FREE: Fountains of Bellagio

The Fountains of Bellagio is a vast, choreographed water feature with performances set to light and music. (See musical fountain.) The performances take place in front of the Bellagio hotel and are visible from numerous vantage points on the Strip, both from the street and neighboring structures. The show takes place every 30 minutes in the afternoons and early evenings, and every 15 minutes from 8 p.m. to midnight. Before a water show starts, the nozzles break the water surface and the lights illuminating the hotel tower turn to a purple hue (usually), or red-white-and-blue for certain music. Shows may be cancelled without warning because of wind, although shows usually run with less power in face of wind. A single show may be skipped to avoid interference with a planned event. The fountain display is choreographed to various pieces of music, including songs by Andrea Bocelli, Frank Sinatra, and Gene Kelly.

Location
in front of Bellagio Bellagio Fountains
About
lake and fountain show
Show Times:
Monday – Friday
3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
show every 1/2 hour
8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
show every 15 minutes 

Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays
12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
show every 1/2 hour
8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
show every 15 minutes

*Schedule may vary.
**Shows are subject to cancellation due to high winds

Fountains by
WET Design

The fountains are set in a 9-acre (3.6 ha) manmade lake. Contrary to urban myth, the lake is not filled with treated greywater from the hotel. The lake is actually serviced by a freshwater well that was drilled decades prior to irrigate a golf course that previously existed on the site. The fountains actually use less water than irrigating the golf course did. They incorporate a network of pipes with more than 1,200 nozzles that make it possible to stage fountain displays coordinated with more than 4,500 lights. It is estimated that the fountains cost $40 million to build. The fountains were created by WET, a design firm specializing in inventive fountains and architectural water features

Four types of nozzles are used for the various effects:

  • Oarsmen – jets with a full range of spherical motion
  • Shooters – shoot water upwards
  • Super Shooters – send a water blast as high as 240 ft (73 m) in the air.
  • Extreme Shooters – send a water blast as high as 460 ft (140 m) (added in 2005)

Songs featured:

  • “One” (from A Chorus Line) by the Original Broadway Cast
  • “Hoe-Down” by London Symphony Orchestra
  • “Simple Gifts” (from Appalachian Spring) by Aaron Copland
  • “Singin’ in the Rain” by Gene Kelly
  • “Rondine al Nido” by Luciano Pavarotti
  • “Luck Be a Lady” by Frank Sinatra
  • “Winter Games” by David Foster
  • “Hey, Big Spender” by Gwen Verdon & Original Broadway Cast
  • “Con Te Partirò” (Time to Say Goodbye) by Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman
  • “Hallelujah Chorus” by Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  • “Carol of the Bells” by Los Angeles Master Chorale
  • “O Holy Night” by Placido Domingo
  • “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” by Johnny Mathis
  • “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Johnny Mathis
  • “We Need a Little Christmas” by Johnny Mathis
  • “Sleigh Ride” by Johnny Mathis
  • “Santa Baby” by Madonna
  • “Your Song” by Elton John
  • “God Bless The USA” by Lee Greenwood
  • “Star Spangled Banner” by Whitney Houston
  • “Pink Panther” by Henry Mancini
  • “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion
  • “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra with Count Basie
  • “This Kiss” by Faith Hill
  • “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” by Mikhail Rudy
  • “Gayaneh Suite (Dawn, Ayeshe’s Dance)” by London Symphony Orchestra
  • “Overture and All That Jazz” by Catherine Zeta Jones
  • “Ecstasy of Gold” by Ennio Morricone
  • “Viva Las Vegas” by Elvis Presley

 

This article uses material from the Wikipedia article “Bellagio”, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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