MGM Grand, Las Vegas

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    Walk of Stars - Free

    by Yaqui Written Mar 22, 2009

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    Walk of stars on Las Vegas Blvd. On the walkway in front of MGM if you look down you should see some wonderful monument of stars dedicated to the famous celebrities of Las Vegas past and present. The Las Vegas Walk of Stars consists of four miles of sidewalk to the East and West of Las Vegas Boulevard South between Sahara and Russell.

    Each star will be made of polished granite, 36" x 36", weighing 180 lbs., inlaid with the recipient’s name and specialty. As many as 3,000 stars could eventually be installed.

    There are 36 stars dedicated. Some of the past honorees include Wayne Newton, Liberace, Rich Little, Frank Marino, Line Renaud, Siegfried & Roy, Vicente Fernandez, Los Tigres Del Norte, Trini Lopez, Veronica Castro, Sammy Davis, Jr., Elvis Presley, Tony Sacca, Richard MacDonald, Wayne Allyn Root, Society of Seven, Bobby Darin, Mafalda, Dick Feeney, Donny Lee Moore, Jose Jose, to name a few. Several top-star ceremonies are being planned for 2009 http://lasvegaswalkofstars.com.

    Las Vegas Walk of Stars
    P.O. Box 15129
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    89114-5129

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    Coca Cola World~

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 25, 2011

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    If you are a collector or not, this is a wonderful place to explore for anything Coca Cola. Lots to choose from and the prices are very reasonable too. So just stroll in and explore. We always buy something here. This time we bought some glasses, coffee container, pens, and they were selling promotional t-shirts for only $5.95. So we bought one. We even enjoyed some coca cola floats. Yummy!

    What is sad, is there use to be a really neat museum and a actual bottling mini plant. They had this huge fountain area set up so you could sample coca cola from all over the world. It has been gone for quite some time.

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    Lion Habitat Ranch

    by Yaqui Updated May 10, 2013

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    Update~they have closed this exhibit. Yet, the lions did move onto:
    Lion Habitat Ranch
    382 E. Bruner Ave.
    Henderson, NV 89183
    (702) 595-6661
    Location: About 10 minutes south of the Vegas Strip near M Resort and St. Rose Parkway, on Bruner Avenue.

    This is a pretty neat exhibit to help with preservation and education. At times they have actual cubs, but the lions were asleep during the day. It gets very crowded around this display, so have some patience. These well cared for lions live in an 8.5-acre ranch with custom accommodations located 12 miles from the MGM Grand. They are owned and cared for by Keith Evans, who has been training exotic animals for over 30 years.

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    The Lion Habitat

    by nicolaitan Written Oct 24, 2010

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    Celebrating the iconic MGM lion, the lion habitat at the south side of the casino complex is one of the premier free attractions of the Las Vegas scene. There are over 30 lions available, all descended from the original MGM lion, Metro. Most are kept at a ranch outside of town, with several a day transported to the habitat where they spend six hour shifts surrounded by gawking tourists to whom they have grown supremely indifferent. Each lion gets a two day vacation at the ranch between showings, then is bathed and blown dry before retuirning.

    The habitat is scientifcally constructed to replicate their African homeland which of course none has ever seen -- three stories high and with three discrete levels containing Acacia trees, a pond, rock overhangs, typical native plants, and four waterfalls (best on image 4). The enclosure is by 1.5 inch thick plexiglass and includes a tunnel for visitors to look at the undersides of the lions - very big feet. Of course, a lion-themed store for souvenirs is readily available. This is a crowded exhibit - easy to understand why.

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    MGM Lion Habitat

    by deecat Updated Feb 1, 2011

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    On our list of "things to do" was to visit the MGM Lion Habitat. I'm glad we did that, but I wish that the window pane you have to take a photograph through would not cause such problems. I took at least seven photographs, and all of them were "smokey or blurred" because of the scratches and murky film on the windows.

    I guess I'll have to paint a picture of what we saw. First, it was obvious that the lion habitat is symbolic of the iconic MGM lion and that all the lions here were descended from the original MGM lion who was called Metro. I find that so "cool". For a free attraction, this is a really good one.

    The 30 lions are usually housed at a ranch outside of Vegas and they rotate them between the Habitat and the ranch. What a life for the lions; they spend approximately six hours a shift of entertaining the crowds of visitors who wish to take their photographs. Then, the working lions go back to the ranch for a two-day vacation. Here the cats are bathed and dried to look their best for the next shift.

    The baby lions were adorable and kept in a more secure area where photographs were not allowed. Of course, so they could make money, you could have your picture taken with the cubs for about $30.00 or $40.00. Needless to say, we did not to so.

    On the day that we were there, it was extremely crowded, even in the lion-themed souvenir store.

    Because I could not come up with a clear and decent photograph, I am using the golden Lion outside the MGM Hotel/Casino symbolic of the live creatures and a picture of the golden lion inside the Hotel/Casino.

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    Don't forget to look for the lion habitat!

    by Jefie Updated Dec 13, 2008

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    When the MGM Grand opened in 1993, its +5000 rooms earned it the title of the largest hotel in the world. Although it may or may not have lost that title depending on which source you read, its massive green shape and humongous lobby are still pretty impressive. When it first opened, the general theme of the MGM Grand was the Wizard of Oz. Although Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion disappeared a few years later, the hotel's distinctive green color still reminds visitors of the "Emerald City".

    Once you're done walking through "the largest casino in Las Vegas", make sure to look for the lion habitat. Everyday, at least two lions are brought in by their trainer and are left to roam around the see-through habitat to the delight of visitors. More often than not you'll catch them snoozing (they're big cats, after all!), but once in a while they wake up to pose for pictures and play with their giant plastic balls. The lion habitat is open free of charge from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm.

    Also, CBS Television City has a studio at the MGM Grand so if you're in the mood, you can stop by to screen pilots from new series or watch the live taping of a show, depending on the schedule. If you're still looking for more things to do, you can always go see the Cirque du Soleil's KA, the Crazy Horse Paris show, whatever is going at the MGM Garden Arena that night, or party all night long at the Studio 54 nightclub, a replica of the original Studio 54 in New York City. Looks like the MGM Grand is determined to live up to its new title of the "City of Entertainment"!

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    Free Things to do in Vegas

    by Casino_Chris Written May 4, 2006

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    Free things to do in Vegas

    Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo
    Hours of operation: Open daily, 24 hours.
    Reservations: Not applicable.
    Cost: Free.

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    MGM Grand Lion Habitat
    Hours of operation: Open daily, 11 a.m - 10 p.m.
    Reservations: Not applicable.
    Cost: Free.

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    Masquerade Village at the Rio
    Hours of operation: 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. daily.
    FREE

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    White Tiger Habitat at the Mirage

    Hours of operation: Open daily, 9 a.m. - 2:30 a.m.
    Reservations: Not necessary.
    Cost: Free.

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    Bellagio Conservatory

    Hours of operation: Open daily, 24 hours.
    Reservations: Not applicable.
    Cost: Free.

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    Air Play at the Tropicana
    Hours of operation: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. daily.
    Reservations: Not applicable.
    Cost: Free.

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    World's Largest Permanent Circus at Circus - Circus
    Hours of operation: Sunday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. - midnight. Shows are every half-hour.
    Reservations: Not applicable.
    Cost: Free.
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    Fall of Atlantis and Festival Fountain shows at Caesars Forum Shops
    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 .
    Reservations: Not applicable.
    Cost: Free.
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    Sirens of TI (Treasure Island)
    Hours of operation: 7, 8:30, 10 and 11:30 p.m. nightly.
    Reservations: Not applicable.
    Cost: Free.

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    MGM Grand

    by Easty Written Jun 9, 2004

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    There is one thing that I can say about the MGM Grand, it is huge!!! I was walking in there for hours looking for things. I liked the lions in the middle of the casino. It also has lots of entertainment there. For instance, George Carlin was doing a stand up comedian show while I was there (Late May 2004). There are also many major boxing matches from this building.

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    MGM Grand

    by sue_stone Written Oct 18, 2008

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    The MGM Grand is currently the largest hotel in the world. It has over 5000 rooms - I wouldn't want to try and find mine after a big night of gambling and free casino drinks! The hotel is owned by the movie mogul Metro Goldwyn Meyer, and the hotel has a movie theme running throughout it, along with the MGM's lion mascot.

    Speaking of lions, the façade of the hotel is dominated by a giant bronze lion - at 14 metres tall it is reportedly the USA's largest bronze statue. Want to see some real lions - then take a wander through the MGM's huge casino and you will come across the Lion Habitat. Here there are two lions that roam over a see-through tunnel you can walk through and get a very close up look at these predators - just a sheet of glass between you and them. Apparently the MGM owns a number of lions and the two in the habitat are rotated regularly.

    The casino is the size of four football fields, and there is indeed an amazing array of gambling options to tempt you as you meander through it. The hotel has a large arena that hosts top concerts, and when we visited was home to a full size ice rink. There are lots of top restaurants to dine in and even a food hall to tempt you with cheaper options.

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    Lions at MGM Grand

    by freddie18 Written Jan 11, 2009

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    Yes, you may check this out at the Lion Habitat at MGM Grand. It is open daily from 11:00AM to 10PM. Trainers regularly perform presentations with the lions that will allow you take terrifc photos of the show.

    I actually did not see this on my first visit to Las Vegas but definitely be considering on my next. This tip is posted as I have seen this luxurious hotel and I believe the information I gave will be of help. Moreover, for more detailed information and online reservation, visit the website I provided below.

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    The Lion Habitat at The MGM Grand

    by Court94403 Written Jan 6, 2010

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    Visit the king of the jungle in a habitat created for 31 lions. The lions are rotated in out of the habitat more than once per day, they are usually shown in the habitat 2 at-a-time.

    They stay inside the habitat for 6 hours at a time. Inside the lions are lounging. playing and sleeping in an enclosure of one and a half inch thick sound-proof glass at a nice cosy 75 degrees. They are bathed and transported daily in stainless-steel van from 12 miles away from the hotel where they live on an 8 acre ranch taken care of by animal trainers and conservationists. Inside there is also a small souvenir shop open daily. Admissioin is free.

    Hours: 11 am-7 pm daily.
    Feeding Times: 11:15 am & 4:30 pm.

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    Nose to nose with a real lion

    by RAINBOWWINGS Written Apr 5, 2006

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    The MGM Grand hotel has lots to offer but my favourite moment was when we came face to face with the lions in their glassed habitat just off the lobby of the hotel. Several lions of various sizes are brought in to play, sleep and eat in this amazing area, accompanied by two keepers who will throw giant rubber balls for them to chase and roll on. The area is constructed so that you can walk through glass tunnels with the lions resting on top...just reach up and touch them...thru the glass of course! All is tightly controlled and each group of lions are only "on stage" for a couple of hours at a time

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    MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

    by Hosell Updated May 25, 2004

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    Do you like Hollywood movies? then this is your place!!.
    The MGM is also called the "Entertaiment City",here you will find 5,009 rooms,14 restaurants,shops,a Lion Habitat.Don't miss a visit here if you have the chanceThe decoration in the hotel it is based on Hollywood movies.

    Also includes a nightclub.In the huge lobby of the hotel,you'll see also some free and very good shows,singers,etc.I suggest you to visit Coyote Cafe,one of best restaurants in this hotel.

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    Live Lions at MGM

    by soccergrrl Updated May 30, 2003

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    Outside the MGM Grand there are two wonderful, huge, gold lions. Statues. Inside, in the casino, are some wonderful, life-size, furry lions. Real ones. They have a large plexiglass enclosure that the handlers say keeps out nearly all of the casino noise. Better still, you can walk under part of the enclosure and the lions can walk, jump, or lie down right over your head. It's way cool.

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    The MGM Grand

    by Erin74 Written Jan 6, 2004

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    ...continuing on down the Strip, head into the MGM Grand...

    The MGM Grand is the biggest hotel in Las Vegas. It's a vast complex with over 5,000 guest room and offers lots to see and do. The hotel has been in existence for some time, but was re-opened in 1993 (at a cost of 1 billion dollars). It has undergone another renovation since then and really looks good. A movie theme is present throughout the hotel, but it's not over-done or tacky. The MGM has several things worth seeing:

    The Lion Habitat is located near Studio 54 and Rainforest Cafe. It is open daily from 11:00am to 10:00pm. Admission is free. Here you will see two or three lions in a large and lush habitat. The enclosure is made of glass, so you can easily take photos of the lions. Children will especially love seeing these majestic animals, but it's fun for all ages.

    Visit the MGM Grand Adventure Theme Park while you're at the casino. It is closed in the winter months, but open most of the year. Admission is $12.95 per person and that provides you with unlimited access to all rides except the Sky Screamer. There are a number of rides here, including Grand Canyon Rapids which takes you on a trip down white-water rapids. There are also a number of shows at the park: the Dueling Pirates Stunt Spectacular, the BMX Grind and La Vida Loca, a tribute to Latin rock.

    MGM Grand has gotten a reputation as the preferred "family" hotel-- and the hotel has started combating that label with some very adult features. They've intoroduced "Femme," a sexy topless revue. Also for adults, go clubbing at the popular Studio 54 or hang out at chic lounge Tabu.

    There are lots of dining options at the MGM Grand, including the popular Rainforest Cafe and Emeril's.

    ... from the MGM Grand, walk across the sky bridge to New York, New York...

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