Even today, one of the attractions listed in Macau tourist guides is the 'MJ Gallery' at Ponte 16. Here, a collection of over 40 iconic items in MJ's career including the renowned white rhinestone glove were on display. Sadly, the gallery is no longer open and in its place a new '3D' attraction is on the way. But that does not mean that Ponte 16 has completely abandoned Michael Jackson. What can still be found there is an MJ Cafe that housed MJ Gallery and an MJ Gallery Gift Shop. Ponte 16's casino has an MJ surprise too (Ponte 16 is an integrated casino-hotel resort close to Senado Square in Macau. Hotel Sofitel, a part of this resort, is a really nice hotel). Keep reading for more...
|Michael Jackson Experience at Ponte 16 Macau|
The MJ Gallery
All that we can now know about the erstwhile MJ Gallery is only what is available in the older blog posts or tripadvisor reviews of the gallery. The staircase inside MJ Cafe going towards the gallery is no longer accessible. Entry to the MJ Cafe is through the Ponte 16 lobby on the first floor or directly from the ground level via an escalator on the left side.
|MJ Cafe Ponte 16 Macau|
|Way to MJ Cafe at Ponte 16 Macau|
MJ Cafe seems nice. One can walk in and have a look around even without ordering a drink. Some MJ posters are still there on the walls. In April 2015 they had a great value promotion on drinks - All you can drink beer, red/white/rose wine, Sangria, etc. at just 158 MOP per person from 8.00pm to 1.00am.
MJ Gallery Shop
|MJ Gallery Shop at Ponte 16 Macau|
|MJ Gallery Shop Ponte 16 Macau|
The MJ Gallery Gift Shop is on the lobby level outside MJ Cafe. Some cool gifting stuff related to MJ was on sale here in April 2015. It looked like the shop was about to close down for good because they were having a 'Clearance Sale'. So it would be nice to go look for some nice bargains there while the shop is still open. A life sized statue of MJ is on display at the shop.
MJ Experience inside Ponte 16 Casino
The best MJ experience in Ponte 16 is perhaps offered by the two MJ-themed super slot machines in the casino. These are just great machines. The chairs are wired to the machines and vibrate along with the music. Great MJ music and his videos play during the game play particularly when you are winning. MJ's dance steps are synchronised to the slot wins and that makes your winnings special.
My tips for making the most of these slot machines:
(i) Play all the lines
(ii) Play minimum bet per line
(iii) Play up to 20-25 spins
(iv) Do not play 'Max-Bet' hoping for a jackpot because that will not happen.
|Posted by Narinder Singh|