Atlantis rises again with free show at Las Vegas Forum Shops

The next time you witness the great fall of the undersea city of Atlantis, it will be even greater than you remembered. One of Vegas visitors’ favorite free attractions, The Atlantis Show at the Forum Shops at Caesars, has undergone a major face lift.

The popular attraction reopens today with significant changes including enhanced visual and special effects, superior sound, updated costumes and advanced animatronics.

The Atlantis Show reopens in the Forum Shops today. (Photo by Jeff Green Photography).

A new 40-speaker sound system provides more of a virtual experience as the 11-minute tale of Atlas and his children unfolds, so much so that you can actually feel the sound waves (as well as the heat from the fire effects).

Jon Harms, entertainment director for the Forum Shops, said guests will not only notice improved enunciation from the shows’ characters, but guests will also be able to speak (and hear) among themselves during the show.

The sounds and temperature changes will not affect the more than 300 species of tropical fish in the adjacent 50,000-gallon saltwater aquarium, ensured Maureen Crampton, director of marketing and business development for the Forum Shops.

“The fish are well insulated,” she said, adding that there are several safety sensors and procedures in place to keep the audience safe from fire effects.

The Atlantis Show runs hourly. (Photo by Jeff Green Photography).

The Atlantis Show stars three 9-foot-tall animatronic characters, Atlas, Gadrius and Alia (not to mention a 20-foot tall animatronic dragon). These characters were completely rebuilt except for their frames, with brand new skins and costumes.

In addition to appearing much more lifelike in their movements thanks to updated computer technology, the characters were clothed in true to the mythological times leather costumes and armor by the legendary Hollywood blacksmith company Sword & Stone.

Video elements play out on 14 brand new large LED screens in the Roman Great Hall, with combined total dimensions of 11 feet by 266 feet – one of the widest in Las Vegas.

Located in front of the Cheesecake Factory and Nike, The Atlantis Show debuted in 1997 and quickly became a favorite of those shopping and dining in The Forum Shops. Crampton says guest interviews consistently convey that the fountains are among the top three reasons that customers visit The Forum Shops and Caesars Palace.

“They always say ‘We love the talking statues,'” said Crampton. “Guests ask for it, which is a nice testimony to its importance and popularity.”

The Atlantis Show plays daily on the hour, beginning at 11 a.m.

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