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Introducing: The Excalibur Bazaar Shops

By Chuckmonster on Monday, 14th September 2015 3:07pm
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First came The Linq, Caesars Entertainment's re-appropriation of a dark, dank alleyway between Imperial Palace and Flamingo into a gleaming new open air promenade that led to under utilized acreage far away from the glow of The Strip.

Then came The Park, MGM Resorts International's re-appropriation of a service road and temporary sales pavilion between New York New York and Monte Carlo into a gleaming open air promenade that led visitors to under utilized acreage far away from the glow of The Strip.

First came Bally's Grand Bazaar, Caesars Entertainment's re-appropriation of a mis-used, corner-facing, thoroughfare-adjacent concrete slab into a funky-ass shanty town of cheap shopping pagodas surrounding a Starbucks.

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Now we have Excalibur Grand Bazzar (that isn't the real name) MGM Resorts International's re-appropriate of a mis-used, corner-facing, thoroughfare-adjacent concrete slab into a (hopefully) less funky shanty town of shopping pagodas surrounding a Starbucks.

In both cases, the premise is simple: maximize revenue by offering more lease-able square footage to foot traffic vendors between attraction X and hotel Z.

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Sources are telling VT that MGM Resorts International is currently working on plans to upgrade Excalibur's corner facing square with a new dining and retail structure. The yet-to-be-officially-announced building will span the entire area between the pedestrian bridges that (poorly) connect Excalibur to New York New York and Tropicana/MGM Grand. The three story complex will feature strip facing dining, bars, retail and entertainment, sort of like what Tropicana proposed, but never got around to building.

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This project is the first (and probably only) salvo in the "parkification" of the Mandalay Mile. Rebuilding this corner and will essentially complete MGMs masterplan to unify the street side experience everything they've bought or built in the last 10 years.

I wouldn't be surprised if a similar structure was built on the west side of the pedestrian bridge as further expansion. Can you imagine dining lagoon side, nibbling on a little artisianal something or another as the Excalibur troll makes a rare afternoon appearance outside of his hut. Now, imagine the glorious exterior views on the NYNY side... oooooh. With a little bit of luck and the right angle of wind shear, you could be the recipient of freshly served farm to table to person to roller coaster to table chow.

Other than that, it doesn't really make sense for MGM to continue Strip side parkification beyond this junction. This is the end of the line - either you get on the tram go into the casino.

But what does this street corner upgrade mean to Excalibur in the long run. Does it precipitate further investment in modernization? Does it hasten the expulsion of Excalibur's theme? And what about ye olde wrecking ball?

MGM CEO Jim Murren did say recently that the company will NOT build a new property in Las Vegas as long as he is in charge.



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Comments & Discussion:

If it means there's a chance in hell of bringing back the cheese-tastic dragon show, then bring it on!!

http://youtu.be/ZJtlzEDmxWE

(Let's get real though, there's a better chance of Murren doing gay porn than that kitsch-fest coming back)

"MGM CEO Jim Murren did say recently that the company will NOT build a new property in Las Vegas as long as he is in charge."

That statement doesn't rule out that he's already built one. Maybe in one of their festival lots? Under a tarp?

When I read the headline I thought it was Misnomer satire.

I thought they had announced they were going to do this to the entire strip frontage of Luxcalibay. Basically along the tram line

So that acreagre north of Circus Circus will I guess be "Rock In RioVegas......please come....please" for the forseable future.

Well, I guess retial is a better use for the area than parking.

I'm stuck in the 90s. I think this sucks. I think the Bazzar shops suck. I think that all development along the frontage of the casinos, er resorts, suck. I'm stuck in the 90s. Of course, I don't have to patroniage them if I don't want to, right? If people join me in my avoidence of these developments, great. Then what do we have, crappy boarded up crap.

This will help the place since something needs to happen to make people wander into Excalibur for something other than trying to get to Luxor or Mandalay Bay. Maybe the move will make them rework the casino as well.

I wish Wynn would buy the Mandalay Mile and build Wynn Palace where Excalibur and Luxor currently are.

I'm fine with it if they make the structure look like a medieval village. Who am I kidding it will probably be designed by the same person who did the CVS at TI. Heck, it will probably have a CVS and Starbucks in it.

Whoever mentioned a dragon show?! YAAAAAS!!

The creepy castle by CVS! Awesome!

Man, that whole corner would be a great place for an open-air "faire"-type experience. Maybe it's just cuz I'm hungry, but I'd pay good money for a roasted turkey leg, served sans utensils, right about now.

"Hey, prime real estate! Let's put a parking lot here!" sounds so 1970s to me.

Count me among those in the 1990s who kind of like it the way it is. I always take the "long way" into Excalibur whenever I'm stay on "the corner." The Excalibur was the place where I lost my virginity, so it will always be special to me. And that arduous moving sidewalk stirs those memories.

This is classic: "...oooooh. With a little bit of luck and the right angle of wind shear, you could be the recipient of freshly served farm to table to person to roller coaster to table chow."
Projectile Vomit. Hilarious.



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