Bellagio Skybridge Loses Its Moving Walkways

In recent weeks, Bellagio has removed a series of moving walkways on the skybridge stretching from Las Vegas Boulevard to the porte cochere of the iconic resort.

Bellagio skybridge

Sorry, we don’t have a “before” photo. Use your imagination.

People-movers, like their spotlight-hogging twins, escalators, are notoriously unreliable and expensive to repair, so it’s likely Bellagio and its owners, MGM Resorts, figured it was time to pull the plug.

Bellagio skybridge

Here’s another stretch of the skybridge that also doesn’t have moving walkways.

The demise of the people-movers at Bellagio seems to be part of a larger trend.

For many years, Las Vegas casinos went to great lengths to draw pedestrians into the casino. The more foot traffic, the more gambling. The more gambling, the more revenue.

Now, as casinos pay closer attention to the bottom line, such amenities may not play the part they once did.

Las Vegas visitation continues to be at an all-time high, and when times are good and demand is strong, casinos know customers are willing to make the trek without the need for expensive devices like moving walkways, also known as “travelators” in parts of Europe.

In 2013, when Caesars Palace renovated its Pure nightclub to become Omnia, its perpetually dysfunctional people-mover was killed off.

Caesars Palace moving walkway

This former moving walkway at Caesars was built in the 1980s, considered by historians to be the last decade where there were virgins.

When Bally’s decided to build its Grand Bazaar Shops, its people-mover also got the ax.

Bally's walkway

We sort of miss you, moving walkway at Bally’s.

Here’s a look at the deconstruction of the people-mover at Bally’s, circa January 2014.

Bally's people-mover

Don’t even get us started about what’s there now.

Another interesting aspect of moving walkways has to do with the trend of casinos expanding closer to Las Vegas Boulevard. In the early days of Vegas, most guests arrived by car, so it wasn’t especially important to build close to pedestrian traffic.

Now, millions of people stroll along Las Vegas Boulevard, so casinos are closing the gap between the sidewalks on Las Vegas Boulevard and the casino.

Caesars Entertainment, for example, has talked about developingĀ the “underutilized” land in front of Caesars Palace.

Bally’s is another obvious example where management has made a conscious to generate revenue from under-utilized space by tapping into the large volume of foot traffic. Not surprisingly, CVS was all over it.

Strip CVS

Formerly not much, currently printing money.

At New York-New York, a major overhaul of the resort’s frontage makes restaurants and shops readily accessible to passersby.

New York New York promenade

We try not to go outdoors, but some people seem to like it. There’s more outdoors next door at The Park, an outdoor dining district.

There were even misguided rumblings Bellagio was going to eliminate its fountains to build a shopping and dining area. Although an April Fool’s joke by our friends at Vegas Bright, such a move seemed plausible given recent trends.

So, if you’re strolling by Bellagio and decide to go in (and you should, it’s gorgeous), expect a bit of a trek.

On the bright side, the skybridge offers great views of the Bellagio fountains and its casino neighbors on the Las Vegas Strip.

And it goes without saying walking is good for you. Unless you’re a human centipede with bad knees. Which we’re going to need some time to unsee, so thanks a lot.

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19 thoughts on “Bellagio Skybridge Loses Its Moving Walkways

  1. Photoncounter

    Not sure these were “people movers” but more like “lazy, tired, broke humanity movers”. The few times I attempted to enter Bellagio this way I found the travelator jammed with folks just standing on it, not allowing anyone to move past them. In airports like McCarran and Detroit who make use of these, considerate folks stand to the right to allow those who wish to walk past free passage. Not this one. Good riddance to it.

    But I’m likely to never walk it as that would require me to pay the thieves at MGM for parking.

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    1. EnuffBull

      Hahahahahaha!!! “Considerate folks” on the streets of Las Vegas? Whenever was that year? šŸ˜‰

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  2. RustyHammer

    With strip casinos increasingly less interested in gamblers, it seems natural that they’re less interested in efficiently moving potential gamblers into the building. Instead, work up an appetite walking into the building, where they’ll be happy to serve you a fine meal. And for you first-time dopes who think you can see the entire strip in a day, they’ll have a place where you can buy/inhale flatbread casserole, like the crap they serve at Pizza Cock.

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          1. AccessVegas

            There is nothing wrong with Pizza Rock. However, it has been over-hyped, or what I call “podcast famous” where it turns into a trendy thing through podcast after podcast hyping it. And then, everyone has to visit it. And then, every call or trip report includes it.

          2. EnuffBull

            I have to say Pizza Rock deserves its fame. It is tasty, inventive and at a great location that I love off Fremont St, near Downtown Grand, Mob Museum, Hogs/Heifers, and Triple George.

            But just hand-tossed and no deep dish pizza? (I thought they used to have a Sicilian styled deep dish?) Why the 3-times-too-small-black-heart and hate for Chicago deep dish?

          3. AccessVegas

            Look, I can get Pizza Rock delivered to my house for $2.99 by BiteSquad. And, I won’t argue that their product is on the inventive side. But, for half the price, I can get a really great pie from a place a few blocks from me.

            Even the over-hyped podcasters have noted that Pizza Rock is so-so by the slice, and you really have to get an entire pie to get the experience.

            I’m not trying to smash on anyone. But living here, with access to everything, and in the tourism business, it is interesting how certain things become “podcast famous” across a number of podcasts, and then they end up turning into a holy grail by listeners.

            This was more of a general comment, not some total diss on Pizza Rock, or those who tout it.

          4. RustyHammer

            Adroitly stated. If you don’t love it, you’re not one of the cool kids, so everyone gushes about it as if they invented casserole.

          5. AccessVegas

            I don’t hate it. It is good. But ya… it is touted as the best pizza ever invented in the entire universe. By people who are drunk, on vacation, and on a Vegas high.

          6. RustyHammer

            hardly a nemisis. just an example of a casserole restaurant that is overrated.

    1. Lewmoore

      If you’re off your meds, you should go back on them. If you’re not on meds, please see a doctor for the safety of yourself and others.

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  3. William Wingo

    The Orleans has “slidewalks” in the passage connecting the hotel with the arena. It runs down the length of the parking deck.
    Sometimes they are all working.

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  4. AccessVegas

    I consider this a huge mistake. During the late 90’s and 2000’s, I was on The Strip 3-4 nights per week. By my best estimation (using the map), I walked 2-3 miles each time. Parking at Boardwalk or San Remo and working my way as far north as Venetian.

    I often veered into (and through) Bellagio BECAUSE they had the people-mover. It gave me a short respite from all of the hiking. It was more a mental thing as the ride was only a few minutes. But, it felt welcoming.

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  5. FYMYAWF

    I have no issues with the people movers going away as long as the resorts FIX THE DANG ESCALATORS ON THE STRIP, especially on the east side.

    With a couple exceptions the west side is flat enough to walk, but there’s so much up and down on the east side to let traffic flow under all the foot bridges.

    Sorry, I’m a fit enough guy but on a 105 degree summer day having to go up and down 4 or 5 sets of broken down escalators (otherwise known as “stairs”) from the Trop to Wynn is enough to make even a marathon runner want to take Uber.

    Fix the escalators! Rant complete.

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