Lion Habitat At MGM Grand Closing Next Week

The end of January marks the end of the first month of 2012, and also the end of MGM Grand’s Lion Habitat. The lion habitat, which is considered to be an icon of MGM Grand is permanently closing its doors on January 31st. The lion habitat opened in 1999, and has been a free attraction since then.

No word has been released from MGM officials on what will replace the lion habitat area, which is a 5,000-square-foot, glass-encased structure, worth a cool $9 million.

MGM Resorts began a huge remodel of the MGM Grand back in October 2011, with a budget of $160 million. It is expected that the tremendous undertaking will take about a year, so the pricey remodel should be completed just in time for October 2012. It seems like the MGM Grand is going to be going through a massive overhaul of a remodel, with each of the main tower’s 3,570 hotel rooms, as well as the 643 suites getting a makeover.

It won’t just be the rooms and suites getting a makeover though, as the rest of the property will also be remodelled, from the casino floor, to the restaurants, to the clubs, and even the showrooms.

MGM Resorts spokeswoman, Yvette Monet commented on the massive remodel of the MGM Grand, saying “That is part of an overall property-wide renovation project. There are going to be significant changes in the casino and hotel.”

Hopefully these changes are for the good. In the last couple of years, many hotels and casinos have undergone remodels to breathe new life back into the properties. The latest resort to finish a remodel was the Bellagio.

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