This was the nighttime water show we watched that was set to Christmas music – Sleigh Ride by Johnny Mathis. We watched this water show 3x during our visit to Vegas in 12/2009. Each time, a different song was played. The adjoining hotel has an indoor conservatory and botanical gardens. Beautiful!! **Also, thanks goes out to a special friend who encouraged our visit to the strip. You know who you are…..!!!
The Fountains of Bellagio is a vast, choreographed water feature with performances set to light and music. (See musical fountain.) The performances take place in front of the Bellagio hotel and are visible from numerous vantage points on the Strip, both from the street and neighboring structures. The show takes place every 30 minutes in the afternoons and early evenings, and every 15 minutes from 8 p.m. to midnight. Before a water show starts, the nozzles break the water surface and the lights illuminating the hotel tower turn to a purple hue (usually), or red-white-and-blue for certain music. Shows may be cancelled without warning because of wind, although shows usually run with less power in face of wind. A single show may be skipped to avoid interference with a planned event. The fountain display is choreographed to various pieces of music, including songs by Andrea Bocelli, Frank Sinatra, and Gene Kelly.
The fountains are set in a 9-acre (3.6 ha) manmade lake. Contrary to urban myth, the lake is not filled with treated greywater from the hotel. The lake is actually serviced by a freshwater well that was drilled decades prior to irrigate a golf course that previously existed on the site. The fountains actually use less water than irrigating the golf course did. They incorporate a network of pipes with more than 1,200 nozzles that make it possible to stage fountain displays coordinated with more than 4,500 lights. It is estimated that the fountains cost million to build. The fountains were created by WET, a design firm specializing in inventive fountains and architectural water features.
Four types of nozzles are used for the various effects:
Oarsmen – jets with a full range of spherical motion
Shooters – shoot water upwards
Super Shooters – send a water blast as high as 240 ft (73 m) in the air.
Extreme Shooters – send a water blast as high as 460 ft (140 m) (added in 2005)
Bellagio was conceived by Steve Wynn and built by his company, Mirage Resorts, Inc. following the purchase and demolition of the legendary Dunes hotel and casino in 1993. Bellagio was designed by DeRuyter Butler and Atlandia Design. Bellagio had an original construction cost of US.6 billion.
The Bellagio opened October 15, 1998, just before 11 p.m. in a ceremony that was reported to cost US million. The VIPs invited to the grand opening were expected to donate to The Foundation Fighting Blindness US,000 a person or US,500 a couple, which entitled them to an overnight stay at Bellagio's suite rooms.
Opening night's entertainment began with Steve Wynn giving a 40-minute welcome speech followed by the opening of the Cirque du Soleil production “O.” Performing in Bellagio lounges that night were New York cabaret and recording artist Michael Feinstein, George Bugatti and John Pizarrelli. When it opened, it was the most expensive hotel ever built.
In 2000 it became an MGM Mirage property when Mirage Resorts merged with MGM Grand Inc. to create MGM Mirage. In 2010 the company was renamed MGM Resorts International in a move to go worldwide with its brands.
The Bellagio employs approximately 10,000 people. In the fall of 2006, the casino floor was remodeled and new uniforms were issued, changing the original color scheme to a more elegant type.
The Bellagio has won the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award (the highest level of the AAA Diamond Ratings System for restaurants and lodgings) 11 times.
The Bellagio's main tower is currently undergoing a million upgrade. By December 2011, all of the main tower's 2,500 rooms will be remodeled.
The Bellagio Hotel and/or Fountains have been in numerous films:
2001 Rush Hour 2
2001 Ocean's Eleven
2007 Lucky You
2007 Ocean's Thirteen
2008 What Happens in Vegas
2009 The Hangover
2010 Anjaana Anjaani
Las Vegas Strip Bellagio Fountain
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