[toc]Rio Casino in Las Vegas tried to make a Brasilian casino theme work. Now it feels a little cheesy and outdated though. That is not stopping Steve Wynn from using Carnivale as an inspiration for his new Vegas attraction.
In Wynn Resorts’s quarterly earnings call, Wynn revealed new details for the planned $1.5 billion Paradise Park project. In addition to the Carnivale theme, there are some rather outlandish plans for entertainment that is new for Las Vegas.
Lagoon will host nightly Carnivale parade
The Paradise Park project will live behind Wynn and Encore casinos on the Strip. Currently, that is the site of The Wynn Golf Club. The last day of operation for the course will be Dec. 22. Construction will get underway on Jan. 3 of next year.
What was clear from the start is a giant man-made lagoon is going to be the centerpiece of the project. The new information reveals how the lagoon will play a role in some of the entertainment offerings.
Wynn is taking the Carnivale theme to heart with a nightly parade of lagoon floats, complete with fireworks. However, unlike Disneyland, where spectators stand on the sidelines to watch the show, on Wynn you can ride on the floats and be part of the action.
Wynn elaborated on the idea in the call:
“There will be 10-12 floats in an audio-visual parade every night right after dark. That parade is a musical and visual extravaganza, but it’s not the Rose Bowl parade. It’s a much edgier kind of thing with huge spiders with spider webs, and King Kong and the devil and these things are 25 to 30 feet tall and they’re animated.”
“What’s wonderful is that 10 or 12 people can pay and be part of that parade and get on the floats. They’re self-motivated floats, and they can drive down the ramp on wheels and can work through the water with their propulsion systems.”
Other plans include zip lines, carousel
If you think a giant float depicting the devil himself is wild, that is just the start for the entertainment options.
Wynn spoke of several other elements, including:
- A large carousel, complete with center bar and Pullman cars that floats on the lagoon
- LED-wired bumper cars
- Zip lines surrounding the lagoon
For those keeping score, none of these elements involve gambling. In fact, there are no plans to expand the company’s Las Vegas casino presence.
Rather, Wynn wants this venue to be family-friendly, and aimed it at those seeking a resort experience instead of a gambling destination.
As part of the project, there will also be a 47-story hotel featuring over 1,500 rooms. The property will also include indoor-outdoor convention space.
Considering Wynn’s success rate in Las Vegas so far, it certainly sounds like Paradise Park in on pace to be much more successful than the Rio is.