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Popular roller-coaster at West Edmonton Mall amusement park to be removed

The West Edmonton Mall is seen on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. The mall announced Monday that its popular roller-coaster called Mindbender will be removed after nearly 40 years in operation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ian Jackson

EDMONTON — Canada's largest shopping centre says a popular roller-coaster at its amusement park is being removed after nearly 40 years in operation.

West Edmonton Mall's vice-president of parks and attractions says in a statement that while the Mindbender will be missed, the mall is excited to announce it is working on new plans for the site.

The Mindbender was known as the world's tallest and longest indoor, triple-loop roller-coaster.

In 1986, three people were killed on the roller-coaster, which forced the mall to shut it down for a year for safety modifications.

Galaxyland initially opened in 1983, but was known as Fantasyland until 1995.

The indoor amusement park partnered with Hasbro in 2022 and features attractions licensed from the franchise.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 30, 2023.

The Canadian Press

Note to readers: This is a corrected story; a previous version said West Edmonton Mall is North America's largest shopping centre.

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