Mindbender (Galaxyland)

Roller coaster in Canada
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Location Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Coordinates 53°31′26″N 113°37′14″W / 53.523791°N 113.620425°W / 53.523791; -113.620425
Status Defunct
Operated 20 December 1985 to 30 January 2023
Rider height
  • Minimum: 149.8 cm
  • Maximum: 195.5 cm
Manufacturer Schwarzkopf
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Indoor - Semi-Backwards
Riders per train 12
Hourly capacity 430
Propulsion Tyre propelled lift
Height 44.2 metres
Drop 38.7 metres
Top speed 96.6 km/h
Length 1279.6 metres
Inversions 3
Duration 1:13
G-Force 5.2

Mindbender was a steel indoor roller coaster at Galaxyland in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.


Mindbender opened on 20 December 1985.[1] It ultimately closed in July 2021.

In January 2023, it was announced that Mindbender would never reopen.[2][3] the trains will be re used on the all american triple loop at indiana beach



Mindbender has a compact layout reminiscent of Quimera, the other Schwarzkopf triple looper, and several attractions intertwine with Mindbender — most notably Galaxyland's 4-D Theater and Galaxy Orbiter.

Colour scheme

Red track and white supports. The Vertical loops featured yellow supports.


4 trains with 3 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 12 riders per train. The final car on one of the 12-person trains faces backwards.


On 14 June 1986, a wheel assembly failure led to the train's fourth car to derail and crash into a concrete pillar. Four riders were ejected from the car and fell onto the concrete floor. Three of the four were killed in the accident, while the fourth one was critically injured and rushed to the hospital[4][5][6]. 19 other people were also rushed to the hospital with minor conditions.

Following this accident, the ride underwent modifications and reopened in January 1987. The train length was reduced by one car, reducing the rider capacity from 16 to 12 people. Anti-Rollback features were also added, as were two wheel assemblies to the trains. The lap bar restraints were kept, but seat belts, and headrests were added.



  1. "Roller-coaster goes at full tilt". Edmonton Journal. 23 December 1985. p. 30. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  2. "Say goodbye to one of West Edmonton Mall's most iconic attractions".
  3. "Mindbender will become memory as popular Edmonton rollercoaster closes after 37 years".
  4. "June 14, 1986: A Mind-bending Disaster". History and Headlines. June 14, 2017 (Updated April 8, 2020). Retrieved November 30, 2022. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. "'It changed my life forever:' Survivor of 1986 mall coaster crash wants memorial". CBC News. December 21, 2016. Retrieved November 30, 2022.
  6. "Mall roller-coaster hurls riders to death". The Advocate.

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