Resorts World’s Stardust Sign is Absolutely Glorious

The surprises just keep on coming at Resorts World, the newest casino megaresort on the Las Vegas Strip.

Resorts World, which opened June 24, 2021, recently installed a sign that’s an homage to the classic Stardust casino.

Stardust sign Resorts World

This is like an erotic massage for the eyes.

The Stardust sign replica has special significance at Resorts World, because the new hotel was built on the former Stardust site.

Considered one of the worst days in history of Las Vegas, The Stardust closed on Nov. 1, 2006. Stardust was imploded on March 13, 2007, to make way for Echelon Place, a project abandoned in 2008 due to the Turkish lira plunging in value or whatever. We are a Las Vegas blog, not a historian.

Stardust lives on, however, both in our heart and at Resorts World!

As with most things in Las Vegas, the sign is even better when it’s lit. Take a look.

We sort of went into Googie star shock, actually.

Googie stars are, of course, stars designed in the Googie style of art. The futurist art, inspired by the Space Age, was used extensively from the 1950s to the 1970s, and made its mark in Las Vegas.

Shout-out to Steelers fans. This isn’t a sports reference, it’s a Googie reference.

The iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign was influenced by the Googie architectural style, as was the La Concha motel lobby (now the visitors center for the Neon Museum).

The original Stardust sign, though, was the most Googie thing, ever, and we fell in love with it during our first visit to Las Vegas.

The new Stardust sign replica at Resorts World does a solid job of rekindling that love.

Don’t be one of those people who points out they spelled it “fampus.” Those people are annoying.

The original Stardust sign cost $500,000 and was designed by Paul Miller of Ad-Art. The roadside wonder was installed in 1968.

The six figures-plus Stardust sign was made for Resorts World by a company called Kevin Barry Art Advisory. The L.A.-based company “is a collaborative team of advisors and artists that curate, create, and implement visual storytelling for global clients.”

And the story of the Stardust is a great story to tell.

Among its star turns, Stardust was featured in the movie “Casino,” although in the film it was called The Tangiers.

Stardust was also the setting of a spectacularly bizarre TV series, “The Frank Rosenthal Show,” hosted by mobster “Lefty” Rosenthal. Check out some weird facts about a colorful dude.

The Stardust was mobbed up until the Boyd family bought it in 1985.

But back to the Stardust sign!

Stardust’s official advertising slogan in 1983 was, “Yeah, we’re skimming, what you gonna do about it?”

The Stardust sign at Resorts World has 1,500 LED lights and boasts more than a mile of wiring.

“LED” is Latin for “less sexy than neon, but it’ll do in a pinch.”

At 2,800 pounds, the sign was a bear to transport and had to be disassembled for installation.

The sign is located near the Las Vegas Blvd. entrance to the resort and sits near Red Tail sports lounge and Fuhu restaurant, or Venue Fuhu as they call it at Resorts World. It’s an area the resort has dubbed The District.

Stardust sign Resorts World

When it opened, Stardust was the world’s biggest hotel. When Resorts World opened, it was the most expensive in the history of Las Vegas.

The sign is surrounded by stanchions at the moment, but it sounds like Resorts World is having the pedestal revamped to decrease the chances of boneheads climbing on or otherwise mucking with this beautiful artwork.

There’s a lot of great art throughout Resorts World, but the Stardust sign is a highlight.

It’s a wonderful hat tip to Las Vegas history, and a reminder our modern casinos stand on the shoulders of giants.

If you’re a true Stardust fan, you’ll also want to check out another piece of Stardust-inspired art near the Starbucks.

Nobody really noticed the juxtaposition between Vegas now and Vegas then, but that’s why there’s a us.

The Stardust sign at Resorts World is open to the public and free to view.

Of course, you can see pieces of the original Stardust sign at downtown’s Neon Museum.

Stardust

If you ever see us in an eye patch, it’s because we tried to cuddle with this sign. In 1991, this epic font was replaced with (wait for it) Helvetica.

If that’s still not enough to satisfy your Stardust itch, you can literally touch history by playing slot machines from the Stardust at the Orleans casino. Orleans is owned by the aforementioned Boyd Gaming. The company also has a social casino app that uses Stardust branding.

Another fun fact: Resorts World saved about 100 trees from the Stardust. No, really. They’re planted all around Resorts World, and some are said to be a century old.

Stardust lives on! Big thanks to Resorts World for the eye candy, the photo op and the memories.

12 thoughts on “Resorts World’s Stardust Sign is Absolutely Glorious

  1. Kevin Bowen

    No so much what fans of stardust think we they see stardust signs sad for sure; what do the former stardust owners think one of the biggest blunders in vegas history

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  2. Sunny

    The Stardust, The Riviera, The New Frontier. The Silver Slipper
    These were the places that made the north end of the strip true Vegas history.
    These huge mega-resorts are just empty shells of conspicuous consumption.
    They will never reflect the real life in Las Vegas.

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    1. Jeff M

      +1 to this. We visited Resorts World with an open mind, but generally found it to be a generic, high-priced cash grab. Old Vegas, with its unique casino identities, at least somewhat more reasonable comp and payout policies, and general good-time atmosphere seems pretty remote now in this corporate era.

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  3. theebigjuan

    My first trip to Vegas in 1997 was to the Stardust. It was the bomb. Had a great time with friends playing bj in the hippie pit.

    Later trips included the Westward Ho… taking the golf cart back to our friends stuffy and smelly hotel room.

    Will always remember our night at the Frontier Bar. It featured $1 Bud Lights and bikini mechanical bull riding. Some of the riders should have worn much more than bikinis.

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  4. Don

    We are Neanderthals, remembering when slot machines paid coins, tough guys ran casinos, and the tough guys made sure no bums were outside casinos harassing people, the casinos played a fair game, no 6-5 blackjack, soft openings for locals to test. Time has moved on. There’s no bringing back old Vegas.

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  5. Michael Alexakis

    I am a huge Stardust fan, and the Silver Slipper will always be my favorite Las Vegas casino… But lets not all forget the reason the Stardust had the cheapest rooms in the early 1980’s along with Circus Circus, if you wanted the $20 room, you had to go back, way freaking back, to old flea bag motel structures, I remember on the walk back to my room once finding a red ant colony, creeped me out… If you wanted a room in the newer part it was more like $60. Remember the good, Stardust deserves that, but there was some bad, the front end was great, the back, not so great…

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  6. William Wingo

    I stayed at the Stardust long ago, and like others, I remember riding the golf cart “out back” to the one-story motel buildings. Over the years I returned several times and saw “Lido de Paris,” “Enter the Night,” and the free-for-one-drink “Bare Touch of Vegas”; but passed on Wayne Newton.
    Somehow I’m not inclined to go to Resorts World, pay $14 for three small Gyoza pork dumplings, play six-to-five Blackjack with a 3% fee for cashless, and enjoy fond memories of the Stardust.
    They may as well go ahead and activate the parking fees.
    And if it’s free to look at the sign, that’s just because they haven’t figured out how to charge for it yet.
    Cheers.

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  7. Whistlin' Willy

    Sadly I never saw the Stardust, first visiting Vegas in 2017 but I’ve become effectively obsessed with the casino. I believe that they didn’t just curse the site when they destroyed it but the whole city, nothing has gone right since and not that the media will ever show what’s happening but the city has fallen on very hard times and it will get a lot harder. No tourist will return again after they see the thing’s that are going on now and there is no will or power to change that, in fact one can only suppose that it is deliberate so that banks can buy everything up just like they are doing with all the houses.

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  8. Anita Mandalay

    I regret that I never got to enter the Stardust. But I’ll bet that the seats had cushions. Resorts World has all hard seating with the exception go the egg chairs in Sun’s Out Bun’s Out. The property could be made more comfortable over time if it had more comfortable furniture. I think themes help properties avoid today’s starkitecture and exude warmth and character.

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    1. BST

      Same here , and I agree about the seats .
      Hard seating is easier to keep clean and more sanitary and maybe that’s why . Does zero for any warmth and character for sure . 🙁

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