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. Plan on making tracks to the Africa section at the back of the park to ride the Prowler first. From the Prowler, head out in a somewhat clockwise-fashion hitting each coaster along the way: Boomerang (if you must), Mamba, Timber Wolf (if you don't mind the chiropractor bills), Patriot (front row if at all possible), and Spinning Dragons. Once your 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, and Zulu. 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.
There is a section of the park set aside for families with very young children (Camp Snoopy - which is being revamped for the 2011 season), but the rides contained therein are very similar to those found at your local mall or a county fair. Like most iron ride parks, Worlds of Fun does not offer a lot of thrills for those under 48" tall.
Coming In 2011: Worlds of Fun's current Camp Snoopy area will receive a complete makeover and transformation to Planet Snoopy. This revamped kiddie area will be highlighted by a new balloon tower ride, a pedal helicopters attraction, and a Zamperla spinning tug-boat ride. Once complete this $6 million refurb will have 20 rides, shows, and attractions.
Additionally, the park is completely restoring and renovating a 1926 M.C. Illions Supreme carousel, previously of the chain's Geauga Lake park. When installed at Worlds of Fun this spring, the carousel will be one of only two of its kind operating in the world.
Finally, WoF is building a new permanent group catering structure that will accommodate groups that number in the thousands. -- Last edited by James Rao on November 10, 2010
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