Worlds of Fun -- owned and operated by the Cedar Fair folks -- is divided into five major sections: Scandinavia, Africa, Europa, the Orient, and Americana, each of which features its own rides, attractions, shops, shows, and restaurants themed in accordance with the name. The park offers multiple thrill rides, including the state-of-the-art scream machine Mamba, whose first hill takes riders more than 200 feet above the ground, then flings them back down at 75 mph.
The inverted steel coaster Patriot delivers two minutes and 18 seconds of spine-tingling excitement. While hanging beneath the track, riders climb a 149-foot lift hill, then plunge down a 123-foot curved drop at 60 mph. This is followed by an 89-foot vertical loop, a zero-gravity roll, an Immelmann loop, an inclined banked curve, an s-curve, a corkscrew, and a high-speed spiral. Extra-charge attractions include go-karts, a rock climbing wall, and the RipCord free fall Skycoaster.
For the more level headed (literally and metaphorically), Camp Snoopy invites kids to explore dozens of gentler rides and attractions with the world famous PEANUTS characters, including Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. There is also a wide variety of live entertainment scheduled throughout the season, as well as the recurring HalloWeekends--Kansas City's largest collection of haunted attractions--scheduled throughout mid-Fall. (Note that theme park enthusiasts also have the option of staying overnight at the Worlds of Fun Village, a cabin, cottage, and RV resort.)
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Kansas City, Missouri
Worlds of Fun offers a number of admission options and prices, including single- and two-consecutive-day-passes and discounted tickets after certain times of day (which varies with park hours). Reduced rates are available for children and seniors. Admission is free for ages 2 and under. Oceans of Fun water park is included with admission to Worlds of Fun. Season passes for Worlds of Fun and all Cedar Fair parks are also available.
Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun are located off the east loop of I-435 at exit 54 in Kansas City, Missouri.
Kansas City International Airport (MCI) is 20 miles northwest of Worlds of Fun. From the airport, take I-435 E, which turns into I-435 S, then take exit 54.
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With the well-regarded hypercoaster Mamba--3 minutes, 200+ feet, 75 mph--and the inverted coaster Patriot--4 inversions, 60 mph--leading the pack, Worlds of Fun should offer budding Evel Knievels everywhere their fill of thrill. Other rides at Worlds of Fun guaranteed to get your blood pumpin' and your heart thumpin' include Detonator, the first "space shot" ride of its type in the United States, and the classic wooden coaster Timber Wolf. There is also a good variety of rides and attractions for the younger crowd. Shows include a number of live musical and variety productions.
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What's New at Worlds of Fun
New for 2014:
A 301-foot-tall swing tower ride is coming, but it will not be brand new. The relocated ride originally thrilled Knott's Berry Farm guests.
New for 2013:
New waterslides and Dinosaurs Alive
Oceans of Fun water park will get a new six-slide tower. You'll have to pay extra to visit the park's new dinosaur land.
New for 2011:
Planet Snoopy and Carousel
The park will rename and expand its kiddie area with six new Snoopy-themed rides. It will also get the circa-1926 carousel from the shuttered Geauga Lake.
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