Saturday, February 14, 2009

Bellagio Fountains: Sinatra & Luck, Be a Lady

The fountains at the Bellagio Casino and Resort is an expansive, choreographed water feature with performances set to special lighting effects and music. The fountain shows are visible from the street and neighboring structures, most notably from the top of the 540-ft. tall Eiffel Tower replica across the street at Paris Resort and Casino. The fountain show takes place every 30 minutes in the afternoons and early evenings, and every 15 minutes from 8 p.m. to midnight. The fountain display is synchronized to diverse pieces of music, including opera, show tunes and classical selections. Featured singers are Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Gene Kelly, Elton John and Celine Dion.

The fountains, set in a nine acre man-made lake, incorporate a network of pipes with more than 1,200 nozzles that make it possible to stage fountain displays coordinated with more than 4,500 lights. The fountain show, which debuted in 1998, came with a price tag of $50 million.

Three types of nozzles are used for the various effects:
Oarsmen - Jets with a full range of spherical motion
Shooters - Shoot water straight upwards
Super Shooters - Send a water blast as high as 250 ft into the air.

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