Excalibur Hotel and Casino
The Excalibur Hotel and Casino is a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, in the United States. It is owned and operated by MGM Resorts International. Excalibur, named for the mythical sword of King Arthur, uses the Arthurian theme in several ways. Its facade is a stylized image of a castle. Until 2007, a wizard-like figure representing Merlin looked out from a high turret (since replaced by a figure advertising Dick's Last Resort). Excalibur is situated at the Tropicana - Las Vegas Boulevard intersection. The intersection is so busy that pedestrians are not allowed to cross at street level. Instead, Excalibur is linked by overhead pedestrian bridges to its neighboring casinos to the north (the New York-New York, across Tropicana Avenue) and to the east (the Tropicana, across the Strip). There is also a free tram that connects Excalibur to its sister MGM Mirage properties to the south, the Luxor and Mandalay Bay. As of 2007, Excalibur has remodeled 2,000 of their guest rooms to feature contemporary furnishings and state-of-the-art plasma-screen TVs.

History
The Excalibur opened on June 19, 1990 originally built by the Circus Circus company. It featured a prominent, large swimming pool. When it opened it was the largest hotel in the world. On March 21, 2003 the largest Megabucks Jackpot, as of that time, was hit at the Excalibur. The jackpot was for $39,713,982.25. On April 26, 2005, the Excalibur, along with the other hotels of the Mandalay Resort Group, was purchased by rival MGM Resorts International. Since 2007, most of the medieval themed statues and scenery have been removed. A "garage sale" and auction were held to sell the statues. To this day, few of the wall murals and statues still remain.

Attractions
From May 1999 to August 2000 World Championship Wrestling (WCW) had a bar & grill restaurant in the Excalibur known as the "Nitro Grill". Today it is now the Thunder from Down Under showroom. In June 2007, Dick's Last Resort opened a restaurant in the Excalibur. The Excalibur features a wedding chapel. The hotel has opened a spa near the pool. Until 2005, the second floor Shoppes once featured an open stage foyer where various children's shows were performed. The Octane lounge now occupies the stage. The Moat once featured an animatronic show which featured a fire-breathing dragon and a Merlin. The show was shut down sometime in 2005; since then, the dragon has been removed, while Merlin's house remains. Recently, the moat was drained, rendering some of the tracks and parts from the original attraction visible, leading to speculation that said original version may return or be replaced by a newer attraction. In 2007-8, the pool area was renovated.

Film and television
  • The hotel was featured in the South Park episode " It Hits the Fan".
  • In the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas , a hotel resembling the Excalibur made an appearance.
  • In the video game Driver 2: , Excalibur is featured in the "Las Vegas" portion of the driving/gaming mode.
  • In a special Las Vegas edition of the TV show Fear Factor , The Excalibur casino was the setting for one of the stunts.
  • The hotel was featured in season six of Top Chef, when Jennifer used it for inspiration of her next meal.