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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.
In 1995 Hunt Midwest sold Worlds of Fun to Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., who currently owns the park.
In 2013, Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun were combined to a one ticket admission, providing all guests with access to 235 acres of amusement and water rides.
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 sells Fast Lane wristbands that allow riders to bypass the regular lines on 15 rides and attractions including Mamba, Prowler, and Patriot. Ride as many times as you want all day long.
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 2014, Worlds of Fun is adding SteelHawk, a Windseeker ride that will take guests up 301 feet in the air and spin them at a 45-degree angle for a 60-second flight. *Rumor has it this Windseeker attraction is moving from Knotts Berry Farm to Worlds of Fun. -- Last edited by James Rao on May 12, 2014
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