The Lion King at Mandalay Bay – 50 Million People Can’t be Wrong

The next time you’re thinking about what shows in Vegas to see, go with a choice 50 million people worldwide have made–The Lion King at Mandalay Bay. It is a winner of over 70 awards, including a Tony and Grammy. The classic story of Simba trying to avenge his father’s death and defeat evil brother Mufasa is told with flair and passion. Tickets are more expensive than the average Vegas show, but if you search hard for a good deal, you can find it and be more than satisfied that it’s worth it. It will close on December 31, 2011, so time is of the essence. 50 million people can’t be wrong! For more information on the Lion King, including show information and ticket prices, click here.

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Vegas Pools Close September 25

Best Vegas Pools

With the coming fall and winter months, Vegas pools will be closing September 25. But don’t worry, some pools are open year-round for those of you that just can’t wait.

The Mirage, for example, is open year-round, and all four of Caesars‘ pools are heated to 78 degrees and open the whole year as well. Four Seasons, which is part of Mandalay Bay, is open year-round from 10am to sunset, and they even have disposable swimsuits available for use. Also, the MGM Grand‘s Grand Pool area is open year round.

So there you have it. For those of you that want the year-round Vegas pool experience, those are the pools that will take care of you. Enjoy, and for more information on all of these pools and the hotels they are in, check out the Vegas iPhone App. Enjoy, and be sure to head to Vegas Hipster, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

Shaq’s All-Star Comedy Jam in Vegas

Shaquille O'Neal Vegas

Tonight, NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal hosts his “All-Star Comedy Jam” at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. His act features performers such as Bruce Bruce, Gary Owen, and Corey Holcomb. O’Neal acts as the emcee of the tour, just one of many ventures he’s a part of now that his playing career is over. Show time is 9 PM today, and tickets are $45-$75. More information is at their Facebook page.

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Vegas Implosion of Harmon in Court Battle

Vegas Harmon Tower to be imploded

MGM Resorts and Perini Building Company are locked in a battle that could eliminate the never-opened Harmon Tower, a luxury hotel that has not had a single guest. On Monday, MGM filed to Clark County seeking approval to use explosives to bring down the tower. Perini, the general contractor for CityCenter (where the Harmon is located on the north end) who is currently involved in a lawsuit against MGM, says they can fix the errors after inspectors found improper support, OSHA violations, and evidence from an engineering firm that if a major earthquake struck Vegas, it would collapse. MGM argues that it can’t be fixed yet Perini says that if the structure is imploded, signs of structural defects will be destroyed.

The Harmon was supposed to have 47 stories, but it was cut to 27 after inspectors found the errors in 2008, and never completed. Couple that with the recession, and MGM simply wants to cut their losses and get the approval to implode from a District Judge. If approved, it would take six months to prepare the tower for explosion and four to remove debris. There are plenty of other properties MGM owns, including Circus Circus, Mandalay Bay, and ARIA, and we encourage you to check them out while this gets resolved.

Vegas Ferris Wheel Approved

COURTESY COMPASS INVESTMENTS The Skyvue Las Vegas Super Wheel is planned for Las Vegas Boulevard and Mandalay Bay Road

COURTESY COMPASS INVESTMENTS The Skyvue Las Vegas Super Wheel is planned for Las Vegas Boulevard and Mandalay Bay Road

Clark County unanimously approved the 500 foot Ferris wheel and theme park.  The Vegas Ferris Wheel will be constructed across from the Mandalay Bay.  The complex will cover 10 acres at Las Vegas Boulevard and Mandalay Bay road.

The new facility may feature a roller coaster and six additional rides, a 140,000 sq ft retail complex and a 21,000 sq ft conference center. The site has a total of 38 acres.

Howard Bulloch of Compass Investments states that the estimated will be in excess of $100 million.  Also, the FAA has given initial approval for the wheel, but has not yet signed off on the final plan.

A temporary 200-foot-tall Ferris wheel would be erected first and replaced with the full-sized sky wheel.

The Ferris wheel would have 40 heated and air-conditioned gondolas, that hold up to 25 people.  The gondolas will have an amazing  panoramic views, food and drinks.  We are not sure if there will be adult beverages, but considering this is the Vegas Ferris our bet will be yes.  A gondola would take half an hour to rotate

The Skyvue Wheel in Vegas may have some competition.  Caesars Entertainment was planning “Linq” a $500 million entertainment, retail area that includes another Ferris wheel.  Caesars Ferris wheel complex will run between the Imperial Palace and the Flamingo, which we think will be a tight squeeze.  Bulloch said he is aware of Caesars’ plans. but whoever builds a sky wheel first wins, he said.

Commissioner Lawrence Weekly said it would provide entertainment to children, something lacking in the Las Vegas valley.  Our concern is that Vegas is trying to be the Vegas of the 90’s and making Vegas a kid friendly place.  We have seen too many children wandering around the casinos in Vegas, while there parents are gambling.

Video courtesy of 8 News Now .com