, at least 17,000 gallons are in the air. The area that the lake occupies is equivalent to roughly eight football fields or three city blocks. The water that is used to fill the lake would be sufficient for 2,000 swimming pools and if a garden hose were used to fill the lake, the process would take over a year.

The Bellagio is not content to rest on its own laurels, as they continue to add new and interesting innovations to their roster of shows. EDM superstar DJ Tiësto now performs regularly, joining the ranks of past superstars who have also performed at the fountains of Bellagio. He is among illustrious company, as the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson have all performed at the fountains.

Since the array of music that is chosen for these events ranges from genre to genre, visitors often feel as if they have access to their own iPod. For those who actually live and work in the city of Las Vegas, this section of the Las Vegas Boulevard is the premier place to get stuck in the flow of traffic for an extended period of time.

The fountains of the Bellagio provide a sumptuous visual feast for both visitors and locals alike and while it can be difficult to jockey for position, there are no shortage of shows to choose from or places on the Las Vegas strip from which it can be seen. The streams of water dance, spin and shimmy, much to the delight of viewers and they are timed with the cheers of the crowd. Thanks to the number of shows that take place each day, your biggest problem will be deciding how many to take in.

Las Vegas Hotels That Have Been Blown Up And Torn Down

Las Vegas, Nickname “city of light,” “the gambling capital of the world,” “the entertainment capital of the universe,” “the capital of second chance and happenings,” etc. is the most populous city in Nevada. Internationally recognized for its major resorts within which activities like gambling, fine dining, nightlife and shopping were enormously concentrated. In southern Nevada, Las Vegas is found to be the leading financial, commercial and cultural center of the region adding to their revenue and economy. Its mega casino hotels and associated entertainment hubs have marked the city as one of the top leading most visited areas in the United States for conventions and business meetings.

Las Vegas is a large urban settlement which has got more five star established hotels than any other city in the world, making Las Vegas count as one of the top tourist locations in the world and a worldwide leader in the hosting, lodging and entertainment industry.

Demolishing to Pave Way for New Mega Resorts

Las Vegas has a long history of building giant hotels and getting them demolished for a more profitable mega-resort to be constructed. Some of Las Vegas hotels that have been turned down and demolished for a larger mega-resort include the Desert Inn Hotel which made way for the Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas and the MGM resort, the old Dunes Hotel was also imploded to make way for the Bellagio. Land on the Las Vegas strip is found so economically valuable that destroying an old hotel to make way for a new one makes more sense than building off-strip on underdeveloped sites.

It has been years since the last resort was demolished for a new resort to be built. The slowdowns happened due to the great global economic recession in 2008.  In recession denied most financial communities including Las Vegas sustainable ability to get on and embark on investment projects. As of recent, in the midst of recovery, Las Vegas demolition crews have commenced again their activities of getting hotels blown up.  This is turning the skylines of Las Vegas dusty with the cloud of smoke that follows the demolition.

Why Blow them Up?

Before an organization embarks on its Las Vegas hotel or casino demolition, one thing they put first in consideration is money, that is finance and revenue. The potential profit from a prospective yet un-constructed casino has to be larger than the cash flows of the existing casino awaiting demolishment decision. For example, the MGM isn’t going to displace the Las Vegas Bellagio, since the Bellagio presently poses a lucrative estimate of $1.25 billion in revenue, $409 million in EBITDA, and a promising future prospect to add. Hence it won’t make sense to build a resort that would cost billions of dollars in construction, only to generate a small amount of cash flow from its return when viewed from the financial angle of it.

But across the street of the Bellagio exists a better option. There lies a group of properties that would make a great site for a Las Vegas mega resort innovation. Here we find the Flamingo‘s, the Cromwell, the LINQ hotel and the Herrare Las Vegas hotel which are some of the worst properties in the area to be improved on.

Hotel blowing up and turning down has being a regular exercise of the Las Vegas metropolis. Some hotels include the Desert Inn hotel casino which disappeared in seconds during its implosion on November 2004.

Another is the North Hotel at Dunes which was imploded in 1993 and replaced by the Las Vegas Bellagio. In 2007, Stardust and the New Frontier resort were also reduced to rubble by explosives. In addition, of all the mob casinos, only the Tropicana and the Flamingos remain in business, after the Dunes Sand, Desert Inn and Stardust which supposedly were under control of the mobs were gone.

Another hotel which was demolished is the Landmark Hotel which was displaced by a parking lot having aged 32 years. The hotel was built in 1963, but didn’t open until 1969. These remarkable building by the Jetsons-esque architecture stood tall and proud and was loved in the community. In 1995, it became the second major property to be imploded. This is because the Landmark was old, in bad repair and unpopular and since the Las Vegas convention center needed more parking space, The Landmark Hotel had to go ka-boom for a 22-acre plot surface parking lot to be placed. This parking lot is becoming more valuable as time goes on, which means there are no immediate plans for developing the site.

In, the Hacienda, a hotel of about 300 rooms and 11 stories was opened at the far south of the Las Vegas strip long before the successful Luxor and Excalibur in 1990, which were situated around it. But since the Hacienda hotel seemed isolated at the location and didn’t enhance development at the area, it had to be imploded to make way for Mandalay bay resort. This implosion which happened at New Year eve of 1996 was after the owners of Hacienda’s neighboring and more lucrative hotels Luxor and Excalibur had bought Hacienda from its owners.

Aladdin hotel from its beginning seemed to be doomed for failure, and at that time was called “the Vegas jinx With its history of many owners, name changes, remodels, openings, closings,  and mob dealings, it was closed down forever in 1998, after 26 years. It was imploded , 1998 at about 7 p.m., leaving only the performing art center saved in the demolished Aladdin building, giving way to the construction of the latter known Planet Hollywood mega resort.

Presently, Las Vegas gets ready to demolish the famed Riviera Hotel casino. This hotel was among the first to be opened along the Las Vegas Boulevard and for decades it has hosted many Hollywood celebrities and has been a site for film shots also since the 60s. This once famous 14 story Monaco tower resort along the Las Vegas strip is about to come tumbling down, vanishing within minutes after being imploded as scheduled. The Riviera hotel being closed for a year has its owners the Las Vegas convention and visitors authority, spend about $42 million to get it destroyed after a 60-year run on the northern end of the strip. One other tower which is expected to get demolished soon is the Monte Carlo hotel casino resort, whose demolition has been scheduled to somewhere around.

Top 10 Casino Implosions
Sands, Frontier, Stardust, Hacienda, Aladdin, Landmark, Castaways, Bourbon Street, Boardwalk and the Dunes.

Las Vegas Hotel Opening Dates and Trivia

Listed below are the top Las Vegas Hotels, when they were founded, size, theme, history of their names and trivia for each.

Bally’s Las Vegas
Originally opened in 1973, did you know that Bally’s was perviously known as the MGM Grand Hotel.  In 1986 it was sold to Bally Manufacturing.  The name MGM Grand was then moved to the Marina Hotel.  What a history.  Later in 1995 Hilton bought it and It was renovated in 2004 and 2014, not long ago.  With over 2,000 rooms you should be able to find one.

Caesars Palace
Caesars opened in 1966.  One great classic, the 1966 Mustang, deserves another in Caesars palace. They are not related but I like the coincidence.  This is quite a hotel having almost 4,000 rooms and an excellent venue for conventions with over 300,000 square feet available.  There is also a 4,296 seat venue for concerts.  Caesars is huge, a AAA Four Diamond (remember Ocean’s Eleven) hotel and it never disappoints.

Flamingo Las Vegas
To me the Flamingo has the feel of old Vegas, having opened in 1946.  The art deco theme and live flamingos cannot be beat.  This was the hotel that started in 1945 and was “taken over” by Bugsy Siegel that same year.  You can see a memorial to Bugsy there today.  Fast forward to 2016 and Donny and Marie Osmond headline there in an old vegas feel room with tables and booths.  Enjoy old Vegas and new in one establishment.

Harrah’s Las Vegas
Harrah’s was established in 1973 as the Holiday Casino and changed it’s name in 1992.  It used to have a Riverboat theme and now it has a Mardi Gras and Carnival theme.  The latest renovation was 1997 and it has over 2,600 rooms.  If you are looking for a New Orleans vacation why not take one in Vegas?

The Linq
Last renovated in 2014 it has gone through a number of names.  You may recall some of the prior names as they originally started as the Flamingo Capri in 1959.  Later it was the Imperial Palace, most recently The Quad and now The Linq.  The renovation in 2014 cost $223 million, this is one you will definitely want to check out with a quarter billion invested in 2,640 rooms it is quite impressive.  If you love classic cars take a look at the collection they have, over 250 cars in 125,000 square feet of space.  I have taken the tour and loved it, then again I love cars.

The Palazzo
The stores at the Palazzo, known as the Shoppes, are amazing. An entire mall with incredible stores inside the hotel.  Not only does it have 3,068 rooms and is one of the most elegant hotels on the strip, but it also has incredible restaurants.  Emeril’s Table 10 is among the long list of notable restaurants.  As a car lover I have to recommend you visit the Lamborghini dealership at the Palazzo as well.  The Palazzo is one of the youngest Vegas hotels which was opened in 2007 at a cost of $1.8 billion and honestly it looks like it should have cost more.  It is breath taking.

Paris Las Vegas
Having the Eiffel Tower replica which is one have the size of the real one, makes you feel like you are indeed in Paris. The Paris is true to it’s name.  Having just shy of 3,000 rooms it was opened in 1999.  It is much younger than many believe.  The last renovation was in 2011 and it has the very popular and permanent show “Jersey Boys”. You can easily move between Paris and Bally’s through the promenade.

Planet Hollywood Las Vegas
This hotel has been on the strip since 1963?  That’s right, and here is how.It opened in 1963 as Tally-Ho and within a year was changed to the King’s Crown (don’t ask), then became The Aladdin. After The Aladdin it became the New Aladdin, I’m not kidding it did not have a name change other than adding the word “New”.  More trivia, it was sold in 2003 because it went bankrupt, to Planet Hollywood and Starwood Hotels together.  So in 2007 it became Planet Hollywood and in 2009, missed some payments and Starwood sold to Caesars.  Confused yet?  Wait there is more, the Planet Hollywood restaurant is not in the Planet Hollywood hotel, it is at Caesars.  Stump your friends with that one.

Rio Las Vegas
Looking for a Brazilian theme?  You found it at the Rio.  It was renovated as recent as 2007 and has over 2,500 rooms.  It is a young hotel having opened in 1990.  Most notable is the Penn & Teller permanent show and Guy Fieri’s El Burro Borracho restaurant. If you love poker the World Series of Poker has been held every year since 2005 at the Rio.  A little trivia for the Rio, it has a wine cellar with over 50,000 bottles of wine.  If every room in the hotel drinks a bottle a day, they will be empty in 20 days, not sure why I know that.

Tropicana Las Vegas
This is my favorite name, there is something old Vegas about the name Tropicana.  And they should wear it proudly as it has never changed it’s name since it opened in 1957 (along with the ever popular ’57 Chevy, no relationship of course).  Although it has been renovated a couple times, most recently in 2011, it is definitely one you need to stay at and visit to feel that old world charm with modern day conveniences.

Venetian Las Vegas
The Venetian opened in 1999 and has over 4,000 rooms and over 120,000 square feet. Another Ocean’s Eleven reference, as this is a five-diamond luxury hotel. That is the highest award of the AAA Diamond rating system.  The Venetian Las Vegas is a sister hotel to The Venetian Macao (the largest casino in the world).  The design is based on Venice Italy.  Some Venetian trivia, it cost $1.5 billion and in 2011 opened the first 24 hour a day sports book.

Palazzo and Venetian Cuisine Package

Do you love food? Do you love Vegas? Get ready for the firth annual Carnival of Cuisine, August 25, 2012. This amazing culinary event is in the Venetian Ballroom. There is food from over 15 eateries. If you are a foodie than this package is for you. The event not only has food but also has chef demonstrations, live entertainment and prizes.

You get a luxury sweet, two admission tickets to the Carnival of Cuisine and a passport to Carnevale which looks amazing in and off itself. It is only $179 ($229 weekends) a night for this package at either the Palazzo or the Venetian.

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Vegas Casinos 20% Off

Save up to 20% at all of these Vegas hotels: Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, Rio, Harrah’s, Paris, Flamingo, Bally’s and Imperial Palace. There is still time to take advantage of the Summer sale.

Check in Dates and Promos
Follow this link here to view all the promotions. We have linked to a chart which shows all the available promotions. Here is a small view of the chart. You can choose what type of room you may be interested in at each hotel. Then the available dates will show which have promos available. This is the easiest promo chart to use. They brilliantly listed all the hotels side by side and day by day. If I had to wish for the perfect chart for comparison purposes, this would be it. You can easily choose which in the chart to remove or compare.

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Ballys Las Vegas Spa Discount Deal

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Bally’s is located on the Vegas strip and boasts your choice of 3 types of rooms with either a king size bed or two queen beds and you can choose a smoking or non smoking room. This hotel is clean, offers good size rooms, and FREE valet parking. There are plenty of choices for dining as Bally’s is connected to the Paris hotel. Bally’s Avenue Shoppes offer over 20 unique boutiques and stores which will delight you and your girlfriends. After indulging in amazing cuisine, you may like to play a couple tennis matches on one of the eight championship caliber tennis courts or relax in the oversized outdoor swimming pool and spa while sipping delicious cocktails. Private cabanas are available offering TVs, a refrigerator, and phone. Relaxing services ranging from deep tissue massage, hydrotherapy treatments and body wraps are just a few of the indulging services offered. The Spa at Ballys Las Vegas Spa also offers hair salon services, manicure/pedicures, and more. As a guest you may join the fitness club in the spa furnished with saunas, steam rooms, weight room as well as cardiovascular equipment.

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