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Posted: August 31, 2013

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.

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Readers' reviews:

Attractions
Africa(Rating)(Height)
Prowler848
Mamba848
Fury of the Nile746
Zulu654
Monsoon646
Boomerang548
Americana(Rating)(Height)
Patriot954
Worlds of Fun Railroad7
The Grand Carrousel7
Detonator748
Thunderhawk754
Cyclone Sam's548
Timber Wolf548
Scrambler536
Skyliner536
Krazy Kars4
SteelHawk48
Europa(Rating)(Height)
Snoopy's Hot Summer Lights7
Flying Dutchman7
Le Carrousel5
Autobahn548
Le Taxitour5
Bounce-A-Roos2
Orient(Rating)(Height)
Spinning Dragons743
Bamboozler746
Planet Snoopy(Rating)(Height)
Peanut's Playhouse8
Flying Ace Balloon Race7
Woodstock's Airmail736
Peanuts 5007
Snoopy's Rocket Express636
Lucy's Tugboat5
Woodstock Whirlybirds4
Camp Bus4
Charlie Brown's Windup4
Red Baron4
Road Rally4
Snoopy Bounce436
Sally's Swing Set336
Wacky Worm3
Woodstock Express2
Turntyke2
Linus' Beetle Bugs2
Peanuts Yacht Club2
Pony Promenade1
Head Over Wheels1
Scandinavia(Rating)(Height)
Finnish Fling7
Octopus7
Sea Dragon6
Viking Voyager636
Fjord Fjarlane5

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Dining
Africa(Rating)
Coasters Drive-In6
Junkyard Burgers & Fries5
Americana(Rating)
Pizza Pier9
Battle Creek BBQ8
Subway8
Gyro Express5
Vittle Griddle1
Europa(Rating)
Bonici Brothers6
Orient(Rating)
Panda Express8
Scandinavia(Rating)
All Stars Grill6
Tyke Town Cafe5
Pizzo Pizza5
Nordic Nook4

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