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From The Resort Fee Department: Increases And The Disappearance Of An Opt-Out

August 5, 2014 at 3:02 PM | by | Comments (24)

It's been almost a month since our last resort fees story so, you know, it's time. And, not to disappoint, we have updates for you from both sides of The Strip.

The first came to us from VegasChatter tipster Duane D. who writes:

I just booked a room at Harrah’s through Expedia and found out later that they will want another $24.64 PER DAY up from the $18.00 shown on your list. This is a big rip off so I will (be) cancelling the room until they smarten up.

It is not the costs that is the problem, but to quote one price and then virtually double it for very dubious reasons makes it unethical. Even if they have covered their themselves legally, which they have, does not make it right. Whatever happened to the theory of just getting people there and then hosing them in the casinos – we all know that happens and are prepared for it but to expect more in other ways is just too much.Good luck to them.

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Vegas Is Officially Festival Crazy

August 1, 2014 at 4:05 PM | by | Comment (1)

iHeart Radio. Amplified. Desert Hops. Route 91. Life is Beautiful.

Music lovers. Grape lovers. Beer lovers. Downtown lovers.

No matter your tastes or your interests, it seems as if Las Vegas will have a festival just for you before year's end. And, we've three more options for you to ponder while trying to decide which events are can't miss and which should be shuffled over to the 'maybe next time' pile. We've already mentioned a few here on Chatter, but have compiled them all together in an at-a-glance format before. The three fests we've yet to mention have been highlighted in blue.

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Entertainment Roundup: Still The One, But Not For Long To Georgia On Our Mind

July 21, 2014 at 8:09 PM | by | Comments (3)

The Vegas PR machine was in high gear today cranking out entertainment news from up and down The Strip. From the coming end of Twain's resident twang to another new show for the Riv, here's a roundup of what's closing and what's just ahead:

Shania Twain will stop stealing the limelight from Celine Dion by year's end. (Twain was recently named best resident performer by a Vegas publication so you know sh*t was getting serious.) Her two-year residency at Caesars Palace will officially mark its last night December 13. Tickets for the final 16 shows -- ten dates in October and six in December -- are on sale now. She's also here for a short run beginning tomorrow. Catch Shania July 22-23 and 25-26 if you can't wait that long to see her feel like a woman. Tickets begin at $55.

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At Planet Hollywood, Viva Veracruz And Viva Discounts

July 7, 2014 at 12:54 PM | by | Comments (5)

7.28 Update: Once due to premiere July 28, this production will now debut Monday, August 11 at 7 p.m.

It's probably not a good sign when the link provided for a new Vegas show opens up to a Go Daddy page.

Viva Veracruz! The Show will open at Planet Hollywood in the PH Showroom on July 28. Tickets will go on sale July 14. It's touted as the American debut of a "window to the beautiful and magical folklore of Veracruz, Mexico." That's cool and all, but it's also a window into the increasingly random nature of Planet Hollywood's bookings. The resort came out strong with PH Live and Britney as well as subsequent concerts and mini residencies but now apparently wants to us to know it has culture!... puppets!... and hot babes, too!

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Will You Pay $98 To See Jeff Dunham's Residency At Planet Hollywood?

Where: 89109
June 16, 2014 at 9:27 PM | by | Comments (11)

Now that word is officially out on Jeff Dunham's upcoming residency at Planet Hollywood (it'll be our secret that you heard it here first in May), all the fine print has been released. The ventriloquist will perform six shows a week November 28 through May 31, 2015.

Entitled "JEFF DUNHAM: Not Playing with a Full Deck," tickets are now available. To access yours before they go on sale to the general public this June 18, visit Ticketmaster and use the code "ACHMED." Admission is priced at $72, but once you add in tax and fees that ends up being 98 bucks (rounding up from $97.65).

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CONFIRMED: Purple Reign Out At Planet Hollywood, Jeff Dunham On Way In

June 13, 2014 at 7:16 PM | by | Comments (5)

Earlier this year, we wondered if the Purple Reign was coming to an end at Planet Hollywood. A few weeks later, we also reported on the likelihood Jeff Dunham would become PHamous this November as part of a Las Vegas residency. We can now confirm both.

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Ever Wish For A Female Version Of Thunder From Down Under?

Where: 89109
June 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM | by | Comments (7)

Sydney After Dark is coming to Planet Hollywood because there's an opening, obviously.

Pretty much the female equivalent of Thunder From Down Under, the revue featuring "Australia's sexiest and most provocative" ladies will premiere July 7 in the PH Showroom. A press release goes on to herald the production as a "perfect blend of Victoria's Secret meets Moulin Rouge." I don't know about you, but I'm hoping that means my ticket stub is good for ten percent off at VS inside Miracle Mile after the show.

Tickets, priced at $39, $59, $79 (good luck) and $99 (ditto), go on sale June 9 at 10 a.m. The 75-minute performance will run Thursdays through Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. Attendees must be 18 or older.

(IMAGE: SydneyAfterDark.com)

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Vegas To Get More Pieces Of Britney

Where: 3667 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
May 12, 2014 at 2:46 PM | by | Comments (8)

Britney is taking her own lyrical advice to heart and stepping up her Vegas game.

The pop queen's residency is selling out so much that she's adding new show dates to keep up with demand. This Friday, May 16, tickets will go on sale for extra performances in August and September as well as for dates in October, November, December and even February of next year. (Pre-sale tix will be available starting tomorrow to Amex cardholders and Total Rewards members.) Exact dates are listed below.

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Miracle Mile Sprucing Up Neglected South-Facing Facade

Where: 89109
May 6, 2014 at 5:41 PM | by | Comments (10)

Unless you're staying at the Marriott Grand Chateau, there's not much cause to think about Miracle Mile's south-facing facade. Since Krave left, there's been even less.

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Looks Like Jeff Dunham Is Getting His Own Vegas Show

Where: 89109
May 1, 2014 at 4:37 PM | by | Comment (1)

Watch out, Fator. Another puppet master is looking to pull the (purse) strings of Vegas tourists.

While ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is known to pop in for a night or two at Caesars Palace's Colosseum, it appears as if he's going to get a long-running Vegas production before the year is out.

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At Evil Dead The Musical, Bloody, Bloody Weddings

Where: 3663 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
April 23, 2014 at 4:54 PM | by | Comment (1)

When the part fright attraction, part nightclub, part wedding venue, Goretorium, closed last fall after only one year of business, quite a few couples were upset because they were left without a place to express their dying love. But, there's good news for brides who prefer red to white: A new non-traditional wedding venue is picking up where the Goretorium left off.

Evil Dead: The Musical, the official live stage show of the cult classic at the V Theater in Miracle Mile, features undead ushers and interactive scenes that spray blood out over the crowd. Now, intermission is about to become more entertaining as gory wedding ceremonies and vow renewals will be held on-stage in front of fellow Evil Dead fans.

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Is The Purple Reign Coming To An End At Planet Hollywood?

Where: 3667 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
April 18, 2014 at 8:11 PM | by | Comments (4)

Everyone's fave Prince tribute show has been hard to pin down of late, jumping to stages both on and off the Strip. After landing at Planet Hollywood last September, VegasChatter reader Tommy in Toledo informs us that Purple Reign's time at the resort may be coming to an end.

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