Skip to Main Content

Worlds of Fun

Skip to Next Section

New International Festival Announced: Grand Carnivale

Chris Foshee

I bless the rains down in Africa - adjacent to Prowler. 

Communications & social media manager at Worlds of Fun - @ChrisFoshee on Twitter

Worlds of Fun will be home to this summer’s biggest party with the debut of Grand Carnivale. This all-new festival will bring the world’s largest celebrations to life, complete with all the sights, sounds, tastes and traditions to complete your cultural journey.

International Summer Festival Kansas City

Grand Carnivale will be the largest summer event in park history. It will be held daily from July 13 through August 4, and the festival is included with a 2019 Gold Season Pass or park admission.

“We pride ourselves on delivering fun-filled, immersive events for our guests, and Grand Carnivale promises to be another great addition to our lineup,” said Tony Carovillano, general manager at Worlds of Fun. “Like Halloween Haunt and WinterFest, we believe this new festival will provide a truly unique experience that engages the imagination and creates lasting memories for young adults and families alike.”

The Details of Grand Carnivale at Worlds of Fun

Grand Carnivale will be a richly themed event, highlighting the splendor, mystery and traditions of China, France, Germany, India and Italy. The festivities kick off every evening starting at 5:00 p.m. as sections of the park transform into worldly regions, complete with native food, signature beverages, music, dance, crafts and authentic entertainment.

Grand Carnivale Festivale Kansas City

Kansas City Summer Events

*All illustrations are conceptual

At around 8:00 p.m., the party really heats up as our interactive Spectacle of Color parade rolls through the park, filling the midways with spirited celebration and glee. The parade will feature nine large floats, complete with jaw-dropping performances, interactive elements and illuminating lights that are sure to dazzle. Costumed performers will keep the party going as the parade makes its way from Americana to International Plaza. Have your camera ready at all times!

Kansas City International Parade

The 30-40-minute parade will conclude with the King of Carnivale as he paints the night with magic and officially kicks off the Carnivale Street Party with lively dance and interactive performances as the world comes together to party under the stars.

International Culture Party

The addition of Grand Carnivale is just one more reason why a 2019 Gold Season Pass is a must. A Gold Season Pass to Worlds of Fun pays for itself in less than two visits and includes unlimited visits all year, including Grand Carnivale, Oceans of Fun, Halloween Haunt and WinterFest. You’ll also receive free parking, early park entry and exclusive discounts. Simply put, a Gold Season Pass packs serious value and delivers non-stop family fun from April through December. Prices go up soon, so buy now to lock-in the best price!


Grand Carnivale will be a 23-day festival like no other. Stay tuned for more details, and help us spread the word on social media by sharing this blog. We’ll see you at the party!

Share This

Chris Foshee

I bless the rains down in Africa - adjacent to Prowler. 

Communications & social media manager at Worlds of Fun - @ChrisFoshee on Twitter

Post a Comment

Skip to Next Section

Test Title

New Worlds of Fun Shirt Collection By Charlie Hustle 

They say fashion can be quite cyclical, like a ride on the Skyliner or Zulu. Worlds of Fun recently partnered with Kansas City's Charlie Hustle, the familiar apparel company behind the classic KC heart t-shirts. Together, we created a new collection of tees that celebrate the past and present of our iconic Kansas City amusement park.
Read More

The History of Kansas City's Water Park

After years of planning and construction, Oceans of Fun opened on May 31, 1982 as the world’s largest water park. Over its 37-years of operation, the Kansas City water park has become the premiere summertime destination for families in the Heartland. With over 63 acres of beautifully shaded landscape and 17 attractions ranging from mild to wild, planning a visit to Oceans of Fun has been a long-time tradition for millions of fun-loving families.
Read More

A Delicious World Tour of Grand Carnivale Food

Food is the culmination of culture, and during Grand Carnivale, your tastebuds will be sent on a jetpacking journey around the world. Here's a preview of some of that food you can enjoy!
Read More

National Hot Air Balloon Day

June 5th is National Hot Air Balloon Day. While there seems to be a “holiday” for everything these days, this one is particularly special to Worlds of Fun. Our Kansas City amusement park has rocked the hot air balloon in our logo since we first announced construction in 1971.
Read More

Summer Show Highlight: Space Beagle 

Worlds of Fun's 2019 Summer Live Entertainment has begun and an action packed season awaits! The park features two new shows that are sure to keep audiences of all ages moving and grooving all summer long! Hot Rhythm Nights and Space Beagle offer fresh sights, sounds and stories to the park’s visitors. In particular, Space Beagle has an interesting connection to real events of American space flight that people may not know.
Read More

Oceans of Fun: Dive-In Movies 

Oceans of Fun is introducing its first-ever nighttime experience, Dive-In Movies. The event is exclusive to Gold and Pre-K Passholders and will be a new summer twist on family movie night. Beginning Friday nights from May 31 through June 28, you can lounge in or around Coconut Cove and watch new movies on our inflatable big screen.
Read More

Go Pro At Having Fun: Rides & Lifeguards

Over 64. That’s how many attractions are at Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun. But in order to enjoy these adrenaline-pumping machines, someone has to operate them. From sending a roller coaster up hundreds of feet in the air to keeping guests safe in Oceans of Fun, our ambassadors keep our park moving.
Read More

New Pigpen's Petting Farm

A new attraction is opening in Planet Snoopy this summer. Pigpen’s Petting Farm will give guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of barnyard friends.
Read More

Military Days and Military Discounts at Worlds of Fun

Our team is proud to offer military appreciation days and military discounts at Worlds of Fun. Check out select days for complimentary admission for military members, as well as military discounts throughout the season at Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun.
Read More

How to Get Your Child's Free Pre-K Pass

Moms love the Worlds of Fun Pre-K Pass. It includes unlimited visits in 2019 for kids three to five years old, including Oceans of Fun, the all-new Grand Carnivale, The Great Pumpkin Fest and WinterFest.
Read More