For over two decades, the Bellagio Fountains have starred in films like Ocean’s 11 and created countless romantic proposals and weddings.
The fountain is one of the most popular free attractions in Las Vegas.
Dazzling audiences across a nine-acre choreographed lake, the Fountains of Bellagio shoot off until midnight every day with showtimes starting at noon on weekends and 3:00 PM on weekdays.
So what takes place behind the scenes of the Bellagio Fountains? We dug up these eight exciting facts about the Fountains of Bellagio:
8. $4.5 Million Budget Turned Into $50 Million
In 1998 when the Fountains of Bellagio were built, the Bellagio had budgeted $4.5 million for the attraction. But the cost skyrocketed to $50 million. There were a few reasons. The project was rushed, more features were added, and it required more workers with pricer materials.
7. 5 Million Gallons of Water Are Filtered Every Day
An astounding five million gallons of water are cleaned through the Bellagio Fountain’s filtration system every day. It takes the crew four days to turn over the lake water. They use a barge to filter heavier objects like coins out of the water. They donate the coins to several different charities.
6. The Batcave
The staff that works on the Fountains of Bellagio work out of the “Batcave,” where they keep all the scuba gear, boats, a barge, and equipment they need to keep the fountains running.
Half the staff has been working at the Bellagio Fountains since they opened. Every member of the staff is scuba-certified.
5. Don’t Call The Fire Department
The fountains have a popular fog system featured during a variety of shows. According to the staff, when the fountains first incorporated fog into the shows, many people called the fire department believing the Bellagio was on fire.
4. Quack, Quack
It took over a year for friendly Las Vegas ducks to find the man-made lake. Early on, the staff made the mistake of feeding the ducks. Before they knew it, they had flocks of ducks in the fountains. Luckily, they relocated most of the ducks and didn’t have to worry about the ducks getting hurt from the fountains.
3. Guests Used Pay $250k To Pick The Song
Before Hyde closed, guests could select the song, start the show, and toast champagne to the fountains for $250,000. The outdoor VIP patio table came with a 30-liter bottle of champagne and butler service that delivered a gold box with the magical red button.
Today, the space that Hyde was is now The Mayfair Supper Club. The lavish experience is no longer publicly offered.
2. Bellagio Fountains Cost Over $10,000 Per Day
It’s rumored that the Fountains of Bellagio cost between $10,000 and $15,000 to run and operate every single day. That’s over $300,000 per month! With the amount of Instagram photos and TikTok dances taking place at the Bellagio Fountain, we’ll think of it as a marketing expense. Only in Las Vegas.
1. 22 Million Gallons of Water
Inspired by Lake Bellagio in Italy, the man-made lake holds over 22 million gallons of water spanning nine acres. The Fountains of Bellagio has over 1,200 nozzles, 4,500 lights, and 8,000 meters of pipe. Water can shoot 460 feet into the air, just 81-fee shorter than the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas across the street.
Insider Tips for the Bellagio Fountains
During the day, you can watch the display every 30 minutes until 8:00 PM. At night from 8:00 PM until midnight, the show takes place every 15 minutes.
Bellagio Fountain Showtimes:
- Every night from 8:00 PM to Midnight every 15 minutes
- Saturday, Sunday, and Holiday afternoons from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM every 30 minutes.
- Monday through Friday afternoons from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM every 30 minutes.
The show may get canceled due to high wind or adverse weather.
You can book a fountain view room or suite at Bellagio. These rooms include:
- One Bedroom Lakeview
- Two-Bedroom Grand Lakeview
- Fountain View Queen
- Tower King Deluxe.
There are eight restaurants with a fountain view at Bellagio–The Mayfair Supper Club, Spago, Lago by Julian Serrano, Le Cirque, Jasmine, Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge, Picasso, and PRIME Steakhouse.
Blog post updated on April 3, 2020