Glittering Lights Tunnel

Christmas In Vegas 2021

Plan the Perfect Christmas Vacation

At Tahiti Village of course! Christmas is a great time to visit Las Vegas! Thinking of spending the holidays in a different setting? Enjoy a fun-filled holiday season in Las Vegas with these top attractions. Some of the best Christmas activities in town include shopping, dining and entertainment at some of the finest hotels on the strip. Enjoy cool temperatures and the beautiful city of Las Vegas during the holidays this winter season.

Stay at Tahiti Village for the Holidays

A vacation for Christmas is just what you need and there are so many reasons to visit Las Vegas during the most wonderful time of the year. We have cooler temperatures but it is not freezing, perfect for staying in one of the hot tubs at Tahiti Village all day long. Relax this holiday season by floating down the heated lazy river at Tahiti Village and enjoying the steam showers in the Bora Bora and Royal Tahitian suites. There are so many activities for guests to enjoy in Las Vegas in the winter, guests can enjoy the Bellagio Botanical Gardens, the Las Vegas Speedway’s ‘Glittering Lights’, Opportunity Village’s ‘Magical Forest,’ and of course the New Year’s Eve fireworks!

Tahiti Village Kitchen

What to do in Vegas this Holiday Season

Tahiti Village is the perfect place to have your holiday festivities. Take your holiday traditions to Las Vegas and spend quality time with the whole family in our all-suite resort. Guests can cook Christmas morning breakfast right in their suite and then open up presents. Take a relaxing dip into our sand-entry pool and float down our amazing lazy river, heated to over 80 degrees in the winter for our guests to enjoy. Build a gingerbread house or bake cinnamon rolls in your room and take advantage of the full kitchen in the Bora Bora suite and the Royal Tahitian suite. One of the best things about Vegas, is that everything is almost always open! Tahiti Village is open all holiday season long, as well as our restaurants 17 South and Arturo’s Village Pizzeria!

Get your holiday shopping on just across the street from Tahiti Village. Town Square is a shopping center just up the road from Tahiti Village and the Las Vegas South Premium Outlets are right next to Tahiti Village. Shop at all your favorite stores, and take your goodies back to your suite for your Christmas celebration. Shop till you drop at Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Vans, Tommy Hilfiger and more at the Las Vegas South Premium Outlets. Town Square has everything you need for Christmas shopping with H&M, Kay Jewelers, Sunglass Hut, The Container Store, Victoria’s Secret, Ulta and more!

The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden is a free attraction that displays beautiful flowers, trees, walkways, bridges, and plants of all varieties. Every season the theme of the botanical garden changes into an amazing new floor to ceiling display. This season guests can see the holiday display between November 20th 2021 – January 1st 2022. The Fountains at The Bellagio also have Holiday themed performances every year. The water show features Christmas music and is held from December 5 2021 – January 3, 2022!

Ethel M Chocolate Factory has an amazing 3-acre botanical cactus garden full of beautiful types of cacti including agave, prickly pear, and aloe plants. During the holiday season, Ethel M Chocolate Factory decorates the cactus garden in beautiful Christmas lights and decorations. Walking around the cactus garden is free for guests. Ethel M chocolates are also the perfect gift for friends and family this holiday season. Delight in a gourmet variety of caramels, brittles, and all different flavors of chocolate. Make sure to make reservations here to see the winter wonderland of festive lights and decorated cacti.

The Las Vegas Speedway hosts Glittering Lights – A Drive-Thru Lights Show from November 12th 2021 until January 9th, 2022! Guests can buy tickets and drive through the lights show, admiring and experiencing the holiday themed lights show. Glittering Lights is the perfect holiday activity for the whole family. Guests will enjoy the warmth and comfort of their car, and the glittering and beautiful lights outside as they drive through the show. Did we mention it takes about 40 minutes to drive through the whole entire show? Purchase tickets here! 

Las Vegas Speedway Glittering Lights Glittering Lights Tunnel

Christmas is all about Giving

Opportunity Village is a self-funded foundation that raises money through donations with partners to fund events such as the Magical Forest. Opportunity Village runs the Magical Forest as a fundraiser for their main cause, which is helping children and adults with disabilities find work so they can live the fullest lives possible. Magical Forest has been in operation for 30 years in Las Vegas and is a fun and exciting winter wonderland for all ages! Drink hot cocoa, enjoy amusement rides, and see all that this winter wonderland has to offer! Tahiti Village is proud to be a partner with Opportunity Village, and all of the money donated into our wishing well is donated to Opportunity Village every year. Buy your tickets for the Magical Forest here! 

Wishing Well Las Vegas

Ring in the New Year at Tahiti Village

Grab a bottle of your favorite champagne and enjoy the view from your cozy suite or guests can head up to our Tenth Floor balcony in tower 5! Tower 5 at Tahiti Village has a breath-taking view of the whole entire Strip. Hang out at our Tenth Floor balcony and get a panoramic view of all of the lights and fireworks celebrating the New Year. The Plaza hotel will have a firework show, along with fireworks being set off from the rooftops of the ARIA, the STRAT, Treasure Island, Planet Hollywood, MGM Grand, The Venetian, and Caesars Place! There will be over 80,000 fireworks explosions in the amazing New Year’s Eve show! See the whole show from the start of the Strip to the end of the Strip at our Balcony view. If you are looking to enjoy a lowkey celebration, watch the Time Square Ball Drop in your suite and enjoy all of the comforts of home!

Skyline View of the Strip

Experience What Is In The Backyard Of Las Vegas

Experience What Is In The Backyard Of Las Vegas

 

 

We all know that the Strip is what most come to Las Vegas for and for good reason, it is truly amazing and a one-of-a-kind experience! But are you someone who likes to go off the beaten path? See the scenery and what is in the backyard of Vegas itself? Las Vegas has some of the most beautiful canyons, hiking paths, and views to see if you venture just outside the Strip itself. Here are some of our suggestions for destinations for hiking or scenic drives!

 

Mount Charleston:

From a cool escape in the summer to a snowy wonderland in the winter, the Spring Mountains offer a distinct change in seasons not normally found in the Mojave Desert. Fall colors and spring wildflowers delight hikers who visit during these quiet seasons. You can also horseback ride, climb, off road drive, bike, and experience the gorgeous scenic drive. Spreading over 90 acres, the Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway offers a Visitor Center, Education Building, group picnic areas, two amphitheaters, trailheads, and expansive areas with benches to take in the views of Kyle Canyon and Charleston Peak.

 

Grand Canyon:

Located in Arizona, Grand Canyon National Park encompasses 277 miles of the beautiful Colorado River and mountains galore. The Grand Canyon is rich with history and gorgeous sites. You can hike, take guided tours, take cultural tours, and more! The daily fee is $8.00 per person; all individuals under the age of 15 are exempt from payment.

 

Red Rock Canyon:

Red Rock Canyon has 13 miles of a beautiful scenic drive to admire the amazing canyons and peaks. A Visitor Center is located just past the entrance for guest’s convenience. It includes indoor and outdoor exhibits, plants throughout the canyon, wildlife to expect, and desert tortoise habitats. You can also bike, climb, and horseback ride as well. The daily entrance fee for a car/truck is $15 per vehicle. All entrance fees go towards upkeep to the canyon.

 

Boulder City:

Boulder City’s historic Old Town district is home to many quaint shops, museums, hiking, parks, trails, and outdoor activities. Close to the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, many like to travel to Boulder City to experience another side of Vegas; one where there is no gambling!

 

Lake Mead National Recreational Area:

This is the perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts! With the options of swimming, boating, hiking, cycling, and fishing at America’s first and largest national recreation area, there is something for everyone! With beautiful views of the mountains and canyons, there is always something to look at that you haven’t seen before.

 

Valley of Fire State Park:

40,000 acres of bright red Aztec sandstone outcrops nestled in gray and tan limestone; Valley of Fire State Park contains ancient, petrified trees and petroglyphs dating back more than 2,000 years. A Visitor Center provides exhibits on the geology, ecology, prehistory and history of the park and nearby region. You can also take a drive around the state park with their scenic drive to see all of the beautiful views. Day use entrance fee is $10 per vehicle.

 

**We are not associated with any of the Parks/Canyons listed in this blog.

Best of Las Vegas Voting Has Begun!

Best of Las Vegas Voting Has Begun!

 

It’s that time of year again and we are so thrilled to be nominated for Best of Las Vegas for Tahiti Village the second year in a row. Also, this year our newest addition Arturo’s Village Pizzeria is in the running for the best pizza in all of Vegas!

It is such an honor to be nominated again for the prestigious Best of Las Vegas Awards.

The awards we won would not have been possible without you so we truly thank everyone who voted in 2019!

Now it is time to vote again so the next time you are here, we can be celebrating 2020’s awards with you!

We are nominated for…

  • Family Friendly Hotel 💛
  • Strip Hotel Pool 🏊

Arturo’s Village Pizza is up for Best–

  • Best Pizza 🍕

 

For ease of voting we have set up an all in one voting page for Tahiti Village & Arturo’s, by clicking on the link below:

https://bit.ly/2DiR8TQ

Vote as often as you would like, daily voting is available and we would love it if you could vote daily. Together we can bring The Best of Las Vegas 2020 home for us all to celebrate!

Meet Ava Gomez From Mahana Spa ☀️

Meet Ava Gomez From Mahana Spa!

Mahana Spa has been such a beautiful and relaxing part of our tropical resort for years and we are so happy to introduce our new massage therapist, Ava Gomez. Gomez has been in the massage therapy industry for over 10 years and has had the pleasure of working in some really amazing places such as The Ritz-Carlton, The Waldorf Astoria, and many more before joining the Mahana Spa team.

Gomez attended and completed the massage therapy program from Kingston University in 2008, has been a licensed message therapist since 2010 and a licensed esthetician since 2015. Her experience and knowledge is diverse and focused on a more holistic approach to treatment.

Being a massage therapist means that it does not matter how long you are in the industry, there is always something new to learn. With different cultures, specializations and teachings, the knowledge is vastly open to new realizations.

Gomez recalls whenever she was sick as a child, her mother rubbing vapor rub on her back, chest and feet or her grandmother’s scalp massage accompanied with a prayer to feel better. It was these experiences that drove the initial love of massage therapy.

“Massage therapy has allowed me to fill a void of cultural identity. In Mexico and various Latin American villages they often had a healer who treated various conditions. These special individuals were called a “Curandero(a)” many of whom specialized in massage therapy or some type of bodywork who they identified as a “Sobador(a)”. Similarly, the Polynesian culture has a vast history of massage techniques and traditional healing practices that I hope to implement into our spa menu at Mahana Spa,” Gomez said.

Gomez likes to take her guests on a sensory journey during their chosen service and specializes in making memories. Engaging guests in senses from the aroma of the essential oils to the sound of the music, it is meant to make them feel better not only physically but also giving them a chance to connect with themselves mentally and spiritually, which provides for a one of a kind experience.

The question is almost always asked of which massage service is recommended. Gomez would recommend that everyone try the Island Blend. It is a great service for those who can’t decide between a relaxing massage, deep tissue massage, and hot stone treatment. It allows the guest to pick two of the modalities and blend them into one.

Mahana Spa is Gomez’s sanctuary and plans on researching the different healing practices and traditions of the indigenous Polynesians as well as the indigenous Native Americans of Nevada to incorporate into services.

“In some ways it feels like I was always destined to be a healer, I love that I can pull ideas from various schools of thought to treat one individual but also can connect with the how they used to treat people back then,” said Gomez.

Ava Gomez is certainly an amazing individual and addition to our family at the resort. We are so excited to learn more from her, her wisdom, knowledge and connections with guests and owners!

grilling to go

Grab Your Grilling-To-Go Meal Today!

You can never go wrong with good BBQ, especially Grilling-To-Go!

grilling to go17° South Booze and Bites has got you covered with something fresh and new, Grilling-to-Go! From box to BBQ, Grilling-to-Go has everything you need for an authentic summertime BBQ no matter the time of year. Boxes include marinated meat, sides, plates and utensils/condiments. There are two different meals to choose from, Chicken or Beef, each serves two people.

–For the Chicken meal you will receive Marinated Chicken Breast, Seasonal Veggies, Potato Salad, Corn on the Cob and Hawaiian Rolls.

–For the Beef meal you will receive Skirt Steak, Seasonal Veggies, Quartered Red Potatoes, Corn on the cob and Hawaiian Rolls.

The Chicken meal is $25 while the Beef meal is $35. If you choose to do a property tour, the prices would change slightly to $18 for the Chicken meal and $28 for the Beef meal.

Pick up the Grilling-to-go box at 17° South or call head 702.440.1717 to place your order. Stop by the Concierge’s desk to see if you qualify for a discount! We are devoted to exemplifying the serene, adventurous spirit of a tropical atmosphere and we are hoping that Grilling-to-Go does exactly that for you and your family during your stay at Tahiti Village!

 

COVID-19

COVID-19: Tahiti Village Update

covidThe COVID-19 pandemic has certainly changed everyone’s lives. That doesn’t stop us from doing everything we can to give our guests and owners the best experience and vacation possible. At Tahiti Village Resort, we care deeply about the well-being and safety of our owners and guests and wanted to provide you with an update on the steps we are taking at the resort to ensure your safety!

Just recently, the Governor stated that in order for Nevada to stay safe and remain open during COVID-19 it is mandated to wear face coverings in all public areas. This Declaration of Emergency Directive was announced on June 26, 2020.

With that, all guests must wear face coverings while indoors, while walking around the property outdoors and while at the pool and lazy river areas. This is for not only your safety but for everyone at the resort. If you have further questions about the new directive, please click here.

Nevada entered Phase Two of reopening on May 29, since then there have been many positive changes in regards to what we can have open on property. After careful consideration of the Phase 2 plan and guidance from the CDC and state directives, we were able to make these further changes–

  • Our pool, lazy river and hot tubs will be open but operating at 50% capacity. Pool admittance will be on a “first come, first served” basis. Wristbands are required to access pool, hot tubs and lazy river.
  • Our gym will officially be opening for use.
  • Wristbands are required to access our pool, lazy river and hot tubs for all registered guests except for children less than 5 years of age. Visit Concierge for these!
  • BBQ area will be open for use.

 

We are accepting reservations at the resort for guests and owners to come and stay with us. We have taken these additional precautions –

  • The Front Desk and Concierge areas will be fitted with plexiglass acrylic screens. Social distance markers are on the floor for everyone’s reference.
  • Keys, lobby access doors, stairway banisters, elevator buttons, desks, door handles, and all other high contact areas will be disinfected regularly by our staff.
  • In your room, we will be placing “Cleaned and Sanitized” stickers in all high contact areas to let you know we got it.
  • Room assignments will be done so in a way that will allow for better social distancing.
  • Enhanced cleaning of the gym.
  • All employees will be participating in ongoing training to ensure health and safety measures are upheld.

 

covidWhile you are at the resort we recommend you only ride the elevator with people in your party. Please continue to practice social distancing between each other and in all public areas on our property. Such as our walkways, hallways, lobby areas, etc.

We intend to operate as set forth for as long as possible; however, please realize that these are dynamic and rapidly-evolving circumstances that require day-to-day decision making with COVID-19.

If you need to adjust retail reservations, please contact our Reservation Team at 1-855-386-4658. Adjusting a retail reservation made through an online travel agency (OTA) or another third party, please contact them directly.

For those who are taking advantage in our Complimentary Stay offer and need to change your dates or cancel, please contact us at 1-877-751-8444.

Rest assured that we will contact you in the event that we are required to further change course due to updated health and safety guidance. Thank you for your continued support and understanding as our team navigates what is truly new ground. This is a fluid situation with local, state, and federal jurisdictions issuing guidance and/or restrictions continuously.

covidWe understand that your vacations with us are not what any of us are used to and we apologize for that. The new rules and restrictions that have been placed upon us from State of Nevada’s Directive 024 are one’s we need to follow so we can get back to the Vegas everyone loves! We are doing everything we can to comply with these rules while still maintaining the level of enjoyment that you have grown to expect. With your help, we can navigate through these unchartered territories together and shed those masks! We would like to thank our owners, guests and employees that have been so understanding and cooperative during these times so we can be the Tahiti Village we all want!

 

Tahiti Village Resort wants to thank you for your continued support and love as we do everything we can to provide you with the best vacation possible!

Chefs4Vegas

Chefs4Vegas: Executive Chef Jason Diaz

Chefs4VegasThis pandemic has been taxing and stressful on everyone, that is no secret. In this time of unknowing, it is nice to shed light on the good happening, as well; especially right here in the Las Vegas community. A beam of light is the creation of Chefs4Vegas.

During the state shut down, there was a surplus of food and products that many chefs and restaurants were sitting on. As a result, many were reaching out to venders and colleagues for advice on where to try and appropriately dispose of the items. Tahiti Village’s Executive Chef, Jason Diaz and other local chefs gathered together on April 18th in a dirt lot off of Tenaya and Warm Springs to find a solution.

After brainstorming, talking, and creating a blue print it was there in that dirt lot that Chefs4Vegas was created. “It even rained on us that day but that didn’t stop us from doing what we felt was right,” said Daiz.

That following week they set up a food bank with the help of other vendors and local chefs, in that day they were able to feed over 300 families in need. “Whenever you can give to your community and provide for them, it is heartwarming,” said Diaz.

This was supposed to be a one-time deal, however the demand grew, the families in need increased and Chefs4Vegas continued helping the community for 10 consecutive weeks. To date, the chefs as a group along with other community partners have provided sustenance to over 10,000 local Las Vegas families.

On June 16th, Chefs4Vegas was awarded a Proclamation from the City of Las Vegas for helping the local community in time of crisis. Chefs4Vegas has now been granted a 501C3, which acknowledges them as a full-fledged nonprofit organization.

“I grew up with not a whole bunch and I relied on food pantries. I know how much that means to a community and I know how much that means to a lot of people. If I could give back and do that, try to do right for them, that’s all this is really about,” said Diaz.

June 24th was another big day for Chefs4Vegas as they traveled to McGill, Nevada to set up a food pantry for that community. “This pandemic really hit hard in that area and there were lots of reports of people not having a lot to survive on. It is very sad times we are in,” said Diaz.

In the midst of all of the sadness, it is heartwarming to know that there are good people in our community that care and are willing to go the extra mile to make sure that everyone has what is necessary during these times.

“The thank you’s and the social media posts from some of these people that really, really needed it is amazing. There is no better feeling then to give back to your community,” said Diaz.

Be sure to give Chef Jason a social distanced high-five or say hello the next time you see him. He and many others have done so much for Las Vegas inChefs4Vegas such a short amount of time. We are extremely proud of our Chef and all that he has done and continues to do every day.

 

We would also like to say thank you to the other chefs and some of the vendors involved in Chefs4Vegas!

  • The President of the American Culinary Federation and the Executive Banquet Chef of Tropicana, Justin Franco
  • The Corporate Executive Chef of Welbilt, Patrick Simon
  • Executive Chef of YourPandas Food Truck, Jonathan Batista and owner, Janelle Batista
  • Executive Chef of the SpringHill Suites by Marriott, James Pate
  • Get Fresh
  • Cisco
  • Nicholas and Company
  • And so many more!
Mahana Spa

Mahana Spa Is Officially Re-Opened!

Mahana Spa

Relaxing and pampering yourself is a huge part of every vacation and that is no exception with your stay at Tahiti Village. We are proud to announce the re-opening of our onsite spa, Mahana Spa.

 

Picture yourself in a tranquil, candlelit treatment room with the light fragrance of luxurious essential oils filling the room allowing your  stress and tension to melt away. Our skilled artisans at Mahana Spa will use the perfect combination of light and medium pressure to relax tired muscles, promote relaxation and create a calming sense of tranquility and well being.

Currently we are offering are all of our signature massages (except the couples massage) and our Paradise Classic Facial and Men’s Facial.

 

We are following the strictest recommendations and guidelines set by the CDC and local/state Government to ensure that your experience at Mahana Spa is enjoyable, safe  and relaxing.

Mahan Spa will be open Friday – Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only.

You can make your appointment by either calling x6855 and leaving a voicemail or head over to Concierge and they can help you schedule it, as well. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time and leave all valuables in your suite!

Mahana Spa can’t wait to welcome you back and give you a peaceful  and soothing spa day!

Two girls taking a picture while on vacation.

Must Take Pictures While Staying in Vegas

Las Vegas is known for being over-the-top, which makes for some prime photo opportunities. Whether you’re into intricate architecture, towering water shows, or sparkling displays, you are sure to capture some of the best photo opts in Vegas during your trip. With so many attractions fighting for your attention, it can be hard to decide where to point your camera next – which is why we put together this list of must-take pictures while staying in Vegas.

The Bellagio Fountains

The famous fountains in front of the Bellagio create a majestic scene begging to be photographed. A photo of this installation will be gorgeous no matter what time of day you shoot, but the most magnificent shots tend to be taken at sunset and in the evenings, when the water displays are illuminated. Although photos can’t do the regal water shows justice, they come pretty close.

The Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas.

The Fremont Street Lights

Fremont Street is a photographer’s wonderland. Whether you’re shooting portraits or landscape shots, this street will present you with a plethora of well-lit, unique photo opts. Plenty of street performers, neon signs, and quirky displays are available for your photo-taking pleasures. Perhaps the most notable characteristic of Fremont Street is the giant LED covering that spans the length of five football fields and lights up the area in brilliant, luminous displays. Get your camera ready and snap a few shots of the lights playing off of the buzzing street.

Lights and signs on Fremont Street in Las Vegas.

OMNIA Nightclub

It may seem strange to include a nightclub on a list of the best photo opts in Vegas, but the reason quickly becomes apparent upon entrance into OMNIA. The centerpiece of the club is a giant, dancing chandelier that moves to the music, just as the dancers do below. The 30-foot display combines with brilliant light shows to create a one-of-a-kind photo opportunity. The club’s lush interiors and organic shapes make it a feast for the eyes – and the camera.

Crowd and Lights at OMNIA Nightclub in Las Vegas.attribute: http://omniaclubs.com/las-vegas/blog/weekend-recap-11-17-11-19-ft-afrojack-matoma-deseo/

The High Roller

This attraction offers arguably the best view of the strip from above. Whether you’re scared of heights or crave an adrenaline rush, there’s an opportunity for the perfect Las Vegas Strip pictures. Take a ride on the High Roller at sunset and take a few shots of the glittering city from the top. Or, stay on the ground and make the High Roller itself the focal point (there’s a great point of view from the LINQ promenade). However you choose to utilize the tallest wheel on the planet for your photo-taking purposes, you’re sure to end up with some jaw-dropping images.

High Roller on the Las Vegas Strip.

The Chandelier at The Cosmopolitan

If you’ve come to Vegas for the glitz and glamour, this one’s for you. The Chandelier at The Cosmopolitan glitters with elegance and class. This enormous display of glittering crystals encompasses three unique bar experiences that offer a variety of perspectives. For photo taking purposes, the best views come from the bottom level outside of the chandelier, the third level inside the chandelier, or at the second level of The Cosmopolitan looking over the chandelier. Though these perspectives may offer the best compositions, any view of the chandelier will yield incredible, sparkling images.

Chandelier Bar in the center of the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas .

The Excalibur Castles

An oldie but a goodie, the Excalibur Castles offer a royal photo op. The intricate castle designs transport you to medieval times while the colorful castle tops and bustling surroundings bring you right back to present day Vegas. Snap a detail shot of the architecture or bring your wide-angle lens for a shot of the entire thing. This quirky Las Vegas classic won’t disappoint when it comes to the best places to take family pictures in Las Vegas.

Outside view of the Excalibur Hotel In Las Vegas.

The Shopping Arcade at the Venetian

This Venice-inspired attraction in the Venetian screams “photo op” from the sky-themed ceiling to the authentic gondolas floating along the indoor canal. There are several bridges along the Arcade that are perfect for portraits while any angle of the canal makes for a gorgeous shot. For a unique perspective, take a ride on a gondola and take photographs while drifting along the canal.

Shopping center at the Venetian in Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas Sign (of course)

This photo op is more classic than cliche. Featured in almost all Vegas movies and pictured with countless celebrities, this sign is a must when it comes to Vegas photography. Be wary as you will probably not have the sign to yourself – it’s one of the most photographed spots in the city. But, that classic Las Vegas Sign shot will be well worth the wait. Try timing your photo sesh for sunrise or sunset for an added effect.

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign.

This photogenic city is packed to the brim with camera-ready scenes and insta-worthy locations. With so much to do and see, you won’t be able to put your camera down for long. Make sure to document your experiences so you can look back and remember how dazzled you were by the entertainment capital of the world!