ON NATIONAL HANGOVER DAY, MADAME TUSSAUDS LAS VEGAS TO DEBUT
“THE HANGOVER EXPERIENCE,” NEW “ALAN” FIGURE
Madame Tussauds Launches New Sweepstakes
It was the bachelor party that set a new standard for Las Vegas, and this January, the epic adventure is coming to life. Madame Tussauds Las Vegas will launch its newest themed room: The Hangover Experience complete with the notorious hotel room, a smashed replica of the Las Vegas Metropolitan police car and a wedding chapel. Also making its debut will be Madame Tussauds’ brand new figure of “Alan” (played by Zach Galifianakis in The Hangover films) who will be joining the figure of “Phil” (played by Bradley Cooper in the films). The 1,100-square-foot room, based on Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Hangover, pays homage to the popular comedy trilogy, whose original movie turns five this year.
On Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 – also known as National Hangover Day – media will be invited to the infamous scenes where the films’ shenanigans took place. Due to limited space, the event will be invitation-only. The Hangover Experience will officially debut to the general public at 4 p.m. that same day.
The newest wax figure to join the Wolf Pack will be of Zach Galifianakis as “Alan,” appropriately styled in his iconic “Human Tree” T-shirt, white jeans, sneakers and, of course, his famous satchel.
Created in conjunction with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Madame Tussauds began creating The Hangover Experience in July 2014. As for the creation of the “Alan” figure, a team of 20 Madame Tussauds studio artists began creating in March 2014. They were inspired by his comic demeanor in the film including his ensemble, as well as his look and mannerisms.
The team began the process by researching and incorporating more than 200 measurements for the initial clay mold. Once the clay mold was completed, the artists created a plaster cast, into which they poured a mixture of beeswax and Japan wax. Over the course of six weeks, one artist inserted each strand of hair by hand, sporting up to 10,000 strands. Lastly, acrylic eyes and teeth, as well as lifelike paint were added as the finishing touches.
The Nevada Film Office says the film’s influence can still be felt to this day – from guests asking Caesars Palace’s front desk if Caesar indeed slept there, to visitors wanting to see all of the sites featured in the movie. To date, The Hangover remains the highest grossing R-rated film of all time with a domestic gross of $300 million. According to the NFO, The Hangover was shot over 15 days bringing nearly a $4 million economic boost to the area.
“The Hangover has been a great movie for Las Vegas, inspiring countless visitors to experience the destination for themselves,” says Cathy Tull, senior vice president of marketing, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “This new attraction at Madame Tussauds is an excellent example of how Las Vegas continues to offer visitors new and unique world-class experiences – all of which offer more reasons to plan their next Las Vegas trip.”
A national sweepstakes is now launched with a grand prize including roundtrip airfare for two to Las Vegas, Nevada, a two-night stay at Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, a VIP tour of Madame Tussauds Las Vegas and The Hangover Experience, The Hangover Trilogy prize pack and dinner for two. To enter, visit www.MadameTussauds.com/LasVegas/TheHangoverExperience.
ABOUT MADAME TUSSAUDS LAS VEGAS
Madame Tussauds Las Vegas is the world-renowned interactive wax attraction located on the Las Vegas Strip in front of the Venetian and features eight unique rooms including the amazing Marvel Super Heroes 4D Experience. Take pictures with life-like wax figures of your favorite celebrities and show friends back home you hung out with the stars while in Las Vegas! Step into the movies with Will Smith, pose for paparazzi with Lady Gaga and fight crime alongside Nick Fury. With more than 100 wax figures, Madame Tussauds Las Vegas allows guests to take pictures, touch and get up close and personal in a themed setting. Madame Tussauds Las Vegas is open 365 days of the year, beginning at 10 a.m. For general admission, adults (ages 13 and Up) and $29.95; children (ages 4 through 12) are $19.95 while children under 3 are free. For more information, go to www.MadameTussaudsLasVegas.com, like on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MadameTussaudsLasVegas or follow on Twitter @TussaudsVegas.
ABOUT MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS
MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe’s top and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 104 attractions, 10 hotels/three holiday villages in 22 countries and across four continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 60 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and more than 20,000 employees.
Merlin has 23 attractions and one hotel in North America, including two stunning LEGOLAND Resorts – LEGOLAND Florida with its theme park, water park, and LEGOLAND California theme park with water park, SEA LIFE aquarium and themed hotel; Madame Tussauds celebrity wax attractions in New York, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas; Hollywood, Calif. and San Francisco LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in Chicago; Dallas/Fort Worth; Kansas City Mo.; Atlanta, Ga.; Boston; Westchester, New York; Toronto, Canada; a Dungeon in San Francisco; and SEA LIFE aquariums in Phoenix; Kansas City; Dallas/Fort Worth; the Mall of America in Minneapolis and Charlotte – Concord – underlining the company’s position as the world’s biggest global aquarium operator. Visit www.MerlinEntertainments.biz for more information.
ABOUT WARNER BROS. PICTURES
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.