Last month Americans voted. They selected the Fountains of Bellagio the numero uno tourist attraction in the US, according to TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards.
Ah, they are a marvel. The Fountains sit in an 8.5-acre body of water, illuminated at night by about 5,000 lights. The majestic water streams come from 798 minishooters, 208 swaying oarsmen, 192 super shooters and 16 extreme shooters capable of gushing nearly 500 feet in the air. Each one of these fountain streams is programmable. If they don’t create a strong enough visual, fog system also creates moods.
Backstage a team of 30 creates each show. This includes the engineers and lake maintenance staffers, natch. But the Bellagio also has divers on the payroll to fish out coins and wedding rings, even a catfish. Boats are ready to rescue the occasional drunk who decides to take a swim. (Hey, this is Vegas!) Two vacuums on a barge suck up coins tossed in the lake for luck. They’re dried in a cement mixer and donated to Habitat for Humanity. The Bellagio doesn’t disclose the amount, but it’s a lot. (You probably could have bought a house here in 2010, the bottom of our market!!!)
During the week, the fountains blow every half hour starting at 3 pm. At 7 the show starts every 15 minutes. On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays the fountains start spraying at noon.
If you are a high roller, you can press the green button and set off the show yourself.
BETH Ellyn Rosenthal
Managing Broker, Nevada
eXp Realty LLC
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