WORLDS OF FUN
& Oceans of Fun
Kansas City, MO
Cedar Fair L.P.
Park News - (1/11/2023) It sounds like Cedar Fair is moving some of their park staff around. According to this article Cedar Fair has named Rick Fiedler as the new VP and General Manager of Worlds of Fun. Fiedler comes from Knott’s Berry Farm where it was VP of Merchandise for the past six years, and before that he spent 10 years in the same post at Canada’s Wonderland.
The previous VP/GM of Worlds of Fun, Tony Carovillano, has returned to Kings Island to serve as the VP of Operations.
(11/13/22) A quick heads up for Worlds of Fun fans… according to a tweet from the park Worlds of Fun opted to remain closed this weekend due to cold weather, marking a quicker than anticipated end to the 2022 season. The park will now remain closed until the opening of the 2023 season next Spring.
Unlike other many other Cedar Fair parks, Worlds of Fun does not put on a WinterFest event currently. The park did attempt it in the past and held WinterFest for the 2017 through 2019 seasons, but they have not brought it back since the start of the pandemic.
(9/10/22) Despite some previous marketing seen earlier this year related to the sales of 2022 season passes, it seems Worlds of Fun will NOT be offering the “all-new Tricks and Treats Fall Fest” event after all. The park’s current promotions page now only lists the return of The Great Pumpkin Fest on weekends from Sept. 17 through Oct 30, 2022.
2023 - Zambezi Zinger - (1/27/2023) A couple of great construction images from Worlds of Fun have been posted to social media showing off the progress on the new Zambezi Zinger.
(11/18/22) Our first look at the Zambezi Zinger coaster cars can be seen below as posted on Twitter.
(8/14/22) I’m hearing that there may be a little bit more Titan Track on the new Zambezi Zinger (II?) than we first thought. Much like how the animation shows it going back to Titan Track on the big hill and curve around the spiral lift, we may see small sections of Titan Track added in to some of the coaster’s other tight curves, as needed, to help prevent wear and tear on those high stress points. We really won’t know more though until construction starts and we see what goes wear.
(8/12/22) I’ve got a quick but very important update about the new Zambezi Zinger coaster coming to Worlds of Fun next year. Well, a couple of things… starting with the name of the ride. While I previously called it Zambezi Zinger II, based on the logo shown having the two claw marks, thus far the park has referred to it only as “Zambezi Zinger”. Personally, I’d rather this be Zambezi Zinger II, as it just sort of clears things up a bit. Plus everyone loves a good sequel.
The second item to correct is that the coaster will actually not be built entirely with Titan Track. The park’s website makes it sound that way, but according to the official blog post from Skyline Attractions who created the Titan Track for GCI, the new Zambezi Zinger will be “a one-of-a-kind hybrid roller coaster attraction with a combined 2,428 feet [740 m] of classic wooden roller coaster track and Titan Track.”
If you look carefully at some of the concept art posted, you can actually see some of the transitions between Titan Track and normal wooden coaster track. You can also clearly make out which sections of the ride at Titan Track and which aren’t in animated POV video. This shows a transition from normal track to Titan Track shortly after the train leaves the station. Titan Track is used for the entirety of the spiral lift hill and the first drop, transitioning back to regular track at the bottom. It switches back to Titan Track going up and down the curve around the spiral lift hill and then seems to return to regular track for the remainder of the ride.
It’s an interesting choice to not use the new Titan Track for the majority of the layout, though the nature of Titan Track does allow it to be added in the years to come to help smooth out any rough spots.
(8/11/22) The Zambezi Zinger returns to Worlds of Fun in 2023 in an all new form. As rumored, the Zambezi Zinger II will be a wooden roller coaster, featuring combination steel and wood structure from GCI. Like the original Zambezi Zinger, this new version will start off with a unique spiral lift hill. This will be a full hybrid roller coaster system, featuring the first full use of GCI's new Titan Track system. It will also feature GCI's new Infinity Flyer roller coaster trains as well, with a total track length of 2,428 feet, a height of 74 feet, and a top speed of 45mph.
(7/16/22) A couple of interesting factoids have leaked about Worlds of Fun new Project 50 on Twitter this week. A tweet went out claiming that the new mystery ride was now being referred to internally as “Project Dollhouse”. While this sounded odd at first, another Tweet pointed out (with a cool photo) that the old Zambezi Zinger queue was turned into a “Doll Factory” themed maze for Halloween Haunt several times.
Now while we are talking Zambezi Zinger, you may also recall that the rumor we posted claimed that whatever this new coaster would be, they were also apparently calling it “Project 2.0” at one point, because it was supposed to provide a modern take on one of the park’s lost but beloved coasters, such as Zambezi Zinger or Orient Express.
At this point, I think we can say that World of Fun may definitely be trying to bring back some Zambezi Zinger vibes, but instead of with a steel coaster (and I know many of you wanted an RMC Raptor here) this will be a wooden coaster, if those leaked plans hold true. So how can a wooden coaster try to recreate the Zambezi Zinger? While I don’t know the whole story, rumors claim this may be a mostly low-to-the-ground terrain coaster experience that will start things off with perhaps the Zambezi Zingers most iconic structure… the spiral lift hill.
As far as i know, this would actually be a first for a modern wooden roller coaster, and someone please correct me if I am wrong. Spiral lift hills are quite rare these days and to my knowledge, they were previously restricted to steel coasters from select European manufacturers. Like the Zambezi Zinger, several other older-style coasters from Anton Schwarzkopf’s early days (most of the Jet Star series) featured them, along with some iconic custom designs at major parks, most of which have been lost to time like the Big Bend (Six Flags over Texas) and the two Whizzer coasters built for the two “Great America” parks for Marriott. (Note: The Whizzer at Six Flags Great America is still alive and well however!) Mack Rides has used the concept for their indoor lifts on Europa Park’s EuroSat and Euro Mir coasters, and Zamperla even borrowed the concept for their line of Volare single-car flying coasters.
The method of powering these spiral lifts has differed from manufacturer to manufacturer, so I am curious to see how someone like GCI will try to engineer it. We don’t know for sure that it will be GCI, as it could be Martin & Vleminckx, Gravity Group, or even RMC, but for several years now Worlds of Fun has been working extensively with GCI on both Prowler (GCI built) and a multi-year refurbishment and reprofiling project on Timber Wolf. So with that in mind, GCI would have been the first company Worlds of Fun would turn to for consulting on a new wooden coaster project.
(7/7/22) I really don’t know much about Project 50 at this point, but according to this tweet the updated plans filed seem to indicate that it will be a “Wood Coaster”. Now keep in mind that while they don’t mention the manufacturer in any way, so technically this could be a regular wooden coaster from the likes of GCI or Gravity Group for example, or it could be something more hybrid-like from RMC.
And well... technically, GCI now has Titan Track too. So it would be interesting if this ends up being GCI’s big breakout moment for Titan Track.
2024/2025 - Project 2.0 / New Orient Express - Rumor - (7/17/22) The rumor mill is going a bit crazy at Worlds of Fun these days, so take everything with a grain of salt right now. A reader reached out to Screamscape to try and explain things a bit better, including all those codenames that have been dropping. According to this source the plans for “Project 2.0” have been bumped back from 2023, so don’t expect to see it until at least 2024, possibly later, but they tell us the plan at the time was for “Project 2.0” to actually be some kind of updated Orient Express coaster.
(3/3/22) While it doesn’t appear that much is happening at Worlds of Fun for this season, we have been slowly hearing some quiet rumors suggesting that the park will be adding something of interest in 2023. The latest news from a new source backs up another rumor I had heard a few months ago, that the park’s next coaster project would be coming in 2023, and would be some kind of modern replacement for an old beloved coaster, thought to be either the Zambezi Zinger or Orient Express. According to our source, internally the project has been given the codename, “Project 2.0’.
This is also expected to be a major selling point for the park’s 50th Anniversary celebration taking place in 2023, where the park will be heavily marketed as the hometown park to the people of Kansas City. They say the plan is to also get the Hunt Family involved in some fashion, who were the original creators of the Worlds of Fun park.