The light at the top of the Luxor’s pyramid is hard to miss. Depending on weather conditions, passing aircraft can see the Luxor Sky Beam from approximately 270 miles away. Also, the Department of Aviation had designated the Luxor Sky Beam as a navigational landmark.
Before the late rapper was famously gunned down on the Las Vegas Strip, he was seen at the Luxor with his fiancée and entourage, trying his luck at the blackjack tables.
From 2000 to 2005, the Blue Man Group made their home at the Luxor. After a 10-year stint at The Venetian, the show moved back to the Luxor in 2015.
The Luxor’s unique look has made it a popular image to include on book covers and in movies. Some of the films the Luxor has appeared in include The Hangover and Mars Attacks! The Luxor even made an appearance in the infamous video game, Grand Theft Auto.
Despite the best efforts of the cleaning crew at MGM, the 30-story pyramid is hard to keep pristine, at least on the outside. The dirt and dust build up so quickly on the outside windows that locals have called into local news stations to complain.
In May 2007, Omar Rueda-Denvers and Porfirio Duarte-Herrera were accused of planting a pipe bomb inside the parking garage at the Luxor. The explosion killed one person, and both men were sentenced to life without parole.
The Luxor, like the Excalibur and Mandalay Bay, is one of the few properties accessible by tram. The tram is free and available 24 hours a day and runs consistently between the three resorts mentioned above.
Circus Circus Enterprises, also known as Mandalay Resort Group, originally built the Luxor, Excalibur and Mandalay Bay before being bought out by MGM in 2005.
The other big feature of the Luxor is the 110-foot (33.5-meter) replica of the Great Sphinx of Giza. Situated at the front entrance of the Luxor, the Sphinx is a re-imagining of what the original would have looked like in its entirety. The replica stands taller than the original and faces the opposite direction of its namesake.