A rippling effect: Atlantis debuts new fountains

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) It's been compared to the fountains in Las Vegas, but the new addition to the Atlantis offers guests and spectators more than just music and a show.

"I have been hearing them referred to as mini Bellagio Fountains," Tracie Barnthouse, Atlantis communications director, says.

The new fountains have replaced the old ones that were from the 1980s.

"It's the first thing guests see when they arrive and to kind of show off what guests can expect when they come inside the property," Barnthouse says.

Perry Sanders is the corporate director of facilities and says these are much more innovative than their predecessors.

"We wanted to set the benchmark for curb appeal and sizzle," he says.

The fountains have 1,200 color palettes to choose from and the center fountain is set to music each hour. Plus, they shoot water 40 feet in the air.

"It's been a huge success," Perry says.

While the lights and the music are appealing to visitors, its the coins tossed into the fountain that make it even more unique.

"Over the last 25 years, Atlantis has donated all of the coins to the Make A Wish Foundation," Barnthouse says.

That's more than $100,000 worth of coins to the charity.

"We're just excited," Barnthouse says. "This is a huge attraction that we hope people will stop in and throw a coin in because it goes back to a great cause."