West Edmonton Mall is the
In the process, the walker will pass more than 800 stores and 200 restaurants during a stroll that covers 48 city blocks or the equivalent of 104 football fields
The concept evolved in the late 1970s after the four Ghermezian brothers fled
Eventually the idea of combining shopping and entertainment became a reality in September 1981, and the rest is history. The element that makes West Edmonton Mall unusual is not so much the shopping, however vast, but the sheer scope of entertainment that transcends the shopping experience.
For travelers, it’s the array of attractions that make the lifeblood of this mall. Consider the full-sized indoor Mindbender roller coaster, which is part of the onsite amusement park. Or how about the World Waterpark: it covers nearly five acres with six wave pools and an 83-foot tall slide known as the Twister and Cyclone.
But we’ve “only just begin” as the song goes. The mall contains an indoor salt-water lake that accommodates a sea lion habitat as well as a replica of the
For those who enjoy Bumper Cars, the Deep-Sea Derby is the aqua equivalent of a dry land operation complete with squirt guns.
Beneath the main floor, the lagoon is home to the Deep Sea Adventure and features an aquarium called Sea Life Adventure. Sea Lions Rock is home to Clara, Slide and Splash, three sea lions who entertain visitors throughout the day.
No facility of such magnitude in
Naturally, there are movie theaters, a dinner theater, and even four radio stations with broadcast facilities inside the mall.
Ed’s Recreation Centre is a complex consisting of a bowling alley, pool hall, arcade, restaurant, and a stage that is one of
However, if Ed’s doesn’t whet your appetite, there’s always the country music nightclub known as Whiskey Jack’s.
Why not visit Europe or
Try the indoor shooting range known as Wild West Shooting Centre, or the 24-hour Gold’s Gym facility.
If all this grandiosity overwhelms you into a world of temptation, you can repent at the inter-denominational chapel.
Travelers and shopaholics with reasons to stay awhile can check out, and into, Fantasyland Hotel. It offers 235 classically decorated guest rooms inside the mall.
Ahh, but remember, this is the West Edmonton Mall, a one-of-a-kind experience. Rather than choose a traditional room, why not select one of Fantasyland’s 120 themed rooms instead? Not sure what suits your taste? Here are some suggestions: you can journey to ancient
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