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Excalibur Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, USA

June 5th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

The Excalibur Hotel and Casino hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the United States. It is owned and operated by MGM Mirage.

Excalibur, named for the mythical sword of King Arthur, uses the Arthurian theme in several ways. Its facade is a stylized image of a castle, with a wizardlike figure representing Merlin looking out from a high turret.

Excalibur is situated at the Tropicana - Las Vegas Boulevard intersection. The intersection is so busy that pedestrians are not allowed to cross at street level. Instead, Excalibur is linked by overhead pedestrian bridges to its neighboring casinos to the north (the New York-New York Hotel & Casino, across Tropicana Avenue) and to the east (the Tropicana Resort & Casino, across the Strip). There is also a free tram that connects Excalibur to its sister MGM Mirage properties to the south, the Luxor and Mandalay Bay hotel and casinos. The three casinos are also connected to each other, so it is possible to walk between the three of them without having to go outside.

The Excalibur opened on June 19, 1990 originally built by Circus Circus. It was one of many new, modern Las Vegas hotels that featured children's attractions, such as an arcade and a motion simulator called Merlin's Magic Motion Machine. Another feature of the Excalibur that is prominent in many of today's Las Vegas hotels is a large family swimming pool.

In February 2003, the Las Vegas area received over 3 inches of rain. Due to a design flaw in the hotel, the fire alarms of the 18th floor of the Excalibur were triggered and guests were forced to evacuate. The fire alarms were triggered when rain entered the rooms. To date, this flaw has not been repaired.[citation needed]

On March 21, 2003 the largest Megabucks Jackpot, as of that time, was hit at the Excalibur. The jackpot was for $39,713,982.25.

On April 26, 2005, the Excalibur, along with the other hotels of the Mandalay Resort Group, was purchased by rival MGM Mirage.

Restaurants and other areas have Arthurian names, such as the Roundtable Buffet, Sir Galahad's Prime Cuts, The Steakhouse of Camelot, and Regale's Italian eatery, or reflect a broader "Merrie Olde England" theme, such as the Sherwood Forest Cafe. A long-running show, the "Tournament of Kings," features simulated medieval jousting.

A few years after opening, Excalibur introduced a free nighttime show in the moat near the resort's main entrance. A Dragon would emerge from under the main entryway bridge and do battle with the wizard, Merlin. After a few years of operation, this attraction was discontinued.

The Excalibur has never had a big boxing events venue. Since the middle to late 1990s, the Mandalay Resort Group has staged its major boxing and Ultimate Fighting Championship events at their sister hotel, the Mandalay Bay. Excalibur did once host an Oscar De La Hoya boxing match.

Like many other hotels on the Strip, the Excalibur features a wedding chapel. The chapel offers themed Medieval Weddings complete with renaissance period costumes.

[Source: Wikipedia]

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