Zambezi Zinger gets a new grand opening date

June 15, 2023, 3:36 PM · Roller coaster fans will get their first chance to ride Worlds of Fun's new Zambezi Zinger this weekend, as the park has announced a new opening date for the ride.

Zambezi Zinger was supposed to open May 25, but the Kansas City park pushed back the debut, saying that "we just need some more time to get everything ready." Now everything is good to go, and the park's 2023 season passholders will get to ride the coaster this weekend in advance of its official grand opening on Monday, June 19.

Carrying the name of the old Schwarzkopf coaster that ran at the park until 1997, Great Coasters International's new Zambezi Zinger is a hybrid coaster that runs 2,482 feet on a steel and wood frame, with a top speed of 45 mph, but it keeps the original's iconic spiral lift hill design.

For tickets starting at $43, please visit our partner's Worlds of Fun tickets page. And for reviews and videos of everything else that we have covered from this year's new attraction debuts, please take a look at our New Theme Park Attractions in 2023 page.

Replies (2)

June 16, 2023 at 10:18 AM

Missed the mark by 3 weeks, though FWIW, it sounds like the park was performing some soft openings of the coaster over the past week - however it bothers me when they do a charity ride when thousands of lucky guests got to ride it first before those who paid hundreds/thousands of dollars to be officially "first".

June 18, 2023 at 6:03 PM

Yeah, it wouldn’t have been too difficult to get the winners there prior to soft opening. Worlds of Fun management screwed the pooch on this one.

For the rest of us, I’m looking forward to riding this next month.

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