Skip to Main Content

Worlds of Fun

Skip to Next Section

The Art of Landscaping 

Rita Hanch

This is Rita’s first season at the park and as a Communications Coordinator Intern. She attends Truman State University pursuing degrees in Communications and English. Rita enjoys the art of storytelling and tossing the good ol’ fris around.

The guest experience at Worlds of Fun goes a lot deeper than coasters, shows, food and laughter. Our landscaping crew make sure of it.

The beautification of our park is obsessed over. Plentiful floral arrangements and intricate focal points are heavily featured throughout, highlighting the property’s natural beauty, paying homage to our history and adding an extra element of enjoyment for guests. The labor of love completed by these skilled professionals is hard to miss.

At this level, landscaping is a craft.

Before opening at 10 am

Caring for 235 acres is no small feat and begins long before guests arrive. Brian Hay, the landscape foreman, brings a team of five around midnight some days, to work through the night.

A team of 35 are responsible for the upkeep of Worlds of Fun, Oceans of Fun and the Worlds of Fun Village. They work on all three parks; Worlds of Fun, Oceans of Fun, and Worlds of Fun Village. Planting flowers, moving potted plants, watering and power-washing areas of the park. The attention to detail is the thing that makes this team most impressive. Seemingly simple tasks like cutting grass or watering plants are made difficult due to the sheer size of the park. Working on the beauty, that guests will see during the day.

Revitalizing the past 

Many people working in the landscaping department have been with the park for years. Steve, landscaping manager, has invested thousands of hours in the development of the park over his 45-year career at the park. One project he’s specifically proud of is last year’s revitalization of the floral clock, a prime example of how the park has invested in its past.

A few projects guests see around the park are inspired by the landscape of Worlds of Fun’s inaugural year in in 1973. The floral clock in Africa is a perfect example of this revitalization.

"We've doubled the size of the clock to what it used to be by about 10 feet," Steve said. While they are honoring Worlds of Fun history, they also adding considerable enhancements.

“We want customers to have an experience, the grass should always be greener at Worlds of Fun,” Steve said.

Growth in more than just plants

Due to unforeseen weather, plant upkeep and park demand, the landscape of the park is constantly changing with greenery increasing.

“We used to plant around 15,000 and now we're close to 50,000 plants in the park. By the time we’re done this year, we’re probably going to have 70,000” he said.

The most remarkable landscape treasures go unseen by guests for a while. The landscaping department has five greenhouses where they cultivate thousands of plants, flowers and even more unique topiaries.

“We bring in a lot of plants from Florida, Texas, California, even some ferns that came over from Hawaii. There’s a lot of people that don’t want to ride rollercoasters, they just want to go around and look at flowers or other attractions. So, we make an effort to add unique touches for them to enjoy,” Nick said.

Check out our dope topes! 

Why work in landscaping at Worlds of Fun?

After interviewing key leaders in the landscape department, you begin to understand the answer to this question. While Kansas City is full of beautiful parks, Worlds of Fun is an ever evolving canvas for these professionals to perform their craft.

“We’re an amusement park inside of an arboretum,” Steve said.

The creative freedom and space the group has been given to experiment with landscaping make Worlds of Fun the perfect place to show off their trade to guests of all ages! Nick and Steve say if they’re doing their job right, you won’t even know they’re there.

Next time you visit the park you may not see members of the landscaping team, but you will see their hard work everywhere. Stop to smell the flowers! 

Related Topics:

Share This

Rita Hanch

This is Rita’s first season at the park and as a Communications Coordinator Intern. She attends Truman State University pursuing degrees in Communications and English. Rita enjoys the art of storytelling and tossing the good ol’ fris around.

Post a Comment

Skip to Next Section

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

2019 Dining Plans: Guide

A day at Worlds of Fun can work up quite an appetite. Luckily, our dining plans provide a way for families to satisfy their growling stomachs without breaking the bank. They are packed with value and good eats.
Read More

Wood Working: Timber Wolf & Prowler

There’s nothing like a ride on a wooden roller coaster, and Worlds of Fun is lucky enough to have two of the best in the world. This off-season, we’ve continued our commitment to re-tracking Timber Wolf, and we’ve made some enhancements to Prowler’s first drop.
Read More

Healthier Dining Options Added

Worlds of Fun's culinary team will be introducing several healthier menu items throughout the park. From health-conscious guests to vegans and vegetarians, we’ve added more delicious options to fit almost any dietary need.
Read More

New International Festival Announced: Grand Carnivale

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.
Read More

A World of New Eats

Over five new dining concepts will be introduced this season. Led by our executive chef Wesley Boston, Worlds of Fun’s culinary team aims to flip the script on traditional amusement park food this season.
Read More

Talya Groves: A World of Talent

Before Talya Groves made it on Broadway, she was at Worlds of Fun and credits her time with the park's live entertainment team as a major driving force for her success.
Read More

Offseason Ride Maintenance 

What goes on at amusement parks when they are closed? You may not think it, but the off-season is a busy time for those lucky enough to work in the industry. From January to April, much of our time is spent preparing for the upcoming season performing offseason ride maintenance.
Read More