West Edmonton Mall’s Mindbender rollercoaster shuts down after 37 years

Thirty-seven years of thrills on the world’s largest indoor triple looped roller coaster have come to an end at West Edmonton Mall’s Galaxyland.

The Mindbender closure was announced on the Galaxyland website Monday morning by vice president of parks and attractions, Lori Bethel.

The thrill ride has been open at the indoor amusement park since it’s opening in 1985.

“While the Mindbender will be missed, we are excited to announce that we are working on groundbreaking new plans for family thrills that will immerse our guests in an out-of-this-world experience,” said Bethel.

On June 14, 1986 , tragedy struck the high-flying indoor coaster when the last car, going nearly 100 km/h, jumped the track and hit a pillar. Four passengers were thrown to the concrete floor below. Three people died in the crash and one person survived but suffered extensive injuries.

Redevelopment of the area has begun with the decommissioning and removal of the Mindbender.

Plans for what will replace the iconic rollercoaster will be announced in the coming months.




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