Circus Circus Las Vegas
Circus Circus Las Vegas is a hotel, 123,928 sq ft casino, RV park located on the Las Vegas Strip in Winchester, Nevada. It is operated by MGM Resorts International. Circus Circus features circus acts and carnival type games daily on the Midway. Circus Circus is the largest permanent big top in the world; the Lucky The Clown marquee at the entrance was provided by Young Electric Sign Company and was constructed in 1976. Previous owners of Circus Circus Las Vegas were Jay Sarno and Stanley Mallin and Mandalay Resort Group known as Circus Circus Enterprises Circus Circus was opened on October 18, 1968 by Jay Sarno and Stanley Mallin, becoming the flagship casino for Circus Circus Enterprises. Architects Rissman and Rissman Associates designed a giant circus tent shaped main structure, built by R. C. Johnson Construction of Las Vegas. At its opening, the $15 million facility only included a casino; the lack of a hotel resulted in financial problems, as the casino was not able to attract high rollers.
Sarno obtained a $23 million loan from the Teamsters Pension Fund to construct a hotel. As part of the arrangement, the Chicago Outfit's enforcer, Anthony Spilotro was granted a gift shop concession in the hotel. In addition to a government investigation into the organized-crime connections and Mallin were being investigated for tax code violations; the casino's financial problems continued and Sarno, along with his partner Stanley Mallin, decided to sell out. In 1974, ownership changed with the sale of the casino to William Bennett and William Pennington for $25 million; the facility was expanded with hotel tower additions in 1972, 1975, 1980, 1986, 1996. A blog reported that on July 1, 2009, Slots-A-Fun would begin the re-branding process in order to be incorporated into Circus Circus; the hotel rooms are located in several buildings including: The West Tower The Casino Tower The Skyrise Tower Circus Circus Manor Motor Lodge RV Park Circus Circus offers: Slots-A-Fun Casino Ballrooms – space for up to 600 people Race and Sports Book – 80 seats, with 18 big screens Three swimming pools "Chapel of the Fountain" The Adventuredome is a 5-acre indoor amusement park located within the resort.
The park is inside a large pink glass dome connected to the hotel and offers 25 rides and attractions including the Canyon Blaster roller coaster, rock climbing wall, 18-hole miniature golf course, an arcade, clown shows, Xtreme Zone, Pikes Pass, Virtual Reality Zone, Midway Games, carnival-type games. Splash Zone Las Vegas Newest Water Park, it features thrilling a kiddie playground. The hotel's famous midway was featured in the 1971 James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever. In his journalistic novel of the early 1970s, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson wrote, "The Circus-Circus is what the whole hep world would be doing Saturday night if the Nazis had won the war; this is the sixth Reich. The ground floor is full of gambling tables, like all the other casinos... but the place is about four stories high, in the style of a circus tent, all manner of strange County-Fair/Polish Carnival madness is going on up in this space." When the Thompson work was adapted to film in 1998, the fictional "Bazooko Circus" was a thinly veiled stand-in for the world-famed resort, which had refused permission for the filmmakers to shoot on their property.
The Adventuredome Theme Park and the Canyon Blaster roller coaster were featured in the 1999 movie Baby Geniuses. The theme park was known as Joyworld in the movie. Characters in 1977's post-apocalyptic Damnation Alley seek out at the abandoned Circus Circus to play. In Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and Vanessa sneak into the Circus Circus. In the 1992 movie Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, the oversized child Adam is shown laughing and smiling at the Lucky the Clown pylon; the Midway was featured in the 1978 film Corvette Summer, when Mark Hamill was being lured into a scam by a "salesman". In the game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Circus Circus is featured as The Clown's Pocket. A recreation of the hotel called "Ringmaster" can be found in the 2014 racing video game The Crew, near the northern end of the strip. In the TV series Vega$, private detective Dan Tanna lived in a converted warehouse next to Circus Circus, was shown driving past the resort in his classic Ford Thunderbird. Official website Vegas.com
Treasure Island Hotel and Casino
Treasure Island Hotel & Casino is a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, USA with 2,664 rooms and 220 suites, is connected by tram to The Mirage as well as pedestrian bridge to the Fashion Show Mall shopping center. It is operated by Phil Ruffin; the hotel received the AAA Four Diamond rating each year from 1999 through 2013. Treasure Island was opened by Mirage Resorts in 1993 under the direction of Steve Wynn and Atlandia Design at a cost of US$450 million; the initial plans called for a tower addition to The Mirage, but evolved into a full-fledged separate hotel casino resort. Treasure Island intended to attract families with whimsical pirate features and icons such as the skull-and-crossbones strip marquee, a large video arcade, staged pirate battles nightly in "Buccaneer Bay" in front of the casino entrance on the Strip; the resort was designed by architects Joel Bergman and Jon Jerde in collaboration with Steve Wynn along with Roger Thomas who designed the interior of Treasure Island Hotel and Casino.
In 2003, the hotel abandoned its pirate theme for a more contemporary resort choosing to provide adult amenities and services. The original video arcade and kid-friendly pool areas were replaced with a party bar, hot tub, nightclub; the famous skull-and-crossbones sign at the Strip entrance was replaced by a dual-purpose "TI" marquee displaying the hotel logo and serving as a large LED video screen. The exterior color of the hotel was changed from a light orange to a darker maroon color. On December 15, 2008, MGM Mirage announced the resort would be sold for US$775 million to Phil Ruffin, former owner of the New Frontier Hotel and Casino. Ruffin took full ownership of the hotel and casino resort on Friday, March 20, 2009. On October 21, 2013, the Sirens of TI pirate battle show closed in order to add a new multi-level shopping and entertainment center which opened in April 2015 with a 24-hour CVS as the anchor tenant along with the Marvel Avengers S. T. A. T. I. O. N. Exhibit, which opened May 26, 2016.
On June 18, 2016, Michael Steven Sandford attempted to assassinate presidential candidate Donald Trump during a political rally held at Treasure Island. In 1994, shortly after the hotel's launch, a promotional TV movie, Treasure Island: The Adventure Begins debuted on NBC; the film, starring Jason Beghe, featured the implosion of The Dunes. The sign for Treasure Island is shown in the 2003 film Looney Tunes: Back In Action In the 2004 movie Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, while Steve the Pirate is walking down Fremont Street, someone drives by yelling "Go back to the Treasure Island". An alternative ending to the movie was that the Average Joes lost the dodgeball tournament, but got their money back when Steve won it at Treasure Island. In the movie Miss Congeniality 2, a climactic fight scene took place in the lagoon, with a main character trapped inside a sinking ship. In the movie Beavis and Butthead Do America, the original Treasure Island sign, along with the pirate ship outside the hotel, are seen as Beavis and Butthead are driving down the Las Vegas strip in a limo.
Treasure Island appears in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. In the game it is called "Pirates in Mens Pants". In the movie Knocked Up, Ben and Pete see Mystère by Cirque du Soleil at Treasure Island during their road trip to Las Vegas. In the video game Driver 2, Treasure Island can be seen in the Las Vegas level where it's been named "Pirates Island". In the manga and anime "Eyeshield 21", the Deimon Devil Bats end their 2000km "death march training" from Houston, TX by reaching and staying at Treasure Island. In the NBC television show Las Vegas, the ending of the season 2 premiere episode was filmed at the hotel. Treasure Island is seen during fly-over images of the Las Vegas Strip in the mega-hit television drama series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Many shots in the television show; the resort is home to Cirque du Soleil's Mystère, which introduced the entertainment style of Franco Dragone. The show opened in 1993 as the original Cirque du Soleil production in Las Vegas. Mystère has been voted nine times as the best production show in the city by the Las Vegas Review Journal reader's poll.
With the sale of TI, it is the only hotel on the strip to host a Cirque du Soleil show, not affiliated with MGM Resorts International. Treasure Island opened with the free "Buccaneer Bay" show in a large man-made lake fronting the resort along the Las Vegas Strip. Presented several times nightly with a large cast of stunt performers, the show depicted the landing and subsequent sacking of a Caribbean village by pirates, serving to attract gamblers from the strip and into the casino after each show in the same fashion as its predecessor, the Wynn-conceived volcano fronting The Mirage casino. Notable special effects included a full-scale, manned British Royal Navy sailing ship that sailed nearly the full width of the property, a gas-fired "powder magazine" explosion and the sinking to the bottom of the sailing ship "Brittania" along with its captain. In 2003, "Buccaneer Bay" was replaced with "Sirens' Cove" and the new show, "The Sirens of TI" utilizing many of the technical elements of its predecessor.
The live, free show was intended to appeal more to adults by including singing, audio-visual effects, bare-chested pirates and attractive women in the large outdoor show produced by Kenny Ortega. The Sirens of TI was closed on October 21, 2013; the closure was intended to be temporary, but in November, it was made permanent, to the dismay of the show's actors. The reason cited by Treasure Islan
MTV is an American pay television channel owned by Viacom Media Networks and headquartered in New York City. The channel was launched on August 1, 1981, aired music videos as guided by television personalities known as "video jockeys". At first, MTV's main target demographic was young adults, but today it is teenagers high school and college students. Since its inception, MTV has toned down its music video programming and its programming now consists of original reality and drama programming and some off-network syndicated programs and films, with limited music video programming in off-peak time periods. MTV had struggled with the secular decline of music-related subscription-based media, its ratings had been said to be failing systematically, as younger viewers shift towards other media platforms, with yearly ratings drops as high as 29%. In April 2016, then-appointed MTV president Sean Atkins announced plans to restore music programming to the channel. Under current MTV president Chris McCarthy, reality programming has once again become prominent.
MTV has spawned numerous sister channels in the U. S. and affiliated channels internationally, some of which have gone independent, with 90.6 million American households in the United States receiving the channel as of January 2016. Several earlier concepts for music video-based television programming had been around since the early 1960s; the Beatles had used music videos to promote their records starting in the mid-1960s. The creative use of music videos within their 1964 film A Hard Day's Night the performance of the song "Can't Buy Me Love", led MTV on June 26, 1999, to honor the film's director Richard Lester with an award for "basically inventing the music video". In his book The Mason Williams FCC Rapport, author Mason Williams states that he pitched an idea to CBS for a television program that featured "video-radio", where disc jockeys would play avant-garde art pieces set to music. CBS rejected the idea, but Williams premiered his own musical composition "Classical Gas" on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, where he was head writer.
In 1970, Philadelphia-based disc jockey Bob Whitney created The Now Explosion, a television series filmed in Atlanta and broadcast in syndication to other local television stations throughout the United States. The series featured promotional clips from various popular artists, but was canceled by its distributor in 1971. Several music programs originating outside of the US, including Australia's Countdown and the United Kingdom's Top of the Pops, which had aired music videos in lieu of performances from artists who were not available to perform live, began to feature them by the mid-1970s. In 1974, Gary Van Haas, vice president of Televak Corporation, introduced a concept to distribute a music video channel to record stores across the United States, promoted the channel, named Music Video TV, to distributors and retailers in a May 1974 issue of Billboard; the channel, which featured video disc jockeys, signed a deal with US Cable in 1978 to expand its audience from retail to cable television.
The service was no longer active by the time MTV launched in 1981. In 1977, Warner Cable a division of Warner Communications and the precursor of Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment launched the first two-way interactive cable television system named QUBE in Columbus, Ohio; the QUBE system offered many specialized channels. One of these specialized channels was Sight on Sound, a music channel that featured concert footage and music-oriented television programs. With the interactive QUBE service, viewers could vote for their favorite artists; the original programming format of MTV was created by media executive Robert W. Pittman, who became president and chief executive officer of MTV Networks. Pittman had test-driven the music format by producing and hosting a 15-minute show, Album Tracks, on New York City television station WNBC-TV in the late 1970s. Pittman's boss Warner-Amex executive vice president John Lack had shepherded PopClips, a television series created by former Monkee-turned solo artist Michael Nesmith, whose attention had turned to the music video format in the late 1970s.
The inspiration for PopClips came from a similar program on New Zealand's TVNZ network named Radio with Pictures, which premiered in 1976. The concept itself had been in the works since 1966, when major record companies began supplying the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation with promotional music clips to play on the air at no charge. Few artists made the long trip to New Zealand to appear live. On Saturday, August 1, 1981, at 12:01 AM Eastern Time, MTV was launched with the words "Ladies and gentlemen and roll," spoken by John Lack and played over footage of the first Space Shuttle launch countdown of Columbia and of the launch of Apollo 11; those words were followed by the original MTV theme song, a crunching rock tune composed by Jonathan Elias and John Petersen, playing over the American flag changed to show MTV's logo changing into various textures and designs. MTV producers Alan Goodman and Fred Seibert used this public domain footage as a concept. A shortened version of the shuttle launch ID ran at the top of every hour in various forms, from MTV's first day until it was pulled in early 1986 in the wake of the Challenger disaster.
A boutique hotel is a small hotel which has between 10 and 100 rooms in unique settings with upscale accommodations and individualized unique selling points. Boutique hotels were a popular style in the 1990s. Boutique hotels began appearing in the 1980s in major cities like London, New York, San Francisco; the term was coined by Steve Rubell in 1984 when he compared the Morgans Hotel, the first hotel he and Ian Schrager owned, to a boutique. A trend observed in recent times is for international hotel chains to establish luxury boutique sub-brands to capitalize on the growth of this segment. Many boutique hotels are furnished in a stylish and/or aspirational manner; the popularity of the boutique concept has prompted some multi-national hotel companies to try to capture a market share. In the United States, New York City remains an important centre for boutique hotels clustered about Manhattan; some members of the hospitality industry are following the general "no-frill chic" consumer trend, with affordable or budget boutique hotels being created all around the world.
Boutique hotels are found in London, New York City and Los Angeles. They are found in resort destinations with exotic amenities such as electronics, yoga and/or painting classes
Blight refers to a specific sign affecting plants in response to infection by a pathogenic organism. Blight is a rapid and complete chlorosis, browning death of plant tissues such as leaves, twigs, or floral organs. Accordingly, many diseases that exhibit this symptom are called blights. Several notable examples are: Late blight of potato, caused by the water mold Phytophthora infestans de Bary, the disease which led to the Great Irish Famine Southern corn leaf blight, caused by the fungus Cochliobolus heterostrophus Drechs, anamorph Bipolaris maydis Shoemaker, incited a severe loss of corn in the United States in 1970. Chestnut blight, caused by the fungus Cryphonectria parasitica Barr, has nearly eradicated mature American chestnuts in North America. Fire blight of pome fruits, caused by the bacterium Erwinia amylovora Winslow et al. is the most severe disease of pear and is found in apple and raspberry, among others. Bacterial leaf blight of rice, caused by the bacterium Xanthomonas oryzae Dowson.
Early blight of potato and tomato, caused by species of the ubiquitous fungal genus Alternaria Leaf blight of the grasses Bur oak blight, caused by the fungal pathogen Tubakia iowensis. On leaf tissue, symptoms of blight are the initial appearance of lesions which engulf surrounding tissue. However, leaf spots may, in advanced stages, expand to kill entire areas of leaf tissue and thus exhibit blight symptoms. Blights are named after their causative agent, for example Colletotrichum blight is named after the fungi Colletotrichum capsici, Phytophthora blight is named after the water mold Phytophthora parasitica. Media related to Blight at Wikimedia Commons The dictionary definition of blight at Wiktionary
The Venetian Las Vegas
The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino is a luxury hotel and casino resort located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, United States, on the site of the old Sands Hotel. Designed by KlingStubbins, the hotel tower rises 475 feet; the Venetian is operated by Las Vegas Sands. The Venetian serves as the seat of the corporate headquarters for its parent company; the Venetian resort complex is the world's second-largest hotel, with 4,049 rooms, 3,068 suites ranging in price from $169 to $10,000 per night and a 120,000-square-foot casino. Since its opening, The Venetian Macao is now the largest casino in the world, beating The Venetian, Las Vegas. In April 1996, Sheldon Adelson announced plans to create on the property the largest resort on the Strip; this project would be situated on the former Sands property. On November 26, 1996, eight years after it was purchased by the owners of The Interface Group—Adelson, Richard Katzeff, Ted Cutler, Irwin Chafetz and Jordan Shapiro, the Sands Hotel was imploded to make way for The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino.
Groundbreaking for the hotel began on April 14, 1997. The resort opened on May 3, 1999, with flutter of white doves, sounding trumpets and singing gondoliers, with actress Sophia Loren joining The Venetian Chairman and Owner, Sheldon G. Adelson, in dedicating the first motorized gondola. Built at a cost of $1.5 billion, it was one of the most expensive resorts of its kind when it opened. On June 27, 2003, the 1,013-room Venezia Tower opened, it was built on top of the garage parking lot. In 2010, it was announced. In October 2011, the Cantor Race & Sportsbook opened, the only Las Vegas sportsbook, open 24 hours a day. On June 11, 2012, the Venetian opened Carnevale, a summer-long festival, anchored by a nightly 3-D projection show on the clock tower. In September 2012, The Blue Man Group show closed and relocated to the Monte Carlo, after being at the Venetian for six years; the hotel uses Venice, Italy, as its design inspiration and features architectural replicas of various Venetian landmarks, including the Palazzo Ducale, Piazza San Marco, Piazzetta di San Marco, the Lion of Venice Column and the Column of Saint Theodore, St Mark's Campanile, the Rialto Bridge.
The design architects for this project were The Stubbins Associates and WAT&G. Interior design was provided by Wilson Associates and Dougall Associates for the casino. In October 2001, the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum opened within the resort, featuring its first collection. On June 27, 2003, the Venezia tower opened, adding a new wedding chapel. In October 2005, Blue Man Group opened at the Blue Man Theatre. On June 24, 2006, the show, Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular, opened at a new Paris Opera House styled theatre at The Venetian; the show concluded on September 2, 2012. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill headlined their Soul2Soul concert series which began in December 2012 and ended in April 2014; the Venetian is home to 4 theaters: the Opaline Theatre, The Palazzo Theatre, The Sands Showroom, The Venetian Theatre. The adjacent MSG Sphere Las Vegas, being built in partnership with The Madison Square Garden Company will open in 2021. In 2015, TAO Nightclub generated over $50 million in revenue, according to Nightclub & Bar Top 100.
With an Asian-inspired theme, TAO features a 20 foot tall Buddha statue, an infinity edge pool stocked with koi, eight private "sky boxes" with mini-bars, a 40-foot-long terrace with views of the strip, two dance rooms. TAO Beach, located on top of TAO Nightclub, is pool party, it offers seven cabanas, each with television, DVD player, Xbox 360, a stocked mini-fridge and a safe for valuables. In 2004, the Venetian agreed to pay a $1 million penalty to settle a 12-count Gaming Control Board complaint. One of the 12 complaints alleged the hotel had held a drawing for a Mercedes-Benz, rigged to be won by a high roller who had lost a large amount in the casino; the executives involved were fired. In 2013, the Venetian agreed to pay the U. S. Department of Justice $47.4 million to settle charges over "alleged money laundering activities." See Media related to The Venetian hotel at Wikimedia Commons FilmsA suite from the Venetian is featured as a location in the movie Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous.
Various Venetian locations were settings for the introductory scenes of Rat Race. The exterior of the Venetian is portrayed in Resident Evil: Extinction. There is a dramatic zombie attack scene which takes place on the Venetian's replica of the Rialto Bridge. Television"Building the Venetian" was the subject of an episode of the show MegaStructures; the U. S. TV series What Not to Wear shot its series finale at The Venetian, inviting more than 100 past contributors from the show's successful 10-year run to participate. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, located at the Venetian Official website
Excalibur Hotel and Casino
Excalibur Hotel and Casino is a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, in the United States. It is operated by MGM Resorts International. Excalibur, named for the mythical sword of King Arthur, uses the Medieval theme in several ways, its facade is a stylized image of a castle. Until 2007, a wizard-like figure representing Merlin looked out from a high turret. Excalibur is situated at the Tropicana - Las Vegas Boulevard intersection; the hotel is linked by overhead pedestrian bridges to neighboring casinos to the north and to the east. A free tram connects Excalibur to its sister MGM Resorts International properties to the south and Mandalay Bay; the land on which the Excalibur sits was the proposed site of the Xanadu Resort envisioned in 1975. The 1,730 room Asian-tropical themed resort would have been the first mega resort in Las Vegas; the project was never built when the developers could not secure a deal with the county on the sewer infrastructure such a large project would have required.
Circus Circus Enterprises constructed Excalibur which opened on June 19, 1990, as the largest hotel in the world, with over 4,000 rooms, covering over 70 acres. As of 2016 it is the seventh-largest hotel in Las Vegas, the eleventh-largest hotel worldwide. MGM Resorts International purchased the property in 2005. Excalibur was designed in line with the "theme resort" strategy popular among some casino operators during the 1990s, which included the traditional Las Vegas gaming experience coupled with family-oriented elements. However, since 2006 most of the medieval themed statues and scenery have been removed as part of a four-year renovation and modernization project; as of 2010, few of the themed wall murals still remained as Excalibur was updated to include more modern and understated elements, including contemporary furniture and flat-screen plasma TVs in 2,000 renovated guest rooms. On March 21, 2003, Josh Ford of Los Angeles hit the largest Megabucks Jackpot to date of US$39.7 million at Excalibur.
The 100,000-square-foot gaming area at Excalibur consists of both table games and over 1,200 slot machines. In addition to casino space, the Excalibur resort includes a renovated pool area, a 13,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, eight restaurants and a food court, the Chapel at Excalibur, the Octane Lounge & The Lounge with live music on the weekends, an arcade. Excalibur is home to three permanent shows: the all-male revue Thunder From Down Under, The Australian Bee Gees Show, a tribute to the Bee Gees and the medieval themed dinner show Tournament of Kings. Thunder From Down Under moved to Excalibur in July 2001 and since has received recognition as one of the best all-male strip shows in Las Vegas. In 2006, the performance space was renamed the "Thunder From Down Under Showroom" in honor of the troupe. Tournament of Kings is a medieval jousting tournament performed with 12 breeds of horses and 32 cast members in a 925-seat amphitheater called King Arthur's Arena; the show includes a banquet feast served by a costumed serf or wench and is meant to be eaten without utensils.
Tournament of Kings debuted along with the opening of Excalibur in 1990. Dick's Last Resort restaurant opened at Excalibur in June 2007. Dick's is known for its unusual dining experience in which servers purposefully act obnoxious towards guests. Employee "Taco" is considered Dick's mascot and entertains guests with his own version of the Bellagio fountain show using water dispensers behind the bar. Excalibur's food court housed one of the few McDonald's in the world to vend Pepsi instead of Coke until the restaurant closed in early 2016; the fun dungeon is an arcade from which you can access the Tournament of Kings arena, includes a laser tag arena. Excalibur has been featured in several video game and television productions since opening in 1990. Excalibur itself or a hotel resembling Excalibur makes appearances in the video games Driver 2 and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. In television productions, Excalibur was the setting for a stunt on the Las Vegas edition of Fear Factor and was featured in an episode of South Park called "It Hits the Fan".
Season six of Top Chef contestant Jennifer used Excalibur as the inspiration for one of her meals. Interior Excalibur Hotel and Casino website "Roy Vegas" - photos showing the Dick's Last Resort promotion that replaced Merlin