Water Fountain Show Community Event Background

The Bellagio is one of the most recognized hotels on the Las Vegas strip.  They offer nightly water fountain shows to anyone in the community that happens to be walking by the property, complete with lighting and music to accompany the fountains as they gush water vertically into the air.  This is a planned and repeated community event, though some of the attendees debate whether it qualifies as an inspiring community event since many of the locals in Las Vegas choose not to visit or watch this show.

Peak Experience

The peak experience for this community event is watching the water fountains gush streams of water into the air in front of the Bellagio hotel.  It’s a display of aquatic beauty and magnificence unlike any other hotel in the United States.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about a Water Fountain Show

What kind of people attended this water fountain show community event?

There is one type of person who attends this community event:

  1. Spectators (People enjoying the water show.)

Spectators at this community event included anyone walking by the Bellagio Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.

Why would someone want to attend a water fountain show community event?

Attendees at this event were split between people who specifically came to see the water show, and people who did not realize there was a water show but decided to stop to watch it when it started.  People want to see this community event because of the sheer size of the water fountains, as well as the beauty and grace of the show while timing the fountains to music.

What is the Fountains of Bellagio water show?

The Fountains of Bellagio is a vast, choreographed water show with performances set to light and music. Performances take place in front of the Bellagio hotel and are visible from numerous vantage points on the Strip, both from the street and neighboring structures. The show takes place every 30 minutes in the afternoons and early evenings, and every 15 minutes from 8 pm to midnight. Two minutes before a water show starts, the nozzles begin to break the water surface and the lights illuminating the hotel tower turn to a purple hue (usually), or red-white-and-blue for certain music. Shows may be cancelled without warning because of high wind. A single show may be skipped to avoid interference with a planned event. Additional shows can occur for special occasions including weddings. The fountain display is choreographed to various pieces of music, including “Time To Say Goodbye” by Andrea Bocelli, “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood, “Your Song” by Elton John, “Viva Las Vegas” by Elvis Presley, “Luck Be a Lady” by Frank Sinatra, “My Heart Will Go On” by Céline Dion, and “The Sound of Silence” by Disturbed.

The fountains are set in a 8-acre (3.2 ha) manmade lake. Contrary to urban myth, the lake is not filled with treated greywater from the hotel. The lake is actually serviced by a freshwater well that was drilled decades prior to irrigate a golf course that previously existed on the site. The fountains actually use less water than irrigating the golf course did. They 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. It is estimated that the fountains cost $40 million to build. The fountains were created by WET, a design firm specializing in inventive fountains and architectural water features.

Four types of nozzles are used for the various effects:

208 Oarsmen – jets with a full range of spherical motion
798 Shooters – shoot water upwards
192 Super Shooters – send a water blast as high as 240 ft (73 m) in the air.
16 Extreme Shooters – send a water blast as high as 460 ft (140 m) (added in 2005)

More details on Fountains of Bellagio water show (Wikipedia):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bellagio_(resort)

The Fountains of Bellagio Water Show Event Notes

Daily Inspiring Community Event (DICE) – Episode 019 [DICE 20170119]
Filmed at the Bellagio Resort (MGM Resorts).
Featuring Frost Fassett, Inspiration Evangelist

In attendance: 100+ Guests.
Peak Experience Anticipation: See a performance of water jets.
Peak Experience Actual: Heard music and watched it synchronized to a water show performance.
Organized by the Bellagio Resort
Unique History: The Fountains of Bellagio was hosted at the largest water fountain in the world until it was surpassed by the Dubai Bay Fountain in 2010.
Unique People: Colton Likarich, 21st Birthday Boy
Navigation Hinderances: Fully Visible Via Pedestrian Foot Traffic Only; Difficult to park and access the show.
Initial User Experience Design (UXD) Issues for Visitors / Guests: No count down timer to know when the next show was. No signage for nearby restrooms or water.
Amenities: None nearby.
Bathroom: No directions or signs were visible to a bathroom, water or other items. It was likely a 10 minute walk.
Security: None Visible
CPR (Celebrities, Politicians, Reporters): None present.
Family Friendly: Yes.

CREDITS
Music by Frank Sinatra
Clothing:
Jacket by Columbia
Shirt by Under Armour
Pants by Lululemon
Memory Foam Boots by Crevo