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Resorts World Project Shows Long-Awaited Progress

Find Search for: It’s time to check in on the long-awaited Resorts World project. Watching the construction activity at Resorts World is akin to watching paint dry, but lately, there’s quite a bit more paint. Or something. The sloth is Resorts World’s spirit animal. We got a little excited when we spotted a couple of cranes on the site, but now there are several, so we’re optimistic there’s some momentum building. And not just cranes. Other stuff, like crane parts. During our recent visit to the Resorts World site, we spotted actual construction dudes doing construction things. We saw perhaps a dozen construction workers. A resort this size would typically employ hundreds of workers, so things are still moving at a modest pace. The president of Resorts World Las Vegas has said 1,000 construction workers will be on the site “by 2018.” You go, construction dudes. Yes, they’re dudes. We can’t solve all of society’s injustices. We are just a blog. Resorts World sits on the site of the abandoned Echelon project, which was supposed to take the place of our beloved Stardust. Much of the work that’s been done at Resorts World has been behind-the-scenes, and that’s the story they’re sticking to. Resorts World will be an Asian-themed resort, and while the anticipated opening date has been a moving target so far, executives say the hotel-casino will open...

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Hyatt Acquiring Land for Hotel Near New Raiders Stadium

It’s hard to get too excited about a Las Vegas hotel without a casino, but we’re sharing, anyway. According to a source close to the deal, Hyatt Hotels Corp. has purchased a plot of land for a new hotel in a primo spot near the airport and new Raiders stadium. The land is sandwiched between Mandalay Bay, the Bali Hai Golf Club and I-15 freeway, not far from the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign. The giant red arrow was not included in the sale. Not many specifics are known about the project at this point, but the new hotel will have to keep a low profile due to the proximity to McCarran International Airport. In anticipation of the arrival of the Raiders stadium, lots of real estate and development deals are in the works nearby. Another hotbed of activity is in Henderson, where we first reported the Raiders will have its training facility. [Read More...

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“Circus 1903” Rumored to Be Closing at Paris

The curtain is about to fall on a memorable show at Paris Las Vegas. We’re hearing the final performance of “Circus 1903” will be Jan. 7, 2018. Don’t be sad, guys. Do what we do. Get hammered. “Circus 1903” had all the makings of a successful Las Vegas show. Interchangeable (but quality) variety acts, check. Visual spectacle, check. No real plot to follow (visitors often don’t speak English, hence the popularity of Cirque shows in Vegas), check. No annoying clowns, check. There was even a unique twist: Life-size elephant puppets from the folks behind “War Horse” on Broadway. Time to pack your trunk, Queenie. Despite our glowing review, it appears time is running out for “Paris 1903,” according to our source. The show opened at Paris Las Vegas on July 25, 2017. As we’ve said before, successful shows don’t close on the Las Vegas Strip, so it’s likely ticket sales for “Circus 1903” couldn’t keep up with the costs of such a lavish production with dozens of cast and crew members. The cost of tights alone must have been through the roof. And those were just for the men. There’s no word on what might replace “Circus 1903.” The theater had been vacant since the departure of “Jersey Boys” in Sep. 2016. “Circus 1903” is overflowing with great talent, so we hope the show finds a new life elsewhere. Expect...

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Wynn Resorts Buys Former Alon Site

It appears Steve Wynn didn’t like the idea of a competing resort opening up across the street from his Wynn and Encore casinos on the Las Vegas Strip. Word is Wynn Resorts has purchased the former Alon site for an undisclosed amount. The asking price was $400 million, but it’s highly unlikely the seller, Australian bajillionaire James Packer, got that amount. Not much to look at, but hard to beat the location. Packer paid $280 million for the land in 2014. His planned Alon project fell apart when financing failed to materialize. The 34.6-acre site, just north of the Fashion Show mall, has been vacant since it was the New Frontier. The New Frontier was imploded at midnight on July 16, 2007. At this point, it’s unknown what plans are in store for the Alon site, but a source says development appears likely. Wynn Paradise Park may not be Steve Wynn’s last hurrah after all. While the sale dashes our hopes for a new Las Vegas casino on the site, the move is likely to spark other activity on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip. Other projects in the area include Wynn Paradise Park, Resorts World and an expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Expect an official announcement of the Alon site sale soon, but you heard it here first. [Read More...

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Bellagio’s Holiday Display Never Fails to Impress

As annual traditions go in Las Vegas, we hope Bellagio’s unveiling of its holiday display never will. Go. In case that wasn’t clear. Paging Dr. Freud. The Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at Bellagio are one of the few remaining free spectacles in Las Vegas and should not be missed. Bellagio pulls out all the stops for its Christmas display. Vegas regulars will recognize some familiar elements (such as the polar bears), but there are always new things to see. Bellagio’s up to the challenge of giving your inner Grinch a beat-down. The focal point of the holiday display is the big-ass Christmas tree, of course. The White Fur tree, brought in from Mt. Shasta, stands 42-feet tall and has about 2,500 ornaments. Yes, we counted. Bellagio’s Christmas tree is 18 feet in diameter, not unlike this blog after a buffet. Naturally, the Conservatory is replete with flowers, including the seasonally-appropriate poinsettias (28,000 or so), famous for not being pronounced like they’re spelled. The botanical name for the poinsettia is “euphorbia pulcherrima,” which sounds like what you’d call a poinsettia if you were bullying it in a locker room. The Ice Princess is a new addition to Bellagio’s Christmas display, with a dress of white hydrangea and Phalaenopsis orchids. Yes, we copied and pasted those flower names. We are a busy person and don’t have time to “take notes” or...

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