Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas
The other free show that is absolutely amazing is at the dome of the Caesar's Palace. You have to walk pass the Forum shops and get into the dome. Most of the shop owners know where it is. The Fall of the Atlantis Fountain is pretty good! Watch the dome gets dark and the prince of fire and the princess of water fight against each other. The thunder and the lightning are amazingly awesome! The statues that are outside the dome starts moving. The water fountain lights up and turns into fire! The water moves as the dome twirls around. It's a spectacular show and it is good for the children to watch. Make sure to get closer to the fountain so you can see better. The Fall of the Atlantis is shown at 12:00 noon and every hour thereafter.
This is kind of a touristy thing to watch, but it is enjoyable. Kids will get a kick out of it. They use animatronics and the special effects are pretty neat. Get there early to get a position so you can see the show, because it gets crowded very quickly. The main show is near the Forum Shops at the intersection of the Strip and Flamingo Road. Connected to it is a really cool aquarium with more than 100 species of ocean life in a 50,000-gallon saltwater aquarium. You can watch as a diver feeds the tropical puffers, flounder, sharks and the rest of the aquarium's inhabitants each day at 1:15 and 5:15 p.m. A second staff person is present during feeding times to answer any questions you might have. In addition, tours of the aquarium's facilities are offered Monday through Friday at 3:15 p.m
Hours of operation: Fall of Atlantis and Festival Fountain: Every hour on the hour Sunday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - midnight.
At the west end of the mall is the Festival Fountain show, featuring an animatronic discussion between Bacchus, Venus, Apollo and Pluto as well as a laser light show.
This might seem a bit tacky or touristy, but I liked the talking statue show at the fountain inside Caesar's Palace. It was tough to get a shot of these guys, and this was the best I could come up with, but watching these figures move about is something worth seeing, once.
This beautiful aquarium is just behind Caesars Palace Fall of Atlantis show. The aquarium has more than 100 species of ocean life in a 50,000-gallon saltwater aquarium.
A diver feeds the tropical fish including sharks and more each day at 1:15 and 5:15 p.m. Another staff person is present during feeding times to answer any questions you might have. Tours of the aquarium's facilities are offered Monday through Friday at 3:15 p.m.
At the last minute we decided we would shell out the outrageous ticket prices to see Céline belt out the tunes at Caesar's Palace.
I'm not going to tell you it was worth $360 US for two of us to see a 90 minute concert. If Elvis himself rose from the dead to sing a personal concert for me I'd still think that was too much money.
But I must admit it was quite a spectacle. She has about 40 dancers accompanying her, as well as a worthy band and a custom-built stage that gives every seat a great view.
Personal opinions about Céline aside, (I like her, but she sure is a ham!)... it was a very good show and offered a very entertaining evening. Watching some of the people attending the show was almost as much fun. There are some hard-core Céline fans out there, and they all seem to be lining up to see her show.
Photos are strictly forbidden, so here's a picture of the cash I had to shell out to see the show.
Imagine a colorful fountain surrounded by music. Suddenly the stone figures give place to living people, and a small theater is performed in the fountain, with lots of special effects.
After the climax, the actors are replaced by the statues and the soft music recovers its place.
It's american show business. It's Vegas. IT'S FREE in Ceasar's Palace.
Yes, you can have your picture taken with the U.S. President George W.Bush! It was really fun to go to Caesar's Palace and have our picture taken with President Bush! It just take minutes! Of course, with the new technology, they just prop my face to a healthy-looking female body and my husband's face propped to a healthy-looking male body!
Have a memorable trip by bringing home a picture of yourself and President Bush! Some do the Time Magazine cover, the sexy picture, etc. The cost is $25.00.
As a lover of mythology, I was thrilled to see both the inside and outside of the gigatic Caesar's Palace Hotel and Casino There are statues, reliefs, and Fountains everywhere. It is jaw-dropping in its "over-the-top presentation"!
From the outside, you can see that this immense Hotel/Casino/Shops goes on forever! The three photographs that I have presented cannot possibly capture the magnitude of this edifice.
First of all, Caesar's Palace has five different towers:
The Casino is one of the biggest, covering about 130,000 square feet!
There are lounges everywhere and perhaps the most famous is The PussyCat Dolls Lounge.
For car lovers, they offer The Exotic Cars Showroom
A friend stayed here about ten years ago, and she could never find her room! Well, no wonder; there are 3,348 rooms!
The Forum Shops take up one city block alone.Here, they have the Fall of Atlantis animatronic Show which takes place on the hour, and we happened to see it because we were there at the right time.
Oh, yes, and there are several Aquariums:
In the Forum Shops, there is a 50,000-gallon saltwater aquarium that is filled with sharks, stingrays, puffer fish, and at least 500 tropical fish. At 1:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m., you are able to watch divers feed the fish.
Also, at the Beijing Noodle No. 9, its whole entrance way is flanked by gigantic aquariums full of goldfish.
In addition, The Seahorse Lounge has a 1,700 gallon aquarium filled with Seahorses!
There is also a 5-story Parking Garage for guests.
Are you starting to see how large this complex really is?
We visited Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino a couple of times as it was located next to our hotel. This is one massive, Roman themed complex, that just goes on and on.
If you enter via the main hotel lobby you will see some familiar sights, like the replica statue of Michelangelo's David near the valet parking stand. The lobby itself is OTT with marble and statues and fountains, and the theme carries on throughout the casino and onto the massive shopping mall.
As you walk into the casino you will be greeted by a statue of Caesar himself, which looks like he is pointing to the door - perhaps warning you to escape while you can before this huge casino sucks you in for eternity. Even the carpet makes you want to gamble (don't ask me how, perhaps it is the gold in it).
Continue through the casino and you will hit the endless shopping mall, filled with designer and more affordable shops. You may be lucky to come across the large aquarium which is stocked full of tropical fish and had us in raptures for a good 15 minutes.
When walking to the Forum Shops from the Casino you will come across a marvelous indoor fountain. Unfortunately, to walk right up to it you must be seated in the restaurant Trevi. Because the restaurant was named Trevi I thought this fountain was...the Trevi Fountain. I was so disappointed that you couldn't walk right up.
However, I was happily incorrect. Trevi Fountain (as seen above) is outside the Forum Shops Strip entrance.
This fountain is called The Fountain of the Gods. I did not eat here (yet) but at lunch time there was no crowd. Prices were high, though.
So, just in case anyone else might get confused like me, I posted this tip with pictures.
Don't forget to check out this show. I think it gets overlook because everyone seems to look for the Fall of Atlantis Show instead.
On the west end of the mall is the Festival Fountain Show where visitors are entertained by the Greek gods Bacchus, Venus, Apollo and Plutus in animatronic form, who hold the audience spellbound throughout with a laser, water and light show.
Hours: Sun – Thr, 11 am – 11 pm; Fri – Sat, 11 am – Midnight
This place is MASSIVE. You are almost struck speechless when you first see the hotel and grounds because it's just so huge. I guess this Roman theme echos the excess and fantasy of the ancient Romans, and it pulls it off with a grand flourish.
We, in fact, didn't have time to go inside the hotel/casino itself, but walked around the perimeter of the property, plus we went into the Forum Shops, which is basically, a gigantic shopping mall, complete with beautiful Italian architecture and gorgeous fountains. Like the other theme hotels, the shop fronts are meant to make you feel you are on a street, this time in Rome.
This is an extremely busy area, and the crowds were overwhelming. We did return here early in the day, but it didn't seem to make that much of a difference.
I always hear about how I MUST see the show in the Forum Mall at Caesar's Palace, when the statues come to life.
Unfortunately, my timing is always impeccable - they are either malfunctioning, or down for general maintenance.
Check out his trident, whoo-hoo!
A lot of the malls in the major casinos have ceilings of sky blue with changing clouds projected on them, and they are lit in daylight tones. Gives a pretty nice impression of walking outside.
This fountain is a pleasant spot to sit and watch the people go by.
Of course, one of the things that always amuses me about Vega$ is the way they attempt to recreate various European and exotic spots with their theme malls. Misses the point entirely, that the people make the places, and you'll mostly just see the same old Americans in Desert Passage, the Forum, the Venetian, Paris Casino, etc.
Not quite like people-watching in Beauborg Square!
Caesar's Palace is for me the most overblown tasteless hotel-casino etc... in Las Vegas. [And I don't want to think what the other is if you prove me wrong:(]
The statues are certainly not from MY art history textbook -- and they are everywhere, both inside and out!
And you gotta see it!