3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
$249 (includes show ticket)
A backstage (and above stage and beneath stage) tour of the theater that hosts Le Rêve.
At Wynn Las Vegas on the North Strip.
Absolutely - it's a fun peek behind the metaphorical curtain.
Because you want to see how they do the amazing things they do in the show.
There is a lot of walking including up and down stairs. People with mobility issues may want to pass this one by.
A terrific insider's look at a Las Vegas show.
There are quite a few "how do they do that?" moments in Le Rêve, the water-themed spectacle at Wynn Las Vegas filled with aerial acts, high diving, synchronized swimming, and more than a few pairs of red shoes. Now you can get answers to all your burning questions with a backstage tour package that includes an hour-long exploration of the Le Reve theater in the afternoon to accompany your show tickets for that night.
The tour guides obviously have not only a deep knowledge of the show but a passion for it as well. It seems like they are fans and their exuberance for what is accomplished here is infectious.
The tour takes you to just about every corner of the theater, from the lobby to the seats inside and from high above (dizzyingly high) to down below and all around. Just about the only thing you don't get to do is go on stage, but considering the fact that the stage is a pool it's probably for the best.
If you're lucky you might even get to witness some of the rehearsals. On the day I visited they were practicing the high-drop dives, wherein one cast member pulls another up to more than 60 feet above the pool and then drops them. Witnessing it from the different angles - the theater, the pool level, and from the platform way up high - is pretty cool.
That space above the theater is one of the highlights as you get to see exactly how crazy these people must be to dive into what looks like a kiddie pool from this height. The complex ballet of machinery and people that it takes to get everything to work perfectly is nothing short of amazing.
In the backstage area you get to see the prop room, the wardrobe area, the carpentry shop where they build the various scenery pieces, and the scuba set up, all the while learning the tricks of what happens under the water out of view of the audience. Interesting tidbits: the backstage area is sauna hot, heated to around 100 degrees during the performance to keep the constantly wet people warm. Also, the omnipresent red shoes? They are painted every single day to make them sparkle for each performance.
Adding the tour adds about $100 to the cost of your ticket but you get preferred seating at the show and a gift bag to go with it. Whether that makes it worth it to you or not probably depends on how interested you are in what makes a big Vegas show like this tick. I found it fascinating but I'm kind of a geek. If you are too, splurge a bit the next time you want to see Le Rêve and get the full access pass.