Is a giant moon ready to land in Las Vegas? Apparently there is one in the pipeline.
Renderings have been posted of a dazzling Las Vegas resort that takes the shape of a giant moon. Your name? ‘Moon’, naturally.
According to the Canadian entrepreneurs behind it, it would cost £ 3.6 billion ($ 5 billion) to build and, at a height of 224 meters (735 feet), it would become the second tallest joint building in Sin City with the JW Marriott. , which is currently the second tallest structure behind the 350 m (1,149 ft) tall Strat Observation Tower.
Renderings have been posted of a dazzling Las Vegas resort that takes the shape of a giant moon.
The heavenly retreat, which would be the largest sphere in the world, has 4,000 hotel rooms, a ‘crater cafe’, a spa, a casino, a lagoon and guests looking for an adventure in the space age can take a shuttle lunar to a ‘lunar colony’.
There is more.
Other attractions in the otherworldly complex would include an event center for up to 5,000 attendees, a theater for resident artists and traveling acts, a piano bar, boutiques, several lounges and a convention center.
The complex would also feature a nightclub that would be located underneath a giant model spaceship, with lights radiating towards the dance floor.
An ‘Enviromax’ glass bottom walkway is drawn in pencil to offer simulated views of the earth’s weather patterns, allowing guests to see ‘the eye of the hurricane from within the eye’.
The heavenly retreat, which would be the largest sphere in the world, has 4,000 hotel rooms.
Designed to replicate the surface of the moon, the ‘active lunar colony’ is the unique selling point for the ambitious resort.
To access the colony, which would be in the upper half of the sphere, the guests headed to the shuttle stations, to the waiting lunar shuttles. Designed like cars on a roller coaster, the buses, it is explained, will wind their way around the exterior of the hotel suites as they transport guests upward.
Once there, guests will spend 90 minutes exploring the 10-acre (4-hectare) space, flying over the craters in a ‘moon buggy’. The colony promises to ‘accurately imitate the [lunar colonies] now under serious active planning by NASA, ESA and many others ”. Tickets would cost £ 361 ($ 500) each.
“ Without a doubt, when guests venture to the lunar surface for the first time in their lives, they will believe they are on the Moon, ” explains Michael Henderson, who founded Moon World Resorts (MWR) with his business partner Sandra. Matthews.
According to the Canadian entrepreneurs behind ‘Moon,’ it would cost £ 3.6 billion ($ 5 billion) to build and, at 735 feet (224 meters), it would become the tallest building in Sin City. Shown here is the ‘tranquility spa’
The Piano Bar concept for ‘Moon’, a project devised in 2000
The ‘lunar colony’ experience was intrinsic to the overall design. MWR’s brand statement reads: ‘The burgeoning space tourism industry is literally taking off. However, the entry price is prohibitive!
“Moon provides the critical” bridge “that enables a mass audience to participate actively and affordably in the emotion.
Henderson and Matthews first decided to conceptualize a tourist destination in 2000.
How did you come up with the idea? “In short, it was truly a classic ‘aha moment’, heavily assisted by a full moon and a touch or two of Guinness,” says Henderson.
And he adds: “The objective was to develop an authentic large-scale reproduction of the Moon of planet Earth, incorporating the largest sphere in the world.”
The diameter of the sphere would be 198 meters (650 feet) and it would rest on a large disk 259 meters (850 feet) in diameter. However, these measurements may vary depending on regional airspace and locally imposed height restrictions.
Made of concrete, steel, glass, aluminum and carbon fiber composites, construction of the complex is estimated to take four years.
“Visitors to Moon will enjoy a spectacular touch firsthand and get a preview of exactly what life will be like for the next habitable celestial body of humans,” says Henderson.
Moon is not in production yet, but Henderson and Matthews aim to work with major global corporations that already have all the funds necessary to fully develop the complex.
Moon World Resorts would license the design in four locations: North America, Europe, the Middle Eastern Gulf and Asia.
The ‘active lunar colony’ is Moon’s only selling point. To access the colony, which would be in the upper half of the sphere, the guests headed to the shuttle stations, to the waiting lunar shuttles (pictured)
The plan is for guests to have access to a lunar colony performance for 90 minutes. “ Without a doubt, when guests venture to the lunar surface for the first time in their lives, they will believe they are on the Moon, ” explains Michael Henderson, co-founder of Moon World Resorts.
The project was originally destined for Coachella, back in 2016.
Henderson says MWR is in “active discussions with potential regional licensees in various global locations.”
Where is the best place for Moon in Las Vegas? “Currently, the best land option is owned by the acclaimed Wynn Resorts Corporation,” Henderson explains.
Another rendering of the impressive complex shows Moon in Dubai at the site of the Burj Khalifa skyscraper. The founders estimate that each resort could generate £ 1.3 billion ($ 1.8 billion) annually once opened.
Looking to the future, Henderson says: ‘About 20 years after the first pencil scribbles began to develop, Moon is finally ready to go.’
If that’s really the case, then it’s a huge leap for tourism in Las Vegas.
However, some in the tourism sector have expressed skepticism about ‘Moon’.
The project was originally destined for Coachella, California, in 2016, as reported in Desert Sun.
At the time, Aftab Dada, general manager of Hilton Palm Springs, he told the newspaper that Moon World Resort is ‘impossible’, adding ‘if there was a word to replace impossible I would use it’.
Meanwhile, David Garcia, the then Coachella city manager, said Vice.com that it was “difficult to express an opinion on a project that exists only as poorly rendered graphic designs”. And Bob Rogers, founder of BRC Imagination Arts, which designs attractions for corporations and museums, told the website that he thought Moon was too ambitious in scale.
And as for the Vegas version of Moon, Henderson still has a lot of work to do to change opinion.
Writer, podcaster, and Las Vegas expert Michael Trager who runs a travel site. TravelZork, told MailOnline Travel that he doesn’t think there is a market for Moon.
He said: ‘When someone mentions the moon, I immediately think of one of the legends of Las Vegas, Bob stupak. Except Stupak’s vision of the moon was showing his moonstones at the Moon Rock Cafe. Do people long for a moon-themed casino resort in Las Vegas? My quick answer is no. They want integrated sports and entertainment venues like Stadium Swim at Circa and epic headliners like the lineup of artists at Resorts World Las Vegas’.
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