On March, 19, 2012, the Mall announced it would be removing the submarines from the mall, after they had been sitting stagnant for years. The Deep Sea Adventure ride had been closed since the mid 2000’s, though the vessels were still present in the lake in a decorative capacity. Until this date, the mall’s plans for the fate of the attraction had been unknown.
In a media release from the mall, West Edmonton Mall General Manager Stacey Claffey stated “We spent time looking at how we might be able to use the submarines again, but there weren’t any options that could meet the standards we want in an attraction, […] Our revitalization plans include all areas of the shopping centre and the removal of the submarines will certainly help us to better identify a variety of options for Deep Sea Adventure Lake and area.”
While many thought a new exciting attraction would be implemented, the removal of the submarines was followed by a brief implementation of the Deep Sea Derby. Following this, the area around the launch dock and former flamingo viewing area were removed, to make way for more kiosks selling cell phones, investments, and beauty products.
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