West Edmonton Mall holds multiple world records. The one people notice first is the world's largest parking lot, but the one they tend to remember is the world's largest indoor triple-loop roller coaster, the Mindbender. It's one of the centrepieces of Galaxyland Amusement Park, and if the loops weren't enough to qualify it as an "advanced ride" on the park map, its 14-storey peak certainly would be. From its track, families can see more than 23 other space-themed rides and play areas, as well as the mall beyond, bustling with a city-sized stretch of attractions.
Another world record—world's largest indoor wave pool—can be found inside World Waterpark. Here, kids and adults alike careen down slides such as Cyclone, while smaller children play in the kiddie pool and even smaller children splash each other at Caribbean Cove. Regardless of the weather outside, the park's temperature holds at a balmy 31 degrees Celsius. To cool off without getting wet, though, patrons can always head underground to meet a few penguins. Alongside sea turtles, sharks, and stingrays, they're citizens of Sea Life Caverns, an aquarium that earns the mall its accreditation as a zoo.
In the face of all its theatres and thrills, it can be easy to forget that the mall began as a shopping centre modelled after an urban Persian bazaar. More than 800 stores and services serve as an easy reminder, however. They enable shoppers to browse apparel, electronics, and home accessories between refuelling stops at restaurants and pubs.
For nearly three decades of summers, the aquatic siren song of Wild Waters has drawn aquatic merrymakers. Four full-sized water slides criss-cross atop grassy knolls, zipping visitors through copses of trees and into waiting pools. A pair of intermediate slides twists into the sun-splashed grid, as does a lazy river, a sitting pool, and a rafting ride that lets people experience the excitement of escaping a sinking cruise ship. Back on dry land, a full concession stand and ice-cream parlour vend edible reprieves from the heat, fuelling patrons for water-free fun on the sand volleyball court or nine-hole mini-golf course.