Before there was OMNIA Nightclub, and before there was PURE Nightclub, there was Caesars Magical Empire, an epic adventure of food and magic at Caesars Palace.
Make sure to check out the promo video below. It played 24/7 outside of the box office.
Caesars’ Magical Empire was amazing. It was fun for adults and kids alike. I remember my dad took me there several times. We never left disappointed. Bear in mind, this was also the same time frame when Caesars Palace had the Omnimax Theater. It was where the Colosseum sits right now. But that’s for another post.
For your $125 to $200 per person, you got an experience of large stage illusions, a gourmet dinner, close-up magic, underground tunnels, an invisible pianist, and dancing fire. When you went to Caesars’ Magical Empire, it was a 3-hour event. So you definitely got your money’s worth.
I remember going to as a kid and it’s all I wanted to do when we came to Las Vegas. I think my dad can vouch for that. It was a completely immersive environment that rivaled anything that Disney offered. In fact, looking back, it was very similar to the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland, sans the moving trucks.
I was VERY disappointed when it closed. It seemed very successful and beloved by many. But, Las Vegas was evolving and an emerging nightlife scene was destined to take over the space.
Will something like this attraction ever happen again? I highly doubt it. I’m glad I was lucky enough to experience it.
About Caesars Magical Empire
Opening in 1996, Caesars Magical Empire at Caesars Palace was a three-hour “up close and personal” encounter with mysterious and delightful arts inside a high-tech, elaborately themed, multi-chambered wonderland, designed for visitors aged 12 and older.
This development coincided with the 1990s campaign to reinvent Las Vegas as a destination for family vacations, by creating attractions appropriate for children as well as adults. The Magical Empire was an extravagantly themed immersive dining and entertainment experience.
Guests with ticketed reservations entered through the “Celestial Court” to the ”Chamber of Destiny,” which, through elaborate effects, appeared to be a magical elevator that transported them underground to a “subterranean catacombs.” In reality, the guests didn’t descend at all; the walls of the room were raised by a large electric winch, and the floor of the room was shaken by pneumatic actuators. “Roman gladiators” led the guests through winding dimly-lighted passages, assuring them of their safety, and then humorously pretending to have taken a wrong and dangerous turn.
The guests then arrived at the circular, domed, and ornately appointed Sanctorum Secorum, a central, 70-foot-high rotunda, from which other areas of the “Empire,” such as the mirrored “Infinity Hallway,” could be accessed. An audio-visual welcome from a heroic statue of Caesar was enhanced by music, a light show, and a 20-foot gas flame curling up from a fissure in the “rock.” A large vase seemingly floating in space near a statue poured a continuous stream of water into a pool. The guests were next divided and escorted to ten dining chambers, each seating 24 persons. This gave the attraction a total of 240 guests at each seating.
One price included lunch or dinner, entertainment in the two theatres, and the entire Magical Empire experience. It operated continuously from early luncheon through late dinner hours.
Included with your ticket price:
- A perilous excursion through dark catacombs near rippling aqueducts.
- A three-course dinner in a 24-seat themed chamber where the food, the utensils, and even the food servers are not always what they seem.
- A giant fireball poured from a grotto under a 70-foot-tall rotunda.
- A vessel of constantly pouring water that floats in mid-air near a 48-foot-tall sage.
- A piano that plays requests.
- A bridge disaster on cue.
- A beverage bar offering a panoramic view through the fangs of a giant dragon.
- Two live entertainment theatres where guests may find themselves disappearing nightly.