As part of the Mayne Mafia, we have been to Madame Tussauds in Orlando several times over the past few years. It is truly one of the most iconic and visited places in Orlando and we have always had a great time visiting the “people” that live there.
This time however, we are going to the ‘The World’s Greatest Wax Museum” located in the city of lights, Las Vegas. This is the OG Wax Museum, one of the oldest type attractions, with millions of people taking in the sights. Did you know that Madame Tussauds was a real person? Her real name was Marie Grosholtz and was an art tutor to King Louis XVI’s sister and lived at the Royal Court in Versailles. During the French Revolution, she and her mother were imprisoned and when they were released she was forced to prove her allegiance by making death masks of executed nobles and her former employers, the King and Queen. She then inherited a wax exhibition from Dr Philippe Curtius’ following the end of the French Revolution and later married Francois Tussauds. Through devastation, moves, and the death of Marie herself, the attraction lived on and was moved by her grandsons to London.
In 1999, the attraction made its home in Las Vegas, inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas, and by 2011 there were over 12 Madame Tussauds museums around the globe and in 2015 the one in Orlando opened. We were so fortunate to be able to visit this one in Las Vegas and as you could see on stream, it was, well, incredible.
After a little journey in finding our way around the Strip and with the ever solid help of the Mayne Mafia, we found The Venetian and Madame Tussauds inside. My ticket was waiting and wearing a mask, and social distancing along the way, we made our way through this immersive experience, stepping onto the red carpet and even getting greeted by the paparazzi. You could tell that they have limited capacity and could see that the staff was keeping everything clean as well. They are also fully accessible to those with disabilities and they have trained staff that will make sure that those that require assistance can get from floor to floor.
There are five zones in this museum and although we moved pretty quickly, we still got to see everything and take in the sights and sounds. From famous musicians like Miley Cyrus, Tim McGraw and of course, the King himself, Elvis Presley, the wax figures seem to be so real. There is a sports zone with Muhammad Ali, Don King and greats from the basketball and baseball arenas, an area of our favorite super heroes, The Avengers, and of course, Viva Las Vegas where it is over the top with celebrities like Wayne Newton and Brittany Spears and of course, the Rat Pack that put Vegas on the map, all at their performing best. Of course, it would not be iconic Las Vegas without its very own wedding chapel!
THE HANGOVER BAR
I was so surprised and extremely honored when one of the team members stopped us on our way and let me know that they wanted me to come over to the Hangover Bar and try out one of their specialty drinks. How awesome was that! As if getting a super cool and fun swag bag was not enough (shout out again to our friends at Merlin Entertainment for showing ya’ boy a good time in Vegas and allowing me to bring such amazing content to my viewership), having a bar inside an attraction is, well, over the top! The bar features an industrial design that imitates the look of the roof of Caesars Palace, where the scene takes place. The bar even includes an LED backdrop of the Las Vegas skyline.
The full-service bar serves its own menu of specialty drinks inspired by film, including the Wolf Pack (Jägermeister); the Buttery Nipple with Buttershots liqueur and Irish cream; the Royal Flush with peach schnapps, Jägermeister, and cranberry juice; and the 3 Leg Monkey with root beer vodka, Crown Royal, and Coke.
We got a Tiger Blood, recommended by our bartender who was super friendly and very informative and even after looking at the menu, which by the way is covered in Tiger fur (again, of course it is!) I am so glad that I listened to him. The drink was great and just being able to relax and grab a drink while you are taking in all of the surroundings of Madame Tussauds is….incredible.
THE HTC VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE
There is also a Virtual Reality Experience that they invited me to do, however, it is very hard to stream that. The HTC Room Scale Virtual Reality experience allows you to explore worlds in a way that’s never been possible before. Your movements are fully tracked in the virtual world, combined with the maximum usable space we offer in our specially designed play areas, you get the full experience, and nothing less. Let me tell you, Mayne Mafia, I will figure out a way to bring you along next time and we will check that out! But if you are coming, you and up to 4 people can play together and it is a one of the world’s only virtual collaborative games.
I absolutely recommend visiting the Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas if you are going to be visiting the Strip. Even though it is great to bring everyone along on the stream, it is an even better experience in person, when you can take selfies with the ‘celebrities’ and just become immersed in the atmosphere here. Again, there are many Madame Tussauds Wax Museums all over the world, so if you cannot get to this one or the one in Orlando, I am sure that there may be one where you are visiting.
If you want to visit on your next trip, be sure and go to the link at: https://www.madametussauds.com/las-vegas/tickets/ and purchase your tickets ahead of time. Tickets start at $29.99.
Be sure and keep checking back here at spokesmayne.co to follow along on everything that we were able to see and experience on our trip to Las Vegas. Also make sure that you are following on Youtube, Instagram and Facebook as I am sharing even more pictures and stories there as well, especially about Madame Tussauds and the celebrities that we got to ‘meet’.
Madame Toussauds Las Vegas; Spokesmayne