WORLDS OF FUN
& Oceans of Fun
Kansas City, MO
Cedar Fair L.P.
Park News - (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.
(9/28/15) The local news reports that Worlds of Fun is being hit with a water pollution violation notice, as certain pollutants (oil, floating solids, higher than allowed chlorine) have been detected in Shoal Creek, which flows into the Missouri River. The park was previously fines for similar problems back in 2010. Reasons listed so far for the cause include "leaky valves, snow melt, over application of algaecide and overfilling of water rides resulting in run off."
(5/19/15) A Screamscape source has confirmed that GCI has been working on Timber Wolf, re-tracking approximately the first third of the ride, from the first drop through to the high speed curve. If they can stay on schedule they hope to reopen the coaster as early as May 30th. The plan is to try and re-track the rest of the ride over the next two years, to be completed by Summer 2017 if all goes well.
2016 - 5 New Planet Snoopy Rides - (1/19/16) Ride parts for the new family rides coming to Worlds of Fun for 2016 are starting to arrive at the park, as seen in a Twitter post a few days ago.
(8/25/15) Worlds of Fun has announced a package of 5 new family rides coming to the park's Planet Snoopy area for 2016.
Woodstock Gliders - (Larson Flying Scooters)
Flying Ace - "Get your aviator glasses ready for a high-flying adventure with Snoopy." (May be a Red Baron themed airplane spinner, but not sure.)
Snoopy Space Buggies - Defy gravity and bounce to the moon and back. (Some kind of bouncing kiddie spinner I'm guessing.)
Linus Launcher - Experience the sensation of weightlessness through flight with feet dangling. (While it sounds like a Frog Hopper, I'm hearing it could be a small Kite Flyer style ride)
Snoopy Juntion - Mini Railroad Ride
2017 - 2 New Flat Rides / WinterFest - (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.