Did You Know? (Galaxyland)

As we all know, Edmonton is an all-season city, and that means that year-round outdoor facilities are not exactly plausible. So, we move them indoors, even if it's a full-fledged amusement park! That brings us to Galaxyland, the world's largest indoor theme park, and home to the world's tallest indoor tower ride (the 12-story Space Shot) and tallest & longest indoor roller coaster (Mindbender).

The park was established within the walls of West Edmonton Mall in 1985, and was initially known as Fantasyland. During the '90s the mall was forced to give up the Fantasyland moniker after the Walt Disney Company filed a lawsuit against the giant shopping center, as they had already copyrighted that name for one of their theme parks that had opened back in 1955. WEM obliged and officially renamed the park on Canada Day (July 1st) 1995, complete with new mascot "Cosmo."

Open 365 days a year, Galaxyland is spread over 400,000 square feet and hosts two dozen rides, including the Cosmic Spinner, Quirks in the Works, Galaxy Orbiter, Drop of Doom, Sonic Storm and the Zipper. The park also includes an arcade, carnival games, bumper cars, food vendors, and the Galaxy Kids Playpark. An all-day pass for the park will set you back $36.95 ($29.95 for children under 4 feet), but is free for kids 2 and under.


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