Travel Weeklys Las Vegas E-letter: June 6, 2006

THE FAB FOUR -- or at least their wax images -- have taken up temporary residence at Madame Tussauds in the Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino. The Beatles attraction, on loan from Madame Tussauds London through July 4, was unveiled last week by members of Fab Four Mania, the Beatles tribute show that can be seen at the V Theater in the Aladdin. The display shows John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr as they appeared in 1964, with mop-top haircuts and collarless jackets.

THE BEATLES wax figures can be seen in the new On Stage attraction with fellow (wax) music superstars Mick Jagger, Elton John, Elvis, Bono, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, James Brown and Tupac Shakur. The figure of the late rapper Shakur was installed in April at Madame Tussauds. In mid-May, Madame Tussauds welcomed the likeness of Michael Crawford, the original Phantom of the Opera star, in its Legends of Vegas section. Incidentally, the exhibition of the figures of the Beatles and Crawford coincide with the start of previews for Love, the Beatles-themed Cirque du Soleil show at the Mirage and Phantom -- The Las Vegas Spectacular at the Venetian.

SUMMERS THE SEASON for family travel, and both and the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas are featuring packages aimed at the family market. The former offers the Family Friendly Vegas Vacation, starting at $1,800, which includes a four-night stay at the Red Rock Resort and Casino, a limo ride to and from the airport, movie passes for the kids, dinner for two at T-Bones Steak House, two spa treatments at the Red Rock Resort Spa and a poolside cabana rental. The plan also includes the choice of a plane ride to the Grand Canyons South Rim and a helicopter ride over the canyon; a hot-air balloon ride over the Mojave Desert plus continental breakfast; and an ATV ride at Hidden Valley National Monument or an off-road excursion at the Red Rock Conservation Area in a Hummer. For more information or to make reservations, visit

AT THE RITZ-CARLTON, the Vegas Family Vacation plan includes a four-night stay for the price of three nights in a resort-view room starting at $249 per night. The package also includes free breakfast and lunch for kids 12 and younger at the Medici Cafe & Terrace, the resort fee and 50% off the first two spa treatments. The Good Things Come in Twos plan, meanwhile, includes one guest room priced from $249 per night and a second room at 50% off; the resort fee also is included. Both packages are offered through Sept. 4, and they can be booked by calling (800) 241-3333.

Las Vegas Editor:

Amy Baratta

Phone: (908) 879-8492

[email protected]

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