When you’re taking a stroll along the Vegas strip, an absolute must-see is the Bellagio fountain display because the fountains will literally take your breath away!
But before we dip into the show times and why it’s one of the most impressive water displays on the planet, let’s dive into what it is and also a few fun facts.
What is The Bellagio Fountain Display, Huh?
Located on the 4-mile Las Vegas Strip in front of the Bellagio, choreographed to some awesometastic tunes, and with 100s of spritzers blasting water high into the air – the iconic fountain displays sure put on a show and a half for millions of tourists.
The best part about the mesmerizing displays is that they’re free day and night, so you can feast your eyes on the numerous water cannons until your heart’s content.
7 Fun Fountain Facts You Didn’t Know…
#1: Underneath the 8.5–acre artificial lake, there are nearly 5,000 lights, over 1,200 water-shooting devices, and 8,000 meters of pipe.
There are 4 types of nozzles used for each show:
- 208 Oarsmen
- 798 Shooters
- 192 Super Shooters
- 16 Extreme Shooters
Each dancing water display is more than 1,000 feet wide and shoots water as high as 460 feet!
#2: Near the strip, the water’s 4 feet deep and rises to 13 feet once the water jets kick in and do their thing.
The lake also holds 22 million gallons of water (which gets topped up yearly with an extra 12 million gallons). And to make the water safe for tourists, 400 – 500 pounds (even more in summer) of chlorine is dumped into the lake daily.
So yeah, it’s as clean as a swimming pool. Although, you’ll land in “hot water” with the law if you attempt to jump in.
My advice: Plunge into your hotel’s pool if you fancy a cool dip. 😛
#3: The fog drifting towards you on the surface of the lake is created by softened water fed through high-pressured pipes.
You won’t find the equipment and pipes anywhere else since they were specifically designed to put on a good show for the Sin City crowds.
#4: At a price tag of $40,000,000, you wouldn’t exactly say the fountain was cheap to build.
It’s also said that the water show displays cost from $10,000 to $15,000 per night. OUCH!
But then again, it’s not like the Bellagio and Vegas, in general, is short of cash.
#5: Want a more personal fountain show for yourself?
If you just happen to have $250,000 going spare, you can hit a button to start the display and also get a 30-liter bottle of Ace of Spades (the equivalent of 40 bottles of Champagne) at the Hyde Bellagio club as a VIP!
#6: Beneath the surface of the lake, trained divers (fountain engineers) do maintenance work early in the mornings to ensure the water shooters run smoothly.
When the engineers aren’t underwater, they’re hiding away in their Batcave (tool shop) repairing equipment and designing cool stuff for the fountains.
#7: Roughly every 6 months, $13,000 accumulates at the bottom of the lake which gets donated to charity.
I guess the coins are lucky after all.
The Daily Show Time Slots…
The good news is that you can catch the fountain displays all throughout the day and night.
Monday – Friday: There’s one show every 30 minutes from 3 pm until 8 pm. From 8 pm until midnight, there’s a show every 15 minutes.
Saturdays and holidays: From 12 noon until 8 pm, there’s a show every 30 minutes. From 8 pm until midnight, it’s every 15 minutes.
Sundays: You can see a display every 30 minutes from 11 am until 7 pm. From 7 pm until midnight, again, it’s every 15 minutes.
However, schedules may vary and shows can get canceled due to high winds. Hot summer months with drought can also have an impact on the water shows.
OK, so What About The Tunes?
The fountains dance to 34 different tracks. So whatever your taste in music, there’s bound to be a song (or several) that floats your boat and possibly turns on your own waterworks.
The songs and artists are as follows:
- One, Singular Sensation – Original Broadway Cast.
- Luck Be A Lady – Frank Sinatra.
- Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra w/ Count Basie Bart Howard.
- Winter Games – David Foster.
- Hoe-Down – London Symphony Orchestra.
- Hey, Big Spender – Gwen Verdon & Original Broadway Cast.
- Simple Gifts – London Symphony Orchestra.
- Con Te Partiro (Time to Say Goodbye) – Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman.
- Singin’ in the Rain – Gene Kelly.
- This Kiss – Faith Hill.
- Rondine al Nido – Luciano Pavarotti.
- Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini – Mikhail Rudy.
- Overture/All That Jazz – Catherine Zeta-Jones.
- Viva Las Vegas – Elvis Presley.
- Your Song – Elton John.
- Hayaneh – Suite: Dawn, Ayeshe’s Dance – London Symphony Orchestra.
- God Bless The US – Lee Greenwood.
- Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds – The Beatles.
- Star Spangled Banner – Whitney Houston.
- In the Mood – Ralph Carmichael.
- The Ecstasy of Gold – Ennio Morricone.
- Billie Jean – Michael Jackson.
- Pink Panther – Henry Mancini.
- My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion.
- UpTown Funk – Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars.
- Believe – Cher.
And to get you into the Christmas spirit during the holidays:
- Hallelujah Chorus – Mormon Tabernacle Choir Cast.
- The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Johnny Mathis.
- Carol Of The Bells – Los Angeles Master Chorale.
- We Need a Little Christmas – Johnny Mathis.
- O Holy Night – Placido Domingo.
- Sleigh Ride – Johnny Mathis.
- It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – Johnny Mathis.
- Santa Baby – Madonna.
I guess if you wanna see all the shows, you’ll probably have to camp out all day and night outside the Bellagio lol.
But on the plus side, at least it will be one thing ticked off your “things I must do in Vegas” list.
Let’s Wrap it up…
From my personal experience, the Bellagio fountain display is nothing short of phenomenal!
Yeah, OK, I may have arrived at the fountain for Celine Dion’s Titanic song (not the show I wanted to see). Nevertheless, it was a *SOB* beautiful and mesmerizing moment, even for a guy lol.
In my opinion, I would definitely pick an evening water show because there’s something magical about a display lit up like a Christmas tree at night.
But at the end of the day, do what works best for you and your own time schedule.
Remember: “What Happens in Vegas…” Ya, know!
Your Friend, Neil 😀
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