New roller-coaster first of its kind in Canada
Marc Bence/For Metro Edmonton
A new roller-coaster called the Galaxy Orbiter has landed at West Edmonton Mall’s Galaxyland Amusement Park.
The first roller-coaster of its kind in Canada was unveiled yesterday. It features four-seat cars that spin on their own axles while twisting through a track that takes riders through all corners of the indoor park at speeds hovering around 40 km/h.
The thrill ride ranks somewhere between the park’s famous Mindbender roller-coaster and its somewhat tamer roller-coaster ride in the Autosled, according to the new ride’s German makers.
“With the way it spins, you can go on this roller-coaster 10 times in a row and there will always be a different ride every time,” said Franz Maier, a project manager with Gerstlauer Amusement Rides.
After riding in the Orbiter for the first time, Michaela Lagore, 9, and brother Nicolas Lagore, 11, said they plan to get on board for another “spin,” but they want to take some time to calm their nerves first.
“I have never been on a roller-coaster like this before,” yelled Michaela during her ride with Metro.
“I was surprised on how it went, but maybe we should wait a while to go on it again. We’ll wait until our cousins from Arizona arrive later this summer,” said Nicolas, who sported a massive grin as the ride rolled to a stop.