Wander through a winter wonderland at Bellagio

BELLAGIO – The most wonderful time of year has arrived at the resort’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Snow-flocked trees, arctic animals made of flowers and a 42-foot white fir tree await visitors now through January 2, 2017.

The journey begins in the East Garden, where guests encounter a new custom train station coated with crushed walnuts, filled with red and white poinsettias and surrounded by silver tip fir trees. Standing guard at each corner are four animated toy soldiers. Visible through the station’s archways is an arctic scene complete with a family of polar bears playing among icebergs and two 12-foot snow globes, each showcasing a classic wintertime setting.

Guests can pause before the 42-foot holiday tree, located prominently in the center bed and adorned with 7,000 twinkling lights and 2,500 colorful ornaments. Peeking through the branches are seven 5-foot elves gleefully placing the final decorations on the tree. Nearby penguins watch as two 10-foot trains depart for the “North Pole” through two brick tunnels textured with crushed walnuts and lined with candy canes.

Suspended high above it all is an illuminated moon and four 10-foot stockings, each stuffed with wrapped presents visible from every vantage point.

Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is complimentary to the public. Click here for the Conservatory’s Holiday Display Fast Facts!

Tunica’s Gingerbread Village brings sugar, spice and everything nice

GOLD STRIKE – The coveted Gingerbread Village has returned to Gold Strike!

Since 2006, the resort has experienced what has become a holiday staple in its seasonal decorations, Chef Mo’s Gingerbread Village. Pastry Chef Mohamed Rojan and his team continue to amaze guests and employees alike with intricate gingerbread towns that are pleasing to the eye and the taste buds! Any idea how much goes into creating such a marvel? Try 260 pounds of icing, 210 pounds of gingerbread, 140 pounds of candy, and 180 hours of labor!

Click through the photo gallery to get a close-up of Chef Mo’s delectable culinary creation!

Putting maintenance in the zone with ZMP

continous-improvement-webemailLAS VEGAS – Earlier this year, Facilities teams launched an innovative Zone Maintenance Program (ZMP) to expedite and efficiently tackle repairs. Led by ARIA Vice President of Facilities Paul Carballosa and Bellagio Vice President of Facilities Dave McKinnis, this initiative enables our Facilities teams to have an “all-hands-on-deck” approach to maintenance and repairs in prescribed “zones” throughout each property. With thoughtful pre-work and advance planning, the ZMP calls for these tasks to take place during shifts with the least guest and employee impact.

zmpwebThe success of ZMP goes beyond the obvious improvements that guests and fellow employees see from their handiwork.  Facilities team members learned new skills and broadened their knowledge of property repair and maintenance. Productivity and the results of their overnight work has also led to positive feedback, admiration and accolades from fellow employees, who return to work the next day to find their work areas polished, in full working order, with far less disruption to the guests’ experience and service calls. Not to mention that preventative maintenance is less costly than emergency repairs!

Since the program began in June, Bellagio Zone Maintenance has tackled 26 zones and completed more than 3,200 work orders. This is more than double the work orders completed in the same time frame last year. “Zone Maintenance has demonstrated how quickly a talented team can improve an established process by including everyone’s skills and experience with a common vision,” said Carballosa. READ MORE

Bell team celebrates weight loss success with help of health coach


The New York-New York Bell team has lost more than 100 lbs. with the help of their property’s health coach, Jackie Jaques.

NEW YORK-NEW YORK – Now that Turkey Day is under our belt, it’s time to trim some fat – some of us a little, some of us a lot.

If you’re having trouble feeling motivated, the Company has resources available to help. Did you know that every MGM Resorts employee has access to health coaches at all properties and corporate locations?

Greg Price, Front Services Supervisor at New York-New York, said he hit a low point earlier this year when he hit 346 pounds. So the self-proclaimed emotional eater turned to the property’s health coach, Jackie Jaques, to get back on track. READ MORE

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