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. 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.
I recently visited the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood for the first time in a while. I visit Planet Hollywood pretty often but don’t venture too deep into the shops. This recent visit was to meet some friends for lunch at Nacho Daddy, so I walked through the mall just to check out the scene.
The Las Vegas Festival Grounds has been an underutilized plot of land for MGM Resorts (That could change next year if the rumors are true). That’s starting to change with multiple events happening in the second half of 2019. The multipurpose outdoor venue is across the street from Sahara on the southwest corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Blvd.
We made it through another Vegas summer! High temperatures appear to be in the double digits for the rest of the year. Low temperatures will be in the mid 50’s by the end of the week with highs less than 80.
Press release: LAS VEGAS (Sept. 23, 2019) – Multi-Platinum recording artist and global icon Gwen Stefani has announced the final 16 performance dates for her two year-long headlining residency, “Gwen Stefani – Just A Girl” at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
Designed exclusively for Zappos Theater and promoted by Live Nation and Caesars Entertainment, the eye-popping spectacularcelebrates the breadth of the star’s illustrious musical career with fan-favorite hits, including “Hollaback Girl,” “The Sweet Escape” and “What You Waiting For?.”
Tickets go on sale to the public starting Friday, Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. PT. Fan presale tickets will be available starting Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. PT through Thursday, Sept. 26 at 10 p.m. PT. American Express® Card Members can also purchase tickets before the general public starting Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 12 p.m. PT through Thursday, Sept. 26 at 10 p.m. PT. In addition, Caesars Rewards members, Caesars Entertainment’s loyalty program, as well as SiriusXM, Live Nation and Ticketmaster customers will have access to a presale running Thursday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. PT through 10 p.m. PT. A limited number of LaneOne VIP Premium Packages will also be available, including amazing seats, transportation, preferred entrance and more. General ticket prices begin at $40, plus applicable tax and fees, and may be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com/gwenor in-person at the Planet Hollywood box office. All shows begin at 9 p.m. For more information on the show, visit gwenstefani.com.
The final 16 performances going on sale are:
Feb. 2020: 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 19, 21, 22
May 2020: 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 13, 15, 16
A limited number of tickets and VIP packages are available for the following previously-announced performances:
Oct. 2019: 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, 23, 25, 26, 30
Nov. 2019: 1, 2
Gwen Stefani, Live Nation Las Vegas and Caesars Entertainment are donating $1 of every ticket purchased to “Gwen Stefani – Just A Girl” at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino to Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, a Las Vegas-based nonprofit organization that provides medical treatment to children facing a number of life-threatening conditions. The donation will also allow Cure 4 The Kids Foundation to move into a state-of-the-art building, increasing the number of exam rooms and improving the patient treatment experience. In addition to support of the expansion, Cure 4 The Kids worked with Stefani to design and name a patient room after her within the existing clinic space, which was unveiled in March 2019.
A three-time GRAMMY®Award winner, Gwen Stefani has achieved global success as a performer, songwriter, frontwoman for iconic rock band No Doubt, and multi-platinum solo artist. To date, she’s sold more than 50 million units worldwide, including her five-times-platinum debut solo album Love.Angel.Music.Baby.— a 2004 release delivering the hit singles “Rich Girl,” “What You Waiting For?,” and the Pharrell Williams-produced No. 1 hit “Hollaback Girl.” With her 2006 sophomore album The Sweet Escapefeaturing the Billboard Hot 100 top-ten smash “Wind It Up,” Stefani most recently released her third solo effort This Is What The Truth Feels Like. Debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the critically praised album includes her powerful No. 1 single “Used To Love You.”
In addition to her three GRAMMY® Awards, Stefani’s honors include four MTV Video Music Awards, two Billboard Awards, an American Music Award, and a Brit Award. In 2014, she channeled her tremendous musical passion into empowering young singers as their coach on the seventh season of NBC’s musical competition series “The Voice.” Stefani now returns for her fourth season as a coach on “The Voice,” with the 17th season of the four-time Emmy Award-winning show arriving in September 2019.
Known for her wildly charismatic stage presence, Stefani premiered her exclusive Las Vegas headlining residency “Gwen Stefani – Just A Girl” in June 2018 at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. With its set list comprised of fan favorites and iconic hits, the two-hour show unfolds as an eye-popping spectacular, putting a fresh twist on classic Vegas theatrics. But despite the elaborate stage production — and wardrobe changes showcasing her legendary fashion sense — Stefani offers up an undeniably intimate performance, ultimately forging an unforgettable connection with the crowd.
One of pop culture’s most magnetic style icons, Gwen Stefani has also emerged as the first global celebrity artist to translate music stardom into a series of massively successful lifestyle brands. Through her fashion line L.A.M.B., its sister label Harajuku Lovers, and her eyewear line gx by Gwen Stefani, the designer and entrepreneur has brilliantly merged modern glamour with fashion-forward streetwear. L.A.M.B. and gx eyewear is available in over 3000+ doors in the United States. Harajuku Lovers, the pop-art-inspired apparel and accessories brand has had broad appeal with collaborations including the award-winning Harajuku Mini for Target and beauty accessories for Sephora. Target is celebrating 20 years of their groundbreaking Design For All program and are bringing back 20 of their favorite and most iconic designer partnerships including Harajuku Mini. The Limited Edition Harajuku Mini Anniversary Collection is available at Target stores and Target.com now.
With over $1 billion in retail sales across all brands to date, she recently took the helm as co-creator and executive producer of “Kuu Kuu Harajuku”: a children’s animated TV show now in its third season on Nick Jr., fulfilling Stefani’s mission of providing young girls with content that celebrates creativity, imagination, and fearless individuality.