Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE) has entered into an agreement to operate the 60,000-square foot casino at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas (formerly the Hard Rock Hotel) when it opens in late 2020. The deal isn’t 100% set in stone as MGE must receive regulatory approval by the Nevada Gaming Commission.
This week Caesars Entertainment announced the sale of Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino . The deal made news on the day the deal happened but quickly subsided because nothing will change after the sale is completed. Casino sales are usually big news. However, the sale of Rio isn’t a traditional sale.
Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, Happy Place opens at Mandalay Bay. This self-described “interactive, immersive pop-up experience” has been called “the most Instagrammable pop-up in America” by Urban Daddy. It’s entirely possible this is a fitting tagline for Happy Place.
I finally visited the completely renovated Park MGM Las Vegas. I saw construction at the former Monte Carlo monthly over the past two-plus years. This was my first visit to the property with construction complete (for now). For context, my visit happened the day after Mama Rabbit (home of the 5% surcharge on drinks) opened.
Press release: LAS VEGAS (Sept. 25, 2019) – Renowned for a portfolio of ‘must-visit’ experiences that forever transformed the city, Bellagio will once again change the way visitors think about a night on the town with the launch of The Mayfair Supper Club over New Year’s weekend.
Inspired by top supper clubs in London and around the world, The Mayfair will redefine the traditional “dinner and a show” for today’s traveler with a restaurant that evolves throughout the evening, amplifying in energy as dusk shifts to night. Guests will be able to indulge in contemporary American cuisine while enjoying live entertainment performances nightly, set to the greatest backdrop in the world – the Bellagio Fountains.
“The experience will be fun and memorable and feel like a return to the glamour eras of Las Vegas and old New York when dinner and a show was the place to be seen,” said MGM Resorts International Senior Vice President of F&B Strategy Ari Kastrati. “The Mayfair’s food and beverage menus will pay homage to all the greatest hits of classic American dining.”
MGM Resorts partnered with London and New York-based Martin Brudnizki Design Studios to create whimsical moments that transport guests to a fanciful and flexible environment – from a backdrop for a delightful meal to a high-energy lounge with moments of surprise.
MGM Resorts President of Events and Nightlife Sean Christie said, “The Mayfair will bring together the best elements of what makes Las Vegas the world-famous destination it is, in ways that celebrate our past, channel our present and define the future of a memorable night out on the Las Vegas Strip.”
Press release: LAS VEGAS (Sept. 24, 2019) – The Magic Attic has officially been unveiled at Bally’s Las Vegas. The venue, located on the mezzanine level of Bally’s Las Vegas, was previously named Windows Showroom.
With a maximum capacity of 300 people, the 3,685-square-foot showroom offers an intimate entertainment experience for audiences and an ideal space for magical productions and illusionists. Currently, the room’s programming includes Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream, Paranormal Mind Reading Magic and Potted Potter.
The idea behind The Magic Attic is to provide a space that exclusively celebrates the culture of magic,” said Damian Costa, Caesars Entertainment vice president of entertainment operations. “With Frederic Da Silva, Xavier Mortimer and the cast of Potted Potter, the room is currently filled with world class magic-inspired productions. We look forward to this venue becoming the epicenter of magic and a must-see destination for anyone who appreciates the art form.”
To commemorate the official rebranding, the current roster of performers joined Costa for a small ceremony to showcase new signage at the venue on Wednesday, Sept. 18.
Bally’s Las Vegas has more tricks up its sleeve for The Magic Attic and will continue to roll out exciting new programming and renovations to the room, with an expected completion by summer of 2020. The current show schedule at The Magic Attic is as follows:
Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream: With the wonder of Mary Poppins, the theatrics of Charlie Chaplin and an array of talents unique to Mortimer himself, this all-ages production transcends what you thought you knew about entertainment. At once funny, daring, inspirational and immersive, Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream is the key that opens the door to a hidden world of magic you never knew you were missing.
All shows start at 6 p.m.
Sept. 17-18, 20-25, 27-30
Oct. 1-2, 4, 6-12, 17-19, 20-22, 27-30
Nov. 1-4, 9-13, 15-20, 22-23
Dec. 6, 8-11, 13-18, 20-31
Paranormal Mind Reading Magic: Made internationally famous on European television, Frederic Da Silva brings his spectacular production to The Magic Attic at Bally’s Las Vegas. Voted Best Mentalist in Europe, Da Silva can predict what audience members are hiding in their pocket, stop a watch at the time that guests secretly visualized and even figure out the name of the person an audience member is thinking about.
All shows start at 4 p.m.
Sept. 20-22, 25, 27-29
Oct. 2, 4-6, 9, 11-13, 15-16, 18-19, 20, 23, 25-27, 30-31
Nov. 1-3, 5-6, 8-10, 12-13, 15-17, 19-20, 22-24, 26-30
Dec. 1, 4, 6-8, 10-11, 13-15, 17-18, 20-31
Potted Potter: This show takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real-life game of Quidditch) into 70 hilarious minutes. The fantastically funny show features all the fan-favorite characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic.
Matinee shows begin at 2 p.m.
Sept. 21-22, 25, 28-29
Oct. 2, 5-6, 9, 12-13, 16,19-20, 23, 26-27, 30
Nov. 2-3, 6, 9-10, 13, 16-17, 20, 23-24, 27, 30
Dec. 1, 4, 6-8, 10-11, 11, 14-15, 18, 21-22, 28-29
Evening shows begin at 8 p.m.
Sept. 20-25, 27-30
Oct. 1-2, 4-9, 11-16, 15-16, 18-23, 25-30
Nov. 1-6, 8-13, 15-20, 15-17, 19-20, 22-27, 29-30
Dec. 1-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-24, 26-31
Press release: LAS VEGAS (September 25, 2019) – The colorful, refined beauty of an autumnal Japanese garden comes to life inside ARIA Resort & Casino’s main lobby. Through the delicate art of origami, 13,800 paper maple leaves cascade from the lobby ceiling complemented below by folded flowers creating a subdued sense of seasonal elegance. The display carries over to the resort’s North Lobby where guests will encounter an additional 3,500 origami maple leaves.
ARIA’s Director of Special Events Stefanie Ishii, a fourth-generation Japanese American, drew inspiration from her grandmother’s traditional garden. Ishii’s memories of the striking, burgundy leaves of Japanese maple trees provided the focal point for this seasonal display.
Fall Display by the Numbers:
13,800 origami Japanese maple leaves
300 origami flowers
16 Japanese maple trees
3,500 Japanese maple leaves
You may have heard that Las Vegas is fee happy. Over the past 10 years, casino operators have been trying to add fees wherever they can. This is a way to increase revenue without paying a commission or having a lower search rank because of higher prices.
For many years, the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino has been the subject of a painstaking number of rumors about what will become of it. Now, Caesars Entertainment has officially announced that they have sold the Rio for $516.3 million to a group controlled in principal by Imperial Companies.
The National Finals Rodeo (NFR) is as much a part of Las Vegas as any event that takes place during the year. There used to be a quiet period after Thanksgiving until Christmas day when I first started to visit Las Vegas. That’s not quite the case anymore.