Saturday, July 21, 2007
Las Vegas Retheming
Photo from Wikipedia
I came to Las Vegas during a boom in themed resorts, and an effort to attract families with children. Excalibur had been a hit, with its faux King Arthur theme, and the sky seemed to be the limit with ideas. Luxor was all about ancient Egypt. MGM tried for a four-way split of their famous movies. Aladdin was blown up and reborn with a (possibly ill-advised) middle-eastern theme. New York, New York went with a more sensible city theme.
Then, Bellagio and Venetian hit upon the same city theme, but with more opulence, and a more expensive effort. This eventually led to an effort toward class, which is just as faux, but with more money. So the new trend is toward faux class, instead of faux theming. Sadly, this has led away from the themes that started the trend. Luxor is now "de-theming" and trying to divest itself of the Egyptian theme. What could be more stupid than calling yourself "Luxor," while getting rid of all the Egyptian elements? I don't get it.
I've heard rumors that Excalibur is going to be destroyed and replaced with something else. Might I suggest something simpler? Get rid of the fairy-tale appearance, and redo the place as a more authentic English castle? Make the place look like one of the ancient castles, possibly even making the place look like the ruins of an old English castle? Dump the Disney version, and go with something that looks like the real thing. Just an idea.