Source: USA TODAY
Whether it’s trying to stay in a Caesars Palace suite or even asking about getting a tiger for a bachelor party, some Vegas tourists have clearly been under the influence of popular The Hangover film series.
With The Hangover III due out Memorial Day Weekend, VEGAS.com chief operating officer Bryan Allison says that every time a Hangover movie comes out, there’s a spike in interest in replicating the experiences of the bachelor-partying characters in the films.
“When I look at the activity around Caesars Palace (when the movies or DVDs were released), the numbers were definitely up,” Allison tells USA TODAY. “We also get a lot of questions from people asking, ‘How can I have the same experiences?’ ” Well, not being being stuck with a baby or being trapped in the trunk of a car, we would hope. Caesars says it has had people try to get on the roof (as the guys did in the movie to toast with the Strip skyline behind them). However, the roof is offf limits in real life.
For the record, the suite where the four bachelors stayed in the original film was created on a soundstage, but was inspired in part by the Emperors Suites in the Forum Tower at Caesars. Filming did unspool in the resort’s public spaces, including the Garden of the Gods pool complex and the lobby. And the bachelors (and a stripper played by Heather Graham) played blackjack.
Allison says The Hangover, released in summer of 2009, also shined a spotlight on boxer Mike Tyson, who now lives in Vegas. And it made the city more popular among young people who want to party from before noon at a pool party till near dawn at a club.
However, he says, the average VEGAS. com visitor is 35-54, and while he or she may not want to go wild in Caesars’ Emperors Suites ( the two-level, two-bedroom digs can be booked at rates starting about $4,000), “they want to do what they can’t do at home,” he says. “You kind of let yourself go. That’s what the city is all about.”
The Hangover II, released in 2011, had the bachelors traveling to Thailand for the actual wedding. The latest installment, according to media reports, involves a road trip by “the Wolfpack” quartet, with parts being filmed at Caesars and in Vegas.
Caesars is planning some room specials and packages in conjunction with the movie. Details weren’t firm when I called PR execs, so keep checking in with reservations.