The first night we arrived in Las Vegas, we rushed to Mandalay Bay Casino Hotel to watch a show. Yes, you hear me right, the recent shooting happened here at Mandalay Bay Casino Hotel on 1 Oct 2017, the crazy gunman fire shots at the crowd who were at the music festival, killed 58 and over 800 people were injured.
Originally our plan was to stay at Mandalay Bay Resort Casino Hotel but because of the recent Vegas shooting, we changed our booking to South Point Resort & Casino Hotel.
Mandalay Bay is definitely a better location as it at the Strip. It mark the beginning of the Strip on the south side but about 1.3 miles away from Bellagio. Still pretty convenient if you were to take a walk to Las Vegas Strip.
The exterior of the Mandalay Bay is dressed in gold color, pretty stunning day and night time. Mandalay is the name of a city in Myanmar, the second largest city. Why the name was used here at Vegas? Well, the theme of Mandalay Bay is “tropic” so I guess they selected one of the tropical country, Mandalay in Myanmar just to sound more tropical and a marketing approach.
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino is huge, so huge that you can literally stay in the complex without going out for days.
It has more than 3,000 rooms, 43 floors, 24 elevators and boast a wave pool, lazy river and real sand – a beach club only for guests aged 21 and above.
It contains more than 135,000 square feet of games, including Poker, Blackjack, Ultimate Texas Hold’em and slot machines.
The movie called Ocean’s Eleven was filmed at Mandalay Bay.
Coming to Las Vegas is to enjoy the vibrant night life, the casino, the poker or slot machines, the blackjack & the show. We went for the Michael Jackson ONE show because we don’t gamble, no smoking and no drinking.
Slots Machines Everywhere
Welcome to the Sin City
Easy access to gambling, fast marriage & divorce, cabarets, clubbing, 24-hour liquor sales, strip clubs all happen in Las Vegas. About 300 weddings per day, couples usually elope, (including celebrities) got married here.
There is a saying “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”
Las Vegas Used To Be Desert
Can you believe Las Vegas is used to be desert area? Wow… it is located at the Mojave Desert, smallest desert in America.
Shopping at Mandalay Place
We arrived early so we take a stroll at the Shoppes at Mandalay Place. Not going to buy anything but just window shopping.
Minus 5 Ice Lounge Bar
This bar lounge giving you an experience to drink your alcohol in the cold temperature, as low as minus 5 ‘ degree. Most of the things inside were made of ice, the chair, the bar, the chandelier light and many sculptures.
Fur coats are provided, men usually take black and women will take the white fur coat.
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by Beatles
The iconic Beatles outfit for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band displayed here in the Shoppes Mandalay Bay.
We went to take a look, free of charge if you are not buying. The paintings all cost a bomb.
Shark Reef Aquarium
The hotel is known for its enormous shark reef aquarium, which has more than 2,000 animals on display, including 12 types of shark.
Food Court at Shoppes Mandalay Bay
We ordered some Chinese take away because our show will start soon.
Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil
We purchased our tickets for Michael Jackson One show online and printed out our voucher and bring to the ticket office to exchange for the tickets. The counter staff also need some ID for verification; driving licence and credit card.
Due to Christmas seasons, it is always wise to purchase tickets before, else you may not be able to get the seats for the show.
Micheal Jackson Souvenirs Shop
Before you enter to the hall for the show, there is a MJ souvenirs shop selling all kind of stuff related with Michael Jackson and the ONE show.
T-shirts, mug, bags, hats, poster, cds etc all available here.
I think the white gloves is super cool, check it out!
You have go go through the security check before entering the theater hall.
These guys in red are also performers for the ONE show, there stay at the lobby to create the atmosphere and help guest to take pictures.
We sat in the balcony first row, a very good view and able to watch everything.
These guys in red acting like a paparazzi before show starts.
The One show combining the Cirque du Soleil elements & Michael Jackson music, it was an amazing performance. There are so many things going on, the flying acrobats, the MJ dance move, images on the walls, great music.
The iconic gravity-defying dance move in “Smooth Criminal” and Michael Jackson’s Moonwalk can be seen in the ONE show. It also has hip hop & pole dancing.
If you are Michael Jackson fan, you would love this to the max. Even if you are not MJ fan, you would still enjoy and amazed at how good these performers are.
MJ show end 90 mins later with no intermission. It was so good I don’t think we need a break. This is the permanent show at Mandalay Bay.
Parking at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
Self parking at $7.00 up to 2 hours & $10.00 up to 4 hours & $12 for 24 hours.
Parking lot is spacious!
Nearby Attractions :
- Grand Canyon West Rim – Skywalk
- Road Trip Grand Canyon West
- Las Vegas Strips
- Las Vegas China Town
- Lake Mead & Hoover Dam at Nevada
- Calico Ghost Town