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Worlds of Fun

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Location 4545 Worlds of Fun Avenue •

Kansas City, Missouri 64161 Flag of the United States Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2011x811, 171 KB) Summary Timber Wolf at Worlds of Fun, Kansas City. ... Nickname: Location in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in the state of Missouri. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ...

Website http://www.worldsoffun.com
Owner Cedar Fair Entertainment Company
Opened May 26, 1973
Operating season April through October
Area 235 acres (~0.90 km²)
Rides 43 total
  • 6 roller coasters
  • 3 water rides

Worlds of Fun (WOF) is an amusement park in Kansas City, Missouri, United States. The park opened in 1973 and was originally built by Lamar Hunt and Jack Steadman. In 1995 Hunt-Midwest sold Worlds of Fun to Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., who currently owns the park. Worlds of Fun has an attached water park called Oceans of Fun. is the 146th day of the year (147th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Nickname: Location in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in the state of Missouri. ... Lamar Hunt (August 2, 1932 – December 13, 2006) was a promoter of American football, soccer, tennis, basketball, and ice hockey in the United States and an inductee of the first three sports halls of fame. ... Jack W. Steadman (born September 14, 1928) is the former chairman, president and general manager for the Kansas City Chiefs professional team and has been associated with the team every year since its inception in 1960 as the Dallas Texans. ... Cedar Fair L.P is publicly traded company that owns and operates amusement parks in North America. ... Oceans of Fun is a water park that opened on May 31, 1982 in Kansas City, Missouri. ...

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History

Worlds of Fun opened on May 26, 1973, at a cost of 25 million dollars. It was situated at the northern edge of a vast industrial complex developed by Hunt in the bluffs above the Missouri River in Clay County, Missouri. Immediately south of the park is Hunt's SubTropolis underground business complex. is the 146th day of the year (147th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... The Missouri River is a tributary of the Mississippi River in the United States. ... Clay County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. ... SubTropolis is a 55,000,000 square foot (5,060,000 m³), 1,100-acre manmade cave in the bluffs above the Missouri River in Kansas City, Missouri that is claimed to be the worlds largest underground storage facility. ...


At the time, numerous modernization projects were transforming Kansas City including the opening of Kansas City International Airport, Bartle Hall and Kemper Arena. In 1976, a new section opened for America's Bicentennial called Bicentennial Square. Three mascots also accompanied Worlds of Fun in the early days: Sam Panda, Grrrtrude the Lovable Gorilla, and Dan'l Coon. Airport diagram Airport from the east. ... Bartle Halls four, tall, art deco pylons are a highly noticeable fixture in the Kansas City skyline Bartle Hall stretches across Interstate 670 in Kansas City. ... Kemper Arena American Royal Center is an 19,500 seat indoor arena in Kansas City, Missouri that has hosted NCAA Final Four basketball games, professional basketball and hockey teams, the 1976 Republican Convention, and is the ongoing host of the American Royal livestock show. ...


In 1982, ten years after Worlds of Fun's opening, Oceans of Fun (at the time the largest water park in the world) opened next door. However, it would take another ten years before the two parks were linked. Oceans of Fun is a water park that opened on May 31, 1982 in Kansas City, Missouri. ...


Park layout

The Detonator ride in Americana.
The Detonator ride in Americana.

The park is themed around the Jules Verne book, Around the World in Eighty Days. Worlds of Fun is divided into five major sections (Scandinavia, Africa, Europa, the Orient, and Americana). Rides, attractions, shops, shows, and restaurants are named according to the area theme. Within Americana, Camp Snoopy (the area of the park specifically for young children), could be considered the sixth major section. Originally added as an expansion of Americana, over the years the ground currently occupied by Camp Snoopy has changed its identity several times. Initially it was called "Aerodrome" (1978-86) with futuristic rides for adults, it then became a children's area called "Pandamonium!" (1987-97), then "Berenstain Bear Country" (1997-2000), and currently "Camp Snoopy" (2001-present)). Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1944x2592, 2050 KB) Summary Worlds of Funs Detonator in flight. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1944x2592, 2050 KB) Summary Worlds of Funs Detonator in flight. ... Jules Gabriel Verne (February 8, 1828–March 24, 1905) was a French author who pioneered the science-fiction genre. ... Around the World in Eighty Days (French: Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours) is a classic adventure novel by the French writer Jules Verne, first published in 1873. ... The Berenstain Bears as seen in animation. ...


There is no part of the park themed for Oceania, or Australia, so two Australian-themed rides are fit into other sections. They are Boomerang in Africa, and Bounce-A-Roos in Europa. Worlds of Funs Boomerang Boomerang opened in the 2000 season replacing the vaconcy left by the Zambezi Zinger departure in 1997. ...


Worlds of Fun Village

In 2005 Worlds of Fun opened the first on site resort. The camp ground is adjacent to the park, and is located "behind" the Mamba. The Village has 22 cabins and 20 cottages and 82 sites for RVs, complete with electric and TV cable hook ups. Each cabin or cottage can fit from 6-8 people.


Halloween Haunt

Every year Worlds of Fun is transformed during the "Halloween Haunt" During the day the park is a friendly "Halloween Town" filled with pumpkins and seasonal decorations but as night approaches low level fog creeps onto the midways at the park and sick and twisted roaming characters beg for more than attention. As the tagline says "Extreme Haunts by Night, Scare Free Fun by Day!" The "Extreme Haunts" as they are called are accessed by your regular admission price ticket, so you can scream over and over again. The Halloween Haunt in 2007 runs from September 22 to the season closing date October 31st. The park boasts "For the low price of one addmission ticket" Roller Coasters & Thrill Rides, Scare-Free Daytime Family Fun, Spooky Shows at the "Moulin Rouge Theatre" as well as many kid friendly events inside Camp Snoopy. Also seven haunted houses dot the map of Worlds Of Fun those of which includes new Halloween Haunt attractions for 2007:

  • BloodShed - Processing at the Old McDonald Slaughterhouse has gone horribly wrong and you should be aware of your surroundings or you'll be "dead meat".
  • CarnEvil - Beware of cadever craving clowns and crazy carnies who taunt those who trespass their territory. Sideshow Freaks perform stunts to make you wince and cringe. And you can also "Try your hand" at our midway games, where your limbs will love the ring-finger toss.

As well as the usual favorites:

  • Asylum Island - a mental hospital for the criminally insane.
  • Dominion of Doom - a gothic cemetery where the forces of evil dwell.
  • Lore of the Vampire - an ancient catacomb inhabited by hoards of vampires.
  • Camp Gonnagitcha Witchahatchet - a summer camp gone terribly wrong.
  • The Fright Zone - Where twisted characters lurk in the nightmarish shadows and blinding fog, searching for their next victims to drag into the darkness.

All of which rival some of the best and biggest Haunted Houses surrounding Kansas City.


Rides

List of rides as of 2007.[1]

Ride Ride Manufacturer and Type Height Requirement Location Thrill level
Autobahn Arrow Dynamics bumper car ride Over 48" or with adult Europa High
Bamboozler Hrubetz Round Up Over 46" Orient Moderate
Boomerang Vekoma Boomerang Over 48" Africa Aggressive
Bounce-A-Roos Under 54" Europa Mild
Camp Bus 42" or with adult Camp Snoopy Moderate
Charlie Brown's Windup Under 54" Camp Snoopy Mild
Cyclone Sam's Chance Morgan Wipeout Over 48" Americana Aggressive
Detonator S&S Space Shot Over 52" Americana Aggressive
Finnish Fling Chance Morgan Rotor Over 46" or with adult Scandinavia High
Fjörd Fjärlane Huss Swing Around Over 48" Scandinavia Moderate
Flying Dutchman Intamin Flying Dutchman Over 46" Europa Mild
Fury of the Nile Intamin river rafting ride Over 46" Africa Aggressive
Grand Prix Raceway + Over 58" Americana High
Head Over Wheels Under 54" Camp Snoopy Mild
Krazy Kars Under 54" Americana Mild
Le Carrousel Over 46" Europa Mild
Le TaxiTour Arrow Dynamics track car ride Over 48" Europa Moderate
Linus' Beetle Bugs Under 54" Camp Snoopy Mild
Mamba Chance Morgan hypercoaster Over 48" Africa Aggressive
Monsoon Intamin Shoot-the-Chutes ride Over 48" Africa High
Octopus Eyerly Octopus Over 48" or with adult Scandinavia Moderate
Patriot Bolliger & Mabillard inverted coaster Over 54" Americana Aggressive
Peanunts™ Playhouse Under 54" Camp Snoopy Low
Peanunts™ Yacht Club Under 54" Camp Snoopy Low
Pony Promenade Under 54" Camp Snoopy Low
Red Baron Under 54" Camp Snoopy Mild
RipCord + Skycoaster Over 48" Orient Aggressive
Road Rally Under 54" Camp Snoopy Low
Scrambler Eli Bridge Scrambler Over 48" or with adult Americana Moderate
Sea Dragon Chance Morgan Sea Dragon Over 48" or with adult Scandinavia Moderate
Skyliner Watkins aerial chairlift Over 36" Americana Mild
Snoopy Bounce Under 54" Camp Snoopy Mild
Spinning Dragons Gerstlauer spinning coaster At least 42" Orient High
The Rock + Rockwall Over 36" Orient High
Thunderhawk Huss Top Spin Between 55" and 77" Americana Aggressive
Timber Wolf Dinn Corporation wooden twister Over 48" Americana Aggressive
Turntyke Under 54" Camp Snoopy Low
Viking Voyager Arrow Dynamics log flume Over 46" or with adult Scandinavia Aggressive
Wacky Worm Zamperla kiddie coaster Over 42" Camp Snoopy Moderate
Woodstock's Airmail S&S Frog Hopper Over 36" but under 54" Camp Snoopy Mild
Woodstock Express Custom kiddie train Under 54" Camp Snoopy Low
World's of Fun Railroad Custom steam train Over 46" or with adult Americana Mild
Zulu Huss Enterprise Over 54" Africa Aggressive
  • + Denotes an extra cost for the ride or attraction.

Arrow Dynamics was a roller coaster design company based in Clearfield, Utah. ... Bumper car at a small town fair Bumper car is the generic name for a type of flat ride consisting of several small electric cars that draw their power from an overhead grid, which is turned off by the operator at the end of a session. ... “Round up” redirects here. ... Worlds of Funs Boomerang Boomerang opened in the 2000 season replacing the vaconcy left by the Zambezi Zinger departure in 1997. ... Vekoma-built Limit (Heide Park) Vekoma is a roller coaster and thrill ride designer with its facilities based in the Netherlands. ... This article about an amusement park, amusement ride, or roller coaster is a stub. ... Chance-Morgan, a roller coaster manufacturer, was formed in 2001 with the merger of Chance Industries and D. H. Morgan Manufacturing, both roller coaster manufacturers. ... The Wipeout is a newer form of the Trabant. ... Detonator made history when it first appeared in the Americana section of Worlds of Fun as being the first space shot ride of its type in the United States. ... S&S Power is company known for its pneumatically powered rides. ... Space Shot in Linnanmäki amusement park in Finland. ... Chance-Morgan, a roller coaster manufacturer, was formed in 2001 with the merger of Chance Industries and D. H. Morgan Manufacturing, both roller coaster manufacturers. ... Interior of the Rotor at Luna Park Sydney. ... Giant frisbee of Huss HUSS Engine Works GmbH & Co. ... Expedition GeForce Intamin AG is a designing and manufacturing company in Wollerau, Switzerland. ... Expedition GeForce Intamin AG is a designing and manufacturing company in Wollerau, Switzerland. ... Piraña Efteling in the Netherlands Manufacturer: Intamin A River Rafting Ride is an amusement ride that simulates whitewater rafting. ... Arrow Dynamics was a roller coaster design company based in Clearfield, Utah. ... Mamba was the first hypercoaster built in 1998, often compared to its sister roller coasters Steel Force at Dorney Park and Wild Thing at Valleyfair! Features 7th Longest in North America. ... Chance-Morgan, a roller coaster manufacturer, was formed in 2001 with the merger of Chance Industries and D. H. Morgan Manufacturing, both roller coaster manufacturers. ... The worlds first hyper coaster, Magnum XL-200 at Cedar Point A hypercoaster can mean one of two things; A style/model[1] [2] [3] of roller coaster that incorporates three features: An initial drop and/or lift hill of 200-299 feet Lacks any inverting elements Features a... Expedition GeForce Intamin AG is a designing and manufacturing company in Wollerau, Switzerland. ... Snake River Falls at Cedar Point Shoot-the-Chutes is an amusement ride consisting of a flat-bottomed boat that slides down a flume into a lagoon. ... The octopus is an amusement ride in the shape of an octopus. ... Patriot is a roller coaster at Worlds of Fun, Kansas City, Missouri. ... Bolliger and Mabillard Consulting Engineers, Inc. ... Inverted roller coaster Batman the Ride An inverted roller coaster is a roller coaster in which the train runs under the track with the seats directly attached to the wheel carriage. ... A typical Skycoaster arch tower. ... A sizzler twist made by the Twist Company, in the sunset The Twist, also known as the Twister, Cyclone, Sizzler, Scrambler or Grasscutter is a highly successful ride made up of three arms with clusters attached which have cars attached to them. ... Chance-Morgan, a roller coaster manufacturer, was formed in 2001 with the merger of Chance Industries and D. H. Morgan Manufacturing, both roller coaster manufacturers. ... Spinning Dragons is a Gerstlauer spinning roller coaster at Worlds of Fun amusement park, Kansas City, Missouri. ... Lift and 97 degree first drop of Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter Typhoon at Bobbejaanland Gerstlauer Amusement Rides GmbH is a German manufacturer of stationary and transportable amusement rides and roller coasters, located in Münsterhausen, Germany. ... A Spinning roller coaster is a roller coaster with cars that are able to rotate on a vertical axis or sometimes (as in the case of 4th dimension roller coasters, as they are known to Arrow Dynamics) on a horizontal axis. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Huss may refer to: a Swedish noble family Henry Holden Huss Hugo Jan Huss John Huss, also known as Jan Hus Pierre J. Huss Toby Huss HUSS Maschinenfabrik, a German amusement ride manufacturer. ... It has been suggested that Thunderhawk (Worlds of Fun) be merged into this article or section. ... The Timber Wolf is a wooden roller coaster at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, MO. It was built for Worlds of Fun by the Dinn Corporation and opened in 1989. ... Arrow Dynamics was a roller coaster design company based in Clearfield, Utah. ... For the log-transport device of the same name, see Log flume. ... Wacky Worm first appeared in the Americana section of the part. ... Zamperla Rides is a designing and manufacturing company in Vicenza, Italy. ... S&S Power is company known for its pneumatically powered rides. ... Huss may refer to: a Swedish noble family Henry Holden Huss Hugo Jan Huss John Huss, also known as Jan Hus Pierre J. Huss Toby Huss HUSS Maschinenfabrik, a German amusement ride manufacturer. ... An Enterprise The enterprise is an amusement ride manufactured by HUSS Maschinenfabrik. ...

Roller coasters

The Timber Wolf is a wooden roller coaster at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, MO. It was built for Worlds of Fun by the Dinn Corporation and opened in 1989. ... The Texas Giant, a large wooden roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, TX Thunderbird in the PowerPark amusement park A wooden roller coaster or woodie is most often classified as a roller coaster with laminated steel running rails overlayed upon a wooden track. ... Wacky Worm first appeared in the Americana section of the part. ... Mamba was the first hypercoaster built in 1998, often compared to its sister roller coasters Steel Force at Dorney Park and Wild Thing at Valleyfair! Features 7th Longest in North America. ... The worlds first hyper coaster, Magnum XL-200 at Cedar Point A hypercoaster can mean one of two things; A style/model[1] [2] [3] of roller coaster that incorporates three features: An initial drop and/or lift hill of 200-299 feet Lacks any inverting elements Features a... Chance-Morgan, a roller coaster manufacturer, was formed in 2001 with the merger of Chance Industries and D. H. Morgan Manufacturing, both roller coaster manufacturers. ... Worlds of Funs Boomerang Boomerang opened in the 2000 season replacing the vaconcy left by the Zambezi Zinger departure in 1997. ... A shuttle roller coaster is any roller coaster which ultimately does not make a complete circuit, but rather reverses at some point throughout its course and transverses the track it initially went through backwards. ... Vekoma-built Limit (Heide Park) Vekoma is a roller coaster and thrill ride designer with its facilities based in the Netherlands. ... Spinning Dragons is a Gerstlauer spinning roller coaster at Worlds of Fun amusement park, Kansas City, Missouri. ... A Spinning roller coaster is a roller coaster with cars that are able to rotate on a vertical axis or sometimes (as in the case of 4th dimension roller coasters, as they are known to Arrow Dynamics) on a horizontal axis. ... Lift and 97 degree first drop of Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter Typhoon at Bobbejaanland Gerstlauer Amusement Rides GmbH is a German manufacturer of stationary and transportable amusement rides and roller coasters, located in Münsterhausen, Germany. ... Patriot is a roller coaster at Worlds of Fun, Kansas City, Missouri. ... Inverted roller coaster Batman the Ride An inverted roller coaster is a roller coaster in which the train runs under the track with the seats directly attached to the wheel carriage. ... Bolliger and Mabillard Consulting Engineers, Inc. ...

Other notable rides

  • Viking Voyager (1973), a classic log-flume ride, but themed with Viking-style boats.
  • Fury of the Nile (1984), the first and only river rafting ride that isn't drained every night. It also was the first to have a turnstile-type loading dock. For Halloweekends in October, the water is dyed blood red.
  • Detonator (1996), the first space shot in the United States and the first in the world to have twin towers.
  • RipCord (1996), a 190-foot-tall Skycoaster.
  • Thunderhawk (2002), a Top Spin ride with fountains that spray on the riders when the weather is warm. The fountains are not operating for the 2007 season.

As of 2006, only 12 rides have weathered each season since opening in 1973, most notably the Viking Voyager, Finnish Fling, Le TaxiTour and the Flying Dutchman, which park founder Lamar Hunt said was his favorite. For the log-transport device of the same name, see Log flume. ... Piraña Efteling in the Netherlands Manufacturer: Intamin A River Rafting Ride is an amusement ride that simulates whitewater rafting. ... Detonator made history when it first appeared in the Americana section of Worlds of Fun as being the first space shot ride of its type in the United States. ... Space Shot in Linnanmäki amusement park in Finland. ... A typical Skycoaster arch tower. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... It has been suggested that Thunderhawk (Worlds of Fun) be merged into this article or section. ... Lamar Hunt (August 2, 1932 – December 13, 2006) was a promoter of American football, soccer, tennis, basketball, and ice hockey in the United States and an inductee of the first three sports halls of fame. ...


Retired rides and attractions

See also: Closed rides and attractions#Worlds of Fun
  • Schussboomer, (1973-1984), a ski-themed steel roller coaster with ten separate 4-passenger cars.
  • Screamroller/Extremeroller(EXT), (1976-1988), the first stand-up roller coaster in the Western Hemisphere. Its only season as a stand-up coaster was in 1983, after which it was reverted back to the original sit-down style.
  • Zambezi Zinger, (1973-1997), a steel "Speedracer"-type roller coaster (one of only two in existence at the time of its removal) with an electric spiral lift and a fast-paced ride through the woods. Currently in operation at the National Theme Park of Colombia, South America.
  • Incred-O-Dome, (1981-1997), an OMNIMAX-style theater where viewers could go on a virtual ride of, among other things, the Orient Express coaster. This appealed to visitors who did not want to wait in line or experience the real ride, as well as those with physical conditions which would prevent them from riding at all. The show was presented less than 200 yards away from the actual ride.
  • Omegatron, (1986-2001), a six-story, upside-down thrill ride.
  • Orient Express, (1980-2003), the first roller coaster in to world to feature a batwing (then known as a "Kamikaze Kurve"), now a common element in thrill rides. Also, it was the second roller coaster in the world to have two interlocking loops.

The following are amusement park rides and attractions that have been closed. ... A stand-up roller coaster is a roller coaster designed so that the rider stands throughout the course of the ride. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... IMAX theatre at the Melbourne Museum complex, Australia BFI London IMAX by night IMAX dome in Guayaquil, Ecuador IMAX Theater in SM Mall of Asia, Philippines IMAX (short for Image Maximum) is a film format created by Canadas IMAX Corporation that has the capacity to display images of far... The Orient Express was a roller coaster in the amusement park Worlds of Fun. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...

References

  1. ^ Worlds of Fun: Inside the Park - Rides
  • Worlds of Fun official website

See also

// This is a summary of notable incidents that have taken place at various Cedar Fair-owned theme parks. ...

External links


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