This is a site dedicated to providing up to date information about the Bellagio water show schedule and times, song list, operational facts, and recent news. You will find a number of resources here to make sure you have the best viewing experience. We also offer complimentary VIP admission to the nightclub Hyde Bellagio, located directly on the water overlooking the show.
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The Bellagio fountains are hailed as Vegas’ number one free show, and attract millions of visitors each year from around the globe. Tourists come to awe at the union of lights, fountains, and popular songs. These features coalesce into nothing less than a visual work of art.
The show takes place in the Bellagio Hotel’s “Lago di Como,” a giant manmade lake in the center of the Las Vegas strip spanning approximately eight acres. The lake was modeled after Lake Como, a popular European retreat for the wealthy in the city of Lombardy, Italy. The Bellagio hotel carries the theme of Italian elegance through its interior design as well.
The Lago di Como can be called the centerpiece of the Las Vegas strip, joining Cosmopolitan and Caesars in the very middle. At their apex, the fountains can be seen from hotel rooms as far away as Monte Carlo to its right and Harrah’s to its left. Do you know how far your hotel is?
As a rule of thumb it takes about 20-30 minutes to walk from from one end of the strip to the center using the pedestrian skybridges. If staying at the Wynn or on the other side at MGM, it may be best to utilize an Uber or Lyft, which just recently got permission to operate in Vegas.
The Bellagio hotel opened in 1998 after over two years of contsruction and nearly $1.6 billion in costs, making it the most expensive hotel ever built at the time. Brainchild of Steve Wynn, he would sell his company Mirage Resorts shortly after the unveiling of Bellagio to MGM Grand Inc. and begin work on the Wynn Hotel the year after. Bellagio remains one of MGM’s most popular and profitable resorts.
Steve Wynn collaborated with the world renowned company WET in 1998 to produce the Bellagio fountain show and make it what it is today. The Bellagio fountains project actually introduced motion controlled robotic water nozzles into the industry for the first time. These are the modules which propel the water and make it “dance” to the songs in perfect choreography.
WET worked with legendary composer Gerhard Shurmann and renowned American choreographer Kenny Ortega to produce the full scale water productions for each of the Bellagio fountain songs.
The Bellagio water show utilizes a complex array of lights water propelling nozzles, or “shooters,” that come together to create different effects and dramatic displays.
To be exact, 1,214 individually programmed nozzles are coordinated with more then 4,500 lights to produce the spectacular display. These “shooters” are capable of hoisting water a remarkable 240 feet into the air. During any given show performance, there is up to 17,000 gallons of water in the air at one time.
Among the nozzles there are different classes each with a particular purpose and creative nickname. In total, there are 798 “minishooters”, 208 “swaying oarsmen”, 192 “super shooters”, and 16 of the “most powerful super shooters,” each serving an essential function in the work of art that is created.
The water used in the show is actually derived from a freshwater well, originally crated to irrigate a golf course that had existed on site. The fountains actually use less water than most think. Surprisingly, the irrigation of the previously existing golf course actually used more then the fountains do. In addition, the water in the lake is engineered in the event of an emergency to be used to fight fires at neighboring hotels without drawing from the water supply.
Our site features the most up to date listing of Bellagio water show times and songs, so you can plan your visit to your favorite tune in our fountain songs list. Each performance is uniquely different, so we recommend seeing multiple shows to fully enjoy the experience.
The peak times to see the show, or when it will be most crowded, are close to when it begins (12pm on Saturday and Sunday and 3pm on Monday-Friday), and between 7:30pm-9:30pm after most people have had dinner. It may be best to plan your visit during the off hours, so you can get a viewing spot right against the railing or in one of the mini balconies at street level.
Another option is to enjoy the show from the comfort of Hyde nightclub and lounge at the Bellagio. Hyde Bellagio features a large balcony right over the water, and is commonly referred to as the best place to enjoy the show front and center.
The lounge opens at 5pm daily and offers VIP tables and packages as well as free entry. The action heats up at 10:30pm however, as the venue turns into a full blown nightclub catering to Vegas’ biggest spenders and frequent celebrities.
We offer a complimentary guest list for girls and guys at the nightclub (open Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday) which includes a complimentary open bar for girls from 10:30pm-1am. To register for the full experience of the fountains and have some drinks on us – get on the guestlist during your stay. We’ll have a host reach out to add you and take care of you.
We hope you find everything you need to enjoy the show!