1. Studio City Hotel & Casino, February 2018. In the unlikely event I go back to Macau and stay at one of the monster hotels, my hard-earned money would definitely go to Studio City. This is Macau’s cinema themed complex, a palatial 1,600-room structure with a figure of 8 Ferris wheel called The Golden Reel built into the façade.
2. Studio City Hotel & Casino, February 2018. A Jurassic Park theme dominates the main lobby, with over twenty life-size replica beasts; a Velociraptor Hatchery and a helicopter simulator ride over Isla Nublar.
3. Studio City Hotel & Casino, February 2018. The 32.000 sq. foot Warner Brothers Fun Zone is mainly aimed at keeping the kids busy while mum and dad slink off for a movie. Among the many character themed fun zones, there’s a Tom & Jerry Picnic Playground and a giant assault course featuring the likes of Daffy Duck, Coyote and Roadrunner.
4. Studio City Hotel & Casino, February 2018. Wonderboy and I wasted no time in grabbing tickets for Batman: Dark Flight, a 4D multi-sensory simulator that leads you through an explosive adventure chasing The Joker, Bane and Two Face through the streets and airways of Gotham City.
5. Studio City Hotel & Casino, February 2018. You can’t leave without jumping on The Golden Reel Ferris wheel! The slow-moving figure 8 is comprised of seventeen cabins, each holding up to ten people. The views across Macau’s Cotai Island are amazing, a skyline of skyscrapers like The Parisian in one direction, nothing but undeveloped wetland in the other. A joint Ride & Fly ticket for The Golden Reel and Batman: Dark Flight costs 200MOP (£18 €20 $25).
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