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The Mirage--the first of the mega-resorts that transformed the Las Vegas Strip--  opening in November, 1989 by Steve Wynn at a cost of $630 million.   The Mirage is located on the former site of the Castaway's Casino.   This photo was taken before the volcano was remodeled.

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The Mirage with its renovated volcano--re-opened in December, 2008.  For more pictures of the volcano, click here.

 

 

The Mirage Volcano Video

 

 The eruption of the Mirage Volcano 

 

 

"Welcome to the fabulous Mirage .... "

 

The lobby of the Mirage.

 

The 20,000 gallon salt water aquarium located behind the check-in desk.  The aquarium is 53-feet long and the acrylic windows are 4-inches thick!   Marine life from the Sea of Cortez, the Red Sea, Fiji, Australia, the Caribbean and Hawaii live in the tank, including puffer fish, angel fish and other creatures.

 

One of two bronze mermaids created by artist Arlin Robins located at the entrance of the Mirage--this one is named Sea Dreams; her sister is called Wave Borne.  Sadly, both mermaid statues were removed in 2008 but reappeared in April, 2011. 

 

Another view of Sea Dreams. 

 
"Waveborne"--picture taken with ISO 400 film on 05/31/2006.
 
 

Waveborne--photo taken May 27, 2014. 

 

Sea Dreams--photo taken May 27, 2014. 

 

The hotel entrance on October 13, 2010 without the mermaids.  The mermaids were missing almost three years following renovation. 

 
 

The volcano seen erupting from the valet area.  Photo taken May 27, 2014. 

 

The eruption as seen from the valet area.  Photo taken May 27, 2014. 

 

The Mirage casino.  Remember Clark Griswold's philosophy ("Vegas Vacation"):  "They always put the machines that pay the most in front."  

 

The beautiful atrium near the entrance of the Mirage.  

 

The casino near the atrium. 

 

Japonais, found in New York City and Chicago, has a third incarnation at the Mirage and offers contemporary Japanese cuisine.  Dress is casual. 

 

Next door to Japonais, the Stack offers American Bistro cuisine; dress is casual.

  

Deep inside the Mirage casino approaching the Beatle's Lounge. 

 

The Beatles Revolution Lounge opened in December, 2006--six months after the debut of Cirque du Soleil's "The Beatles Love" show. 

 

The Revolution is an ultra lounge featuring the innovation of Cirque du Soleil for a unique nightlife experience.

  
 

Among the several icons of the Mirage--dolphins.  These statues are seen near the Strip.

 

One of the tenants of the Dolphin Habitat. 

 

The old Mirage logo with the five colored palm trees--painted on the filtration tanks of the Dolphin Habitat.  The palm tree is another icon of the resort.

 

The Mirage as seen from one of the dolphin pools.  

 

Here are the signature palms of the Mirage on the glass doors of the main entrance.  

 

The lagoon along the Strip. 

 

When to see the volcano erupt:   The renovated volcano features music with the sounds of actual volcano eruptions; pina colada fragrance is added to the natural gas to make the eruption a more pleasant experience for visitors watching along the sidewalk. 

 

A view of the remodeled volcano while dormant.

 

 

The elevated tram that connects the Mirage with Treasure Island.  Here, the tracks are available from the front of the tram.

 

 

The tram as it pulls into the station at the Mirage.

 

 

 

The Mirage with the moon overhead.  At the time the Mirage was built, Vegas had been suffering a tourism decline which stretched back from the 1970s (particularly so when gambling became legalized in Atlantic City, NJ).  The Mirage was the beginning of the remaking of Vegas--making it a more fashionable vacation destination.

 

 

The Mirage at sundown as seen from the Venetian.  (Note:  Comedian Danny Gans--seen on the Mirage marquee--was one of the headliners for the Mirage from 2004 to 2009; he moved to the Wynn in February 2009.  It was a shock when Gans suddenly passed away on May 1, 2009).

 

 

A monument to magicians Siegfried and Roy and their white tigers (as seen from the Strip).  Siegfried and Roy performed at the Mirage from 1990 to 2003; the show closed after Roy Horn was mauled by one of the white tigers.

 

The entrance to the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat.

 

The white tiger, Vishnu, getting a drink of water.

 

A white tiger cub being fed.  For more photos of the Dolphin Habitat and Secret Garden, click here.

 

The glamorous Mirage at night.  As like most of the casinos on the Strip, the Mirage is not in the city of Las Vegas--but is located in Paradise, NV.

 

 

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