West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton

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8882 170 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5T 4J2 +1 780-444-5321

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    Dragons Fire

    by RavensWing Updated Jul 4, 2015

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    UPDATE July 2015 - The Dragon has been removed from the theater. So no more Dragon Fire.
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    If you were thinking of taking in a show while at the mall head up to Silver City in Phase 3 to get your ticket. If you get there in time you'll get to see the fire breathing dragon.

    There are 12 screens and and IMAX in the theater. There is also an arcade to spend some time in while waiting for your show to start. Of course there is the popcorn kiosk, but there is also Burger King, Starbucks, Pizza and many more if popcorn isn't what you feel like munching on.

    The Dragon Waits for you Fire Breathing Dragon Watch Out for the Gargoyles Yoda
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    I've never seen anything like it.

    by planxty Written Jul 4, 2015

    I suppose there is a case to argue that this tip should really be in the shopping section as it concerns the West Edmonton Mall although it could also easily sit in a couple of other categories s it is so much more than just a shopping centre (or mall as they call them here) so I have decided to put it in the things to do section.

    The West Edmonton Mall is simply huge which gives rise tot he title of the tip as I truly had never seen anything like it in my life although I have been to a few shopping centres in my time even if shopping is not really my gig at all. I am reliably informed that until 2004 it was the largest such facility in the world although has now dropped to tenth in the rankings having been superseded by several others. I dread to think how big they must be.

    As well as every conceivable form of retail outlet, there is a complete section called Bourbon Street for eating and drinking although there are food outlets pretty well all over. Add on a fairly large wave pool / aquatic centre, a pirate ship, an ice rink and an amusement arcade featuring a couple of decent sized roller coasters amongst other things and you get some idea. Opened in 1981 and apparently in a post-modern architectural style (I had to look that up as it just looks like a big shopping centre to me and I have never understood the term post-modern anyway as it seems like an oxymoron to me) it is a staggering 5.3 million square feet in area. You really would need a map and compass to navigate it although fortunately there are plenty of maps around.

    The Mall is spotlessly clean and tidy and there are a good number of security staff there keeping an eye on things. There is a lot of parking but just take a note of where exactly you are parked as you could spend a long time looking for your vehicle otherwise by having to search 20,000 parking spaces. Another thing to remember if you are driving there is that many of the local roadsigns merely refer to W.E.M. rather than the full name so don't get lost.

    A few more statistics about this vast place are that there are over 800 retail outlets so you should find what you are looking for. 24,000 people are employed here and it gets over 32 million visitors a year.

    As I mentioned earlier, retail therapy is not really my thing and shopping centres are generally my idea of a living Hell but it was fascinating just to see this place even if I didn't buy anything, not even the very cute Italian greyhound puppy at a fairly hefty $1999. You might even wish to gamble a few $$$ on a raffle for a rather flash looking Lamborghini (pictured).

    If you are a shopaholic be sure to bring your credit cards as you will surely need them.

    W.E.M is open weekdays and Saturdays from 1000 - 2100 and Sundays from 1100 - 1800.

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    World Water Park

    by RavensWing Written Nov 17, 2013

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    There are 14 different waterslides ranging from beginner to extreme. Personally I feel the Sky Screamer is the scariest slide. Yes I have gone down it. A friend of mine said he would go if I would go. He went first and I had no choice but to follow. I think my heart was left at the top, I'm sure it popped right out of my body.

    I've also been on the Tropical Typhoon. It is a very quick slide! Hop in and away you go, sliding so fast, you spin around inside the same as a penny does in a wishing tunnel. Then you drop into a 10' tank of water. Ladies I suggest you hold on to your top. You hit the water very fast and it may just stay on top of the water!

    The Waterpark also has two hot tubs, one double and one single.
    The Waterpark is also the host to two bars: Piña Colada and Beachview Bar, which sell alcoholic beverages. There is also Coconut Grove, which sells different kinds of food such as hamburgers and French fries. Snacks can be purchased at Beachview Snacks. Hot Dog Hut also sells snacks and of course, hot dogs.
    Tubes and PFDs (lifejackets) can be rented at Sharky's Supply Shack.

    For those who live in Edmonton and can make it up to the military base they have discount tickets available to the public at the Fitness Center

    Some of the slides Here come the waves A little calmer Grab a drink at the bar Sky Screamer in red
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    Fore!!

    by RavensWing Written Nov 17, 2013

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    Feel like taking in some golf? 18 holes? Professor WEM's miniature golf is for you then. 18 holes filled with various obstacles. Do you think you can keep your score low? Maybe get a hole in one? Watch for the sand traps and water hazards though.

    A round of golf for general admission is $9.95, 3-10 years old is $7.95

    For those who live in Edmonton and can make it up to the military base they have discount tickets available to the public at the Fitness Center

    Watch the Lighthouse All the Curves See the Water Hazard? Getting Advice for  Hole in One? Finally done our 18 holes!
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    Ride the Indoor Roller Coaster

    by RavensWing Written Nov 17, 2013

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    West Edmonton Mall has it's own indoor amusement park - Galaxyland. It is home to the world's tallest (14 stories), and longest indoor roller coaster, the Mindbender - the "world's largest indoor triple loop roller coaster."

    There are many rides you can go on. There are rides for kids, even a jungle gym for toddlers too. The swinging pirate ship, bumper cars, sonic twister, merry go round, and many many more. There is even a train, although small because it's for kids.

    They have your typical carnival games so you can win prizes. There is cotton candy and other various foods offered. If you don't want to eat in Galaxyland, over by the Haunted House exit is a food court.

    The All Day Admission for adults is $33.00 and for children under 48" it's $26.00.

    For those who live in Edmonton and can make it up to the military base they have discount tickets available to the public at the Fitness Center

    Merry Go Round Sonic Twister Toddler Jungle Gym Watch for the Train! Games
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  • Galaxyland and the World Water Park

    by collegedyke1 Written Aug 14, 2013

    Galaxyland is over-priced, but if you've got kids, it's probably worth it. And yes, the Mindbender really is as cool as everyone says- definitely worth a ride or two if you're there already.
    The World Waterpark is also pretty expensive (and not that fun for most kids under 7 or so) but overall more value for your money than galaxyland. The lineups for the slides can get pretty long, but for the most part it is worth the wait. It is true that it can be somewhat dirty, but I'd recommend it anyway. And if you're an able-bodied teenager who doesn't ride the sky screamer, you're a wuss. (No, there is no getting out of this.)

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    A Very Out of Date WestEd Mall Review

    by glabah Written Aug 31, 2011

    I visited Edmonton when I was a teen around 1987 or so. I can't add anything here that anyone else hasn't already told you about, but for the sake of completeness I will add my experience there.

    There were and are great gobs of stores in the West Ed mall. My favorite was a chocolate store that I remember being on the 2nd floor somewhere about halfway through the mall (yes, their chocolate was that good I still remember the store some 25 years later).

    I was really fascinated with their fountain. Throughout the mall, there was music playing - including some of my most favorite classical pieces. The fountains throughout the mall were synchronized with the music so the fountains danced to the music. These types of fountains had been built before, but never on the scale that I had seen in the West Ed mall - encompassing an entire vast indoor area like that!

    However, for people my age the most popular attractions (other than some of the girls and the shops) was the huge indoor amusement park. This included two roller coasters - one of which went upside down several times in its twisting and turing through the very compact indoor park. Alas, that one wasn't running when I visited as there had been a fatal accident a few weeks prior to the visit, and thus a full investigation was underway. There were some five people killed when one of the cars came off the track - so it was certainly a problem that should have caused such a reaction anyway. There was also a great ride called "The Edge", in which a car was brought to the very top of a very tall tower, and simply let go into free fall. At the bottom it hit a curve and went blasting sideways for a time. It was a great ride, but very short.

    Perhaps the most bizarre thing about the amusement park in that era was that it didn't look that great from the outside. The doorway between the main part of the mall and the amusement park was very small, and there were a few arcade-like games visible from the entrance, and that was it. Once you entered through the doorway the room got much larger, and was entirely unlike the area around the entrance. There was even a small forest of sorts growing among all the park rides.

    There was also an astounding indoor water park, including a huge indoor beach and a very large wave machine that would change the wave action at the "beach" from time to time. Sometimes very large waves would be sent at the beach, and at others the waters would be very calm. The calm periods were for the little children that couldn't be out in the big waves, and the big waves were for those who wanted something much bigger and more challenging. There were huge water slides as well.

    One little piece of the West Ed mall that I also remember very well was the mechanical sculptures in some of the courtyards. One of them was particularly noisy, and featured very large steel balls falling down various tracks. They would ring various bells and cymbals and various other noise makers, with the whole thing being very coordinated and organized, even though at first look it appeared that timing wasn't ever really part of the planning for the machine.

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  • The Place to Shop if you...

    by Shara.Buchan Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Place to Shop if you really like to Shop.

    West Edmonton Mall

    At almost 500 000 square metres, West Edmonton Mall is the largest, most comprehensive indoor shopping and entertainment complex in the world as well as Alberta's #1 tourist attraction. Millions of visitors come from around the world to visit this mall which features over 800 stores and services, over 110 restaurants and kiosks, the world's largest indoor amusement park, the world's largest indoor waterpark, an NHL-size ice arena, four seaworthy submarines in the world's largest indoor man-made lake, dolphin shows, an exact replica of the Santa Maria ship, a miniature golf course, 19 movie theatres and a Las Vegas style casino. With the Fantasyland Hotel, many fine restaurants and nightlife, the mall is a vacation resort in itself. Open 365 days a year, hours vary for retail and attractions.

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    Wave pool with many great slides

    by Oatlad Written Jul 10, 2009

    We like to stop at the wave pool as the half-way mark on our annual trip up the AlCan from Iowa. It is always one of the highlights of the whole trip. We take advantage of the excellent food court and RV camp across the street from the mall before resuming our trip the next day.

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    WEST EDMONTON MALL - SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

    by Babcia Updated Jan 26, 2007

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    West Edmonton Mall (WEM) is not just a shopping mall, even though it has over 800 shops!! There are places to eat, places to sip coffee and people watch, places to play, places to swim, places to skate, places to watch movies, a place to sleep, and a big mall to walk through for exercise!!
    Inside this cavernous building that stretches for 8 city blocks east to west and 3 city blocks north to south, you will find something for everyone, even for those who don't like to shop!!
    Galaxyland has rides all the way from little kiddie rides to intimidating ones with names such as Mindbender and Space Shot.
    The World Waterpark has a kiddie pool, waterslides, a wave pool and bungy jumping.
    In the Deep Sea Adventure area you can watch a California sea lion show, or you can take a submarine ride (yes!! a submarine!! in a mall!!!), or you can admire the life size model of a Spanish galleon.
    There are also a couple of courses for mini-golf, or you can skate in the full size ice rink (if there isn't a hockey game, or if figure skaters of all abilities aren't practising).
    WEM also has a Chinatown, Bourbon Street (restaurants and bars), and a full service hotel with themed rooms - so in the deep bitter winters you don't even have to step outside!!
    And oh yes, WEM is reportedly the number one tourist attraction in Alberta, drawing more visitors than even Banff or Jasper - the wonderful national parks - unbelievable!!!

    UPDATE January 2007 - alas!! the submarines don't run any more!!

    Deep sea adventure in a shopping mall !!
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    West Edmonton Mall

    by Redang Written Sep 11, 2006

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    This is the largest mall in the world. You can find anything, ranging from an amusement park to a beach. So, this tip can be in things to do, local custom, shops, restaurants...
    I've decided to use the Travelogues.

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    West Edmonton Mall

    by Magnum_P.I. Updated Aug 23, 2006

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    West Edmonton Mall

    The province of Alberta's number one tourist attraction. The mall features over 800 stores and services, over 110 eating establishments, plus seven world class attractions. There is the world's largest indoor amusement park, the world's largest indoor waterpark, an NHL-size ice arena, four seaworthy submarines in the world's largest indoor man-made lake, dolphin shows, an exact replica of the Santa Maria ship, a miniature golf course, 26 movie theatres and a Las Vegas style casino.

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    Shop until you Drop

    by StealthAngle Updated Apr 21, 2006

    West Edmonton Mall

    I think the mall is a great family vacation. You never have to leave. I stayed in the Fantsyland motel. It was just like being a kid again. How fun!!
    It was great. I got out of the elevator every morning and there was Star Bucks. I went in every shop there at least twice. There was a white out and I did not leave the mall for three days. I bought gifts there, not a thing for my self. I found the prices the same as other malls. It was wonderful. My son was with me and he really enjoyed it. His favoirte place to eat was New Orleans Rest. It was just like being in New Orleans.

    West Edmonton Mall (WEM), located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada is one of the largest shopping malls in the world, and as such is one of western Canada's major tourist attractions.

    In the suburban part of the city, covers a gross area of 500,000 m©÷ (5.4 million ft©÷) and cost C$1.2 billion to build. There are approximately 600 stores, restaurants and services located on two floors. There are also several major tourist attractions (see below), and parking for more than 20,000 vehicles in the world's largest parking lot. More than 23,000 people are employed at the property. The mall receives 22 million visits per year, and sometimes refers to itself as "the eighth wonder of the world".

    Major attractions
    Galaxyland is an indoor amusement park located on the north side of the mall. There are more than 20 rides and attractions including the triple loop Mindbender roller coaster.

    World Waterpark
    The World Waterpark is North America's largest indoor waterpark with a size of over 20,000 m2 (5 acres). The park is known for its high-speed waterslide called the Sky Screamer, which is often mistaken as the park's tallest slide at 78 ft (23.8 m). The highest slide in the park is the Twister, which is 83 ft (25.3 m) high.


    World Waterpark, West Edmonton Mall
    Blue Thunder Wave Pool - 1500 HP Hydraulic/Mech Wave Generators
    Sky Screamer and Nessie's Revenge - side view
    Sky Screamer and Nessie's Revenge - bottom view

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    You've just got to see it

    by Quartzy Written Mar 22, 2006

    You can't possibly think of going to Edmonton and not go to the WEM.

    Of course you might feel compelled to spend a lot of money there - and god knows it won't be hard - but you don't really have to: exploring all of the mall alone will take you hours. You can take a look at the theme park, the mini-golf, e-ve-ry-thing and not have to pay for anything if you don't want to participate. It's an incredible place unlike any other and you don't wanna miss it. It's probably the only mall in the world you will enjoy even if you loathe shopping!

    Playing mini-golf in the WEM? Why not?
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    This mall is fun!

    by Oatlad Written Mar 17, 2006

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    I'm not a mall person, but I like the West Edmonton Mall. It is much better than its slightly larger sibling the Mall of America near Minneapolis, Minnesota. I like this one much better. I spend most of my time on the food court. You can get a good meal and have a good time too. There is music, internet access, gambling and merry spirits.

    Waterpark in the mall
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