Macau's Golden Reel will be the world's first figure-eight Ferris wheel

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The Golden Reel figure-eight Ferris wheel will be located between the two central towers of the resort hotel(Credit: Studio City Macau)

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A unique new attraction is set to be launched along with the Studio City entertainment resort in Macau, China. It is claimed that the Golden Reel Ferris will be the highest in Asia. It will also reportedly be the first in the world to take a figure-eight form.

Studio City will be a US$3.2billion movie-themed complex run by casino and entertainment firm Melco Crown Entertainment. The resort will feature a hotel, a range of dining options, gaming areas and luxury shopping. It will also boast a 5,000-seat multi-purpose entertainment venue for music, theater and sporting events; a 300-seat live-audience TV broadcast studio for reality and game-show productions; a 40,000- sq ft family entertainment center; and a nightclub.

According to Melco Crown, the Golden Reel will be the the "centerpiece attraction" of the soon-to-opened resort. It will be located between the resort hotel's two central towers, 130 m (427 ft) off the ground. The movie-inspired design is said to be based on the idea of two flaming asteroids crashed through the building, leaving two large holes around which the figure-eight shape is made.

Visitors will access the ride from the 23rd floor of the hotel. There will be 17 steampunk-themed pods in total, each offering enough space and versatility to host private events. Up to 10 people will fit into each pod and rides will last for over 15 minutes, providing passengers with views across Macau.

The final installation of passenger pods took place earlier this month and the Golden Reel is currently undergoing rigorous mechanical testing. Studio City Macau is scheduled to open later this year.

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