At a projected cost of $4 billion and covering an eventual 21 million square feet, the Chinese-themed Resorts World Las Vegas is still a very, very long way from meeting its hoped for 2016 debut. Set to be built in stages on the North Strip, a once promised panda exhibit, as well as an indoor water-park, might also one day arrive in the far future. Stage one is now estimated to cover 10 million square feet.
Currently, the resort is pitching heavily to the foreign investor market, using the draw of the EB-5 visa program that gifts permanent residency aka "Green Cards" for "you, your spouse and children under 21 by investing $500,000 into a US government designated program."
Resorts World neighbor SLS Las Vegas and the Downtown Grand successfully mined the E5 program to raise millions of dollars. The new pitch for cash features 3D renderings and offers the first hint at the dining and nightlife options. While still artist and architect concepts, it does gives an updated insight into the resort's direction with less than 24 months before a theoretical opening day.
The "Great Wall Passageway" includes an image of a "24 hour Chicken N' Dumplings" spot. Thirty restaurants and bars are ultimately promised, but no tenants have yet been announced.
Another image shows outdoor seating and illuminated fast food menus displayed to the right of the frame.
The nightlife, including a penthouse day club experience, is also branded as a "rooftop sky park and observation deck" and sits on top of a 674-foot tower.
A descending "stunning attraction" is shown at the center of the casino floor. The main entertainment focus will be a 315,000-square-foot, 4,200-seat Dancing Dragon Performing Arts Center, built for martial arts displays, traditional dance and "everything in between."
Lush gardens, "a spectacle for the eye," lead to the Forbidden City Retail District, aiming to cater to a "trendy Asian crowd." A "50,000-square-foot, 58-foot-tall aquarium for exotic fish" will be an added attraction.
The Genting Group owners have yet to begin substantial construction on the site left in a dramatically unfinished state following the failure of Boyd Gaming to build the Echelon Place hotel, casino, shopping, and convention complex on this footprint.
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