Worlds of Fun
Location: Kansas City, MO
The “Gateway to the West” is also home to thrills and chills at World of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri. Come along with us as we tell you the history and all you can expect from this action packed park in the heartland of America. Worlds of Fun opened in 1973 and was owned and operated by Lamar Hunt and Mid-America Enterprises. Hunt developed some land at the end of an industrial complex that sat above the Missouri River. Hunt wanted to capitalize on the urbanization of Kansas City with the addition of a theme park. The major airport had just opened and the city was growing with leaps and bounds every year. The theme park was supposed to be just one part of a multi-million dollar plan that included hotels, businesses, and restaurants but the plan fizzled and the only thing left was the park.
The park began adding attractions in 1973 right after opening that included flats and a large theater that would show entertaining show throughout the operating season. On the park’s 10th year anniversary they announced the addition of Oceans of Fun; a waterpark that was build right next door. The park was beaming in success and then came the first ever stand up roller coaster in 1983 with Extremeroller.
In 1995, a struggling Mid-America Enterprises sold the park to Cedar Far Entertainment. Cedar Fair turned the park upside down and began taking the park into a different direction. Many thrill rides and extreme roller coasters were added in the 90s and 2000s including Mamba. Guests were coming from states all in the Midwest to get a glimpse at the new direction. Record attendances year after year allowed for Cedar Fair to continue putting money into the park. In the 2000s, the park added Patriot; a B&M inverted coaster and Prowler which is said to be one of the best wooden coasters in the country. The park also added an $8 million dollar Planet Snoopy kids area to the park and expanded Oceans of Fun.
Today the park boasts 7 roller coasters and 48 total rides. You will not want to travel to the Midwest and miss this park. While you are there, take advantage of the water park as well since it is included with park admission. Whether by stagecoach, train, boat, or plane; find your way to Worlds of Fun and enjoy what the breadbasket of America has to offer.
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