Exploring Las Vegas Through a Disney Lens

When you think about Las Vegas, the first thing that comes to mind is the entertainment offerings. Then the food. And finally the fact that there is so much of Vegas that can be compared to Disney World. (I mean, what else is there to think about when you think of Vegas?)

Come to think about it, there are at least 10 things that Disney fans would love about Vegas.

Watch the Full Interview on the Pixie Dust Fan Podcast

I had the opportunity to be a guest on the Pixie Dust Fan Podcast to share ideas and thoughts about what goes into a Disney fan’s first time to Vegas, where I go through everything below in much more detail.

Feel free to watch the video above or listen to the podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.

Celebrity Chef Restaurants

Hell’s Kitchen at Caesars (Image: Dustin Fuhs)

We look at restaurants like Morimoto Asia and Wolfgang Puck in the context of creating a cool vibe at Disney Springs with culinary options, and those exist in Vegas around every corner.

Our favourites included Best Friend by Roy Choi at Park MGM, Hells Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay and Mr Chicken Guy himself – Guy Fieri’s Vegas.

Street Corn at Best Friend by Roy Choi at Park MGM (Image: Dustin Fuhs)

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Resort Gift Shops

Venetian Resort Merchandise (Image: Dustin Fuhs)

You knew this was coming.

Some of the best shopping at Walt Disney World is in the resort shops, like the Boutiki at the Polynesian Village Resort. The same can be said with the shops on The Strip.

From the Venetian Resort with its Spirit Jerseys to The Mayfair Supper Club branded hoodies at the Bellagio, the merchandise game is strong in Vegas.

The Mayfair Supper Club at The Bellagio (Image: Dustin Fuhs)

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Immersive Disney Animation

Immersive Disney Animation at The Shops at Crystals (Image: Dustin Fuhs)

We’ve seen Immersive Disney Animation in Toronto, so when we saw that the exhibition was at the Shops at Crystals, it was time to jump into the magic again.

You have to look at the exhibition as a way to make your way from The Strip into the world of Disney – and it’s definitely an adventure.

Immersive Disney Animation at The Shops at Crystals (Image: Dustin Fuhs)

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OmegaMart at Area15

Omega Mart at Area 15 (Image: Dustin Fuhs)

Meow Wolf describes the experience with something that would make you feel like you’re walking through Pandora: The World of Avatar or The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. “Omega Mart sends participants of all ages on a journey through surreal worlds, immersive storytelling, and playful nuggets of the imagination.”

There’s so much to say about Omega Mart at Area 15, but it’s the most immersive experience that you could find outside of a Disney or Universal theme park. It’s epic! And just like at the theme parks there are lots of hidden jokes, side quests, and things to buy.

If you’ve been – you get it. If you haven’t – you should!

Omega Mart at Area 15 (Image: Dustin Fuhs)

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The Fountains of Bellagio

The Bellagio Fountains (Image: Dustin Fuhs)

When Disney fans think about water shows, the experience has to tell a story. At times, there are spectaculars that are less “spectacle” – but you can put the allure of the Fountains of Bellagio into the same category as Luminous: The Symphony of Us at EPCOT and Fantasmic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Now are we saying that the Bellagio is better? You’ll just have to see for yourself.

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The Disney Store at the Las Vegas Premium Outlets.

The Disney Outlet at Las Vegas Premium Outlet North (Image: Dustin Fuhs)

We visited the Disney Store and although I wish that the review was more positive, I’m actually more impressed with the Box Lunch store next door. This location offers a wide range of interesting Disney-licensed merchandise that actually appeals to fans of a certain age – those who would think a basketball jersey with “Kuzcotopia” on it was epic!

In addition to the Disney Store and Box Lunch, you’ll also be able to find a Crocs outlet and Vans – the home of a few magical collaborations!

For $9 from the New York New York casino to the Outlets via UBER, the trek off the strip wasn’t too bad.

Box Lunch at Las Vegas Premium Outlets North (Image: Dustin Fuhs)

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Cirque du Soleil

Mad Apple at New York New York (Image: Dustin Fuhs)

From “O”, the long-standing water-themed show at the Bellagio which features a skilled cast full of acrobatics, synchronized swimming, and breathtaking visuals inspired by imagination and creativity to The Mad Apple – a show that brings storytelling to the streets of NYC, Cirque du Soleil is everywhere.

Just like Draw to Life at Disney Springs, the Cirque shows should definitely be included in your trip planning.

Use the VEGAS.com app to get discounts and book tickets. It’s best to know what you can do every day, as the FOMO is real in Vegas!

The Beatles LOVE at The Mirage (Image: Dustin Fuhs)

The Adventuredome at Circus Circus

The Adventuredome at Circus Circus (Image: Dustin Fuhs)

This indoor amusement park brings a nice mix of thrill rides and attractions that could bring Disney fans to a more simpler time. Not because of the quality of the rides, but because they offer FastPass!

A Castle

Excalibur Hotel & Casino (Image: Dustin Fuhs)

Excalibur Hotel & Casino is a literal castle.

They have a Medieval Times-style dinner show and the ambience is definitely on the scale that a Disney fan would respect.

Overall, Las Vegas offers a plethora of experiences and attractions that will delight Disney fans of all ages, making it a magical destination for anyone who loves the enchanting world of Disney.

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