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

Macau's Golden Reel will be th...
The Golden Reel figure-eight Ferris wheel will be located between the two central towers of the resort hotel
The Golden Reel figure-eight Ferris wheel will be located between the two central towers of the resort hotel
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The Golden Reel figure-eight Ferris wheel will be located between the two central towers of the resort hotel
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The Golden Reel figure-eight Ferris wheel will be located between the two central towers of the resort hotel
The Golden Reel figure-eight Ferris wheel will be 130 m (427 ft) off the ground
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The Golden Reel figure-eight Ferris wheel will be 130 m (427 ft) off the ground
The move-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
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The move-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
Up to 10 people will fit into each pod and rides will last for over 15 minutes
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Up to 10 people will fit into each pod and rides will last for over 15 minutes
The Golden Reel will feature 17 steampunk-themed pods in total
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The Golden Reel will feature 17 steampunk-themed pods in total
The Golden Reel will offer views across Macau
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The Golden Reel will offer views across Macau
Visitors will access the Golden Reel ride from the 23rd floor of the resort hotel
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Visitors will access the Golden Reel ride from the 23rd floor of the resort hotel
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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.

The Golden Reel will feature 17 steampunk-themed pods in total
The Golden Reel will feature 17 steampunk-themed pods in total

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.

Source: Studio City Macau

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2 comments
CaryKen
Boy, it took me a while to figure out what was going on in this design. In case you are wondering how the cars make the crossover in the middle of the 8... They don't. The big gold rings are just cosmetic decoration on the outside of the structure. Inside, the cars run on a track that is shaped like a big vertical eggplant. It just squeezes inward a little bit on the sides. Other than that, it is a conventional circular track system. No big new design breakthrough.
Derek Howe
That looks pretty cool. But I'd hate to be the technician that works on it. lol