Located next to the busy southwest corner of Spring Mountain and Las Vegas
Blvd. and sandwiched between its sister site to the north, TI, and Caesars
Palace to the south, the Mirage is a staple of the Strip and home of some
impressive attractions. Perhaps the most well known is the street side free
attraction, the Mirage Volcano. The volcano fits nicely with the mirage tropical
paradise theme and has been one of the most popular free attractions since its
inception in 1989. And today the volcano is better than ever, having recently
received a $25 million upgrade with more fire, better sound, and a better show
all together. Construction has been completed on the new volcano and it is more
popular than ever.
It blasts off over half and hour from dusk until 11 p.m. weather permitting.
It features all of the sounds of a volcano, real fire shooting through the air,
and the water surrounding the volcano turns a magma-esc red. No itís not a real
volcano, and yes people do ask, but the fire is very real and you can feel the
heat of it from the street when it goes off.
While chaotic in appearance like a volcano should be, the creator based the
fireworks on tribal dances and cultures surrounding active volcanoes in tropical
locales. WET, the same group responsible for much of the logistics behind the
Bellagio fountain show, is responsible for the state of the art computer system
which controls the sound, fire, and other sense-awing visuals. The whole
production is planned on VirtualWET custom software prior to shows.
This is a must see for anyone staying in Las Vegas.