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I love the Michael Jackson One show! It feels like an MJ concert with tons of dancing and some circus-style performances.
The venue is massive, though. So if you don’t sit in the right spots, the energy can feel a bit “off.” And you won’t enjoy it nearly as much.
So in this guide, I’ll share photos from the different seating sections. And I’ll also cover the best places to sit, which tickets offer a good value, and the seats I’d avoid.
About the MJ Theater
The Michael Jackson One Theatre is big. It has 1,804 seats – 1,000 on the upper level and 804 on the lower.
One of the most impressive features of the theater is the sound system. Each seat has a left, right, and center speaker that creates an amazing surround sound environment.
There are also two large screens on the sides of the stage. But unfortunately, these aren’t used to showcase the dancing and cirque performances. Instead, they’re mainly used for graphics.
That means guests seated in the back won’t be able to look at any screens to see the performers up close. So if you want a good view, sitting on the lower level is best.
Below is the seating chart for Michael Jackson One. There are two different seating levels inside the theater – upper and lower.
The upper level has the most seats with five sections: 201, 202, 203, 204, and 205. And then the lower level offers seating in three areas: 101, 102, and 103.
You’ll find five different pricing categories for the Michael Jackson show:
- Category A: $$$$$
- Category B: $$$$
- Category C: $$$
- Category D: $$
- Category E: $
There are also a few special tickets within category A. These are Producer and VIP seats, and they’re priced even higher.
Michael Jackson Show View Photos
Before the MJ show began, I visited every section and sat in various chairs to check out the view. And, of course, I took some photos of the sightlines for you.
I also tried to get example pictures of all the different ticket categories. I hope these will give you an idea of why sections are priced the way they are and help you to pick out some great seats.
So first, I’ll start with photos from the lower level, then cover the upper.
Section 101 is on the left side of the Mandalay Bay theater. And this first image is the view from row S at seat number 2, which is a category C ticket:
The next photo shows the view from my seat in section 101, row P, seat 5. This is a category B:
And here’s the view close to the stage in 101, row E, seat number 4 – a category C:
Section 102 is in the center of the showroom and, as such, has the highest-priced tickets in the theater. For instance, here’s the sightline from row L at seat number 8, a category A ticket:
The following photo I took closer to the stage in 102, row E, at about seat 6. This is a category B:
Section 103 is on the right side of the theater on the lower level. Here’s the view from the back row (S) at seat 6:
201 is directly behind section 101 on the upper level. The photo below shows the sightline from row JJ, seat 8, which is a category D ticket:
The next photo is from 202, row LL, at about seat number 3 – also a category D. This location is above the lower walkway.
Although it’s on the upper level and towards the back, you won’t have any heads directly in front of you in the first seven chairs (1-7) of LL.
203 is in the back middle of the theater, so you’ll have a central view of the performers from here. I took this photo from row KK, which is a category C:
The next photo is from section 204, row QQ, at seat number 16. This is a category E:
Section 205 is on the far right side of the theater. And I took the following picture standing behind the last row (RR). As you can see, this is far from the stage, so this is a category E ticket.
The best seats for Michael Jackson One are the Golden Circle seats in section 102. You’ll find these tickets in rows G through S.
They’re considered the best because they’re at the optimum distance from the stage. (If you sit too close, you won’t be able to see everything happening.)
And then, within the Golden Circle, there are again two special tickets – priced even higher. These are the VIP Experience and Producer seats, both in row R.
For instance, the Producer chairs are on the left side, at seats 1-14. And the VIP Experience is on the right side of row R at numbers 21-30.
The Michael Jackson VIP Experience includes show perks like a pre-show reception and a meet and greet. This photo shows an example of the view from row R in a VIP seat:
ONE Producer Seats
Producer seats don’t come with any show extras. But they’re considered to have the best overall experience of lighting, sound, and visual effects. And that’s why they’re priced so high.
These seats average about $50 more than a Golden Circle ticket. If you ask me, though, they’re not worth paying up for.
In my opinion, you can get just as good of a view sitting one row ahead in Q, seats 1-16. But if you’re interested in them, here’s the line of sight from a Producer chair in 201:
Which Seats Are Good?
If you don’t need the absolute best seats in the theater, I recommend sitting in sections 101 and 103.
Specifically, any category B tickets are great in these two sections. For instance, I sat in 101, and this was my view during the show:
Although my seat was at an angle to the stage, I still felt like I was in the action and had a fantastic sightline.
Additionally, by sitting on the sides, we got to see some Cirque du Soleil performers up close when they were on the walls of the theater. And we had a great view of the artists doing aerial stunts.
Also, what worked well for us (and helped save money) was getting one category B and one category C ticket – next to each other. For instance, we bought seats 4 and 5 in row P of section 101.
Are There Bad Seats For Michael Jackson One in Las Vegas?
I’ve heard some people say that there isn’t a bad seat in the house. But I have to tell you – I disagree with that. While it’s true that everyone can see the stage no matter the seat, some are just too far away.
For example, I went and spent some time in 202 and sat in row JJ, a category D ticket, before the show started. And sitting on the side that far back, it didn’t have the same energy as the lower level.
Additionally, there is less legroom on the upper level. I had about three more inches of stretch-out space sitting in 101-103 compared to 201-205. And I could better see over people’s heads in the rows ahead of me on the lower level.
Further still, it’s harder to see the One show cast if you’re sitting towards the back. And again, you won’t be able to look at the side screens to see the acts as those are mostly used for graphics.
So if you can, I’d sit in sections 101, 102, or 103. Or the first few rows of 203. I really don’t recommend getting anything less than a category C. So I’d skip D & E and go for A, B, or C tickets.
Michael Jackson One at mandalay bay
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I loved sitting in 101 – it was like the show surrounded me. From the performers to the special effects and even the video screens, I was immersed in the action.
People also had more fun in sections 101-103. Many guests were dancing in their seats on the lower level. And at the beginning, cast members interacted with the audience there too.
So if you’re already spending around $100 a ticket, you might as well upgrade to have a good seat. It makes all the difference, and you’ll enjoy the Michael Jackson show much more.
And then lastly, this is one of my favorite Las Vegas shows. And I can’t wait to go again!