Galaxyland was originally known as “Fantasyland;” however, during a court battle with the Walt Disney Company, West Edmonton Mall changed the park’s name to Galaxyland in July 1995 after completing some minor renovations. It is an indoor amusement park located on the north side of the mall. It is the second-largest indoor amusement park in the world, behind Ferrari World, and features 24 rides and attractions. There are 8 beginner rides, 9 intermediate rides, 7 thrill rides, the triple loop Mindbender roller coaster, (which derailed in 1986 causing 3 deaths) .The Mindbender is the world’s largest indoor triple loop roller coaster. The latest attraction in Galaxyland, which opened on 7 December 2016, is called Zero Gravity. The Drop of Doom was shut down in the early 2000s. The tower area was replaced shortly after by a more modern launch ride, the Space Shot, a S&S Double Shot Tower Ride.
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The World Waterpark is the world’s second largest indoor waterpark, built in 1985, with a size of 20,903 square metres (5.165 acres). The park has the world’s largest indoor wave pool. The highest slides in the park are the Twister and Cyclone, which are each 25.3 metres (83 ft) high.
The wavepool has six wave bays, each with two panels with a total of 1,500 horsepower (1.1 MW) generating waves up to two metres high.
Ed’s Bowling (formerly Red’s), is an entertainment complex consisting of a bowling alley, arcade, and formerly a pool hall, music stage, and restaurant. The stage was one of Edmonton’s major music venues. Past players have included many rock and metal bands, both Canadian and international. Wilco, Arcade Fire, The Flaming Lips, The Mars Volta, Motörhead, Matthew Good Band, Sloan, P.O.D., Joe Satriani, Cradle of Filth, Theory of a Deadman, Our Lady Peace, In Flames, Lifehouse, Children of Bodom, Bring Me the Horizon, Testament, DragonForce, Opeth, GWAR, Muse and Switchfoot are just some of the bands that have played at the venue. It was formerly known as the nightclub/restaurant/rec room Red’s. At the end of June 2006, the owners of Red’s closed its doors after they chose not to renew their lease. The mall separated it into three areas, converting the stage/restaurant area into a separate concert venue known as the Edmonton Event Centre, while the other area containing the lounge, the arcade and the bowling alley was re-dubbed Ed’s Rec Room and a mini-golf course, Putt ‘n’ Glow. The Edmonton Event Centre closed on New Years Day 2013. It was demolished in December 2013, and Sport Chek took over its former space. In 2017, Ed’s Rec Room renamed themselves to Ed’s Bowling, so they would not get confused with the newly opened Rec Room, operated by Cineplex.
Originally, the mall was home to four movie theatre complexes. However, as of 2017, only the Scotiabank Theatre (with IMAX), formerly Famous Players SilverCity (which opened with an animatronic fire breathing dragon, which was removed in 2014 due to high maintenance costs, and drying-out, cracking rubber skin ), is in the mall. Until 2010, a discount cinema, owned by Cineplex Odeon was located outside the Phase I entrance to Galaxyland; the majority of the space it occupied was bought out by skateboarding/snowboarding store West 49 which also built an indoor skatepark in the basement. Prior to the opening of SilverCity, in the late 1990s there was a Famous Players theatre located near the Palace Casino, as well as a second Cineplex Odeon below Ed’s Recreation Centre (formerly Red’s), on the main level with the Gourmet Court (Phase III).
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Take your place as a part of Team Hermes 7 and investigate what happened to the crew of Moon Colony Persephone. Can you solve the mystery before you run out of oxygen – or worse?
Each session can accommodate up to 6 people, so you may be in the same room with other players. If you would like to ensure a private session, please book a Full Room Exclusive Ticket.
Each session is approximately 55 minutes in length and includes your orientation and safety videos. Total game play is 45 minutes.
Help save the dragons by putting your way through this 18-hole blacklight mini-golf course or find your way through the Crystal Labyrinth Mirror Maze.
Professor WEM’s Adventure Golf is an 18-hole miniature golf course. The miniature golf course was originally known as Pebble Beach Mini Golf, and was designed to be a mini golf version of Pebble Beach Golf Links. The course was refurbished and given the Professor WEM theme in the mid-1990s.
Ice Palace is a scaled down version of a National Hockey League (NHL) regulation-sized ice rink located in the centre of the mall. The Edmonton Oilers occasionally practised at the Ice Palace during the 1980s. The Oilers’ contract for using the rink has since expired. The rink is used for various hockey and other sporting tournaments. In 2015, the Ice Palace was renamed Mayfield Toyota Ice Palace after the mall sold the naming rights to a local auto dealership.
During special events, such as Remembrance Day, the ice rink is covered with fabric for a ceremony to be held on it. In 2017, West Edmonton Mall announced that the Mayfield Toyota Ice Palace will get a $3 million renovation. Due to this, it was closed for the summer and reopened in December 2017.
West Edmonton Mall has an indoor lagoon which contains a salt-water habitat with four California sea lions and a replica of the Santa María, built during the 1986 World Exposition in Vancouver. The Santa María has been used for an annual Christmas fundraiser, raising toys for underprivileged children. Also, the submarines, a longtime favorite, had been replaced with the Deep-Sea Derby, a bumper boat ride with squirt guns. This attraction has since been removed. Deep Sea Adventure is also home to the mall’s aquatic life, most of which are housed beneath the main floor in the “Sea Life Caverns”. Sea Life Caverns is home to a wide variety of animals including fish, reptiles, amphibians and penguins. There is a 525,000 litre tropical salt-water aquarium that is home to an array of fish, sharks and sea turtles. This is the largest of its kind in Western Canada. Today, what was once the ‘Dolphin’s Lagoon’ is now known as ‘Sea Lions’ Rock’, which is home to four California sea lions (Pablo, Kelpie, Clara, (2004–present) and Quinty (2008 – present)). They have educational shows with a focus on conservation that run twice a day from Monday to Friday (2pm, 4pm), and three times a day on Saturday and Sunday (12pm, 2pm, 4pm).