Treasure Island Hotel and Casino

Treasure Island (also known as "ti") is a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA with 2,665 rooms and 220 suites, and is connected by tram to The Mirage as well as pedestrian bridge to the Fashion Show Mall shopping center.

TI has received the AAA Four Diamond rating each year since 1998, and is owned by MGM MIRAGE.


Treasure Island was opened by Mirage Resorts in 1993 under the direction of Steve Wynn at a cost of $450 million. The initial plans called for a tower addition to The Mirage, but later evolved into a full-fledged separate hotel casino resort. Treasure Island originally intended to attract families with whimsical pirate features and icons such as the skull-and-crossbones strip marquee, a large video arcade, and staged pirate battles nightly in "Buccaneer Bay" in front of the casino entrance on the Strip.

In 2003, the hotel largely abandoned its pirate theme for a more contemporary resort in efforts to focus more on adults. The original arcade and kid-friendly pool areas were replaced with an adult-friendly hot tub, contemporary nightclub and party bar. The famous skull-and-crossbones sign at the Strip entrance was replaced by one reading simply "ti" that is also a large LCD video screen.

Film/Television History

  • In the 2004 movie Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, while Steve the Pirate is walking down Fremont Street, someone drives by yelling "Go back to the Treasure Island". An alternate ending to the movie was that the Average Joes lost the dodgeball tournament, but got their money back when Steve won it at Treasure Island.
  • In the movie Miss Congeniality 2, a climactic fight scene took place in the lagoon, with a main character trapped inside a sinking ship.
  • In the movie Beavis and Butthead Do America, the original Treasure Island sign, along with the pirate ship outside of the hotel, are briefly seen as Beavis and Butthead are driving down the Las Vegas strip in a limo.
  • Treasure Island appears in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. In the game it is called "Pirates in Mens Pants" (a pun referencing Pirates of Penzance).
  • In the movie Knocked Up, Ben (Seth Rogen) and Pete (Paul Rudd) stay at Treasure Island during their road trip to Las Vegas.
  • In the NBC Television show Las Vegas, they filmed the ending of the season 2 preimer episode there. (It is shown via entering from outside to inside the room via the window)
  • Treasure Island is often seen during fly-over images of the Las Vegas Strip in the mega-hit television drama series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
  • In 2004, Thomas O Mikulich, who was born and raised in Las Vegas became the new President of Treasure Island.
  • As of July 4th 2008, The Christian Audigier Club relaced the Tangerine Night Club.


In 2003, the "Buccaneer Bay" was changed to "Sirens' Cove", which is now the site of "The Sirens of TI". This live, free show is designed to appeal more to adults by including singing, dancing, audio-visual effects, bare chested pirates and attractive women in the large outdoor production produced by Kenny Ortega.

TI is also home to Cirque du Soleil's Mystère, which revolutionized production shows on the Las Vegas Strip and introduced the entertainment style of Franco Dragone. The show opened in 1993 as the original Cirque du Soleil production in Las Vegas. Mystère has been voted nine times as the best production show in the city by the Las Vegas Review Journal reader's poll.


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