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   xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Jul 22 09:50 PM

July 23rd, 2015: Double Ferris Wheel

Well actually a Ferris... um, Eight.

Quote:
Macau’s casino scene is giving kitschy Las Vegas a run for its money. The Eastern gambling mecca is host to the first figure-eight-shaped ferris wheel, which is being built 23 floors above ground on the side of a $3.2 billion resort.
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He says the figure-eight design of the Golden Reel, as the ferris wheel is called, is meant to look like two flaming asteroids crashing together at the center of the hotel (the inspiration for which apparently came from Hollywood disaster films).


Quote:
The Golden Reel is currently undergoing “rigorous mechanical testing,” with plans to open with the rest of the resort later this year, the company says. The spectacle, designed by the Liechtenstein-based company Intamin Amusement Rides, is meant to compete with the taller London Eye and High Roller ferris wheel in Las Vegas. Despite its shorter stature overall (it’s 7 feet (2.1 meters) shorter than the London Eye and 124 feet (37.7 meters) shorter than the High Roller) it will boast more impressive views, given its placement 426 feet (130 meters) above the city.
The Art Deco-inspired hotel towers support the wheels on either side, and the ride cars move inside the ferris wheel in a figure-eight pattern over the course of a 15-minute ride (the cars will not cross each other).
Don't cross each other?? How in hell can you ride a figure eight without crossing?




Looks like the cars jut make trip up one side and down the other. The figure eight shape is simply structure, deceptive like the Hollywood disaster films that inspired it.
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Snakeadelic  Thursday Jul 23 09:05 AM

Rotate that sucker 90 degrees sideways and you'll have the emblem describing my fear of heights. I'll let Tom Cruise try it--he's crazy enough to free-climb the tallest skyscraper in Dubai, he's crazy enough to try this thing. (Bet his insurance company hates his hobbies...)



Snakeadelic  Thursday Jul 23 09:12 AM

Relevant question: is it allowed for members to submit IOTD candidates (including their own work)? Did not find this one covered in the Images section of the FAQ...



Undertoad  Thursday Jul 23 10:10 AM

There is no actual policy on that. I'm still hoping to build an image uploader/nomination system this year. Meanwhile as volume is low, if you think it's IotD-worthy go ahead and post.



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