The Aladdin is an Arabian Nights theme hotel and casino located at 3667 Las Vegas Boulevard South on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. The hotel has 2,600 rooms, a performing arts theatre, and a 475,000 ft² (44,000 m²) shopping arcade called the Desert Passage.
The Aladdin was originally opened in 1963 as the Tally-Ho. It was later called King’s Crown in 1964. In 1966, the King’s Crown was purchased, and after major renovations was reopened and renamed the Aladdin. A little after a year it was opened, the Aladdin was host to Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s wedding.
Wayne Newton was a part owner from 1980 to 1982.
On April 27, 1998, the Aladdin was imploded , and a newer version was built that opened on August 18, 2000. The Aladdin was operated in conjunction with the London Club which ran a high roller casino on the property. It also included a major shopping center known as the Desert Passage. The performing arts theatre was not imploded but was refurbished.
The casino was in financial trouble from the start and was sold on June 20, 2003, to a partnership of Planet Hollywood and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.
The Aladdin was scheduled to reopen on August 17, 2000, at 6:00pm, with fireworks at 10:00pm. The opening was delayed while the Clark County building inspector completed its fire safety testing. Another delay was caused by last-minute repairs to the casino surveillance system. This left thousands of Aladdin visitors leaving in disappointment, as well as opening night hotel guests wondering where they’d spend the night. Many high-rollers waited out on the sidewalks in front of the Aladdin for hours. Most were unable to even get to their luggage, since the hotel had been locked down for testing. Aladdin employees tried to arrange alternate accommodations for the guests with Paris and Bellagio.
The Aladdin finally opened the next day at 7:45 A.M. 100 members of Culinary Local 226, as well as an estimated 1,000 to 2,000 other workers were marching on Las Vegas Boulevard to protest the Aladdin opening without a union contract. Barbara Eden’s speech as well as the other festivities were drowned out by the bullhorns and the rest of the protest.
- Planet Hollywood (Aladdin) News – Vegas Today and Tomorrow
- History of the Aladdin
- Implosion pictures and video of old Aladdin