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May 2023

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R ESORTS WORLD LAS VEGAS IS THE head-spinning, real-life incarnation of Everything Everywhere All at Once. Like the Academy Award-winning film, the new casino-resort is a front-row seat to an epic and existential adventure. e highly celebrated movie is a fast-paced romp through alternating multiverses. "Nothing matters," according to the plot. Hence, the film's antagonist decides to burn down a meaningless world. Our heroine concludes, however, that if nothing matters, the better choice is to push past life's absurdity and enjoy the experience. Yeah, the latter. My stay at Resorts World is both nostalgic and revelatory. is visit includes nights in two of the three on-property hotel brands (which collectively total 3,506 guest rooms). I roam the 117,000 square feet of gaming space, peruse the 70,000-square-foot luxury shopping area called e District, eye the seven pools, and sample from the resort's 40 restaurants, including walk-up offerings on a gorgeous Asian-themed pathway called Famous Foods Street Eats. No, I don't actually time travel like the film's Oscar-winning leading lady, Michelle Yeoh. Still, the resort does cause me to flash back through my own decades of past Vegas visits. On several occasions, I pause and smile at recollections of younger me, running full-speed through the casino that formerly occupied Resorts World's north-end Las Vegas Strip address. e aged and faded Stardust Resort & Casino was mercifully imploded in 2007. Prior to that, e Stardust was one of the first places in Vegas where my college buddies and I stayed. It's where we tipped off our annual pilgrimage here for March Madness tradition. Unexpectedly seeing the commemorative Stardust sign in e District causes me to teleport nostalgically. What happens in Las Vegas still stays in Vegas…but remains backed up on files in my mind cloud. Resorts World's grand opening was in June 2021, but it's still Vegas' shiniest new thing. e $4.3 billion property houses a All at Once e new Resorts World Las Vegas is a multiverse within itself BY RON DONOHO ALLĒ LOUNGE ON 66: COURTESY OF RESORTS INTERNATIONAL Resorts World Las Vegas ranchandcoast.com 64 MAY 2023 RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE All at Once

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