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Posted: August 26, 2014

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.

Dining Plans: Worlds of Fun sells a variety of in park Dining Plans including single day, all day, and full season options. All three dining plan options have a limited list of participating locations, so choose wisely.

Reservations: Worlds of Fun sells FastLane 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 SteelHawk, 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 a couple of them (Prowler and Mamba in particular) offer excellent night rides.

News: In 2015, Worlds of Fun will be adding Splash Island, a 4200-square-foot interactive water family attraction. It is touted as a place for families to relax as water jets shoot up from the ground and from tulips, flowers, frogs, and turtles. Additionally, swan shaped paddle boats will be added to the mix of kayaks and canoes in Buccaneer Bay.

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Readers' reviews:

Attractions
Africa(Rating)(Height)
Mamba848
Prowler848
Fury of the Nile746
Zulu654
Boomerang548
Monsoon446
Americana(Rating)(Height)
Patriot954
The Grand Carrousel7
SteelHawk752
Detonator748
Scrambler636
Thunderhawk654
Skyliner636
Worlds of Fun Railroad5
Cyclone Sam's548
Timber Wolf548
Krazy Kars3
Europa(Rating)(Height)
Flying Dutchman5
Le Taxitour5
Le Carrousel4
Autobahn448
Snoopy's Hot Summer Lights3
Orient(Rating)(Height)
Spinning Dragons743
Bamboozler546
Planet Snoopy(Rating)(Height)
Peanut's Playhouse7
Flying Ace Balloon Race7
Woodstock's Airmail736
Peanuts 5007
Snoopy's Rocket Express636
Lucy's Tugboat5
Sally's Swing Set436
Woodstock Whirlybirds4
Red Baron4
Road Rally4
Camp Bus4
Charlie Brown's Windup4
Snoopy Bounce336
Wacky Worm3
Woodstock Express2
Turntyke2
Linus' Beetle Bugs2
Peanuts Yacht Club2
Pony Promenade1
Scandinavia(Rating)(Height)
Sea Dragon6
Viking Voyager636
Fjord Fjarlane5
Finnish Fling5
Octopus1

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Dining
Africa(Rating)
Coasters Drive-In6
Junkyard Burgers & Fries5
Americana(Rating)
Pizza Pier9
Battle Creek BBQ8
Subway5
Gyro Express5
Vittle Griddle3
Europa(Rating)
Bonici Brothers6
Orient(Rating)
Panda Express4
Scandinavia(Rating)
All Stars Grill7
Tyke Town Cafe5
Pizzo Pizza5
Nordic Nook4

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