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Recent Wynncore Changes, and mini trip report

Last edit: DarkGhost on Saturday, 4th June 2016 6:25 pm
Last response by EncoreorBellagio 1st August 12:31am

Other people have probably noticed already, but I've noticed via online snooping (on TripAdvisor, Yelp, Foursquare, YouTube etc) that a few changes have taken place at Wynncore.

1. The mini-fountain at Wynn is now running. It's certainly not in the same category as the Bellagio fountains, but it's kind of cute. The video below features a song from ShowStoppers that had lyrics changed to advertise the Wynn.
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7YmyGnlESQ)

2. The new Poker Room at Encore is now open (but it's still called the Wynn Poker Room?). It looks nice and understated. They've expanded the space all the way to Wazuzu (taking out the Southside Bar that used to be between Wazuzu and Society).

3. Jardín has changed their interior design a bit. They've added a new, floral carpet to the main floor. The pillars in the center are now mirrored. The walls have been painted a muted brown tone (similar to the new Poker Room at Encore).

4. SW has added the SW Veranda (I noticed this when I was there in April). On the patio space above SW, they've added a no-reservations casual "dining concept" of SW appetizers, desserts, and booze. I guess it's meant to be a bar with fine-dining snacks.

5. The red chandeliers are completely gone from the Encore casino floor. Can someone please confirm this before I lose my mind?

April Mini Trip Report:
Encore's change from diamond to disco ball has "cheapened" many things, but it hasn't bothered me too much...yet. This April, I stayed in the Encore Tower Suites (1st time Tower Suites, 4th time Encore) and was thoroughly impressed by the upgrade in service level, privacy, amenities (I love the pool). The person I travelled with is a big gambler there, so I even got access to the VIP lounges.
Regarding club noise in the room, we were on the 62nd floor and I had to go up against the glass to faintly hear the bass (XS was open 2 nights). This was mid-April though, so who knows what the noise is like in the Summer.
ShowStoppers is a surprisingly amazing show. I have a BFA in Theatre and an expansive knowledge of musicals, and I was blown away by the talent on that stage and the song selection.
Jardin is not horrible. It's expensive, it's alright, it's the obligatory coffeeshop.
Encore Players Club was always empty when I passed by. It seems to me like a failed concept. Partially, it's the design; it looks like a space for a private event, not a space that's intriguing or open to the public. But who knows, maybe the new Poker Room will bring more traffic here?
I didn't mind losing the pillars in the casino that much; the casino feels more airy at least. But all of the changes since opening have definitely made the place feel less regal and intimate, and some of the design choices seem like a cheap afterthought (look at the Atrium). I'll probably still stay here because A) MGM PGP B) I love the rooms, service, pool and so many other things which all add up to an awesome experience. If the red chandeliers are gone though...

Obviously, I'm a big fan of Wynn Resorts, so I'm still excited to see what comes of the new Wynn Plaza, Paradise Park, etc.

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 brassbonanza responded on Saturday, 4th June 2016

Taking out the red chandeliers makes me want to cry. They were my favorite design element of the entire casino and lobby area. Presumably something is/will replace them, anyone know what?

 justroll replied on Sunday, 5th June 2016

big loss :( they gave special touch to the floor

 Bajablastgod responded on Sunday, 5th June 2016

I freaked out when you said the red chandeliers are gone. Hopefully they come back or maybe Roger has something better something coming. Seems to me Steve is having an identity crisis about his Vegas resorts.

 LakeMeadLakeErie responded on Sunday, 5th June 2016

I apologize if this has already been up, but I heard today that another victim at Wynn took place............the Ferrari clothing/souvenir store. I haven't seen it yet, but I heard doors are closed and all signage was removed. I always thought even though the dealership closed, the store was staying on board, but perhaps Wynn's mall/restaurant blueprint makes this impossible. Perhaps it will eventually relocate to the new mall.

 Chuckmonster responded on Wednesday, 8th June 2016

I can't even imagine Encore without the Murano glass chandeliers. Roger Thomas was particularly proud of them when I toured the property with him on opening day. I wonder if they're going to pack these up and ship them off to Wynn Palace Cotai.

Great report DarkGhost... thank you for sharing with us!

 DarkGhost replied on Sunday, 26th June 2016

Thank you, Chuck! Actually, looking at the concept art, I think the Murano chandeliers are going to Wynn Boston Harbor with Popeye. Seems a bit cheap for Steve to take away from one property in order to give to another, instead of duplicating or reinventing like he usually does so well.

 EncoreorBellagio replied on Monday, 1st August 2016

DarkGhost... It's confirmed - the chandeliers are definitely en route to Boston... Had a lengthy conversation with floor staff this evening. There are no plans to replace them.

 stevecovington responded on Monday, 13th June 2016

Just spied some photos on Instagram and yes, all the red chandeliers are gone. Looks empty and strange.

 fpsphil responded on Thursday, 16th June 2016

They are definitely missing was just there sunday-tue, they replaced them with single spot lights facing down, really makes the casino feel weird

 motoman responded on Tuesday, 21st June 2016

Love the SW Veranda idea. If it’s where I’m thinking (left of the viewing rail / platform above Parasol Down?), that balcony always seemed like such a wasted space that would be ideal for viewing the lake show — when the place was new. But now, at least the space is useable. I can totally imagine stopping by for coffee & desert or a mid-day Lake view, “Dreams” show or not. (Come to think, maybe it fills the void left by Sugar & Ice?)

Forgive my ignorance for not knowing what was there before. (In pictures of Lakeside there are tables & chairs visible on their equivalent balcony.) I only know it seemed always closed for lake show viewing.

Your “diamond to disco ball” description is priceless!

Interesting observation about the Player’s Club. It does sorta look like some kind of reserved space. I asked a Barney (purple-jacketed security) if I could wander in there when it was empty. Meh.

62nd floor likely is high enough to escape the club noise. Lower floors complain of quaking bass. You’d’ve noticed.