Las 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.
We are pleased to announce that @LuxorLV and The Shoppes at Mandalay Bay Place will reopen on June 25, followed by the reopening of @AriaLV, @MandalayBay and @FourSeasons Las Vegas on July 1. Let’s get #BacktoVegas, safely.
— MGM Resorts (@MGMResortsIntl) June 9, 2020
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.
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.
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