This Casino Proposal Imagines a Massive Moon Touching Down in Las Vegas

"Moon" Casino in Las Vegas by Moon World Resorts

If you think it’s too late to achieve your childhood dream of traveling to the Moon, there may be an amazing alternative for you. The new aptly named Moon casino in Las Vegas could offer a spectacular experience for the space explorer in you. Proposed by entrepreneurs of Moon World Resorts, the casino would cost around $5 billion to build. Despite the high price tag, co-founder Michael Henderson believes that the interest for an artificial moon experience is nothing to be ignored.

“Space flights cost $200,000 to $250,000—so the masses just can’t participate,” said Henderson to the New York Post. “With Moon, for $500 they can walk on an authentic lunar surface and enjoy exploring a lunar colony in a spectacular way.”

At 735 feet tall, Moon would tie with another resort—the JW Marriot—for the second tallest building in Las Vegas, both beaten out by the Strat Observation Tower. With a sphere that big, developers have plenty of room to include out-of-this-world features. Moon would include 4,000 hotel rooms, a casino, lagoon, spa, theaters, event space, and lunar-themed restaurants including a crater café.

Conceptual Sketch of "Moon" Casino in Las Vegas by Moon World Resorts

For those not satisfied with simply staying in a giant moon, the resort will also offer a moon shuttle to a “lunar colony.” The lunar colony is proposed near the top of the sphere where guests would enter a rollercoaster-style moon shuttle that will twist and turn around areas of the sphere until arriving at an artificial moon surface. The experience at the end of the moon shuttle will include a 90-minute-long exploration of the 10-acre cratered surface.

If you are ready to book a trip, you might have to wait quite a little while longer. There are currently no concrete plans to build Moon in Las Vegas or in the other imagined sites like Dubai. Still, as Moon World Resorts says on their website, “12 people have been there, 7 billion want to visit.” With such a large market, maybe there will be a place for Moon someday.

This proposal for a new Las Vegas casino is in the shape of a moon and is 735 feet tall.

Conceptual Sketch of "Moon" Casino in Las Vegas by Moon World ResortsConceptual Sketch of "Moon" Casino in Las Vegas by Moon World ResortsConceptual Sketch of "Moon" Casino in Las Vegas by Moon World Resorts

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Samantha Pires

Sam Pires is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She is also a freelance architectural designer. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from NJIT and is currently earning a Master in Architecture II from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Sam has design experience at multiple renowned architecture firms such as Gensler and Bjarke Ingels Group. She believes architecture should be more accessible to everyone and uses writing to tell unexpected stories about the built environment. You can connect with her online at @sampir.fi.
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