Category Archives: Things to Do in Las Vegas

Bellagio Conservatory Goes Doggy Style for Chinese New Year

It’s the Year of the Dog, and the Bellagio Conservatory has not only unveiled another wonderful seasonal display, but it’s also provided an opportunity for this blog to make a gratuitous sexual joke in our headline, so what’s not to love?

Bellagio Chinese New Year

Behold, the Moon Gate. The slooping roof symbolizes the half moon of Chinese summers. Which would make an excellent porn name, all due respect.

Each year, Bellagio pulls out all the stops for Chinese New Year, mainly as a way to kiss up to
all the Asian gamblers who frequent the resort.

For the rest of us, Bellagio’s Chinese New Year display provides a sample the work of some of the most prolific and talented horticulturists in the world.

Bellagio Chinese New Years

People born during the Year of the Dog are said to be honest, friendly, smart and likely to chew your favorite shoes.

As mentioned, this year’s display features 18 dogs, one of our favorite forms of life on Earth.

The star of the show is an 18-foot-tall Husky.

Bellagio Chinese New Year

We aren’t entirely sure whether this is a Siberian or Alaskan Husky. We are a blog, not a dog whisperer.

Huskies are beautiful dogs, but are bred to run, so can’t be trusted off a leash and don’t particularly make good pets. They also like to chase small animals. They also aren’t obedient.
They also shed a lot. But, again, they sure are beautiful!

The Chinese New Year display at Bellagio has lots of other enchanting features, including 13
Chinese lanterns.

Bellagio Chinese New Year

There are three main types of Chinese lanterns: Hanging, flying and floating. Which, coincidentally, are the three ways mobsters would be disposed of in the early days of Vegas.

It’s interesting to note that while 13 is considered in Western cultures, it’s actually good luck to the Chinese.

Also good luck in Chinese culture are Koi fish. They symbolize perseverance and abundance. And possibly sushi to some people. Let’s not dwell upon it.

Bellagio Chinese New Year

Koi fish are also known as “swimming flowers.” These horticulturalists are smart AF.

The display has ding pots, too. We don’t know what they are, but we sort of like saying “ding pot.”

Bellagio Conservatory  ding pot

Ding pot. Ding pot. Ding pot.

The Chinese New Year display at Bellagio Conservatory will be open until Mar. 3, 2018. Next up is the spring exhibit, Mar. 10 to Jun. 2, 2018.

Bellagio Conservatory

This is what happens when you have one more photo than photo captions.

The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens remains one of the best free things to do in Las Vegas, so make sure to stop by and rub some bellies. Which is probably frowned upon, and
you’re likely to be wrestled to the ground and tossed out by security, but the stories you’ll tell when you get back home will make it all worthwhile.

Bellagio Chinese New Year 2018

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The Killers Light Show Debuts at Fremont Street Experience

The free light shows at Fremont Street Experience are a big draw for Las Vegas visitors, and a new show from The Killers has been added to the rotation at the downtown pedestrian mall.

The new Viva Vision show showcases three songs by The Killers: “Mr. Brightside,” “When You Were Young” and “The Man.”

The Killers light show Fremont Street

Fremont’s light shows are one of the best free things to do in Las Vegas, along with the Bellagio fountains, the Mirage volcano and rejecting the sexual overtures of bloggers.

This blog is a big fan of “The Man,” mostly because the video for the song was shot in Las

The Plaza casino is featured prominently in the video, and former Mayor Oscar Goodman even has a cameo (he’s the one with the martini at the roulette table).

The Killers got their start in Las Vegas when the band formed in 2001.

The unfortunately-named band’s members include Brandon Flowers, Dave Keuning, Mark Stoermer and Ronnie Vannucci, Jr.

Their new light show was designed by a Canadian firm, Moment Factory.

Here’s a look. It’s better in person.

Other recent additions to the Viva Vision line-up include shows devoted to Imagine Dragons (another Las Vegas band), Green Day, Linkin Park and Tiesto.

The Viva Vision screen at Fremont Street Experience (where we work in digital marketing as our day job) is about to undergo a major upgrade at a cost of $33 million.

The project will be paid for by Fremont Street Experience, the City of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

Installation of the upgrade is expected to begin mid-2018 and is expected to take a little more than a year to complete. The Viva Vision canopy will continue to operate during the improvement process.

The upgrade project will vastly improve the resolution of the screen, making it visible even during daylight hours, and will create a “floor-to-ceiling, interactive” experience.

Las Vegas Strip Club to Feature Robotic Strippers

A popular Las Vegas strip club, Sapphire, claims it will have the first robot strippers in the world during CES 2018.

CES is the Consumer Electronics Show, a convention that draws more than 170,000 attendees to Las Vegas. The event runs Jan. 9-13, 2018.

Robot strippers

Insert viscosity joke here.

Sapphire says, “The fully animated electronic twins, #R2DoubleD and #TripleCPU have traveled all the way from London and are excited to make their Vegas debut at the ‘World’s Largest Gentlemen’s Club’ during CES 2018.”

As marketing gimmicks go, we’re a fan of this one!

Here’s a look at the robot exotic dancers in action.

Sapphire guests will have an opportunity to take photos with the robot strippers. They’ll also have the chance to be rejected by them, just as they’d be rebuffed by human strippers. Some things are universal.

And, yes, the robot strippers will accept gratuities. It’s Las Vegas, after all.

Stripper chart

Friendly reminder.

These aren’t the first robots in Las Vegas, of course. Two robotic bartenders recently made news at Miracle Mile Shops, and there’s also a robot performing concierge functions at Mandarin Oriental.

Learn more about the stripper robots in the Sapphire blog. Yes, they have a blog. Because blogs are sexy as hell. Obviously.

“Twilight Zone” Mini Golf Opens at Bally’s Las Vegas

There’s a fun new diversion on the Las Vegas Strip: “The Twilight Zone” mini golf has opened at Bally’s Las Vegas.

Twilight Zone mini golf

You remember “The Invaders,” right? Neither do we, but let’s not get bogged down in details.

The “Twilight Zone”-themed, family-friendly attraction comes from the folks at Monster Mini Golf, the company that created Kiss Monster Mini Golf at Rio Las Vegas.

This time, guests are treated to an indoor, glow-in-the-dark miniature golf course inspired by the classic TV show (wait for it), “The Twilight Zone.”

Twilight Zone mini golf

Mini golf is a throwback to a time when people talked to each other once in awhile.

While the vast majority of customers at “Twilight Zone” Mini Golf weren’t alive when the show aired, 1959 to 1964, it doesn’t require a knowledge of the show to enjoy the charming decor.

Those who do know the show will immediately recognize more than a dozen direct references to “Twilight Zone” episodes. Here’s a list of many of the episodes, because we occasionally visit attraction sober and manage to take notes, shocking as that may be.

  • “Talking Tina”
  • “Eye of the Beholder”
  • “The Hitch-Hiker”
  • “You Drive”
  • “Five Characters in Search of an Exit”
  • “The Invaders”
  • “Twenty Two”
  • “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street”
  • “The Lonely”
  • “Nick of Time”
  • “Nightmare at 22,000 Feet”
  • “To Serve Man”
  • “And When the Sky was Opened”

Classics, all!

Twilight Zone mini golf

It’s creepy. It’s cool. It’s a damned good time on the cheap. Sort of like your sister.

The “Twilight Zone” Mini Golf venue takes up a whopping 10,000-square-feet of space and
is located next to the Real Bodies exhibit on the shopping concourse at Bally’s. It’s
between the food court and the casino. You’ll find it. Look for all the people on first

Twilight Zone mini golf

You can’t miss it, unless you’re tanked. In which case, the mini golf will be even more fun.

The attraction has to be one of the best values on The Strip, with 18 holes for just

Also in the venue are several lanes of miniature bowling. Again, great value. Five frames of bowling costs $3, 10 frames are just $5.

Twilight Zone mini golf

Approximately $300 less per hour than time spent at a blackjack table.

There’s also a small arcade, and most of the games are just a buck to play.

Also in the works are a gift shop, a special events room and a science fiction-themed wedding chapel.

We chatted with the founder of Monster Mini Golf, Christina Vitagliano, on our podcast, so take a listen.

Twilight Zone mini golf

This one’s from the “Nick of Time” episode which featured an embryonic William Shatner.

No, really. William Shatner.

Vitagliano claims Kiss Mini Golf at Rio is doing well despite a challenging location, so “Twilight Zone” Mini Golf is likely perform strongly. (Kiss Mini Golf relocated from Clearly, a lot of time and expense goes into these custom miniature golf courses, and the blacklight element makes them all the more enjoyable and offbeat.

There are photo ops galore during the course of play, all suitable for sharing in social media. Translation: Marketing gold.

Twilight Zone mini golf

Despite social media causing everything bad that happens in the world, it’s a great way to let people know how much fun you’re having in Vegas.

It’s the only bowling in the neighborhood, and mini golf is a timeless way to spend
some quality time with friends at a reasonable price.

The attraction is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to midnight.

Twilight Zone mini golf

Black (UV) lights reveal phosphors and have many uses, including detecting counterfeits. So, be real.

So, wash your balls (it’s the venue that’s family-friendly, not this blog), spit-shine
your putter (if you get our drift) and take a journey into another dimension, a
dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind (we totally made that up), at “The
Twilight Zone” by Monster Mini Golf at Bally’s resort.

Twilight Zone Mini Golf

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Confirmed: New York-New York’s Roller Coaster Will Go Virtual Reality

It was way back in August 2017 when we first, and solitarily, reported New York-New York’s roller coaster would be converting to a virtual reality ride.

Now, we’ve got proof it’s true.

New York-New York has tipped its hand by putting up signage that gives instructions for riders on the next iteration of the popular thrill ride.

Unfortunately, no photos are allowed on the roller coaster platform, so we aren’t able to share the photo below.

virtual reality roller coaster

Do you know this blog at all?

That’s right, the Big Apple’s virtual reality system is currently undergoing testing and the roller coaster is expected to go full VR in January 2018.

From what we hear, virtual reality will bump up the ride’s current price by $5, to 20 bucks.

Rider operators have shared there will no longer be a lower-priced, non-VR ticket option, although we trust guests won’t be forced to don the sex-magnet virtual reality goggles if they’d like to just gaze upon The Strip in the (yawn) traditional way.

Las Vegas roller coaster

Let us know how it goes. We are not a heights person. Not to mention our morbid fear of goggles.

The addition of virtual reality is a cunning way to increase Big Apple’s ticket price (known in retail parlance as the “per cap,” or the average amount spent by a customer).

The Big Apple roller coaster is hugely successful for New York-New York and its parent company, MGM Resorts, with 1.4 million riders each year.

There’s still been no official confirmation the New York-New York roller coaster will convert to virtual reality, but as we’ve said before, if it’s in a news release, it’s too late.

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.

Bellagio Conservatory

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 Conservatory

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 Christmas

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.

Bellagio Christmas

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 “exert effort.”

Bellagio Conservatory

When your mom sees your browser history.

Bellagio’s horticulture staff of about 120 people have this whole Conservatory thing down pat.

The larger-than-life display draws throngs to the Strip casino, although the vast majority don’t stick around to eat or drink or gamble.

In recent years, casinos have cut back on free offerings to strengthen their bottom lines. Bellagio’s Conservatory has weathered those cost-cutting measures, and hasn’t yet suffered the fate of attractions like “Sirens of TI” at Treasure Island or “Masquerade Show in the Sky” at Rio.

Trust us, there have been meetings.

Bellagio Conservatory Christmas

Props on the elf diversity, Bellagio.

Here’s an insider tip for your Conservatory visit: Watch for the GoPro camera on the train at the base of the Christmas tree.

Bellagio Christmas

It’s only creepy if you get one for your ex.

Video from the camera is streamed live on a nearby video monitor.

Bellagio Christmas

Please keep it classy. There are lots of kids around.

Bellagio regulars will find it notable the horse statue in the hotel’s lobby has been swapped out. Not for a holiday-inspired horse and rider, but a samurai-themed one.

There’s currently a samurai exhibit in the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. Here’s more.

Bellagio lobby horse rider

Bellagio’s disco ball horse has been replaced with a samurai’s. The Japanese warriors were fairly kick-ass archers on horseback.

While we enjoy visiting the Bellagio Conservatory during the day to see all the details of the flowers and props, some prefer the glow of the lights at night.

The Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at Bellagio are open 24 hours a day, so check out during the day and after dark.

Oh, and don’t forget to use the hashtag below to help homeless youth.

Bellagio Conservatory

At least that hashtag doesn’t have any unfortunate double meanings.

The Christmas display, called “Holiday Glamour” (because naming things is hard) runs through Jan. 1, 2018. Next up, Chinese New Year, from Jan. 8 through Mar. 3, 2018.

Enjoy more poorly-composed photos in the gallery, below. And if you’d like to see past Bellagio displays, we’ve grouped them all together on our site, so dive right in.

Bellagio Conservatory Christmas 2017

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