Kansas City’s Worlds of Fun theme park opened in 1973. The idea was to create a park that could compete with the venerable Six Flags park across the state in St. Louis. The park has seen many changes in the last 45 years including the addition of a twin water park Oceans of Fun which opened in 1982. At the time of it’s opening, Oceans of Fun was the largest water park in the world. When I was a child and young adult I visited this park many times, but I hadn’t been back for the last fifteen years. It will be interesting to see how the park is holding up after almost a half century.
The park is based on the book “Around the world in 80 days” by Jules Verne (one of my favorite writers as a child). The Park originally contained five distinct sections, Scandinavia, The Orient, Americana, Europa,and Africa. A sixth section Planet Snoopy was opened in 2011 (although several prior sub-sections have come and gone over the years)
The World’s of Fun Railroad takes you around the park on a mile loop. It’s a good way to get your bearings. The car is the taxi ride in the ‘Europa’ section.
The section has over 20 rides just for children including a mini coaster, log ride and several sky rides.
The Europa section is probably the most unchanged of all the sections. Clockwise The Le Taxi, Autobahn bumper cars and the flying Dutchman have all been running since 1973.
The mamba has a 208ft drop on the first hill and a 180ft drop on the second and has speeds of over 60mph
The Africa section adjoins Oceans of Fun which has several water-slides, a couple ‘Water coasters”, a very large beach and wave pool, and several raft rides. I didn’t photograph there because I didn’t feel comfortable photographic people in their swimwear without their permission. ( color me old fashioned) Also, there are quite a few rides that are missing in the photos. Worlds of Fun and Oceans of fun are open May through September, Although Worlds of Fun stays open through the end of October and has a big Halloween festival and this year for the first time they are going to be open during the Christmas season too.
Admission is a bit steep in my opinion $60.00 for an adult, but it’s only $40.00 after 5pm. But admission does include entry to both parks.