City of Dreams is a resort and casino in Cotai, Macau, China. It is built, owned and managed by Melco Crown Entertainment, formerly known as Melco PBL Entertainment. City of Dreams is Melco’s second mega-sized property in Macau. It is located directly opposite The Venetian Macao, the first property in Cotai, opened by Las Vegas Sands Corp.
City of Dreams, widely known as CoD or CoD Macau in the industry, is in the style of a podium, with four towers: namely the Hard Rock Hotel, Crown Towers Hotel, and the Grand Hyatt Macau (2 towers). A 47-story luxury apartment block is planned for a later phase of development. Its three-floor podium includes a mega-casino, over 200 shopping facilities and hotel guest facilities. City of Dreams has 420,000 square feet (39,000 m2) of gaming space with 450 gaming tables and 1514 machines, over 20 restaurants and bars, including one of the largest in the city. The property also includes 175,000 square feet (16,300 m2) of high-end retail space (The Boulevard) spread across two levels.
The first phase of City of Dreams opened on 1 June 2009, and the Grand Hyatt in November 2009. There are two theatres, the first, called “The Bubble”, currently shows an immersive HD media projection presentation entitled “The Dragons Treasure”. The second, the “Dancing Water Theatre”, opened in September 2010. It features an in-the-round water show, the largest of its kind in the world.
In late November 2016, Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd’s chairman Lawrence Ho unveiled the fifth hotel to be located within the City of Dreams. Named Morpheus, it will be designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and is projected to finish in 2018. It is expected to contain 780 rooms. On 29 November 2017, Melco Resorts announced that Alain Ducasse will open two new restaurants and a bar at the upcoming Morpheus Hotel, the restaurants are called “Alain Ducasse at Morpheus” and “Voyages by Alain Ducasse”.
One installation is called the Vquarium. These four video walls measure nearly 61 feet (19 m) wide and 22 feet (6.7 m) tall. It was constructed in the United States and made in several pieces for ease of transportation and for on-site installation. It weighs 11 tons (10,000 kg).
Behind each of the four sections sits a rear projector that displays images on the acrylic. Water cascades down the acrylic faces to enhance the sub-sea ocean scene that is projected on each wall. The Vquarium debuted with the opening of the complex on 1 June 2009 with larger than life mermaids that swim onscreen and into the distance at the end of the short show. The mermaid show was conceived and executed by Falcon’s Treehouse.
The Bubble Fountain
A second installation designed to enhance the environment of the retail area features a large water sphere. The finished sphere measures 8 feet (2.4 m) in diameter. A hole in the top of the sphere allows water to be pumped through the inside of the sphere and bubble out the top before gently cascading evenly down the sides of the globe into the catch pool below.
Dancing Water Theatre
Franco Dragone Entertainment Group has created a new show entitled The House of Dancing Water at the Dancing Water Theatre designed by Pei Partnership Architects. The theatre contains one of the largest commercial pools in the world, holding approximately 3,700,000 US gallons (14,000 m3). The 270-degree theatre in the round has a central stage with a diameter of approximately 25 meters (82 ft), surrounded by sloped seating on three sides for as many as 2,000 theatre patrons including a V.I.P. section of 70 seats. The theatre arena has a 40-meter-high steel trussed space (30 meters clear) providing generous height to the show’s display of acrobatics. Thinkwell Group, a design and production firm based in Burbank, Calif., designed the audio, video and communications systems for the show. The show, which incorporates various design elements such as fire, water effects, and atmospheric effects, opened on 17 September 2010. “The House of Dancing Water” was the recipient of a 2012 Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement for a Live Show Spectacular.
420,000 square-foot casino, 450 gaming tables and 1,514 gaming machines.
Grand Hyatt Macao Lobby
1,400 guest rooms and suites