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Goddard on the go Attraction designer takes on Asia Gary Goddard at Galaxy Macau

Goddard’s Galaxy

Earlier this year, The Goddard Group completed its work on the US$1.9 billion (€1.4bn) Galaxy Macau, the Special Administrative Region of China’s newest casino resort on the Cotai strip. Opened on May 15, it is Goddard’s biggest venture to date and aesthetically unique thanks to its “Southeast Asian palace” theme. “The main colour scheme inside and out is gold, which both chimes in with regional tastes and helps create a very palatial atmosphere,” explains Mikki Estrada, the Galaxy Entertainment Group’s vice-president of design and project development. “Our goal,” adds Goddard, “was to bring the first themed resort to Macau. Unlike The Venetian, which was simply a copy of the Vegas unit, we wanted to create a very special resort casino that can only be seen here in Macau.” In less than five months, the new resort has turned the Galaxy Entertainment Group into one of Macau’s leading players, up there alongside Wynn and The Sands group (operator of The Venetian). The Goddard Group is now creating a new destination resort for Macau, which it predicts will be equally impressive, if not more so.

Galaxy Macau, the mega new casino resort opened this May off the southeast tip of the Chinese mainland, has proved to be a pivotal project for Gary Goddard. The Hollywood-based designer and his company The Goddard Group now have six projects on the go across Asia and Europe


hile best known for his work with theme parks and attractions, including Universal’s Spider-Man 3D and Terminator 2-3D and Monster Mansion at Six Flags Over Georgia, Goddard and his company also specialise in the design and production of resorts, casinos, museums and retail malls, not to mention his work on Broadway and in Hollywood. Here’s a taste of some of The Goddard Group’s exciting new projects in development.

Qingdao Theme Park and Resort, China On the northeast coast of China, The Goddard Group is currently at work designing a new oceanfront family entertainment resort in Qingdao that will ultimately feature over two-dozen ocean-themed rides and attractions, in addition to on-site hotel facilities and expansive retail, dining, and entertainment components. Soft opening is predicted for 2014.

Fushun DreamWorld, China The owners of Hot Go Waterpark, which opened earlier this year in Fushun, China, have invited The Goddard Group to design and develop a massive theme park over a three-year period. When open, it will feature six lands and over 20 attractions based on the world’s most beloved stories and genres.

Shenfu New Town, China Also under construction near Fushun, is Shenfu New Town, an entire city designed and masterplanned by The Goddard Group together with local agencies. Wrapped around two massive lakes, at the heart of the city is the “Circle of Life” – a 100-metre stainless steel ring serving as the city’s icon. The project will open in phases over the next decade.

Shenfu New Town

World of Wonders, Indonesia Located outside of Jakarta, a fantastic destination resort is promised with two hotels, shopping, a theme park, waterpark, housing and a festival hall for special events.

Victory Park, Armenia Working closely with the Mayor of Yerevan, Armenia’s capital, Goddard’s team is currently at work on the design and masterplan of an extensive redevelopment of the city’s central park, transforming it from a run- down Soviet-era amusement outlet into a world-class family entertainment destination featuring a variety of rides and public attractions. Phase I is scheduled for completion in 2014.

Magic World, Russia Billed no less as, “one of the most unique and compelling entertainment destination resorts in the world,” Magic World Russia will encompass over 250-acres (600 acres) of theme parks, hotels, retail, dining and entertainment venues, 50km from Moscow. Multiple theme parks are planned, and the first phase should be open by 2016. The Goddard Group is one of a consortium of Californian companies involved, lead by the Moschanko Investment Group (MIG 2000).

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