Refreshing Planet Hollywood Las Vegas ReviewWith a veneer of Hollywood glitz, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is home to multiple headliners and the Miracle Mile Shops as well as a slew of cool restaurants and rockin’ bars.
Hollywood reborn in Win City, a dazzling disco-lit world, middle of the road When you check in, you’ll have to hold back the urge to yell “Party at the disco!” This is because you’ll spot long, glittering chandeliers alongside the escalator as you descend into the lobby. Combined with a giant crystal-laden ball that hangs overhead and the color-changing LED lights behind the front desk, the whole scene feels like something out of the movie “Saturday Night Fever.”
There’s nothing like hanging 10 and doing kickflips in a wave machine. The Strip’s first-ever FlowRider Wave-in-a-Box Double at Planet Hollywood is totally rad. Planet Hollywood’s architecture can best be described as having a ‘Hollywood hip’ theme. It eschews the popular Art-Deco glamour of similarly imaged venues for a sleeker look that features plenty of glass, neon and reflective surfaces.
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Zappos Theater inhabits a space that has been retrofitted but remains one of the great concert venues in town. Headlined by a few notable names, it’s got a massive LED wall behind the stage, a sound system with power and a dance floor. So, seeing a show here is a sensory overload that’s sure to impress.
The Planet Hollywood showroom is located on the upper level Mezzanine. It features several different live shows; as of 2010, the most popular and longest-running is titled Peepshow which previously starred headliners such as Holly Madison and Coco Austin in the leading role. A live version of the television series America’s Got Talent hosted by Jerry Springer (who flew to Vegas weekly from his self-titled show’s taping in Stamford, Connecticut) and Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding played on the Mezzanine in 2009.
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From the minds of magician Criss Angel and Frank Dragone, director of Cirque du Soleil’s “O” and “Mystére comes the fantastical prequel to MINDFREAK that’s filled with death-defying stunts, comedy magic, visual effects, and mindbending illusions. AMYSTIKA: The Secret Revealed is a family-friendly production that features unbelievable feats like a raging tornado, a blinding blizzard, and even a real firestorm that engulfs a performer but leaves them unscathed. You won’t want to miss this music-driven journey at Planet Hollywood, so get your tickets today!
We can all agree that the ‘80s and ‘90s were good times, and if you don’t agree, maybe we should revisit your aptitude for identifying good music. THE JETS, Grammy-nominated group and family band, is taking us back in time with hits like “Crush on You,” “You Got It All” and “Make it Real.” And the best part is, this concert is fun for the whole family. Part of the legendary “Minneapolis Sound,” THE JETS joined the likes of Prince, Janet Jackson and Sheila E., pumping out eight top 10 hits and three platinum albums. Their 1988 song “Rocket 2 U” was nominated for a Grammy. Now, let’s relive your permed hair and acid-wash jeans. Get ready to jam out with the original members of THE JETS – Rudy, Haini and LeRoy, inside the V Theatre Upstairs Showroom at Planet Hollywood!
Heavy metal band the Scorpions with Skid Row are at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas. The Scorpions, made up of longtime members Klaus Meine (vocals), Rudolf Schenker (rhythm guitar) and Matthias Jabs (lead guitar), alongside James Kottak (drums) and Paweł Mąciwoda (bass), promise to create a unique experience for fans. German hard rock band the Scorpions was part of the first wave of metal bands in the 1970s, but it wasn’t until the 1980s that they hit it big in America. “Blackout” in 1982 was their breakthrough album here in the United States and went on to become one of the biggest attractions in the 1980s heavy metal scene, scoring several radio hits. Throughout the ’80s the Scorpions amassed multiple Top 10 singles including “Rock You Like a Hurricane” and “No One Like You,” as well a string of successful singles such as “Send Me an Angel” and “Still Loving You.” Just when the Scorpions’ popularity seemed as if it might come to an end, the band came back with their biggest hit yet in 1990, “Winds Of Change,” a power ballad that capitalized on the fall of the Berlin Wall. The band was ranked No. 46 on VH1’s Greatest Artists of Hard Rock and their hit “Rock You Like a Hurricane” also landed as No. 18 on VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs. The group has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, and have received multiple honors including a World Music Award. In September 2015, the Scorpions released their 19th studio album, “Return To Forever.” It was also the same year the band celebrated their 50th anniversary. Joining the Scorpions will be heavy metal band Skid Row.
Gerry McCambridge has one of the most unique acts on the Strip as well as one of the most unique job titles: Mentalist. As a “mentalist,” McCambridge reads the minds of random audience members and predicts the outcome of random situations during the performance. The entire show is also laced with comedy and plenty of audience interaction, making each performance a different experience. For the past 20 years, celebrities have flown McCambridge, also known as the “Mentalist to the Stars,” around the world to entertain at Hollywood parties. He has performed for such names as Donald Trump, Courteney Cox, Howard Stern, Lisa Kudrow, Tim Burton, Dennis Miller, David Spade, Carrie Fisher and many more. In 2004 McCambridge had his first one-hour network prime-time television special on NBC. Millions more around the world have seen the special in countries such as Canada, Africa, Australia, Korea, the Middle East, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. In the summer of 2004, McCambridge also took his one-man mind reading show to New York City. His off-Broadway show was a critically-praised hit.
Earn your pole dancing credit at Stripper 101–a women’s only class at Planet Hollywood that teaches students the tricks of the pole dancing trade all in the name of good fun. If you’re a bit apprehensive before heading to the Stripper 101 studio at Planet Hollywood
We’re going to make a bold statement: Shania Twain belongs on the Mount Rushmore of country music. There’s no doubt about it on our end and she’ll be at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas to prove any doubters wrong. Let’s list some of Shania Twain’s accomplishments just for fun
This show has gone to the dogs — and cats. Featuring everyday pets doing extraordinary things, Gregory Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theater is the cutest show on the Las Vegas Strip. You’ll see dogs, cats, doves and other animals act out scenarios like passengers waiting to board a train, students in a classroom and patients waiting to be seen by a doctor. Of course the passengers, students and patients are played by Popovich’s more than 30 pets. As the creator, he’s the main star of the show. However, his cuddly cast members can’t help but steal the spotlight. The show also features circus acts like juggling, gymnastics and a jump rope routine. Some of the acts are performed by Popovich, while others showcase the talents of his featured artists. One of them is his daughter Anastasie. She dances, twirls a baton and leads a group of adorable dachshunds in a routine. She directs the dogs with ease, a talent she must have inherited from her father. A fifth-generation circus performer, Russian-born Popovich developed his skills at the Moscow Circus School. His talents earned him a spot touring with the Moscow Circus. He has performed throughout Europe, Japan and America in the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus and at the Circus Circus in Las Vegas. In the show he juggles pins and small hoops and even balances on a free-standing ladder. Hailing from a family of circus performers, Popovich also learned how to create strong bonds with animals and how to train them. All of the animals in the show were rescued from shelters around the country and transformed into stars on the Strip. In 2009, Popovich released his first book, “You CAN Train Your Cat.”
Hitzville The Show is a nostalgia-filled trip through the Motown hits of yesteryear. Vocalist Jin-Jin Reeves, along with backup singers and the five-piece Hitzville band, fills Planet Hollywood’s V Theater with an authentic Motown sound and experience that will have you clapping your hands and dancing in the aisles. Hitzville is a journey through the times and places that made Motown famous, opening up with The Pips’ classic “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” and going through different acts, going from one influential Motown band to the next. Expect famous songs like “My Guy,” “Natural Woman” and “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” along with a few rarer tracks that will make Motown fans very happy. Throughout the show, Reeves evokes the sound and character of Motown’s most famous divas, going from Diana Ross to Gladys Knight to Tina Turner (and many others) without missing a beat. This comes as no surprise, as Reeves has shared the stage with many of the performers she covers in “Hitzville.” Such energy in a tribute show is rare, but really makes “Hitzville” stand out among the rest. Reeves’ backup singers in some of the songs will catch your eye when they come out dressed in red suits when they cover The Temptations, and will continue dazzle each time they come out in colorful attire and appropriate stylings for each new act. The group incorporates appropriate choreography into their acts, mimicking the original groups in both sound and showmanship. From their matching shoes to their side stepping and sliding across the stage, there are times when you’ll truly believe you’re in an authentic Motown show in the 1960’s. This is further enhanced with Reeves’ likeness to the divas she’s covering. You’re in for a treat when she gets to the Tina Turner segment of the show. Make no mistake: you will find yourself dancing along and having a great time at Hitzville.
Treat yourself to an afternoon of head-scratching illusions, beautiful showgirls, and laugh-out-loud comedy at Nathan Burton Comedy Magic that has been captivating audiences on the Las Vegas Strip since 2001. Burton has had multiple television features, including NBC’s “The World’s Wildest Magic” and “World’s Greatest Magic 3,” as well as E! Entertainment’s “The Entertainer.” He also created his own special, “The Ultimate Las Vegas Showgirl Challenge,” where he spent seven nights inside a sealed box with seven showgirls. Burton has also made appearances on “America’s Got Talent,” “Cupcake Wars,” “Coming Home,” and Penn & Teller’s “Fool Us.” Burton’s casual and comical style, along with his string of impressive illusions that range from large, complicated tricks to intimate close-up magic, create a fun and exhilarating afternoon show that the whole family can enjoy.
Planet Hollywood features a three acre casino floor including gambling machines like slots, table games and The Playing Field Race and Sports Book. This features 33 plasma screens, two jumbo screens and a section for VIP. Planet Hollywood is the first Las Vegas resort to offer table games dealt by young ladies in “chic lingerie”.
If you prefer that your cards be dealt to you by ladies in lingerie, then head to the Pleasure Pit on the casino floor. It has raised stages for go-go dancers as well as 11 tables where you can play a variety of games like blackjack, three-card poker, roulette and Big Six.
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The Planet Hollywood address is
3667 Las Vegas Boulevard South 89109
the Las Vegas Boulevard between the MGM and Paris.
Walking on The Strip: As most people do when they come to Las Vegas, walking the Strip and enjoying the sights from casino to casino is a must part of your trip. Below is a convenient map of the Strip starting at Planet Hollywood.
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Insider tips: Get the largest slice of pizza on the Strip at Pin-Up Pizza. Located along the resort’s Strip-facing façade, each pie made here uses loads of dough and measures 30 inches in diameter. For all you non-mathematical types, that means each slice is 15 inches long and 6 inches wide.
Planet Hollywood Casino Las Vegas History
Planet Hollywood is owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment. The property was previously the site of an earlier resort known as the Aladdin, which operated from 1962 to 1997. It was demolished in 1998, to make room for a new resort that would also be named Aladdin. The new Aladdin resort opened in August 2000, but suffered financial difficulties and was eventually purchased in 2003 by a partnership of Planet Hollywood and Starwood, which renamed it as Planet Hollywood in 2007.
Hilton Grand Vacations operates the timeshare portion of the property, known as Elara.
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So the Extra Lounge, located near the hotel’s front entrance, is billed as the spot where the correspondents (yes, that includes Mario Lopez) and crew of the NBC entertainment news TV show “Extra” hang out whenever they’re in town. Yeah, that may have happened in the years before the Great Recession hacked everybody’s business travel budgets.
Some of the rooms may feel dated — not exactly fit for the A-List, but also not terrible considering the mid-range price and the resort’s right-in-the-middle-of-everything location. The base-level rooms at Planet Hollywood don’t come with coffee makers or fridges, but most of them do have 42-inch plasma TVs.
If it’s kitchen amenities you desire, you’ll have to upgrade to one of the larger suites. It’s loud in the casino. Very loud. You’ll hear rockin’ music pumping overhead round the clock — which is part of the resort’s party vibe.