New on the site: Kansas City's Worlds of Fun

December 28, 2008, 9:25 PM · Thanks to some extra work from Theme Park Insider member James Rao, we have another park on the site available for your ratings and reviews: Kansas City's Cedar Fair park, Worlds of Fun. If you've visited that park in the past season, please click over and submit your ratings and reviews for the rides and restaurants you visited.

You might also notice that I have removed Hard Rock Park from the right-side navigation on the site. The page is still there, linked from our ratings and reviews home page, but since it seems highly unlikely that the park will open in 2009, if ever again, I felt the space on the nav rail could be better served with another park.

The link line-up will change whenever the 2008 attendance report is released, but since James and some other TPI readers were eager to talk about Worlds of Fun, I figured we'd give it the slot for now.

Also, I sent this out to our e-mail subscribers, but I also wanted to make sure that Web-only readers were invited to check out our new Theme Park Insider Twitter feed. That's where I will be posting daily updates, plus more frequent posts live from whatever theme park or event I am visiting. (If you haven't signed up for our e-mail newsletter either, that's another great way to stay in touch with what is happening on the site.)

Finally, if you are on Facebook and have not yet become a fan of our Theme Park Insider Facebook page, why not take a moment to do that, as well? We'll have easy access there to photos and videos during the year, plus that's a great place to post when you'll be in a park, if you want to meet up with other TPI Facebook readers.

Thanks for reading, and we'll have some fun pictures from SeaWorld San Antonio tomorrow, as well as our early look at this year's Rose Parade floats.

Replies (4)

December 28, 2008 at 9:43 PM · Thanks, Robert. Worlds of Fun may not be a great destination park, but it is my home park, and its heart is in the right place. Besides, with the economy the way it is, I probably will only visit one park next year and it will be Worlds of Fun. So when I write a review of WOF's new coaster, Prowler, at least I can justify that fancy TPI Badge I wear around the neighborhood!
December 29, 2008 at 12:33 PM · Like the Oscars, TPI has really opened up to "indie" experiences over the last few years. I remember a time when my "local" park, Canada's Wonderland, the most attended seasonal park in North America, wasn't even on the site.

Thanks to James and Robert for this addition, though I doubt I'll ever have a chance to experience it.

December 29, 2008 at 1:27 PM · There is a bit of a balancing act involved in deciding which parks get a full listing on the site and which ones get in the right navigation.

Obviously, the top 20 parks on attendance make it. So do the top 5-6 international parks which significant English-speaking followings.

That leaves five spots for parks that I think are significant enough to merit discussion and that will draw traffic to the site by being listed.

At one point, we tried to get as many parks as we could on the website, and traffic tanked. The presence of all those smaller parks diluted the prominence of the big parks, leaving their fans to click elsewhere. So I culled the database and site traffic rebounded.

Since then, I've gradually added parks back to the mix. Worlds of Fun getting a new coaster this summer puts them on the list for 2009.

December 29, 2008 at 2:54 PM · FWIW, I think all the parks owned by the major players in the industry (20+ million in attendance) should be represented on the site: Disney, Universal, Busch, Cedar Fair, Merlin, and (unfortunately) Six Flags. Beyond those companies, I think the balancing act you referred to should come into play. Worlds of Fun is a Cedar Fair park and should therefore be included.

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