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  • The Swing of the Century ride in Fantasyland.
    The Swing of the Century ride in Fantasyland. The trees and line-up queue no longer exist, as they were removed when the park changed themes to Galaxyland.
  • Fantasyland as seen in 1990.
    Fantasyland as seen in 1990. The Swing of the Century is seen in the background, and appears the same as it does today.
  • The exterior of Fantasyland, seen behind Sears, shown here without advertisements which are plastered all over it today.
    The exterior of Fantasyland, seen behind Sears, shown here without advertisements which are plastered all over it today.
  • Fantasy World play park, which would eventually evolve into Galaxy Kids.
    Fantasy World play park, which would eventually evolve into Galaxy Kids. Note the trees and plants which used to decorate Fantasyland. Also visible, the obstructed view of the queue and sign for Swing of the Century.
  • A promotional image for Fantasyland, showing the Fantasyland Express travelling over Fantasy World play area.
    A promotional image for Fantasyland, showing the Fantasyland Express travelling over Fantasy World play area. Note the domino maze, balloon ride, moon walker, and mountain themed back wall (which has been now painted purple).
  • A promotional image of Fantasyland, showing the Mindbender and the Orbitron.
    A promotional image of Fantasyland, showing the Mindbender and the Orbitron.

The Amusement park in West Edmonton Mall originally opened in 1985 under the name Fantasyland. For the first decade of its operation, it used this original name - which happened to be the same name as one of the many 'lands' located in Disneyland Resort (among others), owned by the Disney Corporation.

In 1995, Disney sued claiming ownership of the name. Television commercials announced a contest to be held in order to find a new name, and suggestions were welcome from anyone wishing to enter. In the end, it was decided that Galaxyland would be name of the amusement from from then on. The park was updated to reflect a cartoony style space theme and Cosmo was introduced as the mascot.

Some of the rides and most of the scnenery were overhauled to reflect the space theme, an example being the train ride which traditionally had a spooky haunted house theme. It now has a more child friendly space theme with various space characters and objects to view in the tunnels.


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