World-Famous Dancing Fountains of Bellagio, Vegas Baby [35 PICS, 9 Vids]

June 15th, 2013 Permalink

People go to Las Vegas for all sorts of reasons, but everyone wants to see the beloved and world-famous Fountains of Bellagio, the most popular free attraction on the Vegas Strip. There’s a reason that crowds are dazzled by watching the water dance. Bellagio’s iconic fountains are an engineering marvel, 8 acres of water, nearly 5,000 lights, and a fog system to help set the mood, as 1,200 water-shooting nozzles create a magnificent ballet of dancing fountains choreographed to music. Whether it is your first visit or your thousandth time to watch the show, there’s something magical about the Fountains of Bellagio.
[35 Photos, 9 Videos]

Sunset Fountain Show, Bellagio, Las Vegas

The Fountains of Bellagio are on every tourist’s list of attractions to see. The show is set in an 8½-acre man-made lake that is about 1,000 feet (300 m) long and illuminated at night by nearly 5,000 lights. The center circle of nozzles, “extreme shooters,” are capable of shooting water almost 500 feet (460 feet) into the air. Photo #1 by Justin Brown

The fountains of Bellagio towering in front of the Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino

The fountains of Bellagio towering in front of the Eiffel Tower, located across the street from Bellagio at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. Photo #2 by Michael Huey

The Fountains of Bellagio as seen from the Paris Las Vegas hotel, across the Strip from the Bellagio

You can view the Bellagio’s Fountains from numerous places along the Strip, both during the day and night. This view is from the Paris Las Vegas hotel. Showtimes: Monday through Friday, there is a show every half hour from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and then the fountains dance every 15 minutes from 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. On weekends and holidays, from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. there is a show every 1/2 hour; that changes to a show every 15 minutes from 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. On Sundays, according to Fountains of Bellagio schedule, “Fountain show times begin at 11 a.m. and run every 15 minutes for the Fountains Brunch at Jasmine.” This is showtime schedule with songs for 2013. Extremely high winds could result in a canceled show, Photo #3 by PD

Amazing Bellagio Fountains

The amazing Bellagio Fountains are estimated to have cost about $40 million to build. Watching the aquatic extravaganza is “destined to romance your senses.” Photo #4 by Photographersnature

Bellagio Fountains, Casino and Hotel

The water dances differently, choreographed specifically for each of the 29 different songs. There are “798 ‘minishooters,’ 208 swaying ‘oarsmen,’ 192 ‘super shooters’ and 16 ‘extreme shooters’ capable” of blasting water 460 feet straight up. Photo #5 by Jeff (Space Ritual)

Caesars Palace, Bellagio Fountain, Paris, the Strip, Vegas

In December 2011, the California-based WET firm added new songs to the show. Wet has been “creating Bellagio fountain extravaganzas since the resort’s 1998 opening.” The music was “chosen by Bellagio executives from a list submitted by WET.” The designers capture “the spirit of the song” and choreograph water and lights “into jaw-dropping Vegas-worthy productions.” Photo #6 by Thomas Hawk

Bellagio World

Bellagio World. The “re-engineered HyperShooters fire jets nearly 240 feet (73 m) into the air, and the more recently added ExtremeShooters are capable of reaching heights of 500 feet (150 m). Needing a better way to define smoother passages of music, WET engineers developed the Oarsman nozzle, a robotic water jet that can be moved 120 degrees from side to side, to front and back, grouped with a pod of lights that follow the water stream. With the direction, water height, and light of every Oarsman controllable independently from every other Oarsman, a nearly infinite variety of patterns can be created on the lake. A fog generating device rises from beneath the water to blanket the entire lake with fog, and about 4,000 individually controllable underwater lights follow the water patterns’ precise movements, sparkling on the water or glowing through the fog.” Photo #7 by Justin Brown

The fountains at the Bellagio are probably the most impressive sight in Vegas

The photographer wrote, “The fountains at the Bellagio are probably the most impressive sight in Vegas. Hugely entertaining – I could have watched them all night.” Photo #8 by melfoody

Watershow at the Bellagio

The Bellagio Fountains site states, “Take in a complimentary Las Vegas show of water, music and light thoughtfully interwoven to mesmerize its admirers. All for your amusement, the most ambitious, choreographically complex water feature ever conceived amazes against the beautiful backdrop of Las Vegas’ lavender sky. Each dynamic performance from the Fountains collection is unique in its expression and interpretation. Fall in love with the stunning nature of this unprecedented aquatic accomplishment while relishing a clever concert of opera, classical and Broadway tunes.” Photo #9 by Jason Mrachina

Bellagio Fountain

The water truly does seem to dance as oarsmen jets allow for a full range of spherical motion. You might want to arrive about 10 minutes early to secure a good ground level spot as the show can be elbow-to-elbow crowded. Many people claim that the best way to watch the fountain show is from the top of the Eiffel Tower at Paris, but watching from center court allows you to see, hear and feel the gentle spray of the water. Photo #10 by Bryan Siders

Bellagio Fountain Hallelujah. This perspective is a “ground” view, so you can hear the water “firing.” Video #1 by Renjie Wang

The Fountains at night, as seen from Paris Las Vegas

The executive designer for WET, Claire Kahn, begins new choreograph routines by hand-writing the lyrics and then she sketches of how the water should dance. She told USA Today that the “next step is working on her Mac computer,” where she can see the “exact position of each fountain.” Photo #11 by chensiyuan

Bellagio has extreme shooters that send a water blast as high as 460 ft (140 m)

It takes a team of about 30 people, from lake maintenance staffers to divers, to maintain the Bellagio Fountains mechanical, electrical and hydraulic systems. There is a team of dive-certified engineers on the site at all times. There are also boats, ready and waiting, to fish out the occasional drunk who decides to take a swim. Photo #12 by Thomas Hawk

Most famous show in Las Vegas

Most famous free show in Las Vegas. You can easily see the layout of musical Fountains of Bellagio during the daytime. “The fountain is formed as a pair of large concentric rings and a long, curved arc, and two smaller circles are attached to the arc near each end. Shooters outline all aspects of the layout, allowing for the arc and circles to rise as columns and curtains of water, as well as providing high-speed chase sequences.” Photo #13 by Kyle McCluer

Rainbow in the Fountains of the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada

It’s a magical sight, even during the daytime, so there’s little wonder why people make wishes and toss in coins. Photo #14 by Jon Sullivan

The Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas

Vegas in December. For all those good luck wishes accompanied with a tossed coin, it takes “two vacuums on a barge” to suck up the coins tossed in the lake. USA Today reported that the coins are “dried in a cement mixer and donated to Habitat for Humanity. (The Bellagio doesn’t disclose the amount, but sandbag-sized plastic sacks of quarters, dimes and nickels fished out nearly fill a locked cabinet in the resort’s basement.)” Photo #15 by Cygnusloop99

View was worth the wait to see the Bellagio Fountains from above

The photographer wrote, “For several years visiting Las Vegas I had never ventured up the Eiffel tower at the Paris hotel and casino. The view was worth the wait to see the Bellagio Fountains from above.” Photo #16 by Gordon Ednie

Bellagio Fountains show, Las Vegas – Michael Jackson – Billy Jean. From above, you can maybe make out the water “moon walking” a bit easier. Video #2 by Thomas Baekke Olesen

A night view of the Bellagio and Las Vegas from above

Bellagio and its fountains have been featured in numerous films. Perhaps having seen Ocean’s Eleven and Ocean’s Thirteen one too many times, a helmet-wearing gunman robbed the casino of $1.5 million in chips on December 15, 2010. He was convicted in August 2011 and sentenced to prison for a term of 9–27 years. Photo #17 by O Palsson

The Mother of All Fountains

The Mother of All Fountains. Besides the Oceans Trilogy, Bellagio and its fountains have also been featured in the movies Rush Hour 2, Lucky You, 21, What Happens in Vegas, 2012, and The Hangover, to name but a few. Photo #18 by Jason Mrachina

Bellagio, most expensive hotel ever built at the time of its opening on October 15, 1998

“The Bellagio was the most expensive hotel ever built at the time of its opening on October 15, 1998,” wrote the photographer who captured this shot way back in 2001. That 1998 opening ceremony occurred just before 11 pm and reportedly cost US $88 million. Wikipedia added, “Construction on the Bellagio began in May 1996. Bellagio had an original construction cost of US $1.6 billion…Bellagio employs approximately 8,000 people. In the fall of 2006, the casino floor was remodeled and new uniforms were issued, changing the original color scheme to a more elegant type…Bellagio completed a $70 million upgrade in December 2011, remodeling all of the main tower’s 2,500 rooms.” Photo #19 by Wally Gobetz

Fountain show @ Bellagio

Bellagio hotel has a renowned Conservatory and Botanical Gardens that feature “five seasonal themes: Chinese New Year, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.” The “Bellagio has won the AAA Five Diamond Award twelve years in a row, from 2000 to 2012; it was the first Strip hotel to receive the award ten or more times in a row.” Photo #20 by Tim Parkinson

Bellagio Fountain Las Vegas – Frank Sinatra: Luck be a Lady. Video #3 by He1ner

Dancing fountains make a beautiful symmetrical pattern

Dancing fountains make a beautiful symmetrical pattern. Inside the casino is the “The Office,” or home base, for many professional poker players “due to the high table limits.” Photo #21 by Michael Huey

Bellagio Fountains, two perspectives for Hey Big Spender. Video #4 by BjargumDK

Celebrating an anniversary at the Bellagio Dancing Fountains

The photographer said he was “celebrating an anniversary at the Bellagio Dancing Fountains.” It’s unknown how many thousands of times—perhaps millions—the magnificent fountains were a magically romantic back-drop for marriage proposals and even weddings. Photo #22 by Warren Antiola

Bellagio Fountains in black and white

Still stunning, even in black and white. Photo #23 by Stuart Richards

Behind the Scenes – Fountains at Bellagio. Geeky tidbits about the devices used in the fountains. The oarsmen jets have an X/Y axis to provide “dancing” water. effects. The “shooters” have different sized pipes shooting air pressure, that in turn shoots up water; the pipes get larger for bigger blasts of water. Shooters: The Mini-Shooters runs on 120 psi (per square inch) of air pressure; Super Shooters run 220 psi of air; and Extreme Shooters blast 500 psi of air. Video #5 by

Paris Las Vegas

The photographer wrote, “After coming down from the Eiffel Tower we got to watch one more fountain show, this time looking back toward the Paris.” Photo #24 by Justin Brown

Bellagio Casino and Hotel at Night

Bellagio Casino and Hotel at Night. Photo #25 by Photographersnature

Bellagio Fountains Show – Elvis Presley’s Viva Las Vegas from above, captured from Bellagio room on 18th floor (HD video). Video #6 by rmarescu

Lights, music, capture Bellagio Fountains

Lights, music, capture!! Photo #26 by Mahadevan Iyer

Panorama of Bellagio Fountains and The Strip, Las Vegas

Panorama. It has been reported that these fountains consume 12 million gallons of water a year. The Bellagio’s 8.5-acre lake holds 22 million gallons and is replenished annually with another 12 million, representing the amount lost to evaporation, leaky pipes or really thirsty ducks. Assuming evaporation is responsible for that entire amount, that would break down to 1,200 gallons lost in each of the roughly 10,000-plus fountain shows performed throughout the year.” Photo #27 by hjjanisch

The Bellagio Fountains during the day

The Bellagio Fountains during the day. Photo #28 by Photographersnature

Timelapse Bellagio Fountain, Las Vegas

The photographer wrote, “My first time lapse video, 119 photos at 3 second intervals, compressed to 0.3 second intervals. First batched processed in Photomatix Details Enhancer, and then batch processed in Photoshop to remove noise, straighten the verticals and add contrast using a multiply layer at low opacity. About 4 hours of processing on my MacBook Pro.” Photo #29 by Pedro Szekely from Los Angeles, USA

Bellagio Fountains | Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds – The Beatles. Video #7 by 70monte64

Fountain Silhouettes

Fountain Silhouettes. Photo #30 by Kevin Harber

Night photography at Bellagio Fountain

The Bellagio list of Fountain music includes a wide variety of genres; it lists these 29 songs: One, Singular Sensation, Hoe-Down, Simple Gifts, Singin’ in the Rain, Rondine al Nido, Luck Be A Lady, Winter Games, Hey, Big Spender, Time to Say Goodbye, Hallelujah Chorus, Carol of the Bells, O Holy Night, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, We Need a Little Christmas, Sleigh Ride, Santa Baby, Your Song, God Bless The USA, Star Spangled Banner, PinkPanther, My Heart Will Go On, Fly Me To The Moon, This Kiss, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Gayaneh – Suite, Overture/And All That Jazz, Ecstasy of Gold, and Viva Las Vegas. However, that list doesn’t show the new music and choreographed aquatic dancing displays added in 2011. USA Today reported that the new songs added are: Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds by the Beatles, Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean, and In the Mood — a 1940s hit by Glenn Miller. Photo #31 by Kashyap Hosdurga

Bellagio Fountain show, Las Vegas – My Heart Will Go On, Titanic theme music. Video #8 by chimesa007

Bellagio in August

Bellagio in August, the month of back-to-back hackers’ conferences, Black Hat and Def Con. Good times. Photo #32 by ed 37 ~~

Vegas - Bellagio Fountains

Caesars Palace, seen on the right of Bellagio’s, is the venue for Black Hat. Def Con is held at the Rio Hotel & Casino. Photo #33 by don j schulte @ oxherder arts

Rainbow in the desert

Rainbow in the desert. Photo #34 by Simon Bisson

Bellagio Fountains climax

The photographer noted, “Everyone waits for the climax of the Bellagio fountains. Photographed from the top of the Eiffel Tower at Paris Hotel in Las Vegas.” Photo #35 by boston_camera

Wowza Hotel Room View

Wowza! “Hotel Room View,” wrote the photographer who added, “I’m in Las Vegas this week to attend the BlackHat and DEFCON conferences. I have a knack for getting free room upgrades out here. This time I got a room that overlooks the fountains in front of the Bellagio.” Photo #36 by Rich Anderson

Bellagio Fountains [HD] – Lee Greenwood “God Bless the U.S.A.” (Pssst . . . go full screen 😉 .) Video #9 by David Sauer

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