Wynn Las Vegas Announces Huge Expansion: Water Skiing & Fireworks on the Vegas Strip?

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Wynn Las Vegas Expansion
Wynn Las Vegas. Photo by Evo Flash.

Wynn Las Vegas Expansion

Today Wynn Resorts announced plans for a $1.5 billion expansion to their Wynn Las Vegas property which will include a new hotel tower, much more meeting space, new dining venues and a 38 acre lagoon built on the current site of a golf course.

The expansion project is tentatively called Paradise Park and if approved by the Wynn Resorts board of directors it could start construction by the end of 2016. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, the new expansion will specifically consist of:

  • A new 1,000 room hotel tower – “Guest suites with a separate bedroom, living room and balcony with unobstructed views of the waterfront.”
  • 260,000 square feet of meeting space.
  • New food and beverage options – “A variety of food and beverage outlets, including the expansion of the current Country Club restaurant, also are in the plans.”
  • The lagoon – “38-acre lagoon that would host water skiing, paddle boarding and parasailing by day and fireworks displays at night.”
Paradise Park Model. Photo courtesy of Wynn Resorts.
Paradise Park Model. Photo courtesy of Wynn Resorts.

My Thoughts

Las Vegas is in the middle of yet another re-branding/re-imagining. The new focus is on entertainment with the construction of the new arena and pedestrian areas like “The Park” and “Linq”. We have also seen a number of festival venues built as the music festival phenomenon has grown. In other words, Las Vegas is continuing to do exactly what it has for the past half century. Adapt. This is just another sign of that.

Wynn has a ton of land where the golf course sits and this new project will only take part of that leaving for even more room for expansion. I think overall Paradise Park will make the hotel more of a destination and further widen its attractiveness as a resort. On the surface this sort of seems like a gimmick, but it isn’t. Fun is the name of the game in Vegas and the city has proven it will adapt to provide that fun.

Conclusion

This is an exciting development which can only help to strengthen the North end of the Las Vegas Strip. It will be quite interesting to see the impact of all of these new venues being built in the city. What will things be like in 10-20 years in Vegas? I don’t know, but my guess is much different than they are now.

What do you think? Is this a good idea or something that won’t work?


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7 COMMENTS

  1. Awesome idea. If this goes through I wonder how much they will increase the resort fees if it includes “complimentary” non-motorized water activities.

  2. Where are they going to get the water to fill a 38 acre lagoon. Lake Mead is down 130 feet since 2000 and could reach critical levels in 2017 or 2018 which will require rationing water.

  3. I always wondered about that golf course. Wynn has an excellent operation, hotel, restaurants, gaming, etc. I liked going there because it was at the end of the Strip and you didn’t see much riff raff in his hotel. But that was 7 years ago. Steve Wynn is one of the smartest, and actually a nice guy, in the business and I think it’s a good move. Didn’t see too many people on that course during the worst heat of the day, so this is a better use for the land.

  4. I think it is a cool idea. It would keep people on site more of the time and could even make it more attractive for families.

    Heading there in June so I will have to check out The Park. I also want to check out the container shopping area by freemont. Have you checked that out at all? Do you have any more local hangouts/spots to check out? We will be hitting up Ellis Island for sure!

  5. I’ve been going to Vegas cor twenty years and I’ve think I’ve seen a total of 50 people on that golf course…cumulatively. Hotel is very nice as are the other three(Encore, Palazzo, Venetian) in the immediate area.
    But gambling, I mean ‘gaming’, ain’t what is used to be so a proposed radical change seems like a good, Vegas-like idea.
    This golf course-transformation-to-water-venue idea works if as John asks, they can somehow find enough water to fill an enormous fake lake directly on the strip. I imagine those forced to ration water(if it comes to that) won’t be all that fired up for more frivolity on the Strip coming at the expense of their local water.

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