Worlds of Fun is pleased to announce it will be adding two new unique and thrilling rides in 2017, as well as a completely redesigned front gate to enhance the guest experience next season.
But that's not all. Families will be able to ring in the holidays next season and enjoy what is sure to be a new family tradition. WinterFest is coming to Worlds of Fun, showcasing 14 favorite holiday characters, spectacular light displays, ice skating, and festive live entertainment. The park will be transformed into a winter wonderland for six weeks beginning November 24, 2017.
“While rides and water slides are the focus for the summer, we pride ourselves on creating memories for families. What better way to create more memories than during Winterfest by starting a new holiday family tradition in Kansas City,” Wilburn added.
Today, Kansas City's Worlds of Fun theme park announced its next major thrill since Boomerang: the Patriot. Patriot is a Bolliger and Mabillard inverted coaster that is the largest overall of its kind in the area. Not only that, it's the park's biggest investment since the park was first built back in 1972 at a price tag of $14 million. Patriot's twisted layout takes riders on an insane two minute and fourteen second rampage through the patriotic themed track. The ride is custom designed with the terrain, coming from world famous and top rated coaster company, B&M. Riders will go through a twisted layout which includes a height of 149 feet, speeds of sixty miles per hour, seven inversions, and a length of over 3,000 feet. The ride is a part of refurbishment of the Americana area of Beat Street.Patriot will open to patriotic thrillseekers on April 6th, 2006. It will be World's of Fun's sixth operating coaster.
It is now official that World's of Fun will be losing one coaster and gaining one coaster next year. Orient Express is currently being removed after twenty-three seasons of operation at the Kansas City location in favor of a new $4 million family spinning wild mouse coaster from Gerstlauer named Spinning Dragons.
Citing high maintenance expenses and the need for new expansion land, Worlds of Fun made the announcement that Orient Express would be removed, although it is unknown whether the steel looping coaster will operate ever again at another park.
Orient Express was one of only two steel coasters in the world from Arrow Dyanamics with an Interlocking Vertical Loop element, and was also the first coaster to send riders through a double Boomerang inversion.
Spinning Dragons is expected to open with Worlds of Fun next season on April 3rd, 2004.