WORLDS OF FUN
& Oceans of Fun
Kansas City, MO
Cedar Fair L.P.
Park News - (10/10/16) A quick review of Halloween Haunt at Worlds of Fun has been posted to MidWestInfoGuide this week. It was also noted that along with all the other Cedar Fair parks, any of the haunts across the chain that had even a hint of a possible asylum theme have had their name's changed to Urgent Scare. In this case Urgent Scare has taken the place of Asylum Island. According to the description, it seems a lot of the scenes inside have also been changed, much to the disappointment of the guests. (It is worth noting that in some cases, the parks have simply just changed the name of the haunt, but none of the content inside, as was reported to be the case at Carowinds where The 7th Ward was also renamed Urgent Scare, but the maze inside felt unchanged.)
(9/14/16) Worlds of Fun made their extra announcement this week and... and... it wasn't another ride. Sorry... and I'm sure many fans were disappointed as well, but the good news is that the park is launching a new free "Pre-K Pass" for 2017 that will grant complimentary admission into the park for children age 3 to 5 for the whole season. Visit the official site for details, but you must process your free Pre-K Pass between Oct 1, 2016 and Apr. 30, 2017.
| (5/16/16) Has Worlds of Fun removed their Thunderhawk (Top Spin) ride? Apparently so, as I'm told the ride is no longer on the park's website and photos posted by MidWestInfoGuide one month ago show a work fence put up in front of missing ride's location, leaving only the ramps on the sides and an empty pool of water in the middle.
2017 - 2 New Flat Rides / WinterFest / New Entrance - (8/19/16)
New images of Mustang Runner and Falcon's Flight have been added.
(8/18/16) Worlds of Fun will be building a new park entrance area that will be called International Plaza when the park opens for 2017. The park will also add new two flat rides:
Mustang Runner - a Troika flat ride that will go where the junior bumper cars were.
Falcon’s Flight - a Huss Condor ride to be located in Europa where the existing carousel is currently. That carousel will be retired as the park already has a grand carousel near the front of the park.
Worlds of Fun will also add a WinterFest holiday event in late 2017 as well.
(8/8/16) Worlds of Fun has announced that they will reveal the details about "new things" (yes, plural) coming to the park in 2017 on August 18th.
(4/26/16) A picture on Twitter shows that Worlds of Fun has put up a fun banner in the park showing off a bit of their thrill ride history over the years, with the question of "What's NEW for 2017?" in the middle. Looks like the park is starting to tease something for 2017 already, which is normally a good sign that it may have something big in the works. The only problem is that we know from previous news articles that Cedar Fair is refurbishing a Huss Troika and Huss Condor rights, bought from Europe (see story below) for the 2017 season. But do they have something else in store as well?
(2/9/16) Back in August I mentioned that Cedar Fair was sending a small team of ride experts from the company on a quest to search through parks and facilities across Europe for possible new flat ride acquisitions. The quest was fruitful, with the group buying a total of 7 flat rides for just $7 million so far, and they intend to go on another search through the Asian marketplace next.
Of the seven new rides purchased and undergoing refurbishment, 2 of them will be going to Worlds of Fun: a Huss Troika and a Huss Condor.
2018 - New Coaster - Rumor - (12/21/15) Consider this a long-term rumor, and very subject to change, as I've heard nothing else about this just yet, but we did get an email over the weekend claiming that Worlds of Fun may be looking into adding some kind of Premier Rides launched coaster for the 2018 season. This could be another Sky Rocket II off-the-shelf design like Tempesto at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, or it could be something unique or new. Plenty of time between now and 2018 to shake things up, so stay tuned.