Looking to capitalize on the renewed interest in space travel spurred by the Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic and SpaceX flights, a Canadian design company, Moon World Resorts, is once again releasing plans for its concept that would be housed in a 1/75,000-scale replica of the moon. The $5 billion structures would be built in Las Vegas as well as the Middle East, China and Spain, and feature an authentic “lunar surface” on the top floor. The concept was originally floated for Las Vegas in 2002 and then again in 2016 for Coachella, Calif., but never came to fruition.
Looking to capitalize on the interest in space travel spurred by the recent Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic and SpaceX flights, a Canadian design company, Moon World Resorts, Inc. has released plans for a new moon-shaped resort concept that it would build in Las Vegas, as well as the Middle East, China and Spain, that would feature, among other amenities, a “mini-lunar experience” that would include walking on an authentic lunar surface and exploring a “lunar colony,” the New York Post reported.
The 5.5 million-sq. ft. structure that would house the resort would be a 1/75,000-scale replica of the moon, measuring 735 feet tall and 650 feet wide, and would sit on a three-floor platform, the Post reported.
The top floor inside the moon would be the 292,011-sq. ft. “lunar surface” accessible via the “shuttle station,” with a club on the floor underneath. It would cost $500 a ticket to spend 90 minutes on the surface, the Post reported.
Some 4,000 hotel suites, which reports have indicated would be operated by JW Marriott, would span 2.816 million sq. ft. stacked underneath the lunar surface, and rooms would offer curated views of outer space creations, the Post reported.
Underneath the hotel would be a three-tier platform with a 75,000-sq. ft. spa, a 130,000-sq. ft. casino, 50,000 sq. ft. of restaurants and bars, a 75,000-sq. ft. shopping center, a 2,500-seat theater, a planetarium, 150,000 sq. ft. of clubs and lounges, a 5,000-seat event center and a 10,000-seat arena, the Post reported.
There would also be a 5,000-sq. ft. discovery center, a 5,000-sq. ft. kids and teen zone, 9,000 sq. ft. of business centers, 150,000 sq. ft. of ballrooms and meeting space, and a 500,000-sq. ft. convention center.
The outdoor terrace balconies would be packed with amenities including a 185,000-sq. ft. beach club, 20,000 sq. ft. of amphitheaters, a 24,450-sg. ft. greenscape, 50,000-sq. ft. dedicated to sports, 193,000 sq. ft. of lagoons and other aquatic components, the Post reported. There would be parking for 6,000 vehicles and the lower tier would be surrounded by a living green wall.
“People want something unique, something different, something ‘Wow,’” Michael Henderson, co-founder of Moon World Resorts, Inc., told the Post. “Space flights cost $200,000 to $250,000, so the masses just can’t participate. With Moon World Resorts, for $500 they can walk on an authentic lunar surface and enjoy exploring a lunar colony in a spectacular way.”
The budget for each resort is $5 billion, with each projected to bring in $1.8 billion a year and a yearly profit of about $500 million, the Post reported. Each resort would employ about 6,500 once operational.
If all goes as planned, the Post reported, the resorts would begin to open in 2026 or 2027. Developers, investors and state governments are currently competing for the licenses, which will be assigned in the next few months, according to Henderson.
In Las Vegas, it would be the second-tallest structure behind the Strat Observation Tower. Reports said the best land option for the project in Las Vegas is currently owned by Wynn Resorts.
The concept is similar to one proposed in 2016 for Coachella, Calif. that never got off the ground, and was actually originally introduced in 2002 as a Las Vegas destination.