Aria, Linq, Luxor, Mandalay Bay to Reopen in Vegas Next

Mandalay Bay & Luxor in Las VegasLas Vegas has been off to a swell start with its reopening of casinos that came on June 4. Not all casinos reopened at once, but slowly and surely, the city is beginning to open back up its famed resorts.

On Tuesday, MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment Corp, who opened up only a handful of their properties to start, announced that they will be expanding their list of available hotel-casinos in Las Vegas.

Currently, the MGM properties that are open to the public include the Bellagio, New York-New York, MGM Grand, and its MGM Grand Signature properties. Of Caesars Entertainment, Caesars Palace, Flamingo, and Harrah’s are currently open.

Both MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment are the Strip’s largest casino operators. So what do these two operators plan on bringing back to life next?

MGM to Reopen Luxor, Mandalay Bay, Four Seasons, and Aria Next

In a news release, MGM Resorts International revealed that they will be opening up three more resorts before Independence Day.

First up will be the pyramid-shaped resort, Luxor, alongside The Shoppes at Mandalay Bay Place on June 25. The shopping esplanade runs between Luxor and Mandalay, so it’s only proper that the two open alongside each other.

The resort and The Shoppes will open up at 10 a.m. on June 25.

On July 1, at 11 a.m., MGM then plans to reopen its Four Seasons and Aria properties, just in time for the 4th of July weekend.

The three properties and shopping esplanade will open limited dining options, but it’s not clear what those dining options are just yet.

All three casinos do however plan to open up their pools with the initial reopening.

What’s left to reopen for MGM Resorts after July 1 will be Park MGM, NoMad, the non-gaming Vdara, and the Mirage.

Caesars Entertainment to Reopen Aria Next

Caesars announced they will be opening up the gaming floor at The Linq Hotel this Friday, June 12. The Linq Hotel and parking garage will remain closed initially.

The Linq Promenade reopened last Thursday, as well as The High Roller Observation Wheel.

Within the promenade, the following restaurants and dining options reopened: Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar, Flour & Barley Brick Oven Pizza, Haute Doggery, In-N-Out Burger, Maxie’s, Off The Strip, Tilted Kilt, Yard House, Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips, Jaburritos, and Virgil’s Real Barbecue.

As far as beverage options, Breeze Daiquiri and Ice Bar are now serving drinks. The promenade’s retail candy shop, I Love Sugar, also reopened.

What’s left for Caesars to reopen is Planet Hollywood, Bally’s, Paris Las Vegas, The Cromwell and the off-Strip Rio.

June 4 Reopening Day Excitement and Success

The energy on June 4 was palpable. After a near-three-month shutdown, the pent-up demand for guests to return to casinos once again and start playing was high.

Caesars CEO Tony Rodio was on-site on opening day with Vegas icon Wayne Newton, and said it was a pleasure to welcome back staff members and guests to some of Caesar’s Las Vegas properties and across the country.

“We are encouraged by customer interest and visits, strong demand, and the implementation, so far, of our enhanced health and safety protocols,” Rodio said.

MGM Resorts acting CEO, Bill Hornbuckle, was also waiting to greet guests at the Bellagio’s lobby, alongside other company executives.

Hornbuckle said it was exciting and emotional to see the kind of energy that was present the week prior when the company welcomed back employees and reopened its doors for the first time in months.

“Our guests are having a great time and are thrilled to be back in the city they love. We are eager to get more of our employees back to work and enhance the Las Vegas experience with additional resorts,” Hornbuckle said.

‘Strong Opening Weekend’

MGM Resorts executives described the opening weekend as ‘strong’ and used the opening weekend as a measure to gauge customer’s demand.

Since it was a successful weekend, the company is moving forward with its plans to reopen the aforementioned properties in the coming weeks, and we think guests will be excited to have more MGM properties to visit and choose from in their Vegas stay.

Stay Tuned

We’re thrilled to see that Las Vegas opening back up again, one property at a time.

It was sorely missed during the long shutdown period and we hope that it will return to its formal glory in no time.

Which of the properties that are reopening in the coming weeks are you most excited about returning to or visiting? We’d love to know! Share your thoughts with us below and be sure to check back for more Las Vegas reopening coverage.

MGM Resorts Plan to Reopen Excalibur and Aria on the Strip Next

Aria Resort in Las VegasThe Las Vegas Strip has finally reopened after being shut down for over two months due to the coronavirus.

With the reopening came the strategic reopening planning by casino companies, such as MGM Resorts International. To start, they’ve opened up three of their 10 Strip properties: The Bellagio, MGM Grand, and New York-New York. It’s also opened up its MGM Signature hotel.

The company chose those two specific properties because it offers flexibility in different traveler’s budgets.

When Bellagio reopened its doors at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 4, crowds of visitors cheered as they made their way through the doors. They were also greeted by Bill Hornbuckle, acting CEO of MGM Resorts, and other company executives who were anxiously awaiting the arrival of guests in the resort lobby.

The Bellagio Fountains also made their debut, after being shut off since March 17. It was one of the most exciting reopening scenes on the Las Vegas Strip, especially after COVID-19 turned it into something of a ghosttown for the first time in its history.

“It’s been amazing. I can remember the day this property opened … it felt the same (today),” Hornbuckle said.

The property originally opened back in 1998, so it’s incredible that the reopening feeling was on the same wavelength. While the excitement was similar, guests definitely walked into some key changes amid the property reopening during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Those “new standards,” as Hornbuckle refers to them, include thermal checks at the property’s entrance, employees decked out in face masks, the casino floor rearranged for social distancing, social distancing signage, hand-santizing stations and more.

MGM Resorts was thrilled to welcome back its staff members and guests, despite the new restrictions. Hornbuckle said the reopening experience has been emotional for everyone and that the company went through a lot during the COVID-19 shut down, like the furloughing of almost 63,000 workers.

Now, the company has its sights set on the next phase of reopenings.

Excalibur and Aria to Open Next

According to a hotel spokesman, MGM Resorts is preparing to reopen Excalibur on June 11. It comes at a good timing, as the hotel will be celebrating its 30th year anniversary one week later on June 19.

The goal for MGM is to have the area of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue covered on the Strip with its reopened properties.

The company says it’ll take a breather after reopening Excalibur, then plan to reopen Aria in City Center in time for the 4th of July weekend.

Excalibur’s entertainment sector, including popular Vegas shows like Thunder From Down Under and Australian Bee Gees, plan to return July 1st with tickets now on sale for that date.

Excalibur and Aria will reopen under the same model as Bellagio and New York-New York: Reduced capacity, select dining and bar options, and under stringent safety protocols.

“But again, it’s one step at a time,” Hornbuckle explained. “We’re going to be patient; it is about doing this correctly and doing it safely first and foremost.”

Large Demand from Southern California Visitors

At Bellagio’s reopening on Thursday, the crowd was a mix of locals, drive-in and fly-in guests. This was a good sign, as Las Vegas is leveraging more tourists with cheaper airfare and reduced room rates.

According to Hornbuckle however, the resort is seeing its largest demand from Southern California visitors who are driving in.

The drive-in traffic is a promising pattern, as Southern California guests make up a lot of business on the Strip, and because it’s easiest for these types of residents to enter into Las Vegas versus others who have to fly in.

Hornbuckle explained that the pent-up demand for guests to get back into play has been high, and he estimates that the next few weekends of June will see a good amount of volume because of that fact.

But while initial demand has been good, Hornbuckle doesn’t expect things to go back to normal right away. In fact, he says the tourism industry in the city has “a long way to go,” especially with the dependence on outside factors like airline industry success and the confidence of the public to return.

New Mobile Check-In, New Norm

With many of MGM’s properties having upwards of 4,000 rooms, mobile check-in is the new tool that’s been introduced to help guests avoid more lines, making the check-in process more seamless while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Guests can use QR codes and their mobile devices to check into their hotel room, without ever having to check-in with a live agent.

Which Bars and Restaurants Reopened on June 4?

The reopening of its three casinos also meant the reopening of many big-name restaurants and bars for MGM Resorts.

At Bellagio, Prime Steakhouse from Jean George Vongerichten and Lago by Julian Serrano has reopened for dinner nightly. The popular Mayfair Supper Club also plans to open on Wednesdays through Sunday.

Noodles, Palio, Gelato, and Snacks have also reopened at Bellagio. For bar options, Petrossian Bar, Baccarat Bar & Lounge, and the pool bar are now available.

At MGM Grand, Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, Crush, Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House, and Avenue Café have reopened for dine-in service. Small restaurant options include Pieology and the walk-up Pool Café window.

For drink outlets, the Pool Bar, 32 Degrees, the Lobby Bar, the Casino Bar, and Starbucks are now open.

At the Signature at MGM Grand, Delights and Starbucks have reopened.

At New York-New York, Tom’s Urban, Gallagher’s Steakhouse, America, Chin Chin, Il Fornaio, NY Pizzeria, Nathan’s Famous, Haagen Dazs, and the food court all plan to reopen soon, with some dining options available now.

For beverage, Starbucks on the casino floor, Center Bar, NFL Bar, and the Pool Bar have reopened.

Stay Tuned

While coming to Vegas is a bet right now, as it always has been in other ways, resorts are doing their absolute due diligence to ensure guests are safe once they walk into their doors.

It’s comforting to know how hard they’ve been working to be able to provide fun and entertainment to Las Vegas visitors against, despite all of the concerns in the world right now.

Will you be returning to Las Vegas soon? Which one of MGM Resorts properties would you prefer to stay at?

Share with us below! Be sure to check back for more news regarding the exciting reopening of Las Vegas.

Amazing Las Vegas Holiday Decorations Are Here!

Many believe that winter is the best time to visit Las Vegas. It’s hard to deny when you see some of the incredible Las Vegas holiday decorations on display. Many of the city’s top hotels are already getting into the holiday spirit!

Christmas Tree Picture

The weather is milder and the hotels have a magical feel to them around this time of the year. Let’s look at some of the coolest holiday decorations in Las Vegas right now.

The Aria Now Features a Life-Sized Gingerbread House

Many of the world’s best hotel-casinos are located in Las Vegas. Many believe that Aria Hotel & Casino, located on the Strip, is one of the top venues in the entire city. This week, Aria revealed one of the coolest new Las Vegas holiday decorations in recent memory.

More than 400 pounds of gingerbread is being used to construct a life-sized gingerbread house inside the lobby of the hotel. This amazing house is 15 feet tall, seven feet wide, and 12 feet deep.

Chef Mathieu Lavalle claims that his team spent more than three weeks constructing this edible work of art. It’s covered in more than 900 gingerbread bricks and 960 peppermint tiles.

A five-foot gingerbread man is standing to greet guests entering the hotel, as well.

The entire decoration will be featured until January 6th, 2020. If you’re in Las Vegas, make sure to check it out!

More Las Vegas Holiday Decorations You Need to Check Out

Las Vegas really comes to life during the holidays. Many visit in December when the hotels in the city are at their most decorative. New Year’s Eve may very well be the biggest party day of the year here.

Most hotels on the Strip will begin featuring some amazing decorations during the holiday season. Here are some that you should check out this year!

The LINQ

The Holiday Magic show at The LINQ is one of the most popular holiday events in Las Vegas. This popular hotel features a massive 45-foot Christmas tree, carolers, and dancers. It begins on December 1st and lasts until the last day of the month.

Bellagio Hotel & Casino

The Bellagio is one of the most popular venues in Las Vegas. Not long ago, MGM sold this property to the Blackstone Group. Every year, this hotel-casino features some of the best Las Vegas holiday decorations. Last year was an amazing “Majestic Holiday Magic” exhibit inside of the Botanical Gardens. Make sure to check out the decorations this year!

Fremont Street

Many argue that Fremont Street is the most lively area of Las Vegas. There are shows happening here all the time. During the holidays, this place really comes to life! There are live music performances and amazing decorations all over the walking street.

The Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino

The Cosmopolitan is currently the most expensive hotel-casino ever built in Las Vegas. As you might expect, this property regularly features some incredible holiday decorations. Every winter, an ice skating rink opens here surrounded by incredible food, drinks, and music.

Las Vegas holiday decorations are just beginning to emerge. Enjoy your visit during this incredible part of the year!