Wednesday, July 15, 2015

There's now visual proof that this surreal
centerpiece is more than a developer's mocked-up fever dream.
New construction photos have been released offering a close-up look at
Macau's nearly completed "figure-eight ferris wheel," the most
attention-grabbing gimmick of a $3. 2 billion casino resort bursting with
them. It might be more correct to call it a very slow roller coaster that
travels the periphery of a Venn-diagram-shaped void, because the pods don't
cross in the middle, but gaming operator Melco Crown Entertainment still gets
points for originality. Melco Crown
Entertainment The ride is a reference to the two reels of a film
projector, in keeping with Studio City Macau's Hollywood theme. According
to a report from January, it's also been tied in with a suite of
superhero-themed attractions at the resort, which is set to open later this
year. Inspired by an image of "two asteroids shooting through a Gotham City
building," the Golden Reel rises 430 feet above the former Portuguese
colony's "Cotai Strip," a stretch of hotel-casinos developed in the
early-to-mid 2000s by the Las Vegas Sands corporation.
Melco Crown Entertainment You can trace Studio
City's water slides and Wonder-Woman-themed go-karts (along with the $70M
DiCaprio-starring short films created to promote them) back to the Macau
government's policy of issuing casino table licenses based on how many
non-gambling attractions casinos have on offer, in an effort diversify the
region's offerings beyond gaming. Though Macau's gambling industry is
much bigger than that of Las Vegas, the average visitor spends less than a day
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construction photos have been released offering a close-up look at Macau's
nearly completed "figure-eight ferris wheel," the most attention-grabbing
gimmick of a $3. 2 billion casino resort bursting with them.

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