The Fountains of Bellagio are one of the most iconic and mesmerizing attractions in Las Vegas, NV. These dancing fountains aren’t your typical fountains, they are far more than that, they are a full-blown Las Vegas experience. The Fountains of Bellagio are a beautiful choreographed performance of music, light and water, that can be seen from various locations on the Las Vegas strip and captivate all who venture near.
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The Fountains of Bellagio are located at the front of the Bellagio hotel in a 9-acre, quarter-mile long, man-made lake. As the Bellagio Hotel was built on the prior site of the Dunes golf course, the water for the lake and the fountains actually comes from a freshwater well that was originally dug to irrigate the golf course.
The idea for the Fountains of Bellagio came from Steve Wynn, Casino/Resort owner and Real Estate Developer. Wynn brought on WET Designs to design and bring his Bellagio fountain idea to life. After 3 short years, the Fountains of Bellagio were completed and had their “opening night” in 1998 at a black tie event.
The full cost to build the fountains is estimated to have cost between $40 and $75 million. The fountains are equipped with more than 1,200 nozzles and 4,500 lights. Four main types of nozzles are used to create the specific effects required of the Fountains of Bellagio water show. These are: Oarsmen, which are jets designed to move in a full spherical motion; Shooters designed to shoot water high in the air; Super Shooters, which shoot water as high as 240 feet and Extreme Shooters, which can shoot water as high as 460 feet in the air.
The music is the heart of the Fountains of Bellagio choreographed shows and includes such favorites as Elvis Presley’s Viva Las Vegas, Luck Be a Lady and Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman’s Time to Say Goodbye. Of course, in order to get the astonishing synchronization between the music, lights and water, the Bellagio brought in numerous professionals such as composer/conductor Gerard Schurmann (“Lawrence of Arabia”) and choreographer Kenny Ortega (“Dirty Dancing”) to help develop the show into the wonder it is.
Take a look at some of the stunning pictures we found of the Fountains of Bellagio. Also, don’t forget to watch the mesmerizing videos we’ve included of a few of our favorite fountain performances:
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