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Vegas Hotel Features Fine Dining, Shopping, Death Ray

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Vdara Hotel, part of the new CityCenter complex on the Las Vegas Strip, has a pretty amazing design feature that its owners won’t tell you about. Hotel employees have dubbed it the “Vdara death ray,” and it’s probably best explained by this illustration:

The Las Vegas Review-Journal uncovered the death ray when a visitor from Chicago tipped off the paper after having his hair singed, and his plastic shopping bag partially melted, while trying to lounge by the pool. “I was effectively being cooked,” Bill Pintas told the paper. “I started running as fast as I could without looking like a lunatic.”

Sounds exciting! Alas, the wimps down at corporate headquarters don’t see it that way:

A spokesman for MGM Resorts International, which owns Vdara, said he prefers the term "hot spot" or "solar convergence" to describe it. He went on to say that designers are already working with resort staff to come up with solutions.

Designers foresaw the issue, and thought they had solved it by installing a high-tech film on the south-facing glass panes, according to Gordon Absher, the MGM spokesman. The film scatters more than 70 percent of reflected rays. But that's not enough, Absher acknowledged, as some pool guests are still uncomfortable.

Absher goes on to say MGM is looking at more foliage, bigger umbrellas and some sort of shade structure as possible fixes to the “glitch.” But the death-ray zone moves with the Earth’s rotation, which complicates such efforts.

So why not just embrace the Vdara death ray as a truly unique gimmick? Vdara: The only place in Vegas for extreme tanning. Get the “Jersey Shore” cast’s endorsement. The easily burned need not apply! Consider this one a freebie, MGM marketing folks.
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