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.

5 Couples ‘Take the Leap’ to Marriage Vegas-Style on Leap Day

The LINQ Promenade and High Roller at DaytimeIt’s not every year that we get to experience a leap year, so why not use the special occasion to cement the most momentous occasion in your life, but in true Vegas fashion?

That was the idea for these five brave brides. On Saturday morning, five women ziplined 12 stories above the LINQ Promenade in, you guessed it, their wedding dresses! Not your typical limo arrival, but a wedding entrance with Vegas written all over it. The zipline was hardly the scary part, though.

After they made their safe landing, a ceremony awaited them atop the High Roller, where they tied the knot, officially making it a Leap Day wedding.

The five lucky couples were selected for the 102.7 Coyote Country competition, “Take the Leap,” hosted by local radio personality Jeff Kurkjian. The competition asked applicants to apply by sharing their love story and promised to infuse a little more adrenaline into their big day with a unique ceremony at The LINQ Promenade and High Roller.

“All 5 families have such fantastic stories,” Kurkjian said. “Blended families coming from all different backgrounds, but they all call Las Vegas home now.”

The winning couples simultaneously ziplined across the LINQ Promenade together before riding to the top of High Roller for a wedding ceremony that was officiated by Kurkijan.

The festivities didn’t stop there. Each couple then enjoyed a beautiful reception at the ICEBAR and received a complimentary stay at The LINQ hotel-casino to boot.

First Couple Chosen for the Leap Day Wedding Contest

The first couple selected for the Leap Day Wedding Contest was through an email submission by the now-married Zennetta Taylor.

The subject line of her letter read “Leap of Faith,” and in it, she described her eight-year relationship with her fiancé, the adversity the couple faced early on from both sides of their family, and how living in California didn’t allow the couple to have the financial security necessary to get married sooner.

“Both sides of our family were against our relationship from the beginning and would even call it a phase. We face so many challenges as a couple but we’ve stayed strong and together. We always talked about getting married and have been engaged for two years, but circumstances have delayed our plans.”

When the couple, who have a seven-year-old daughter together, moved to Las Vegas to be able to save for a wedding and hopefully buy a house, they were met with a wonderful new “setback,” but this time it was three times over.

Zenetta continues in her letter:

“So we were on track to achieve our goals, then we found out we were expecting and we were thrilled. Then we found out we were expecting triplets, so our plans have been put on hold again.

“I do hope we’ll be considered for this contest, it would be so amazing to have a wedding. My fiancé does everything for our family and always takes care of us. Either by working two or three jobs, or staying home with our daughter while I work. I would love to surprise him with this wedding contest to show my love and appreciation.”

Listen to her reaction to winning the contest in Jeff & Aimee’s In the Morning interview, which can be heard starting at 7:22.

About the LINQ Promenade and High Roller

The LINQ Promenade

Known as a bustling marketplace featuring retail, outdoor dining, and entertainment and nightlife experiences, The LINQ Promenade includes 40 shops and restaurants that span across 200,000 square feet of high-energy space. It sees an estimated 22 million annual visitors, according to the company.

Notable dining options include Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen + Bar, Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips, ameriCAN Beer & Cocktails, Virgil’s Real BBQ, Yard House, Jaburritos, and Off the Strip Bistro & Bar. Popular retail includes Pier 30, Photo & Go, Ghiradelli, Harley Davidson, and I Love Candy.

One of the promenade’s crown jewels is its dynamic music venue space, Brooklyn Bowl, which can host up over 2,000 music lovers at once. Brooklyn Bowl includes a restaurant, bowling with 32 lanes, and a dedicated sports-viewing section in the daytime that transforms into a live performance area after dark, as well as a nightclub area.

High Roller

Known as the “world’s tallest observation wheel,” the High Roller soars 550 feet above the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. It offers breathtaking 360-degree views of the Las Vegas Strip and Vegas valley, features 28 spacious cabins, and the upgraded option of an open bar cabin which they call an “open bar in the sky.”

The wheel takes approximately 30 minutes to complete a full revolution.

High Roller wedding packages feature exciting options such as private cabins with expedited boarding, customized music through a Bluetooth speaker, 60 minutes of photography time, champagne toasts, chocolate-covered strawberries and more.

What did your Leap Day look like? We hope it was just as special!

Pool Season Returns to Las Vegas – Check Out What The LINQs Offer

Summer is just around the corner, and we are all making big plans for summer holidays. One of the best periods in Las Vegas is when the pool season begins and resorts open their pools for visitors. If you plan to visit Vegas this summer, make sure to check Influence, the POOL at The LINQ. The resort has actually prepared quite a few surprises for people who like pools, so let’s check them out.

The 2019 pool season is definitely a big thing at The LINQ, which has the adults-only pool section where you can now rent a supersized cabana that can take up to 30 people. Furthermore, you can enjoy a fresh Sunday brunch menu that is developed exclusively for the guests of the POOL. Finally, all patrons who are at least 21 will receive complimentary admission.

The desert can be quite exhausting during the long summer days, causing you to sweat and crave for cool pool water, and a margarita in your hand. The air-conditioned space that is offered in The REQ Room at The LINQ will give you shelter from the scorching Sun, where you can enjoy a pool table, five flat screen TVs, Pop-A-Shot, a foosball table, a shuffle board table, and more. This can be rented as a cabana as well for the first time in history.

Speaking of renting, you can also rent a space at The LINQ, which offers both indoor and outdoor activities and offers and exclusive access to a deck from which you can take a look at the LINQ Promenade. Seven-day rental of this space is $1000 (plus additional taxes and gratuity). The space also includes a cocktail server, mixers, and a cabana host.

If you are up for a Sunday brunch, make sure to check out a great place called Influence. Some of the things that make Influence rather special and loved among its visitors include house-pressed juices, as well as a dynamic mixology program. Furthermore, there is an on-location restaurant that is called The Taco Spot, where you can check in for a Sunday brunch. Some of the items on the menu include avocado toast, speciality donuts, breakfast burritos, croissant sandwiches, and more. When it comes to drinks, you can drink bottomless bloody mary from 9 am to 12 pm, in addition to mimosas and micheladas which you can drink all day. All that comes for the price of $75, so if you are really thirsty, you will definitely have a fun time at this venue.

Moreover, Influence has a couple of offers that are special for the summer season of 2019, and they are called #skinny offers. Some of the drinks that are included in it are Skinny Soda, which combines Stoli vodka, lime juice, agave, nectar, club soda, and Truly Lime Hard Seltzer, and the Lime Spritzer that has club soda, Truly Lime Hard Seltzer, St-Germain Elderflower liqueur, and Belvedere Vodka. Furthermore, Influence will offer two additional drinks called the Strawberry Splash and the Margarita. If you decide to visit this venue on Tuesday, you will receive a promo called Two for Tuesday at Influence which means that you will receive two drinks for the price of one. Influence offers an escape from the hot summer days in LV and a great view of the High Roller Observation Wheel and the Promenade at the LINQ.

Furthermore, the destination, which is located at the center of the Strip, also features a couple of plasma TVs, a center bar and many other signature cocktails, cold drinks, and draft beer.