Up and down. Slow and steady. Around and around we go. From our peaceful vantage point, aboard the old fashioned carousel, the world’s largest indoor amusement park is buzzing.
My two-year old daughter is having the time of her life. Beaming atop the saddle of her proud white steed, she eagerly searches for my husband in the crowd of spectators. So far, Galaxyland at West Edmonton Mall has been a total success. Not to mention, kids three and under – and their onboard ride chaperones – are free.
World’s Largest Indoor Amusement Park
With 25 rides, a three-storey space themed play park, games and lots of sugar coated carnival fare the term sensory overload is an understatement. There are rides here for every age group and adrenalin tolerance level. Motojump’s miniature dirt bikes and the airplanes on 35th Aero Squadron offered enough action for us.
Thankfully it will take a few years for my daughter to reach the minimum height requirement for Mindbender, the World’s largest indoor triple-loop roller coaster, which reaches a terrifying 14 storeys at its peak. The Solar Flare is another gravity defying rush that promises to flip and spin you in all directions, while the ride Space Shot launches its passengers 36.5 m (120 ft) in the air in under two seconds. Remember to pace yourself though, as you don’t want to miss out on the mega mall’s waterpark.
World’s Largest Indoor Wave Pool
‘World’s largest’ is a running theme at West Edmonton Mall and the indoor wave pool in World Waterpark is no exception. At 31 degrees Celsius, with a shallow sandy shore, you can enjoy the warmth of the tropics even in the middle of an Alberta winter.
Waterslides are rated beginner, intermediate, advanced and extreme. I like the Caribbean Cove splash play area and Dolphin Kiddie Pool - with three shallow slides - for toddlers. Thrill seekers will love Nesslie’s Revenge and Sky Screamer. Hang on to your suit – you’re in for a wild ride. If you’ve ever wondered what a tropical storm feels like, The Hurricane is for you. Step into a large inflated ball, within a ball and run, jump and slide in the onslaught of water. Want to hang ten? Then give the simulated surfing attraction Tsunami a try.
On shore, a zipline, bungee jump and climbing wall rounds out the landlubber’s fun. Spending a whole day here is easy, so arrive early for poolside loungers, or reserve a Private Cabana in advance.
A Family Fantasyland
Our next visit to West Edmonton Mall will most definitely include a stay at the Fantasyland Hotel. Choose the theme that suits you best – from Polynesian to African to Hollywood. For me it’s a no brainer. The Western themed room houses the kid’s bunk beds in a mini-county jail. Genius.