Worlds of Fun
The current version of this description is at .Location: Worlds of Fun is located off Interstate 435 in Kansas City, Missouri.
History: Worlds of Fun opened on May 26, 1973, at a cost of 25 million dollars. Loosely themed around the Jules Verne book, Around the World in Eighty Days, the park was founded by Kansas City visionaries Lamar Hunt and Jack Steadman of Hunt Midwest Enterprises, Inc., and designed by Randall Duell.
In 1982, Hunt Midwest introduced an adjacent waterpark, Oceans of Fun.
Hours: http://www.worldsoffun.com. Worlds of Fun is open from April through Halloween.
Tickets: Buy and print online. Always try to buy your tickets in advance, to save time when you get to the park.
Reservations: Worlds of Fun does not offer any type of Fastpass or ride reservation system.
Strategy: As with any amusement park, arrive early (at least :30 minutes before opening) and hit the headliner attractions first (usually roller coasters).
Voted one of the top new coasters of 2009, WOF's Prowler is the hottest attraction in the park. However, it needs a little time to warm up, if you ask me. Instead of making a beeline for Prowler, head to the Patriot first (front row only). Following Patriot, head next door and hit Spinning Dragons, then work your way back to the Prowler. After riding the Prowler, there is only one marquee coaster left, Mamba. Hit it next. If the park is not very crowded you can ride Boomerang (perhaps you are one of the few who have not had a chance to ride one of the 50+ Vekoma Boomerangs operating in the world today?) on the way to Mamba. After riding Mamba (a couple times) head back to Americana for a ride on the old and painful Timber Wolf (if you don't mind the chiropractor bills).
Once your coaster circuit is complete you can back track hitting the midway attractions you like most. Some rides that stand out a little bit are Cyclone Sams (just because it is in an air conditioned building), Fury of the Nile, Thunderhawk, Zulu, and The Grand Carrousel (a beautifully restored 1926 M.C. Illions carousel).
Plan on re-riding your favorite coasters again after dark as several of them (Prowler, Spinning Dragons, and Mamba in particular) offer excellent night rides.
News: In 2013, Worlds of Fun celebrates its 40th anniversary with the largest expansion of Oceans of Fun, an adjacent water park, in the park’s history. This project will be highlighted by combining both Oceans of Fun and Worlds of Fun into a single admission ticket as well as the addition of six new slides. No new work at World of Fun has been announced.
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